experimental mediums

I've been playing a lot this summer--indoors and out. I have been tethered to the computer too much with the last two books and really want to find my way back to creating more by hand. All my illustrations are hand drawn and often painted, but the real magic happens once i scan into the computer. But I feel like i lose something by relying so much on the computer. I created this piece with pencil and watercolor and only used a teeny bit of PS to lay in some extra texture. It feels a lot more handcrafted to me with those irregular watercolor blobs and unretouched pencil marks. What do you think?

No Place Like Home!

I really love old homes. I love their detail, history and coziness. I've been drawing lots of homes the past year. Below are some of my illustrations with various types. I love to drive around and wonder who lives in certain houses. Sometimes I wish i could ring the doorbell and ask to see inside. lol! I'm guessing that wouldn't be appreciated.  I spent a lot of time pondering what sort of home my first character lived in and enjoyed researching the little houses I love in Northern Massachusetts. That will always be home. A little trivia: the "43" on the (Lovey) bunny homestead was the number of my childhood home. I love putting bits of my childhood into my work. They show up in odd places...

Whether it is a rooftop flat in the city, a classic A-frame or mansard roofed house high in the Alps, I love putting homes into my work.

Whether it is a rooftop flat in the city, a classic A-frame or mansard roofed house high in the Alps, I love putting homes into my work.

I love all the tiny cottages by the sea and the craggy coastline in New England.  And yes, a small obsession with Mansard roofs too!

I love all the tiny cottages by the sea and the craggy coastline in New England.  And yes, a small obsession with Mansard roofs too!

These are the sort of homes that remind me most of home. I grew up in New England and still have a fondness for those cramped little streets, packed full of tiny A-frame colonials. I love everything from the weathered shingles and shakes to the doors, bay windows and picket fences.

These are the sort of homes that remind me most of home. I grew up in New England and still have a fondness for those cramped little streets, packed full of tiny A-frame colonials. I love everything from the weathered shingles and shakes to the doors, bay windows and picket fences.