Saturday, September 19, 2015

Book Reading!

Book reading by Tim Turnell along with Champ the seal and Narcissus Twelve and Wet Winds Trio-Saint John, NB.

It's not every day that my illustrations are accompanied with music. This was part of a family show and a reading of the book I illustrated with Tim Turnell along with Champ the seal and Narcissus Twelve and Wet Winds Trio. Love it!


House Warming! ©Holly DeWolf 
Ahh, home sweet in progress home! 

What is a home? It's a place to sit, stretch out and relax in. It's a place where you can wear pj's in all day without judgement, it's a warm bath with tea and where the cookies are. Where I throw my junk is home. Sometimes it's really the cat's house - we just pay for everything. A home is where the office is. And sometimes home can be a person or people. 

A new home is a lot of work, a lot of unpacking mixed with dust and dirt. It's a time when new neighbours introduce themselves and in an instant, you forget their names. It involves new bus routes and rerouted mail. Your new house starts off looking like Stonehenge with towering boxes, clutter and piles of stuff you cannot believe you kept. Then slowly, everything finds a place even if it means putting it back into a box for storage. 

We will be having a housewarming soon. I decided to play up the occasion with an illustration card for the invite because we're getting into Fall. Interestingly though, this has been the hottest September here on record. Last time it was this warm was approximately a 100 years ago, so I read. 

It will be nice to do something a little different than unpacking for a change. Plus I get to break out some new Fall recipes I've been meaning to try. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oh my stars!

© Holly DeWolf- Adventure

Stars are always fascinating! I love the summer when the girls and I can can just stop and stargaze without worrying about being up late. 

But really, who doesn't love stars? Great things are written about stars:

"Look at the starsLook how they shine for you" - Coldplay

"I have loved the stars to fondly to be fearful of the night." -Sarah Williams

"If you be my star, I'll be your sky." 

"We're all made of stars" -Moby

"My God, it's full of stars!" -Hal, 2001: A space odyssey 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

You're my lobster!

Today is National Lobster Day. Whenever I think of lobsters, I always remember that scene from the show Friends and Phoebe's demonstration of lobster love. We all have a special lobster we can hook claws with.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I joined SCBWI

This past May I treated myself to a very beneficial gift: a SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and illustrators) membership. 

Port City Champ Book Launch

This past Sunday I got to be part of the book launch during the Port Saint John Community Day. I also got to meet this fella named Champ based on the main character I illustrated for the book. As a bonus, Port Saint John had a mascot made to help promote reading. As an extra extra bonus, proceeds of the book will go to the Saint John Free Public Library. This summer he will be making the rounds around town. His adorable stand out charm will make him a definite favourite. 


Inside book cover

Dedication page

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy Donut Day!

©Holly DeWolf- Happy Donut Day

Donuts. Is there anything they can't do? Happy Donut Day. 

New Book Launch!

I'm happy to announce the book I illustrated will be launched this Sunday, June 7th in Saint John. As a bonus, they created a mascot based on the character of the book. 

The Champ mascot and book will be a focal point of Port Saint John’s own Community Day display. As a bonus, they will be handing out 500 copies of the book. Future plans include a reading outreach to libraries, schools and community groups and an app. These books will be available for purchase at $4.99 each with proceeds going to the Saint John Free Public Library. Beginning June 8th the book will be available for purchase at the Butcher’s Daughter in the City Market. Very exciting! 

This was a great project to be part of. Not only is this great for Port Saint John, it's also great for the community and for the illustration industry too. Using illustration to promote the port will widen it's audience while supporting the creative community here. 

As I always say, no matter how small the area, the market, the town or city, we all need more illustration. Why? Because we are visual. We are drawn naturally to pictures and images. Often it's the best way to market and explain ideas. In a big way, they opened up their industry to include the arts which we need more of. I'm hoping this will catch on. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, again!

©Holly DeWolf- Dont hate caffeinate! 

Remember: Coffee will always run interference for you. It's got your back! Happy Monday!

Friday, May 8, 2015

The man on the moon is smiling

©Holly DeWolf- The man on the moon is smiling. 

"The man in the moon is smiling 'Cause he's in love with the girl in the world."

There was a time I used to make notes from things I heard or read. Now I have this endless collection of things to illustrate. When I find time to work on something non client related, I grab ideas from those notes.

This illustration is from a song that Harry Connick Jr sang way back in the '90's called Heavenly. I sketched an idea for this about 8 years ago so I'm finally happy to have completed it.