A girl needs a gun

posted by on 05.04.2012, under Girls With Guns

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transforming life into gold.

have a weekend,

xx ~joy

The Sugar Twins

posted by on 03.20.2012, under Art

This is a great “everyday” card by one of my favorite illustrators, Carrie Gifford, founder of Red Cap Cards.  She’s inspired by her childhood memories, her chihuahua, Bartleby, and her dad’s mustache.

More Carrie Gifford cards here!  She is also a children’s book illustrator at Writer’s House.

Some favorites.

I’m finding these very inspirational at the moment as Joy and I go on to illustrate our first children’s book with writer Rhoda Ostashever.  But that’s another story for another day, little ones.


I Want My Hat Back

posted by on 08.10.2011, under Art, Writing

Jon Klassen is an artist I have always admired, I just didn’t know it.

Today I accidentally stumbled upon his latest project – a children’s book coming out this fall called “I Want My Hat Back.”  Enjoy the adorable trailer here:

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back.  Yep, I can just tell this story is going to keep me on the edge of my seat.

I originally found Klassen on my favorite greeting card site.  If I’ve ever sent you real mail, chances are it was a Red Cap Cards greeting card.  I love em, can’t get enough.  Look!  I got this one for my husband’s 30th birthday:

I got the card because it’s obviously the best.  Turns out it’s a Jon Klassen card.

He’s also responsible for the visual development drawings for Coraline.

Klassen was also the designer behind U2’s “I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight” video, directed by David O’Reilly (although the character designs were David’s).

Now that I know the artist behind so many of my favorites, “I Want My Hat Back” is at the top of my list of Things I Want to Buy For Your Kids.

Available for pre-order here.  I can’t wait for fall!


The King’s 6th Finger

posted by on 01.20.2011, under Art, Writing

The King’s 6th Finger – Written by Jolby and Rachel Roellke, Illustrated by Jolby (Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols)

Found this the other day mindlessly scrolling through Drawn.  I love the illustrations, color and story:

It’s about an OCD King named Mortimer who is obsessed with the number 5. He has 5 towers on his castle, 5 knights on 5 horses … he’s obsessed.  Until one day he looks down at his hand and discovers that he’s grown a 6th finger.

You can get the book at their Etsy Shop for $16.95.  Visit Jolby and Friends blog to see more of their work.

They funded the project with donations from friends and supporters at kickstarter.com.  Their goal was $6,000 and they reached $8,000.  Such a good idea for funding, Joy, maybe we should do this?

They are trying to reach $10,000 to get more books printed and to make a donation to a charity for OCD.  I like people who use their art powers for good.  See their project here.


New Year’s Resolution 5

posted by on 12.31.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes

“my new year’s resolution is to wear high(er) heels more often” – db


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New Year’s Resolution 4

posted by on 12.31.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes
“my new year’s resolution is to quit smoking. ha – never gonna happen!” – lt


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New Year’s Resolution 3

posted by on 12.30.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes

new year's resolutions

“my new year’s resolution is to be more organized” – kb


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New Year’s Resolution 2

posted by on 12.28.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes

“my new year’s resolution is to workout and gain 25lbs! i have to!” – js

– noelle

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New Year’s Resolution 1

posted by on 12.27.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes

new year's resolution

“my new year’s resolution is to win the lottery” – jb


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New Year’s Resolutions for 2011!

posted by on 12.27.2010, under Art, Holiday wishes

new year's resolutions

hello again!

hope everyone is having a lovely holiday.  we are snowed in and enjoying the cozy fire.

after many requests to continue our drawing-a-day series from the 12 days of christmas, noey and i have decided to do a drawing-a-day leading up to the new year!

please send us your resolutions.  we’ll pick 5 and create something adorable for each day ’til the 1st.

let us know asap and we’ll get to the digital drawing board…