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Origami n' Stuff 4 Kids

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Illustration Challenge: Asp Turtle or Aspidochelone

Just playing...Procreate illustration of an Asp Turtle or Aspidochelone, from medieval bestiaries. #illustration #illustrationchallenge #kidlit #medieval #bestiary #art #procreate

Water was finished in Photoshop.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!



Free print-and-fold pattern for your Thanksgiving Turkey card found on my origami website: http://origami-n-stuff4kids.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-origami-turkey-card.html

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 6 Illustration Challenge

I haven't been sticking to my goal of one a day, but I have been sticking to working as quickly as possible and finishing each illustration in a single sitting.


 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 4 Illustration Challenge

The Roxy illustration challenge continues! One of my favorite poses, a combo of "What did I do?" + "Talk to the Butt." #illustration


Here's the video of my process...

And once again, here's my dainty princess. That face says it all...she's clearly embarrassed by my sophomoric attempt to familiarize myself with a new medium.


Friday, September 23, 2016

DAY 3 ILLUSTRATION CHALLENGE

Quick rendering of my niece...I loved the play of light in this underwater scene.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Illustration Challenge: Week 1

I started off calling this "The Roxy Challenge."  My goal was to loosen up each day with a quick sketch of my bulldog, Roxy. She's funny, she's flatulent, and she sleeps 20 hours a day (mostly under my drafting table)--the perfect model for a children's book illustrator!

However, Roxy wanted no part of that modeling nonsense. She scratched. She fidgeted. She licked her toes. And she insisted on critiquing my work, nosing through all of my sketchbooks before finally resting her chin on my iPad.

Day 1



Day 2

Clearly, she's unimpressed with my work.







Saturday, September 3, 2016

Paint the Town Peaceful: The Mural That Stopped Violence

Living art in Las Palmitas, aka "La Bella Airosa." What are the possibilities when a community invests itself in beautification?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Conservation success...Kakapo Baby Boom!

Finished my Kakapo origami for my upcoming book, "Easy Bird Origami," in time to learn of successful conservation efforts in New Zealand! There are only 125 Kakapos in the wild--thanks to an intensive breeding program, 33 fluffy chicks have hatched this season. Go Kakapo! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/success-stories/baby-boom-for-one-of-the-worlds-rarest-parrots


Friday, August 5, 2016

BUMFUZZLE

Your word for the day: 

BUMFUZZLE

transitive verb bum·fuz·zle \¦bəm¦fəzəl\
Definition: confuse, perplex, fluster

Example: I'm bumfuzzled by the 2016 election.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Illustration tutorials

Helpful tutorial on color theory.


And what's color without composition?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GoPro vs Bulldog--Keeping Busy Between Books


Taking my "studio assistant" Roxy for a walk, I thought it would be great to mount a GoPro to capture Kailua Beach from a bulldog's perspective...if anything, as inspiration for a new children's book character.

Butterfly Emerging



My obsession with butterflies goes beyond origami...I do raise monarch butterflies at my home in Hawaii, using crownflower as a food source for the larva and lantana to attract adults. I'll write more about what goes on during metamorphosis on my Origami Page.



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