Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fish Go Blub!



"Mum, you should illustrate that!" 


My kids ask me to draw things all the time so I started a list. The first idea at the top was a fish. But not just any fish, this one was from a song that caught every one's attention last year-What Does the Fox Say by Ylvis. 

I decided to take it up a notch by adding a fancy crown. So, feel free and make a wish on this very fancy fish! Blub!  



Friday, April 18, 2014

Visual word of the week: chocolate!


Happy Easter! 

This week I went with an unplanned approach to this week's theme of 'Chocolate.' I started with cut paper for the edible looking clouds and then I decided to just go with it. I added gouache, a cute bunny and it became a totally enjoyable experience. 

Not being in control of creativity and illustration can be very refreshing. I highly recommend it especially when it comes to chocolate and all things sweet. :) 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The visual word of the week: Bridge!

© Holly DeWolf- Bridge! 
This week's challenge was to illustrate the word "bridge." Naturally I gravitated towards metaphors and so connection and creativity became the focal point. 

Stay tuned for Monday's new challenge. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Make more creative mistakes!



So the lesson I learned is to make some art from a paint splat. No sense is wasting a good spots of blue!
The quote is just perfect... oops ... I mean, it works well with the image.

Happy creating!
- Holly

Monday, April 7, 2014

Visual word of the week: bridge!





This week's illustration challenge is the word 'Bridge.' 

Illustration to follow on Friday. 

~ a structure, a pathway, a time or place, a means of connection or transition, a change, a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument, part of a ship, a composition, a network...


And so this is Spring...












I think Spring arrived...maybe! 

April came in with a bang mixed with piles of snow, a blizzard and a huge ice storm. I am certain this wintery season has broken all records for most snow days ever. My kids did not mind but as for me, I now understand the term "cabin fever." 

So I've been sketching a lot, reading a lot and illustrating a lot! 

Right now I need ideas to flow, doodles and random ideas written down. I need flip flops, signs of grass, chirping birds, sand between my toes and a bbq hamburger with extra relish. 

Right now, I believe in Spring!   

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hard Work = Luck

© Holly DeWolf- Hard Work = Luck

Here is another warm up doodle with a pretty great quote. I'm a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing well. All this hard work will eventually lead to greater things. Since St. Patrick's day is around the corner, I thought I would pass along a good heaping dose of luck mixed with positive energy. 

Happy Creating! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

This Little Dot Went For A Walk!

This Little Dot Went For A Walk!
©Holly DeWolf
I've started doing some warm up doodles, sketches and little paintings to get my ideas going each day. I'm noticing this is making me come up with concepts quicker and quicker. It's a great method to throw ideas around and create an image to go with it. This kind of thinking goes back to my university days when we made verbal and visual narratives in a class I took (that also led to me to being an illustrator). It really is a great way to creatively stretch especially after having the flu and winter storms all hit you at once. Glad I got this this cute dot done. We are in for yet more messy weather this afternoon. 

Have a great creative weekend all. - Holly 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Oooh we belong together like traffic and weather!




© Holly DeWolf- We belong together like traffic and weather! 


© Holly DeWolf- illustration rough 


When I thought of doing a Valentines illustration the first thing that popped into my mind was the song by Fountains Of Wayne called Traffic and Weather. My bf sings this song often so it was definitely a good one to illustrate. Also, it was quite a fitting song because the weather today is a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain so school was cancelled.

Happy Valentines day!



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Unicorn of the soil? Narwhal of the dirt?

©Holly DeWolf- Happy Hornhog Day! 


Continuing on with the hopeful Spring post from earlier-

For years my youngest daughter would wish us a Happy Hornhog Day. So, I finally got around to illustrating him. Turns out he is an elusive unicorn of the dirt or is he a narwhal of the soil? We are not quite sure. Either way, according to Hannah he is friendly and always grants an early Spring! So, Happy Hornhog Day everyone and happy early Spring too!