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illustration friday: fearless

illustration friday: fearless

I am not a fan of heights. Not by far. Looking at the final drawing is making me a little queasy, but it was fun trying to get the perspective right. She’s pretty fearless if you ask me!

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illustration friday: cocoon

cocoon

A quick, last-minute entry into this week’s Illustration Friday! I’ve been busy with custom orders and photography, but I wanted to get something out there. This cute little butterfly will soon be up in the shop as a print-a-doodle.

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free desktop wallpaper for may

free desktop wallpaper - may

I decided to take a slightly different approach with this month’s free desktop wallpaper… I partially traced a recent photo of mine to create a simple, stylized branch of blossoms. Here’s the original for comparison:

spring blossoms

I like a clean, minimalist desktop, and this design definitely works well for that.  Enjoy!

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illustration friday: detective

illustration friday: detective

I was struggling to come up with a doodle for this week’s theme until I mentioned the topic to my husband, who immediately said, “Why not draw one of your famous chickens?”

Ahh, my famous chickens. When I was maybe 10 or 12, doodling chickens kinda became my “thing.” I’d draw them in costume and in comic strips, inspired by the “Far Side” comics I loved so much at the time. I signed many friends’ letters, yearbooks, and textbooks with them, and occasionally people will say, “Hey, Caro, remember those chickens you used to draw?  Those were funny.” I don’t think it was so much that my cartoons were funny as it was chickens are just inherently funny creatures, but obviously they were memorable.

So, for lack of a better idea, here we have Sherlock Chicken (or perhaps Chicken Holmes?) getting ready to solve the mystery of the fried egg. It’s a pretty brutal crime scene, as you can see, and not for the faint of heart!

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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.