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Monday, September 22, 2008

I haven't done an Illustration Friday in forever so while doing my creative warmup today, I continued it with this week's theme: clique. These guys are kind of forced to stay together.

#1: This little piggy went to market
#2: This little piggy stayed home
#3: This little piggy had roast beef
#4: This little piggy had none
#5: this little piggy cried wee-wee-wee all the way home

Also, if you're coming from Illustration Friday, look here for a fall contest! Now off to wash my foot :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Let the Promoting Begin

I finally have my licensing site up and organized how I want it. I still have some tweaking to do but it's suitable for public viewing now :) Above is a rooster form my junk-a-doodle-doo™ collection.

Over the last few months I've been collecting contacts and researching licensing. I've found out a lot The possibilities seem endless. With everything I have going on, I've brought on a Licensing Manager who will allow me to have more time being creative. She seems just as excited as I am which makes me more excited!

I've also feel in love (it's become an obsession actually) with making repeat patterns. It had been so long since I made them I had forgotten most of the steps. So, I purchased
Tara Reed's e-book and my memory was instantly refreshed on those few simple steps. It was well worth the money for the one page of steps I really needed.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Pizza Puzzler

I had forgotten I did this piece for Highlights until I got a copy of the magazine the other day. I've been so busy lately I've forgotten about most of the projects I've completed so it's nice to have reminders sent in the mail. Since I have been so busy I've been slacking on my creative warm-ups but I've kind of gotten back on track if anyone is interested in looking.

Monday, September 08, 2008
The World of Licensing

The above is my full color logo that reflects they type of work I've been getting ready for my licensing portfolio. It's nice to do something a little different from drawing kids :)

I have totally engulfed myself in the licensing world and what I've been finding out is that there are a gazillion companies out there that license work and there is this air of secrecy that surrounds the entire industry from both artist and companies. It's really hard to explain but it's become very evident to me. I understand that some artist have to keep their licensing partners confidential due to specific contract agreements but when you can't see any of a companies or artist's work unless you are a manufacturer, that seems a little weird to me. I totally get why they do it that way, but I'm wondering if people are hurting their business by being so hush-hush (visually and informationally). I'm in no way telling people how to run their business (I still have secrets under my belt) and maybe they've been burned in the past? I think I feel this way because I've always had an "open" portfolio and freely talk about my experiences in the illustration field. It has gotten me thinking if I should be secretive with my work and information. I don't know the answer yet... Anyone else get this vibe about the licensing industry?

I had a great, awesome, long-overdue, meet-up with an old professor of mine from college. She was my absolute favorite and I had lost touch with her after graduation. Over the last 8 years I've been periodically googling her seeing what she was up to and couldn't find anything. When I started thinking seriously about licensing, I thought about how great it would be to pick her brain since I remembered she had dealt with licensing and product development for a company. Well, low and behold, while doing my research on licensing, I happened to find her on the staff page of a licensing agency. Serendipity? Serendipitous in deed! So I was able to pick her brain last week and my brain hasn't stopped firing since.

I've also been reading a lot of blogs from licensing artists and since Christy (love her!) tagged me, I'll share some of my recent licensing favorites:

Tara Reed's Art Licensing Information Blog
Heather Bailey's HELLOmynameisHeather
Paula Prass' Show + Tell
Amy Schimler's Red Fish Circle

And here's a fun piece I did this weekend. It's been on my to-do list for a while. Now I'm working on some things to compliment it:

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