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choo choo – work in progress

choo choo train

So, I enjoyed working on the “rescue” poster so much, I thought I’d try a similar illustration with a train. I like using basic shapes and colors to create a simple, yet bold design, and it’s a challenge to get the point across without cluttering up the illustration with too much detail. I’m not quite there with this one… the colors need work, but otherwise I think it will make a nice addition to the shop. I don’t know whether it will be a print or a print-a-doodle yet.

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illustration friday: linked

illustration friday: linked

So I’ve gone from a totally literal interpretation of the theme to a somewhat, uh, loose one.  Each of these panels is linked by a common thread. Ta-da! Obviously I’ve been playing a bit too much Treasure Isle on Facebook.

I’m not quite finished with this doodle, as I’m not very happy with the third panel… it’s lacking something. When it’s finished it will be available as a set of three square prints in the shop!

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doodles for firefox!

Calobee Doodles free Personas for Firefox

Calobee Doodles free Personas for Firefox

The latest browser update for Firefox includes the ability to support skins, or Personas, which allow you to dress up your browser. I thought it might be fun to try my hand at designing some. I’ve created four Calobee Doodles Personas for Firefox–you can preview and try them here!

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illustration friday: dip

illustration friday: dip

This was a fun, off-the-cuff style drawing for this week’s theme, “dip.” Given this weekend’s beautiful spring weather, my mind wandered to warm, sunny places and I came up with this beach scene–two folks taking a swim in the waves, a couple (maybe honeymooners?) dancing at the edge of the water, a young girl who’s lost half her ice cream, and a seagull enjoying someone’s forgotten afternoon snack. There is lots of “dipping” in many different forms going on here!

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all dolled up

Paper doll - sheet 1paper doll - boy

I’ve been busy working on these new paper doll patterns for the Print-a-doodles section of the shop. I used to love to create paper dolls as a kid, and this week’s project reminded me why… getting creative with the clothes is the best part. I could spend hours coloring and decorating dresses and t-shirts and pants, mixing and matching with different accessories–it was always less about the play and more about the process for me.

Anyway, the result is two paper doll sets, one boy and one girl. Each set comes with two pages of pre-made outfits, plus a third template page that’s blank so you can design your own wardrobe. The dolls are designed to be printed on heavy 8.5 x 11 card stock for durability, but you could also add magnets to the back to create a fridge playset. You can print as many copies as you like, which make these an entertaining, yet inexpensive, party favor or gift. Just be careful with the scissors!

I hope you’ll find these sweet dolls versatile and inspiring.