Blog Hop Tour & Meet Some Inspiring Creatives

The art community on the world wide web, or what I lovingly refer to as "blog world" is really something special.  I used to blog a lot about all sorts of things and met some incredible people doing so, many of which I am still friends with today.  But, then life did it's busy thing and I stopped and really started focusing on my illustration.  I moved my blog over here, to focus on just that.  I started taking the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Courses, which if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know have been keeping me quite busy for the past year or so. Besides a growing portfolio, the best part has been meeting and being inspired by people from around the world.

Last week one of those people, Julie Hamilton, of Artistically Afflicted, tagged me on a blog hop tour!  I was (am) so flattered to be included.  Julie is a super talented lady, artfully living in the mountains of Whistler, B.C.  She says she is "happiest with a camera in one hand paint brush in the other" and I am really excited she may be visiting NYC in the next few months and we'll get to meet in real life! 
Visit her site to see her work and above are some of my favorites.  I love how she has a strong handle on a few different styles! That's a rare gift.  She also has an awesome eye for color.  She'll be entering Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search next week (me too!!) so wish her luck!!!
**And now to the questions to be answered on the blog hop…
1.  What are you writing/working on?
Since taking Lilla Roger's courses, my ability to self-assign has really improved.  I keep a running list of illustration ideas to tackle now, in hopes of generating more licensing work.  I'm excited to share that IT IS WORKING! I just signed my second licensing agreement with Calypso Cards.
Above is the recent card I licensed to them.  The inside reads "To wish You A Happy Easter!"
I just finished the Assignment Bootcamp course.  Here's my last piece, heavily inspired by a long weekend getaway to Puerto Rico!
I am also working on a collection of ten more cards.  Here's one to wish someone a SPECTACULAR birthday….
And here's one in progress…
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I think my work is different because of the collage technique I use.  I combine my digital and non-digital ways of working in almost every project.  I also am very influenced by both folk art and graphic design.  I think the shapes I use show I have a graphic background, and the embellishments usually nod towards my folk art passion.  It's not necessary a traditional mix, which I think ends up keeping my work unique to me.
3.  Why do you create?
To be honest, I never felt like I had a choice! I don't know if that's a good answer haha, but it's the truth.  It just is part of who I am. It always has been, and if I'm lucky it always will be.  
4.  How does your creative process work?
It starts with an early morning wake up call and COFFEE (fuel) that my husband makes for me every day. I try to work 1.5-2 hours every day before I get ready for my day job. I used to give myself a few days off here and there, but find that overall I am better at life and more productive throughout the day if I wake up early and illustrate first thing!  My creative process also relies heavily on my scanner.  I scan EVERYTHING with a texture I like because I never know when I'll need it.  If I'm having a day where I feel like I need to move slower or need a break, I focus on just creating new textures. This usually loosens me up and gets me rolling creatively.  Since my work is primarily composed digitally, most of the process for me is at the computer, but I try to make sure that each piece includes something made off the computer.  Lately it's been doodles that I create while watching TV in the evening, that I later scan in and turn into elements in my pieces.  I very often post photos of my creative process through work in progress Instagrams.  You can see them all by searching #scenesfrommyscreen.

And now, without further ado, I am excited to tag 2 talented artists who will be continuing the blog hop next week on their sites!

Melissa Iwai is a Brooklyn based children's author and illustrator that I was lucky enough to e-meet through The Make Art That Sells courses.  She has illustrated many children's books in her sweet signature style, which I LOVE!  I hope to meet her in real life- Hey, Melissa! Wanna grab a cup of coffee sometime soon? 
I am a big fan of how she portrays groups of people.   She captures expressions so beautifully and her work is really special.  My niece and nephew will definitely be getting some of her books for Christmas!  Below are a few of my favorite pieces of her and be sure to visit her site HERE! And she tweets HERE
Jacyln Carter is also a Brooklyn based artist! We met through my husband and instantly loved each other's Twitter and Instagram feeds.  Jackie has a beautiful card line and each one of her pieces just nails it every time.  
She has a great sense of humor and a love for paper (and washi tape) and all of that definitely comes through in her work.  Love Jac Cards recently made it's Stationery Show debut this year (yay!!!!) and I was lucky enough to get to see her beautiful, colorful booth.  I also must mention that Jackie is the best hashtagger I have ever met.  #youshouldtotallyfollowheroninstagram 
 Above are some of my favorites of hers, but she has loads of amazing ones!! Visit her site HERE!  Follow her on Instagram HERE! Join her on Twitter HERE

I hope you enjoyed reading about these amazing ladies who inspire me! Visit their blog's next week as the blog hop continues!