Dog Hotel Marketing Project

I created this series of illustrations to briefly summarize the scope of services this business provides. The assignment was to walk customers through “a day in the life” of a dog at their location. From that prompt I came up with the storyboard, characters, color palette, and overall design. I also wrote it, but I’ve covered the words here.

The turnaround on this was tight, so I kept colors minimal. Bare bones backgrounds and unfussy brushes kept it spontaneous without sacrificing neatness.

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Greyhound Paper Animation

I drew these frames from a video I took of a very happy dog I was walking.

I keep a sketch pad on my desk for when my computer hangs up, and this week it hung up quite a bit (I’ve been asking a lot of it lately). So I worked on this sporadically, since pencil and paper never hangs up or needs more RAM. Relaxing too, made the time pass quickly until I could get back to work! It’s 12 frames and the timing was all guesswork, as I’ve never made an animation on paper like this.

Not too bad for a first try, I think. :)

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Pop-Up Shop in Downtown HB

Hey fellas! TOMORROW (April 21) I’ll be somewhere on 5th street near PCH (follow on twitter, insta, or facebook for an update when I know the exact location) selling prints, pins, and of course my picture book, “What is a Dog?“!

“Oh, but Claire, Saturday in downtown Huntington Beach? It will be so crowded!”

Yes, Realistic Rhonda, it will be! So here’s an extra-special super-secret tip: print the flyer below for 2 whole hours of FREE parking in the structure off of 6th street. YOU’RE WELCOME!

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So now that there’s no excuses not to enjoy a day at the beach, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

New Year 2018

(This is late, it’s the middle of March, I know that, but it’s SPRING now okay so there are no rules, including rules about comma splices!)

Here we are again at the start of a new year. It happens every year, but it always feels special.

First, I want to reflect on 2017’s goals. Hosting an art show hasn’t happened…yet. Pitching a picture book went about how I expected — the silent treatment. Didn’t stop me from printing off some paperbacks myself and sharing them with the world! The one goal I blew out of the water was finishing a polished piece of artwork for every month. I used streak.club to form the habit as well as to look back on and recognize my progress (which I’ve always struggled with).

Having practiced month-long processes for a year, I’m ready to take on a bigger project this year. I don’t want to say too much just yet, but I’m just crazy about this idea and hope to keep you updated.

I’ve fallen off (yet again) in posting to social media. I have been drawing, though, and not even anything very secret or un-sharable, I just haven’t been showing anybody anything. Maybe it’s important to do that sometimes? I don’t know. It’s just what I tend do — fall off the map intermittently.

Goals for this year: Finish a major project. One goal. Gotta do it. Very excited.

Happy 2018, everyone! (and happy Spring!)

Inktober 2017

This year, I finally did it! I made an ink drawing for every single day in October. Thirty-one unique drawings with my trusty crow-quill pen (and one in ball point). I’m so proud! I only fell behind twice during the very last week.

Using the “official prompt list” by Jake Parker, I [mostly] based each drawing on events and dogs I’ve seen at my various dog-related jobs. It was the structure I needed to stick with the challenge!

They’re all up on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’re reading this much later though, save yourself some scrolling and look below.

These are my top six favorites:

All thirty-one (in reverse chronological order):

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I even tried a little animatic. Be advised: do not watch this if you are eating!

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Opal and the Floating Cakes

Opal and Tiny Cow walk into the bakery one morning to find all the pastries levitating above their heads. This is highly unusual, if you didn’t know.

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A mystery in three parts! Dilemma, conflict, and resolution.

The fun: Creating a goofy mystery, experimenting with textures and light to convey distinct moods.

The challenge: isolating it down into just three images.

The result: I really want to have a tea party with aliens.

I look forward to making more stories with Opal and Tiny cow. I just love this duo!

Imagine II

This month I was honored to be in a juried art show called “Imagine II – The Art of Children’s Book Illustration”

Hosted by The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona with support by the SCBWI, it featured a whole wall of work by Leo Politti, which was awesome to look at, as well as artifacts and sculpture from the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art. The space was absolutely filled with work from thirty-seven Californian illustrators, including a piece by yours truly!

It was great to come together for the Illustrators Reception and celebrate the art that inspires literacy and piques the curiosity of little humans.

As of this posting, you’ve got just a few days to see the show! The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 4, and it all comes down after September 23rd.

UPDATE: Here’s an article about the show.

Red Dot Auction – Ragtime Ruin

This year I had the pleasure of contributing to The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s annual fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. All the artists receive the same size square canvas to work with. It’s an anonymous silent auction, so nobody knows who they’re bidding on until after the fact!

My piece was called “Ragtime Ruin” and depicted the tragic aftermath of the classic cartoon, “One Froggy Evening.” Old Michigan J. is a little terrifying when you consider the implication of his immortality.

I had a lot of fun breaking out my oil paints and designing a deco-inspired poster. I normally work in a really high key, so it was fun to push myself with a darker color range.

The painting went home with Ben Olson of 3 Monkeys & Aardvark Studios in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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