Travel Zines Coming! Soon? Maybe.

I LOVE to create as much as I can when I travel. I recently packed in many, many sketchbook pages on a recent trip to Maine. Making art specific to a place is of great interest to me and I'm exploring this as a possible new business venture and focus for my art. I've had a ton of interest in a zine or mini-travel book of my Maine illustrations and so I'm working on it! Please check back in September for a new shop in my website.

Please take a look at a little video of my Maine sketchbook on my Instagram page in the link below.

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgbVMXAxL6/?hl=en&taken-by=ceecliff_art

People Page is coming soon!

I see that I'm quickly gathering a collection of people illustrations, and so, I'll set up a new section in my website just for them.

I really enjoy this work and would be super excited to have more of it!

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Uppercase Magazine!

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This is my aunt's beautiful, vintage, hat box. I now use it to hold sewing odds and ends and I have often wondered what sort of gorgeous hat came in this box. I will have this illustration appear in the next issue (July/August/September) of Uppercase Magazine! I submitted this color pencil drawing to their call for package illustration some weeks ago, and yep, they liked it!

Finding my tribe. A win-win.

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I joined and attended my first Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in October of 2017. During the conference they hosted an on-the-spot competition to illustrate a folder cover. So, throughout the day, all of the illustrators in attendance could work on their covers. We would all turn in our work at the end of the day, to be judged by the editors and art directors who were presenting at the conference. I was already doodling during the presentations—it's the way that I take "notes." My notes became characters and messages based on the presentations and I added them to my folder cover. Then something crazy and unexpected happened. I won the folder illustration contest. But the real "win" was getting up the courage to go, take my beginner portfolio, and meet my tribe. Such lovely, smart, and thoughtful people. I'll be there again next year.!

Finally. A website!

Hello Internet! A few days ago I gave myself a weekend to build an illustration website. That's two days. 48 hours. There is nothing like a near impossible deadline to motivate—I've always thrived on challenges and tight timelines. What does that say about me? And so, I did it. There is still more that needs to be done—tweaked—added—finessed, but for now the void is filled and it's a pretty darn good start. Check back for new and improved bits…

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