Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer break business cards - digital design

It's the end of the school year, and to help keep my little one's social calendar full (and me sane) I've made these business cards for her. Now, I was a little reluctant at first, only because I don't want her info out there in the world, so I made an email account just for this purpose, instead of posting any other important info.

Hopefully this will help her keep in touch with her favorite people at her school this summer!

In the near future I think I will make more of these, some with photos, and some with illustrations for sale in my store.
Flying - digital and photograph

Just taking a minute from my work to do a doodle of the kids!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hawkeye and Meadow - digital illustration

Here are two illustrations that I have just added as prints in my Etsy store. (The Golden I've posted before on this site, but the cat is new).  More importantly, I am also willing to make CUSTOM illustrations of your pet! Just send me an email with a photo of your pet attached and a couple words that describe them best and I will make it for you! AND you are not limited to cats and dogs,  I will do any little creature you desire :)
Just send me an email at celestegs@rogers.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Canadian Wildlife Series - paper

I am very excited to introduce this new collection of paper animals. I am working with Canadian Wildlife to help the world see the beautiful diversity of animals we have here in Canada! I will be adding a new animal each month.  These three are available for purchase in my Etsy store.

These make great presents to yourself, or others ;) They are also great for children's rooms, especially baby rooms since babies are attracted to the contrasting colours as well as the textures in these pieces.

I am also available to do custom orders if you want families of these animals, or other variations!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

World Ocean Day - paper

Hi! Here is a free card you can save to your desktop and send to your friends and family to remind them of World Ocean Day! Below is a desktop wallpaper for you too!(click on image to get a larger version, then save to your desktop)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hi guys!

I decided to do something different today and post the process I went through on a recent (very quick) project I did for WWF Canada . It's WWF's 50th anniversary and in celebration of that, they wanted a birthday panda illustration for the front cover of their children's newsletter. I was excited and honored that they chose me to illustrate it for them.  As you know, I've done work with WWF Canada for the past 10 years (wow, didn't realize it was that long until I wrote it!)  So it was exciting for me to do this for them. 

I started with a concept. They wanted a Panda bear celebrating his birthday, something cute for the kids. So I started by coming up with a cute panda character design...

Then once I did that I made a list of friends that would celebrate with our Panda. Since this is for the Canadian newsletter, I choose Canadian wildlife, that is on the endagered or at risk list. Animals that I know WWF has programs set up for right now. Then I worked them into the composition. (doodle right of the panda designs)
Afterwards I worked on some roughs for the other animals to be placed in the illustration. 

Then I worked on laying them out, and creating a couple options for the editor at WWF.  

I tried to keep everything pretty natural, the decorations, the "table" even the candles ended up being bees wax lit by two very accommodating fireflies! Here is the final art (text and logo are part of the mock up, their in house designer lays it out, so the final print might be a little different then this one below).

As I said this was a very fast turn around project, I had 3 days from submission of roughs to final art.  So there are not as many revisions or steps that can happen in other projects, but this gives you a nice idea of how I work.  Thanks to WWF Canada again for the fun project! 

Check out their website for info on the animals in the illustration.
Woodland Caribou
Polar Bear
Vancouver Island Marmots
Black footed Ferret
Monarch butterfly
Burrowing owls
Northern leopard frog