Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets

Last fall was a madhouse. Part of that was getting parts and pieces ready for a brand new toy called Go Go Pets, which has since been name Zhu Zhu Pets and is a hit - having been put in the top 1o toys for the year by Toys-R-Us. I was lucky enough to be the one to create the illustrations of the "rooms". This little studio apartments is part of the first iteration of the toy, but more will be coming soon.

It was a blast to come up with little hamster-esque elements throughout these pieces.
It's also and interesting feeling to see the toy in bookstores and my artwork in it.

Thanks, Cepia, for the adventure.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's time to do this - Blog about art

I have to admit I'm curious about why it never occurred to me to blog about my art - or art in my life. In speaking with Dave Tabler from the i-spot it snapped to clarity that this simply makes sense. So, here we go. Process, media, experiments and all...the ongoing adventure of being (and making a living as) an artist.

This image of the goose girl, a fairy tale and signature character for Göttingen, Germany, is part of a fairy tale series I'm working on in encaustic. When I first started working in this ancient medium I knew immediately that it would give me the feel I wanted - one that harkened back to how I felt when I first fell in love with illustrations in books as a kid. It did. I'm really looking forward to continuing this series.