Sunday, October 19, 2014

Printable Paper Masks for Halloween: Cat Mask & Bunny Mask

I designed these printable paper cat & bunny mask a while ago, but I thought you might have fun using them for Halloween.  You can draw, glitter or collage them to make them extra special and just how you like them.  They're all free!  Dontcha love that!  I hope you'll get into the Halloween spirit like me.  Yes, I love dressing up in costumes & masks!

Free printable cat mask---decorate it as you wish!

Free printable bunny mask---color, collage or glitter it just how you like it!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free Halloween Printables: Cute Bat & Ghost I Created for Little Gatherer

Last year, I created a free Halloween printable for Little Gatherer, but they didn't release it until after Halloween.  I was disappointed about that.  But this year, it's up and ready for you to download, print and make.

Free Halloween printables I created for Little Gatherer can be made into a garland for a Halloween party.

When I took the photos to show examples of what you could do with the free printable bat and ghost, I made a long Halloween garland and hung them up as decor.  But you could also print them out and send them as Halloween greetings or invitations. Can you think of any other ways to use this printable cute bat and ghost?  Whatever you do, I hope you have a lot of fun with them.

What will you do with my free Halloween Printables?  Could you use a cute bat or ghost?

Send a ghostly Halloween greeting or invitation with my Halloween printable.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Project: Creating a Zombie Birthday Card for My Little Niece

I created this birthday card a couple months ago, for my 11 year old niece.   But I thought it would be perfect as an October birthday card---you know---since this is the month of Halloween and spooky fun.  I went over the top with the pop up elements as you'll see below.

Zombie Birthday Card Front.

The inside of the gift that the Zombie Girl is holding.

The inside of the Zombie Birthday Card.

My niece said the Zombie Girl looked real.  I had a hard time with her.  I was trying to make her look cute, but still like a zombie---you know---not too scary for my little 11 year old niece.  I hoped Zombie Girl didn't look a little too much like Sally from the "Nightmare Before Christmas".  But I think she ended up being more of a point of inspiration.  

Why did I choose to make a zombie card for my niece?  Well, she goes around pretending to be a zombie to scare her little brother and sister.  It's pretty funny to see.  Not to mention, she has a bit of a morbid sense of humor just like me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Submit Your Suggestions for Printables & Artist in LA LA Land Blog

I've been blogging since 2007 and at first it was quite lonely.  I'm not easily deterred so I've kept at it for all these years.  Little by little, I've become more focused on what I want my blog to be about and little by little, you've found me and followed.  It's less lonely with you following.  Thank you.  

For the last few years, I've been blogging about paper art & crafts, the power of play and my own paper art, design and illustration projects.  But why are you following me?  What brings you back over and over again?  I'd like to know.  And if I'm not quite posting enough of what you've come here for, please submit your suggestions.  You can do that by adding a comment below or by emailing me (artistinlalaland (at) gmail (dot) com).

I'd also like to know if you have any suggestion for more printable paper dolls and paper play.  What would you like to print out, make and play with?  Let me know.

Monday, September 22, 2014

News & Updates for My Artist in LA LA Land Blog

Over the last few months, I think you've noticed I've been sporadic about posting to this blog.  Part of the reason for this has been that I've gotten more clients and more commercial artwork projects.  The other part has been that I've been extremely sick (I almost died).  I'm not going to get into it, but I'm starting to heal and get more energy.

With my new energy, I'm recommitting myself to this blog and establishing a regular weekly day when I'll add a new blog post.  I promise you that I'll post at least once a week on Sundays.  I've also updated the About Page and Contact Page on this blog.  Please take a moment and see what I've done and let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hand-drawn Designs for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing Company

Recently, I created some graphic designs and art for one of my regular clients, Cupcakes and Pastries, a Los Angeles Children Clothing Company.  It was fun drawing butterflies and and hand-drawn letters to help them convey their message. Below are some of the web ads and banners they created from my graphic designs and art.  I've shown the originals so you can see how they converted them.

The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries, children's clothing site with my hand-drawn lettering and butterfly.

My original hand-drawn lettering.

My original butterfly drawing.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn lettering and butterflies.

The web ad on Cupcakes & Pastries site using my hand-drawn butterflies.

The original look book page I designed for Cupcakes & Pastries with my hand-drawn butterflies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wolf Monsters Tumblr Features Artist in LA LA Land Wolf Man

I'm always tickled to discover when one of my paper puppets is featured on a website.  A couple days ago I found out that my Wolfman paper puppet was posted on a Tumblr account called Wolf Monsters.   It got 60 notes on it with lots of likes.  That was fun to see.  If you like wolf monsters, you may want to follow them.  If you want my Wolfman, you can download the PDF and print him at my Artist in LA LA Land shop here.

Wolfman Paper Puppet can be downloaded and printed from my Artist in LA LA Land shop.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Look Book for Cupcakes & Pastries Children Clothing

Cupcakes & Pastries is a children's clothing company based in Los Angeles and is one of my regular clients.  Below are a few pages from the fall/holiday 2014 look book that I created for them.  I thought you might enjoy seeing all the cute girls in all the pretty clothes.  I sure had fun adding subtle hand drawn elements to the look book. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search: My Illustration Entry

Did you know the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search 2014 is happening now?  I decide to enter it.  I didn't realize you'd have to do assignments.  I thought the studio would just look at your work and decide if you had the talent they wanted.  Well, the assignment was to create wall art that was inspired by terrariums.  It could be for children or adults.  Below is my entry and I wanted to make it appeal to children.

My illustration entry for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014.

I didn't make it into the semi-finals.  But you know what?  I like what I entered even if it didn't make the cut.  There are some really great pieces that were entered.  You can check out the 50 semi-finalists at the Lilla Rogers Studio blog.  There were 999 entries from 50 countries.  Now, that's a global talent search with steep competition!  Are you going to follow along and see who wins?  It could be fun to watch.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Halloween Printables & Paper Puppets Are Back at Artist in LA LA Land Shop

I can't believe it's almost Labor Day and time to think about Fall.  Time flies.  I've had customers inquire about my Halloween printables and paper play, so they're up and ready for you to purchase.  It feels too early to me, but here's what I saw at my local grocery store:

Halloween ceramics at the grocery store in August.

Aren't they cute?  They made me smile.

Find all the Halloween printables, paper puppets and paper play at Artist in LA LA Land shop.

Have a great Labor Day and enjoy the rest of this great summer before we cool down to Fall.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wedding Invitations Update: Owl and Pussy Cat

The bride who hired me to create her Owl and the Pussycat wedding invitations just sent me a photo of them printed out with the envelopes.  I appreciate that she took the time to share this and send me an update.  

I like how she brought out the colors in the invitation with the envelopes.  What do you think? If you received this invitation, what kind of wedding would you expect?  It looks fun to me. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Design & Lion Paper Puppet to Promote this East Coast Biking Trail

It's been a while since I last posted.  I really didn't think I'd ever become one of those artists or designers who had more work than time to put into their blogs.  But I'll call it a blessing to have these art & design projects coming out of my ears.

I designed the Facebook promotion for this East Coast Greenway Alliance photo contest.
My lion bike critter paper puppet made his appearance on it to get everyone excited about it.

One thing that I recently designed and that used my lion paper puppet artwork was the promotion of this 4th of July weekend photo contest.  It's for those who love to bike and who are using the East Coast Greenway for their 4th of July family fun. Take a photo & see how to enter this contest here.  They thought my lion bike critter would get everyone excited to get out and enjoy this hot, summer weekend.

Whatever you do this weekend, I wish you a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Summer with Mermaid Paper Doll

I'm still working on my clients' book projects and they're taking up a lot of my time, but I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and I hope you're having a great summer.  

On my lunch break, I'm going out and basking in the warm sun and gazing up at the blue sky.  I love feeling the sun on my face and watching the fluffy clouds go by.  Birds chirping make me smile.  Wind blowing through tree branches sound like a happy sigh.

What are you doing?  Are you swimming in the ocean and following the mermaids?  Here are some summer paper dolls that I've made to help you if you can't find any mermaids and sea turtles where you're swimming.
  1. Mermaid paper doll & sea turtle paper play set --- $4.00 for printable PDF
  2. Sea turtle & sand castle paper doll, paper play set  --- $4.00 for printable PDF
  3. Tropical fish paper doll & sea turtle paper play set --- $4.00 for printable PDF

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Before & After: Using Photoshop to Change a Mistake in a Painting

I may not be posting as much as I usually do because I'm in the middle of working 2 big book projects that need my illustration and graphic design skills.  It's been a lot of fun to get these projects, but it has forced me to be much more organized about my time.  Below is a little peek at 1 of the watercolor paintings I created for 1 of the books.

For this book, I'm creating the illustration in watercolor.  After I painted the portrait of this woman, there were a few things I didn't like about it.  I wished I could go back and change them, but I thought it would take too much time to do it over again.  Then I realized I could easily do the changes in Photoshop.  

Mostly, I wanted to change the position of the mouth and to elongate the chin.  No problem in Photoshop.  Once I started making these changes, I decided to do a few more.  I made the brows a little more angry.  I pushed up the nose a little.  I added some white highlights and finally I faded the edges of the painting.  What do you think of the changes?  Have you ever used Photoshop to do some quick changes to your artwork?


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