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Welcome to my blog , The Hare Illustratère. I'll be posting about my art process and journey as an illustrator/author here. To find out more about my whimsical & elegant illustrations on nifty things you can buy, please Visit my other blog, The Art Hare's Wares.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Beary Christmas!

Brown Bear's Christmas Wreath
© Diana Ting Delosh
ink and watercolor.

BEARY CHRISTMAS
and JOY TO ALL!
 

Just thought I'd wish everyone Happy Holidays before things got too hectic around here and I forgot.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vote for...#22!


Howdy Friends - I entered my Snowman - Christmas in a  Greeting Card Design contest: Let it Snow and now the polls are open for voting. Anyone can vote. You don't have to be a member of the GCU community. Voting ends December 18th. Please view and vote for your favorite design by going to this link: http://gcucommunity.com/2011/12/13/design-contest-let-it-snow-time-to-vote/

Hint hint... my design entry is #22 ...wink wink.

Thanks for voting!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Illustration Friday - Brigade

SNOWMEN!
Ink & Watercolor
© Diana Ting Delosh
Here's my entry for Illustration Friday - A whole BRIGADE of Snowmen to usher in the winter holiday season. I was working on my motley crew of snowmen sketches when IF posted the word of the week and I thought they fit the prompt.

I created these snowmen for my POD stores*. The arts done -now just need to sneak in the time between assignments to make the illos into  "products". I know I'm a wee behind, at any rate the snowmen will be arriving into my various stores and depending on how you look at it they're either too late for this winter season or too early for next year's. In the meanwhile I hope you liked the preview.

Snowmen will be arriving soon at my *stores: 

Note to self: 2012 resolution #1 - create seasonal art 3-6 months ahead of the season for my POD shops. Give them time to build some SEO and all that other good stuff.

Friday, December 2, 2011

YAY -I Completed PiBoIdMo 2011!

I do solemnly swear that I have faithfully executed 
the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge,
and will, to the best of my ability,
parlay my ideas into picture book manuscripts.

WHEW! - so glad I completed the challenge, although with a dry patch in the middle I almost gave up. All in all even with a bit of creative block it was a lot of fun: reading the daily inspiring posts on Tara's blog, hoping to win a prize here or there. Most of all just having fun and knowing that I'm not the only one muttering PB ideas to myself for the month of November.

Now the work ahead and into 2012 is to flesh out at least 1 of these scribbled ideas into a real PB story - a PB dummy even!

For more info about PIBOIDMO please read or Follow Tara's blog at http://taralazar.wordpress.com/  

Friday, November 18, 2011

M-M-M-M It's a PBDummy!

M-M-M-M CUPCAKES
Scan of my Picture Book Dummy
All art and text © Diana Ting Delosh
Web/Portfolio - dianadelosh.com

Tah Dah - I'm so happy to say it's a DUMMY! I've been working  on this dummy , betwixt and between jobs and life and there were many times that I thought it would never be a cohesive piece.  This 32 page dummy is comprised of 2 finished colored spreads and the balance is loose sketches. I even created some yummy cupcake type for the title. Finally, here it is all put together and in time for my big portfolio review last weekend.

So how was M-M-M-M CUPCAKES PB Dummy Debut? I saw 3 reviewers; 2 editors from small to midsize publishing houses and 1 Art director from a large Big Name Publishing house. 

The Big Name Publishing House Art Director liked how my dummy demonstrated that I had a real sense of how a picture book should flow.  However her imprint was not interested in Concept Stories. 

Editor # 1 was also not looking for picture book illustrators although CB liked my portfolio and told me I could send her ideas and sample art. Sigh. 

However I really seemed to hit it off with editor #2. PG seemed to really like my portfolio and my dummies especially M-M-M-M CUPCAKES. She also really liked concept books as this mid-sized house tends to sell to libraries and schools, hence their lists are school curriculum driven. PG even quickly read through the brief text and gave me a few suggestions and permission to formally submit this proposal after I've made her suggested revisions as well as send other new proposals to her. YAY -very exciting! Keeping fingers crossed!

Note I did not mention the Publishing houses nor the reviewers by names. I have a superstition that if I talk too much about something prematurely I may jinx myself. More importantly though is that this is my experience and yours with the same company and reviewers would be your unique experience based on your work.  This review has convinced me to try a new strategy of picking smaller or midsize publishing houses as they seemed to be more open to acquiring new projects/illustrators. 

FYI: I only show my hard covered dummies in person at reviews, conferences etc. To submit this project as a Picture book proposal, I create a multipage PDF  from the 16 spreads (15 internal spreads plus the cover) that I can easily pop in the mail or even just attach to an e-mail, with cover letters of course. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PiBoIdMo 2011!


Here we go again! I just signed up for PiBoIdMo 2011,  Picture Book Ideas Month at http://taralazar.wordpress.com/. The challenge is to come up with 30 picture book ideas in the month of November (30 days). Just ideas - no outlines etc. -keep it simple and have FUN.

Last year I put my ideas onto index cards. Not sure if I'm using the same low-tech method for 2011. I may just scribble them into my journal and enter them on a running list. My 2010's participation in this challenge resulted in the current dummy that I'm almost finished with. Click HERE if you're curious about that project.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

SH-h-h-h -Feeling most mysterious!

It's all Hush hush and mysterious
 -just like my
feline super sleuth character,
Audrey Hepcat.
© DianaTing Delosh
Wow it's been awhile since my last post, but I have 2 good excuses:

1 -  I've been busy with illustration gigs. YAY! Unfortunately they have been mad rush jobs. BOO! Admittedly this is partially due to my own scheduling as everything: personal and professional seems to happen at once and I don't want to miss anything.

2 - Two of the jobs I'm currently working on are confidential. Which means no blogging about them. Drats! One of them is a bread and butter type jobs, so no problems keeping mum about it. However the other project is one that I want to show off some of the illos from so it's hard to be hush hush about it. The only thing I can say is that it's an E-book project and the illustrations are almost all done. Needless to say - I can't wait until it's finished and I can finally burst out with the news.

The only other thing I can say is that the E-book company found me via my web presence. So all this frenzied web activity does do something other than bring you more followers on Twitter and Linked-in. Keep on blogging my creative friends.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Fox and The Crow - Process

THE FOX AND THE CROW
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink, watercolor and Photoshop

Decisions, questions and hopefully solutions are a part of my illustration process. As the above illo was my entry for a fun group project, CBIG AESOP'S FABLE Illustration Catalog, the first questions was which Fable. Easy enough something that featured things I like: animals, food, nature. Sure I could've also used this as a challenge to draw things I don't like but as I was already in the midst of juggling other deadlines why stress. I did say this was for fun.

Decisions: the angle perspective of art - lot's of doodling. Decided to keep it simple as I wanted to show the goody falling from the crows mouth  as well as her "OOPs" expression and the triumphant glee in the fox's face and body. Also needed to decide on whether I was going the traditional route and illustrate cheese as the coveted food item. Some of the versions did not specify cheese so I thought I'd have some fun with it and do one of my favorite yummies, the rainbow cookie. Now that's a treat worthy of some cunning.  Ink in the foreground, main characters and paint.

Background Quandaries: Keep it simple or do the whole forest. Usually I'm not this indecisive but this time, who knows, maybe it was the August heat. Couldn't decide and went back and forth during the sketch phase. Decided on simple and then second guessed myself by adding in the forest after I had painted the foreground. OOPS! Painted out the forest with Gouache. Just could not stop myself as I impulsively added just a few trees over to the extreme right.  Muddled it up again! My only excuse for this lapse in judgement was that I was juggling multiple projects and clearly muddle brained myself. Forgot a major rule in illustration: Keep what is important to the story in focus. Thank goodness for Photoshop. Deleted the offending background and replaced it with a sky I had painted for another project. Sigh!

And there you have it the story behind the illustration.

My Fox and Crow illustration is my entry for this years CBIG group project the CBIG AESOP'S FABLE Illustration Catalog. The pdf catalog may be viewed on the CBIG website and all 26 illustrations are showing on the CBIG blogzine from September 1st through October 31st, 2011. See my FOX AND THE CROW  - CBIG Blogzine - September 23, 2011.

Monday, September 5, 2011

CBIG - The Children's Book Illustrators Group: AESOP'S FABLES Illustration Catalog

Wow it's been awhile since I posted on this blog. I've had a busy busy summer with assorted projects. Here, finally, for your viewing pleasure is one of them... the CBIG Aesop's Fables Illustration Catalog.  I'm also happy to be 1 of the 26 illustrators that participated in the CBIG second annual illustration catalog as well as the designer of this group effort. Please hop on over to the CBIG blogzine during the months of September and October 2011 where I'll be posting the illustrations from the catalog.

CBIG - The Children's Book Illustrators Group: AESOP'S FABLES Illustration Catalog: CBIG is proud to show off our 2011 Illustration Catalog, AESOP'S FABLES . Featuring the talents of 26 participating members, listed below in...

Friday, August 5, 2011

2011 Summer Postcard -Cupcake Cat


Here's my Summer 2011 self-promo postcard. As the main focus of my personal art this spring/summer has been my Cupcake dummy and I thought the cover art was bold and yummy looking - decided it would be a natural for the front of my postcard image. I was contemplating doing a larger size but I just wasn't sure if the added expense of printing and postage would equal any benefit in positive responses. One would hope it did but then one could hope for a lot of things.

Went to VistaPrint.com to see if they were running any sales and they were -YAY. Decided to go with my usual standard size but since they were having a sale I added a color illustration to the back. The design above for the back of the card is actually turned sideways but I'm showing it horizontally so you can have a better sense of it. Yes I measured my address label size to make sure I wouldn't be covering up any of my back illo with it. While I'm not sure if postcard size would matter - I think 2 illos maybe better than 1 to get the targeted art director or editor to look at my website.

The cards have been designed & ordered. They should arrive within 3 weeks. Which gives me time to update my mailing list. Maybe this year I'll actually do 3 postcard mailings as I'm always threatening to do.

Friday, July 29, 2011

IF: OBSESSION

ANTICIPATION
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor

Here's my entry for this weeks IllustrationFriday.com prompt - OBSESSION.

Kitten has an OBSESSION with cupcakes. He can't wait until they're baked, frosted and ready to eat. YUM. This is another scene from my CUPCAKE, story. Still working on the project between jobs & life. I can't wait until my half-baked Picture book dummy is fully realized. 

For another illustration from my CUPCAKE PB dummy see my June 16, 2011 post.  OR visit my website at DianaDelosh.com.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Art Hare's Wares: 1 Year Zazzle Anniversary Salebration

The Art Hare's Wares: 1 Year Zazzle Anniversary Salebration: "About a year ago, June 2010 I opened my Zazzle Shop DeloshDesigns* because I thought it would be fun to see what my illustrations looked lik..."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

IF: MIDSUMMER NIGHT

Arabian Night © Diana Ting Delosh
Ink and Watercolor
Here's my ILLO entry for this week's IllustrationFriday Prompt - MIDSUMMER NIGHT.

Can't believe that the midpoint of this summer and 2011 is fast approaching. What happened to my year?

FYI: this illo is available as a:
Giclée Print
Blank Note Card
Ramadan Greeting Card at GCU and CardGnomes
Postcard

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Twitter Effect on my PBDummy

Detail from an illustration from my soon to be finished picture book dummy, CUPCAKES
I usually try and do a Picture Book Dummy a year. My standing Deadline is Halloween. Doesn't always work out, but I try. This year with the help of TWITTER I'm ahead of myself.

It all began Nov of 2010 when I signed up to do PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month. See cute monster badge in side bar). A challenge I found on Twitter to come up with 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. Which lead to the #PBDummy challenge on Twitter - brought to you by KidLitArt in January 2011. This last challenge was to complete a picture book dummy by well - NOW. Wish I could say I've victoriously crossed the finish line but I concede I have not. This is by no means an admission of failure or defeat because having accepted the challenge I am that much closer to completing my PB Dummy whereas if I hadn't I might not have even begun the project. Which is what these creative challenges are all about. Helping you to achieve or grow as a creative, while having fun and even possibly interacting with other like minded artists.

So how far do I have to go? Well the dummy is all roughed out and the text, is pretty set. I actually continue to tweak both art and text throughout the whole process as I suspect do most of my fellow illustrator/writers. My "finished" dummy will comprise of 3 colored finished illustrations and 13 spreads of ink sketches. The illustration above is a detail from one of the finished spreads. I've even created some fun hand lettering for the cover. Well to answer the question I've still haven't reached the halfway point but I'm getting a bit done every week between jobs and sundry other art biz activities. Taking part in this challenge has helped me stay motivated despite all the interruptions and distractions. I see myself finishing way before my self-imposed Halloween deadline. In fact, I may even try and squeeze in this other PB dummy idea or at least begin it. Well, we'll see.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Art Hare's Wares: Father's Day Cards and New Store Promotion!

The Art Hare's Wares: Father's Day Cards and New Store Promotion!: "Howdy all just wanted to announce that I've opened a new POD Store DELOSH CARDS and currently there is a special 20% Discount on FATHER'S..."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: ASLEEP

Violet Dreams of Planting Seeds
Ink & Watercolor illustration from 1 of my picture book ideas.

Here's my illustration for this week IllustrationFriday.com prompt: Asleep.

Sometimes I try and dream up solutions to my art, writing or life. I ask myself specific questions about something I'm working on as I'm falling asleep. It doesn't always work but it's great when it does.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Illustration Friday: SOAKED

Rain Cloud Bunny
Pen Sketch

Bunny's having a Bad Hare Day. You know the kind - where you feel like there's a dark rain cloud following you wherever you go. And you know you're going to get soaked.

Bunny's Getting Soaked Here's my illustration for this week's Illustration Friday prompt. When times are tight and I have an idea, I like to do a quick ball point pen Sketch. Maybe  one day I'll make a finished illustration from this sketch but until then -this is it.

The thing with finished art is that it needs a purpose (at least for me).  This way I know what size/shape it will be. For example if this idea was to be a greeting card I would make it into 5 x7 or a size that would fit proportionally. On the other hand if this were to be a calendar page - April. I might want it to be a horizontal and fit 12 x 9 dimensions. This is probably why sketching is my only true personal art. All my finished art has a purpose and sometimes even an agenda.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Illustration Friday: SAFARI

Cheetah Stretches
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor

I would love to go on a Safari on the African Savanna to see the cheetahs, and capture them with my camera and sketches. Here's my take on the IllustrationFriday.com word of the week.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

IF: LESSON!

BEAVER SWIMMING LESSONS
Medium Point BIC® Pen Sketch
© Diana Ting Delosh


Here's my take on this week's IllustrationFriday.com prompt - LESSON.

Beavers are perfectly suited for their semi-aquatic lifestyle. The kits can float soon after birth. When they get a little bigger they take advanced swimming and diving lessons from their parents and older siblings. They will also take lessons in Dam building and logging. They really don't need floaties or goggles as they have an extra set of transparent eyelids that slide over their eyes. I was just taking some artistic license. 

I love learning new things but I hate it when experiences become just another lesson in life.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Art Biz sites: tried & results to date

OK time to  review the new things I've tried since January 2011 to beef up my illustration biz and any results to date.  Sort of a  review - that I hope you may find useful, keeping in mind that what works for me may not work for you and vice versa.

www.illustrationboard.com  - Free site, created by an illustrator friend. Nice because it just links to my website - dianadelosh.com and I don't have to spend time loading and updating art for  this site. It also has a FaceBook page so you can post news or share new work. Nice and laid back. However this site itself just began in January and to date it has just sent some traffic to my website, but hey, it's FREE and friendly.

arthareswares.blogspot.com - Started a new blog to hawk my functional and wearable art wares. In hopes of boosting traffic and sales at my stores: www.gcuniverse.com/dianascards,    www.zazzle.com/deloshdesigns*, wingedrabbit.imagekind.com. So far the results for this venture have been very interesting and unexpected. Yes, it has boosted traffic to my stores and I believe sales. The interesting news is that this blog, according to Google Traffic Analytic, has been my number 1 referrer to my illustration website since it began! That's going on 3 months in the number 1 spot. It has also made me aware of any weak spots in my stores that need to be addressed. If you don't already blog, definitely begin one and if you do, blog more. 

www.behance.net - FREE site. OK I was invited (anyone can join) but what made me sign up was their job board. They actually had jobs listed under illustration & drawing and not just jobs for someone who knows Adobe Illustrator. YAY. However this is one of those communtiy networking sites where you have to be social and friend other members and join groups etc. and load art etc. Personally between: LI, FB, Twitter, forums, etc. I'm a little overwhelmed by all this socializing and underwhelmed by the results. However you can follow me at: www.behance.net/dtdelosh and I promise I'll do likewise for you.
The Job Listings have been mainly for surface designs for functional ware: water bottles, iPhone cases etc. Which sound like fun. So I've added more florals to my portfolio and plan on expanding my illustration repetoire... and of course applied for a few listings.

hireanillustrator.com - $7 per week or annual fee. HAI gives you opportunities to stand out by submitting news, which they may feature on the home page (prestigious assignment, awards, etc.) or  just posted with thumbnail on the side bar. HAI also puts out a newsletter (monthly?) with some of the submitted news and of course their FB fan page etc.  Plus your item may also get picked up by their related site the thelittlechimpsociety.com. Meanwhile, I'm still figuring out what constitutes illustration news - is my new promo postcard newsworthy? Noticed that some artists announce their POD/Etsey news. Sure I could do this weekly but I'd rather not. I'm probably over analyzing this. Did submit my "Lucky Cat for Japan Aid" news item and I can even attribute a few sales to that. It is referring people to my website. No assignments yet, but it's only been 2 months.  Find me on HAI at: hireanillustrator.com/i/diana-delosh.

I've removed my Kidlitart Blinders as a result  of trying Behance and HAI. Time to create more art - round out my portfolio. Submit. Promote. Get assignments. Make things happen. Make news.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Spring Fling,
Ink & watercolor
© Diana Ting Delosh

Wishing all a
Hoppy Bunny and Eggy Day!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tah Dah - April 2011 Self-Promo Postcard!

Skunk, Bear, Bunny April 2011 self-promo postcard design
Ink & Watercolor © Diana Ting Delosh
TA DAH!  My 2011 self-promo postcard are ready to go out into the world... whew!

Normally I do 3 postcard campaigns a year but last year I never got around to doing my usual fall campaign. Fall 2010 I had a series of unfortunate events; beginning with my G4 crashing and dying a messy and untimely death - mid project of course. Is there ever an opportune time for computers to die? My latest mailing list was a casualty along with a whole bunch of files I had never gotten around to copying to my external hard drive or the new computer.  Luckily I did have the new computer in studio. Needless to say doing the 2010 fall  postcard campaign meant redoing the list. (Note to self: copy current labels/list files to the Lacie). Just the thought of the task put me in full procrastination mode - forget about any other disasters and dramas that occurred last fall. Suffice to say the 2010 Fall postcards did not go out.

Is a postcard campaign even relevant in 2011? Decided yes - I should quit stalling. While I don't get an assignment with everyone of my mailings - I do usually get a positive response. So back to trying to do 3 mailings a year.

What design to use? A totally new one or an image that's my current fave? I never know what to pick. The image is of crucial importance after all that's the one that will make them click on your website or not. Considered doing a new design until I read that postcard postage rates will go up April 17th - from 28¢ to 29¢! That decided it. Use a current fave and get off my butt and send it to Vistaprint.com.  Decided to cut my list in half for a  lean focused campaign. The printed cards arrived - early. Thanks Vista! My labels are done! Just need to stick on address labels and stamps and Voila they'll be out and on their way before April 17th! Whew - now that wasn't too bad!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rooster, Peacock & Beach

So what do Roosters, Peacocks and Sandy Beaches have to do with each other? Will the couples go on a romantic beach getaway? Do they have a barrel of fun? And how do the penguins figure in? Or don't they? Ah, mysteries abound but will there be a solution? I'm not sure but I hope to find out soon.
With Egg © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor.

Peacocks © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor

Penguin Beach © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor

To see more samples visit my website: dianadelosh.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

IF: TOY

BABY! © Diana Ting Delosh
ink & Watercolor

Here's my illo for this week IllustrationFriday.com word of the week - TOY. 

The toy crammed border was inspired by my dad announcing "We can buy toys again!" when I was pregnant with my 1st (about another lifetime ago). Needless to say when I was designing greeting cards more recently, his words inspired me to create this Baby Congratulations Card



Friday, March 18, 2011

IF: CULTIVATE!

GARDEN GAFFE
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor


The bunny family is at it again. Cultivating a garden takes hard work: watering, weeding and harvesting. My illustration for this weeks IllustrationFriday.com prompt - CULTIVATE.


I've been trying to cultivate the habit of working on my personal drawing or writing first thing, everyday. It starts me off on an upbeat mode, even if it's only for 15 minutes. Unfortunately it means having to get up earlier to squeeze it in before the daily grind of must do's and should do's eats away the day. Which means I should go to bed earlier and not watch mindless hours of TV into the wee hours of the night. Not the easiest thing to do for an unnatural lark.  

Garden Gaffes is available as a giclée print.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Art Hare's Wares: Designed to Support Japan Relief Efforts

The Art Hare's Wares: Designed to Support Japan Relief Efforts: "Like many of you I have been horrified by the Earthquake/Tsunami disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. To do something to help I hav..."

Friday, March 11, 2011

IF: STIR!

Baking Bunnies
© DianaTing Delosh
ink & watercolor

When the Bunny family bakes together all sorts of things get stirred up and chaos ensues. This is an older piece but couldn't resist posting this as my entry for this week's IllustrationFriday.com prompt: STIR.

I need to stir things up, make some noise, get some attention for my art. dianadelosh.com

FYI: This illustration may be purchased as a giclée print from my gallery at wingedrabbit.imagekind.com/animals

Friday, March 4, 2011

There's Good & Bad Spec Art

Spec art - a Big No No - or is it? Many organizations , like the Graphic Artists Guild routinely advise to "Just Say NO to Spec Art!" On the surface I whole heartedly agree. But I think there needs to be a distinction made between Bad and Good spec art and how to tell one from the other.

Good Spec Art.
Now there's nothing wrong with a potential client asking to see how you would visualize their concept - asking for and paying for it with a fee. Since they're spending money they tend to really narrow the pool of illustrators and there is a good chance that there will be a paying project in the future with them.

There are even some fields where creating spec art is the norm. When I first freelanced for greeting card companies I would submit 3 - 6 finished art for greeting card designs. The companies provided potential freelancers with art specs. Example: size 5 x 7", schedule for reviewing art for birthdays, Christmas, etc. They did not review sketches or samples that were not formatted for cards. They just wanted to see your  available to be acquired art. it should be noted that the companies rarely approached artists to do spec. Rather it was the artists researching the companies to see how to submit art. Yes they bought some and did not buy others. True to it's name it was a speculative endeavor - but if you were interested in freelancing for Recycled Paper Products, Inc and other card companies back than that was the game. I believe it still works the same but I have not approached them in recent year.

Anytime you create a manuscript/picture book dummy, visual activity for a magazine, etc. you are creating spec art. You're taking a gamble on creating your  project and submitting it to the right place. The distinction is that it is a self-generated project and most likely some of it makes for nice portfolio pieces.

There's also a gray area. About a year ago I attended a seminar where the Guest speaker a prominent editor from a kids publishing house. Mentioned that he was looking for illustrators for the following manuscripts that were already under contract. He gave out a brief synopsis of each picture book and invited us to submit appropriate samples. Now if you just happened to have art  that fit  - great. BUT what if you didn't but wanted to be considered. Your only choice would be to create spec art -assuming you had the time. Which is what I did - with eyes wide open that the odds were against me. Did I get the contract - no. But I did get portfolio pieces out of this endeavor as it filled a gap. Maybe next time - I'll be able to just send a sample.

BAD Spec art the kind you should always say NO to - is usually requested by someone else as a sample to show how you would approach a project.... and if they like it ... you get the job, contract etc. The problem is that they are not just satisfied with looking at the samples in your portfolio that already show that you can do "it". What they want is art specifically created with their specs for free. You are handing them a free layout, sketches, finished illustration etc. In other words a cattle call that rarely results in getting the job. Now if you have cute mice in your portfolio, why should you draw 1 more cute mouse  in a flamenco dress for said person/company. Yes this is a request for spec art I actually received after I sent them to my animals portfolio and even sent them lo-res jpg samples of my illos of my mice in various outfits. In this case if you did honor the spec request you would not even get the benefit of having a nice  new illos for your portfolio because it would not add anything new to it. As to getting the job - most of the time it never materializes.

The keywords here are requested, Free art and self-generated.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Now on HAI!

I've been eyeing this illustrator's portfolio site hireanillustrator.com for about a year and I've finally made the leap. What I like about HAI is that it focuses on illustrators only. Not illustrators, designers, writers and etc.  However it is a general illustration site versus a childrens illustrations only site. Which I'm hoping will be a plus, showcasing my work to new uncharted markets.  I've also heard from illustrator friends that HAI is very proactive in promoting and that they've gotten inquiries and work through this site. Sounds great but I know from experience that just because it worked for them doesn't mean it will work for me. There are many X factors - such as timing and luck as well as tastes, trends and the economy. Not to mention the energy level of the illustrator in generating buzz. One small con is that it's a UK* based site -but with the ability to send art as files etc. location does not seem to matter. Yup I've signed on and am keeping my fingers crossed. So without further ado - Here's the link to my HAI portfolio:  hireanillustrator.com/i/diana-delosh.
*childrensillustrators.com/DianaTDelosh is also a UK based site - how I know location does not matter.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bunny Post #15 - Hoppy Dance!

BUNNIES DANCING © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor
Bunnies doing the Hoppy Dance - because Spring is on the way - YAY!
I'm doing a hoppy dance too - as I've actually fulfilled my obligation to post bunnies for 15 days.  


Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 15 Bunny Posts and that's all folks. Happy 15th day of the Year of the Rabbit. Wishing all Good Luck and Good Fortune for the remainder of the Year.


Be on the look out for these dancing bunnies as they will soon be hopping onto my cards at www.gcuniverse.com/dianascards and other nifty things at www.zazzle.com/deloshdesigns*. I'll probably announce their debut at arthareswares.blogspot.com 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bunny Post #14 -5 Friends




5 Friends, © 2006 Diana Ting Delosh, Ink & Watercolor

Hare and her friends are running through a field of wild flowers. They have balloons, plans, carrots, wonder what they're up to. This illustration is available as a giclée print at wingedrabbit.imagekind.com

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 14 Bunny Posts down and just 1 more hopping up. Happy 14th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bunny Post #13 & IF: SWEATER!

BUNNY SWEATER - © Diana Ting Delosh - Ball Point Pen
The SWEATER looked different than how Bunny imagined it would.

Here is my illustration for this weeks illustrationfriday.com prompt - SWEATER and it's also doing double duty as a Bunny Post*.

Sometimes this is how my writing progresses. My story is all mapped out in my brain  - concise and elegant prose. It should just flow onto the paper. Then I sit down to actually write and it morphes into bloated, awkward text. Only after much angst and many revisions does it match the original dream.


*Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 13 Bunny Posts down and 2 more hopping up. Happy 13th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bunny Post #12 - Valentine's Day

Picnic Hares © Diana Ting Delosh

HOPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
The Picnic Hares design is available as: Valentineand Anniversary cards at www.gcuniverse.com/dianascards.

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 12 Bunny Posts down and 3 more hopping up. Happy 12th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bunny Post #11 - Surprise!

The Egg Artist © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor
Sometimes when you least expect it, your work surprises you.

Bunny Egg Artist design is available as an Easter card in my store, www.gcuniverse.com/dianascards.

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 11 Bunny Posts down and 4 more hopping up. Happy 11th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bunny Post #10 - Hare with Laptop

Hare with Laptop © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor
Detail from illustration used on a self promotion postcard announcing my Illustration Website.

I have to make like this hare and get to work on my latest Picture Book dummy venture. Sometimes I draft the whole story first than thumbnail than draft etc. This time around I find I'm doodling, then outlining, than sketching than back to scribbling words. My text isn't ready for me to type up yet  but the art is taking shape in a very rough form. Working in a random pattern rather than linear. Not saying one method is better than the other, just that this is how my current project is unfolding.

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 10 Bunny Posts down and 5 more hopping up. Happy 10th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bunny Post #9 Baking Bunnies

Baking Bunnies, ink & watercolor, © Diana Ting Delosh
Kitchen Calamities ensue when this family bakes together. 
Currently I'm working on another Picture Book* idea; drafting the story and trying to decide what animal characters to use. The only thing I know for sure is that it will have an animal characters. They will be clothed and there are some cooking/baking scenes and of course baked goods. The question remains what type of animals? Rabbits as in the above illustration? Bears? Cats? Squirrels? Will have to mull this over in my sketch book.


*I'm participating in the #PBdummy challenge over at the KidLitArt blog. Read more about the challenge HERE - scroll down to the 1/4/11 post.


Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 9 Bunny Posts down and 6 more hopping up. Happy 9th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

BakingBunnies Art Prints by Diana Delosh - Shop Canvas and Framed Wall Art Prints at Imagekind.com

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bunny Post #8 -UGH!

UGH © Diana Ting Delosh In & Watercolor

Sometimes things just don't work the way you want them too.
Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 8 Bunny Posts down and 7 more hopping up. Happy 8th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

IF: REVERSE & Bunny Post #7

REVERSE © Diana Ting Delosh Pen sketch

This is a quickie ball point pen sketch for this weeks IllustrationFriday prompt, REVERSE. If you're not going forward, you may be going in reverse. On the otherhand there are many times I wish I could hit REVERSE and UNDO a few OOPS. Here's to moving forward to better times and reversing our misfortunes.

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb 17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 7 Bunny Posts down and 8 more hopping up. Happy 7th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bunny Post #6 -Yah



Amy, Crow & Yah - ©Diana Ting Delosh - Ink & Watercolor
Yes - it's a stuffed toy bunny, but it still counts as a bunny.   When I was very young my favorite stuffed animal was a yellow bunny that I called Yah. Leap over to my portfolio at http://dianadelosh.com.


Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2011. 6 Bunny Posts down and 9 more hopping up. Happy 6th day of the Year of the Rabbit.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bunny Post #5 - Dream Hare

Dream Hare © Diana Ting Delosh Ink & Watercolor

Hare dreams of growing wings and flying to the moon.
Here's to dreaming big.

Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb17th to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 5 Bunny Posts down and 10 more hopping up. Happy 5th day of the Year of the Rabbit. 

Dream Hare is available as a New Year, Birthday and Note cards at www.gcuniverse.com/dianascards. You may change the inside greetings of any card to suit your needs.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bunny Post #4 - Animal Characters

Mother Hare & Fern Painting in the Garden
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor
My friends and family frequently appear in my art as animals. I find basing my characters on someone grounds them, makes them distinctive. The costuming of the characters and the subtle gestures, poses bring a character, human or animal to life. My Mother Hare and Fern characters are based on my mom and my daughter, Renee and the overflowing lush setting is my mom's garden. We illustrators set the stage and cast, costume and direct the actors. Our illustrations are the play.

FYI: This illustration is available as an art print MHare & Fern  at wingedrabbit.imagekind.com and as Mother Hare & Fern - Note at gcuniverse.com/dianascards.com

4 Bunny Posts down and 11 more hopping up. Posting bunnies from February 3rd - Feb17th.  Wishing all a prolific, productive and prosperous Year of the Rabbit.



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bunny Post #3 -Hare or Tortoise

Tortoise/Hare
ink & watercolor
© Diana Ting Delosh

Slow and steady like the tortoise or fast and in leaps and bounds like the hare? As an artist I'd like to be steady and reliable like the tortoise but create fast and reach new creative heights like the hare.


Happy 3rd day of the Year of the Rabbit.  3 Bunnies posted, 12 more to come. A bunny post a day (from February 3rd to February 17th) for hoppiness in 2011.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bunny Post #2 -Wormy Apple

Yuck!
© Diana Ting Delosh
ink & watercolor
This is an illustration from Bunny Apples,  my picture book dummy and manuscript that I'm currently shopping around to the publishers. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for this one. Hop over to my portfolio at dianadelosh.com to see more.

Happy 2nd day of the Year of the Rabbit.  2 Bunnies posted, 13 more to come. A bunny post a day (from February 3rd to February 17th) makes the bad luck go away.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Year of the Rabbit! - let the Bunny Posts begin!

Robed Hare
© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor

Wishing all a Hoppy, Creative, Prolific and Prosperous 2011!

To Leap into the Year of the Rabbit I'm going to post a Bunny a day for the first two weeks of the Chinese New Year. Starting today Feb 3 - Feb 17th -  that's 14 bunnies plus 1 for good luck! Here's Bunny Post #1.

This hare brained idea was cooked up between Me and my illustrator friends, Ginger  and Mark . We'll also be posting bunnies on the IllustrationBoard Facebook site. 2 ways to Join in the fun by commenting and sharing a link to your blog's bunny post for me to see and OR Posting your bunny pix on the Illustration Board's FB page. 

FYI: this illustration is available: 
as a Giclée Print - wingedrabbit.imagekind.com
various Greeting Card Designs: gcuniverse.com/dianascards
on Nifty Stuff: zazzle.com/deloshdesigns*  


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog's Day 2011

Groundhog Awakes!
© Diana Ting Delosh
ink & watercolor

It's been so brutally cold and snowy this winter that I want to believe in the power of groundhogs. According to news reports, Puxatawny Phil did not see his shadow which means spring will come early. YAY! Happy February 2nd -Groundhog's Day!

Tomorrow February 3rd is the start of Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rabbit. To celebrate I'll attempt to post a  rabbit illustration a day for the first 2 - weeks of the Chinese New Year. Having 14 bunny illos isn't a problem - after all I am the the Hare - it's the daily posting that may bamboozle me. That and the fact that I'll be on call for jury duty for part of this period. I guess I better plan ahead to post.

Fellow artists: I hope you'll join me by posting your own bunny images on your respective blogs. Let's make it a Hoppy 2011.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Judy Adamson's Art and Design blog: Guest Post by Illustrator/Author Diana Ting Delosh...

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my friend and fellow GCU and Zazzle artist, Judy Adamson. Please click on the link below to jump to her blog and read the interview.

Judy Adamson's Art and Design blog: Guest Post by Illustrator/Author Diana Ting Delosh...: "Our guest post this week is an 'email interview' with Diana Ting Delosh, illustrator and author, whose work I have very much admired ever s..."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

IF: CHICKEN

CHICK CHAT
© Diana Ting Delosh
ink & watercolor

Here's my illustration for this week's Illustration Friday prompt - CHICKEN. It's an oldie but it fits and it still makes me smile.

CHICK CHAT is my homage to my days as a production artist in what was then called the stable. I miss the comraderie of those days. I don't miss the insane deadlines but wait as a freelance/independent artist I still encounter insane deadlines. Originally this illustration was a design that I had submitted to  several greeting card companies that I freelanced for. They all passed on it - but I still believed in this design. Today you can find it as an Easter card in my store - greetingcarduniverse.com/dianascards

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ta Dah! The Art Hare's Wares Blog Opening.


Grand opening - my new blog - THE ART HARE'S WARES. This blog will focus on my whimsical and elegant art  that is available for purchase in my:
• Card Store at greetingcarduniverse.com/dianascards
• Gift  Store at zazzle.com/deloshdesigns*
• Giclée Print Gallery at wingedrabbit.imagekind.com
As well as any other news of my art and writing when they're available in a retail way.

Having this other blog where I can feel free to hawk my wares will allow me to keep the focus in this blog on the creative journey/process. This way I won't be turning off the editor with my hawking and the fan looking to see if they can buy my art as a print won't be bored silly with my post about the submission process or tutorial about making a soft bound dummy or any of my other artsy interests. Different blog posts for different folks.

I'm hoping that having this other blog will help me to ramp up my promotion which will result in increased sales. And if this experiment in art sale promotion works  -I'll report it here.