Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NEW Super Smarty Super Hoot Pants

My brand new Super Smarty Children’s Pants are now available in my Etsy store, Super Hoot! They come in six new fabulous fabrics ranging from Orange Creamsicle Dream to Hardcore Splatter Skull. All the fabrics are 100% cotton, and each pair of pants features its own original, one-of-a-kind sewn cloth collage on the lower right-hand corner. The collages are fun little decorations that correspond to the fabulous fabrics and range from quiet, little leaves to lightning fast roller skates.

The new pants come in two sizes, Large and Small. The Large size is perfect for toddlers up to age 2+, while the Small size is just right for babies up to age 1+. These super styling, super practical pants are roomy & light with an elastic waistband, making them a great fit for energetic little ones of all shapes and sizes!

Shop the complete line of new Super Smarty Children’s Pants at and fall in love with juicy fruit, leafy green twigs and roller derby!

Super stars and pinwheels!

Rock on, Little Dude!

Skate on, Baby Girl!

Apples & pears!

Friday, August 19, 2011

NEW Fabric Design Sketches

Worm loves apples & oranges.

Rabbit loves strawberries & flowers.

Friday, August 12, 2011

SCBWI Conference Notes + Work In-Progress

The Annual SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles took place last weekend and I was there. The keynote speakers included luminaries such as Judy Blume, Gary Paulsen and Richard Peck, as well as more contemporary voices such as Laurie Halse Anderson and Libba Bray. And what stood out to me at the end was that all of them essentially said the very same things, albeit in their own way, to all of us sitting on the edges of our seats and leaning forward so eagerly.

1) Writing and illustrating in terrifying. So take heart, you are not the only one to feel this way.

2) You must dig down deep into your own truth. This is where your authentic voice and your personal, yet universal, story are.

3) Your path as a writer and/or illustrator is long. Your progress along your path is not a sprint. It is a marathon.

4) Your path as a writer and/or illustrator is distinctly unique to you. It is not possible to follow in anyone else's footsteps.

5) Writing and illustrating is lonely, because at the end of the day it's just you and a piece of blank paper. But thank goodness SCBWI is there for company in your downtime!

For me personally, these messages vacillate between being inspiring and being demoralizing. Nonetheless, I have returned to my studio and below is the progress I've made. Good night and good luck!

Transportation Zoo palette & color beginnings.

Fleshing out the cars and trucks.

Getting a sense of the background colors.

Just about ready to start putting it all together...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Super Hoot's First Product Placement!

My husband, Chris, is a movie poster designer. An awesome movie poster designer! (if I do say so myself). And below is a super cool video of him describing the creative process he went thru while making the horror movie poster "Father's Day." Plus, Super Hoot makes its first product placement appearance! Check out Chris's smokin' flameball T-shirt. Enjoy the show!