February 19th, 2011
I’ve been working on doing some re-branding for myself since my efforts to separately market the children’s & licensing side of my business hasn’t work like I planned. They tend to crossover all the time, so I’ve decided to brand them as one and not try so hard to keep them separated. I’ve been playing with ideas for a while and really wanted something I could easily change if I wanted to, while still keeping a consistent look. I have a entire page filled up with characters and objects so I’ll never get bored. Here are just a few:
Now I just need to get my sites all combined and I’ll be set!
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December 9th, 2010
I recently designed some bibs for your little ones to drool and spit up on this Christmas season. They are available at WalMart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Kroger & CVS.
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January 5th, 2010
My new year started off great when I found my work up on Oopsy Daisy’s site – even in cute styled shots (see the mermaid on the beach?). I licensed a few Junk A Doodles® with them and can’t wait to get my hands on the actual canvases. They have been on my client wish list for quite a while and I’m glad my persistence and follow-up paid off. So excited about this new relationship!
Tomorrow I’ll show you a detailed look at the Valentine’s placemats I did for them – super cute! I blogged a sneaky peek here.
1 comment » | junk-a-doodles, licensing
December 3rd, 2009
Target recently contacted me (via a contact made at SURTEX) to send them “my book” to share with their creative team. My 3-ring binder of samples or my black leather portfolio was not going to be good enough for them, no, no. I needed something that said “Hey, look at me!”, showed off my style from the front to the back and incorporated my love for found objects, lettering & color, so I created an entire customize album (that I can use later) where the contents can be easily edited and expand to any size.
I mailed it off a few weeks ago and got it back today in the same condition I sent it. I had a professor in college who had made this really cool portfolio that turned into a house (as part of her application for a architectural graduate program) and when it came back to her, she said the person looking through it must have been eating a snickers bar. There was caramel & nugget stuck to most of the pages. So thank you Target creative team for taking such good care of it.
(I’m pretty big on reusing packaging materials so that’s what I did)
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November 3rd, 2009
I’ve been working recently on a ton of licensing and children’s illustration projects (guess people are back to spending money again before their budget year is up). So above is a sneaky peek of 2 projects. Yeah, I know you’d love to see the rest, but I think I need to hold off for a while.
2 comments » | junk-a-doodles, licensing
Art Licensing Resources
October 7th, 2009
Tara Reed has got some really great resources for Art Licensing! I’m a big fan of these and I was so excited to see her email newsletter this morning announcing her latest product: Product Mock-Up Magic. I can not begin to tell you how much time this will save me!! I’ve struggled with getting images together to mock up and honestly, I just don’t have time time. And my philosophy is if you don’t have time, get some one else to do it for you, and Tara has done that. I love her “teaching” technique. She is so thorough so anyone not totally familiar with Photoshop can easily follow her steps to help grow a licensing business. The product will ship on October 21st, but go ahead and pre-order it now because you’ll save $20. I just ordered my copy and can’t wait to get it and start mocking up products. I’m throwing out all my old mock-up because I never really liked how they turned out and these from Tara are so much better. Click here to learn more and purchase.
In the past I have also purchased Tara’s repeat pattern e-book to refresh my memory on how to make patterns (hadn’t done it since collage and I totally forgot how). I think it is a must-have and patterns are very addictive to make!!
She also has this cool affiliate program with all her products too so you can refer people to her products, get paid for it and use that money to buy more of her resources. So…I’d like to refer you- Go to the bottom of the page, click “affiliate program” and sign-up. Super easy!
Tara also agreed to be one of the judges for Pumpkin Junkin’ so she just all around ROCKS!
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September 29th, 2009
I haven’t posted to Illustration Friday for a while, but since this week’s topic is “pattern” I couldn’t resist. I love making repeat patterns and they are quite addictive. If you don’t know how, Tara Reed has a great e-book for it and you’ll be making patterns in no time!
Here’s the piece I designed first:
And then a “pattern”
made from it:
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art filled weekend
September 11th, 2009
I am determined to have an art filled weekend! I have a promo to do for the Illustration For Kids mailer, greeting card ideas to finalize, some product ideas to compile and send to a manufacturer, plus start junkin’ my pumpkin for my annual contest & exhibit (you can follow Pumpkin Junkin’ on twitter or facebook for updates)!
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Surtex Sneak Peek Design
May 7th, 2009
Just a sneak peek at what I’ll have at Surtex. I love this circus pattern and the little plush lion as a mock-up of what could be done with a character. My licensing manager made the lion and I love how it turned out!!
I’m going to try and post everyday until Surtex and plan on blogging and tweeting from there too! All my tweets will show up on facebook too in case you’re not on twitter.
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