But first… a word about words..
Finally I gave an answer that some in the industry would actually consider a dirty word: ‘Commercial Artist’. There. I felt satisfied enough. Commercial Artist may be a term that artist’s derogate from, but I’ve come to use the word as a crutch for my elevator pitch. It is the simplest way to include everything that I do without leaving anything out. I love what I do, I’m very proud of what I do, and I think it is very important to answer correctly and personally. As you can tell the whole experience left me questioning the weight of words when it comes to labeling (especially one’s self). That is why I decided to not limit my new website to words. Introducing:
Sometimes when I need a pick-me-up I go on the web and find images of people and their pets enjoying the products I’ve designed. I find them on Facebook and one retailer websites where customers can leave pictures with reviews of products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:
If you’re the mommy or daddy of some of these babies, I’d love to hear from you and see more pics!
Book #2 for MeeGenius: The Queen’s Game
Paintings are all done and in good hands! Time for a well deserved rest and maybe a long awaited trip to the yoga studio.
In anticipation of tonights ‘Virtual Book Tour’ of ‘Right This Instant’ I’m releasing my Q & A with Christine Alemshah. Christine is the author of this adorable story and I have been so lucky to get to know her through email. One thing about the publisher, MeeGenious, that I love is that they let me choose the stories I illustrate from a short accumulation that they think may fit my work. When I read this story I knew it was going to be a winner. Christine’s work is wonderful and it’s been so great working with her.
Q: When did you discover you wanted to write children’s stories and what was the catalyst?
Q: Favorite animal ?
A:I love English Bull Terriers … and turtles.
So by the end of tonight I’ll be more then halfway through ‘The Queen’s Game’ (hooray!). In the meantime, I’d like to share these fun new toys I created for PetEdge! Although I didn’t get to do a lot of product development design for the up-and-coming Spring line; I did get to do a lot more for this Fall’s line (which I usually have little to no part of).
How cute are these??
And this next toy is probably one of my favorite things I’ve designed for PetEdge so far (because it was so much fun to create!) It’s a sound-chip puzzle! You see, there are places in the puzzle where you hide dog treats in, and in order for your doggie to find the treats he has to solve the puzzle. While solving the puzzle he’ll hear noises to let him know he’s on the right track. For instance to get the treat hidden under the bird tab he needs to push the bird and when he’s close to solving the puzzle the bird will start tweeting!
I know! So cool!! I’ll update my Polaris Studio website soon to show the rest of the new items. There are some colorful cat collars as well as packages.