Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tiny Tuesday

image © Sarah Neuburger, 2011.
How funny are these tiny mustaches over at The Small Object. If I had a pet and/or baby, I'd be taking some pretty hilarious photos with these little mustachios!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Inspiration Monday

I watched Suzie Templeton's Peter and the Wolf over the weekend. It was so good! The color palette was beautiful, and the lighting was gorgeous. It was so lonely, still, and full of danger. Plus, I have a penchant for purely visual storytelling so I was really tickled by the absence of dialogue.

I was so inspired by watching this movie that I made a Peter and the Wolf illustration. The original is for sale here, and prints are available here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Button Sets

The first ever Two Happy Apples button set is now available in the shop!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tiny Tuesday

Today's Tiny Tuesday is 'Dot. The world's smallest animation' from Sumo Science at Aardman Animations. It's a  microscopic stop-motion film that totally reminds me of Little Big Planet. I have so much respect for the artists who create stop-motion animation, it is truly a labor of love. (it took these guys an entire day to make 4 seconds of animation!) The technology they used is nuts. It's a Nokia phone with a microscope attached to it! You can see a making of video here.

I found out about 'Dot.' from my friend and fellow artist Maria Scavullo. You can check out here work here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Inspiration Monday


I get really inspired by the art of children. It's so honest and unselfconscious.  I love the way they deal with space, and how they figure out how to communicate visually.  There is a great chart covering the phases of artistic development in children here.

I'm not the only one who is inspired by children's art. The people over at Aminals make adorable stuffed animals based on children's doodles. I think small bayer is my favorite, but they are all so gosh darn cute!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tiny Tuesday

images © Chet and Dot, 2011.

I've always thought tiny things were especially cute. But I think its taken on a whole new dimension since I started working tiny myself. (on these little guys) I'm getting obsessed with itty bitties, and I think the best way to channel that is to share what I find here. So, Tuesdays are about to get real small in a segment appropriately entitled Tiny Tuesday. 

The inaugural Tiny Tuesday features the wee treasures over at Chet and Dot. Jenn makes such sweet work and her felted creations just make my heart jump. I completely lost it when I saw her apple! And I think her snail is just about the best ever. So small, so cute.

Inspiration Monday (on Tuesday)

image © Belle and Boo, 2011.

Today's inspiration comes from Mandy Sutcliffe of Belle and Boo. Not only has she created a wildly successful business, she makes some of the most precious illustrations around.

I love her vintage-turn-of-the-century-children's-illustration vibe. I'm so inspired by how she captures the wonder and adventure of childhood. And her colors are gorgeous! So, thanks Mandy, for keeping us connected to the sweetness of youth.

Monday, March 14, 2011

tiny custom portraits!

I'm super excited to announce that I am now offering custom portraits in my shop!

I have wanted to do portraits for a while so when I found these miniature canvases, I knew this was it. They are only 2"x 2" and can fit in the palm of your hand! I had a blast working on them & hope to have more portraits to paint soon.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Inspiration Monday: Adora Svitak

I recently watched Adora Svitak's TED talk and found it really inspiring. I'm someone who gets an idea for a project and immediately afterward finds a million reasons why it's not such a good idea after all. So, I loved hearing Adora talk about why children have such creative minds. They dream big, she says, because they aren't burdened by the notions of failure or practicality. What a free way of thinking! Her words have encouraged me be less restrained and just let those ideas flow. Thanks, Adora!