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Even I am shopping my own products on this deal! Click on the image above to go to my shop and you will get free shipping + $5 off each individual item in my shop! Or, click here to go to my shop.

Promotion expires March 9, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

I am excited! Happy shopping!

DIY: Ella’s Birthday Card

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One of Connor’s classmates, Ella, gave Connor a big toy truck for his birthday. Connor loves it so much! We want to do something special for her big day as well, which is today.

Apart from buying a gift, I quickly doodled up a birthday card that is semi-customized. I reused the illustration I created for Connor & His Yoga Babies Friends, changed the hair style a bit to make her look more like Ella. To be very honest, I don’t know Ella too well as I only see her occasionally at daycare pick up / drop off time, so I can’t say this reflects how she is like at all, but it is cute nonetheless! I also added more birthday elements in vibrant pink and blue.

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My Favorites from MATS Bootcamp, February Gallery

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As I wrote about it on my previous post, I have joined the Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp by the wonderful Lilla Rogers, one of the top illustration agents in the world. Each month we’ll get an assignment, which is broken down into weeks. We will finished by the third week of the month and submit to the gallery. The February gallery went live two days ago. The theme is about cuckoo clocks, and the media is cellphone cover. And there were over 400 wonderful submissions to it.

I finally had a chance to see it myself, and I was overwhelmed by it. There are a lot of talent, but there are just too many to look at! So, I picked out 20 that caught my eye, and I like the most. There are so many of them that I liked, but I want to limit to 20 so this post will somehow come to an end (!) The order is random. Below are the links to individual pieces within the gallery (which links to the artists’ respective portfolios), and reasons to why I like them:

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Lilla Rogers’ Illustration Bootcamp

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I have always been a huge fan of Lilla Rogers, her work, and the artists she represented. She is one of the top illustration agents, and her clients are any artists’ dream: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Land of Nod, to name a few. I have reached out to her back in 2009, but my illustration work was not good enough to be considered by her for representation. I have just recently noticed she is holding e-courses called MATS (Make Art That Sells), and I have signed up for the boot camp class.

The boot camp class will go for a total of 6 months. Each month we will receive an assignment. The assignment is broken down into weeks. The first week we will receive the subject matter, the second week on the medium, the final week will be some extra tips, and finals will be due by the end of third week to be posted to a public gallery. We will create a total of 5 portfolio pieces at the end of the class. For the first assignment (February), we were asked to draw cuckoo clocks.

Originally I wanted to draw a cuckoo clock where my family of three will play in, sort of like the scenes in Mac Boutavant’s “Train Puzzle”. Then, I also wanted to explore the idea of a cuckoo clock in the form of a stylized Japanese temple.

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Greeting Cards with Custom Portraits

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I have met three very dear friends from my prenatal yoga class, they all had the same due date as I did back then. Needless to say, our babies have grown to become adorable little toddlers together! We have just had our joint birthday celebration not long ago, and I wanted to recap the little custom portrait cards I have created for them.

A few weeks ago, I have created a custom thank you card with Connor’s illustrated character saying “thanks!” on the cover. So, during Connor’s naptime, I changed the hair and clothing on the illustration, and made three more characters that are custom designed for each of my toddler friends.

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