Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sketch

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

This is a sketch that got rejected a while back and I've been wanting to finish it. I spent yesterday and this morning working on it. As you can see, I finished up the kitchen and I added some friends peering in through the window enjoying Emma's performance. What do you think? I just might take this one to color.

original

finished sketch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Lopez Family

A quick illustration in honor of supporting my fellow latino families living in the US.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Eleven Madison Park

Hello and Happy July 1st! Oh my gosh, the weather so far in NY has been delish! Let's hope it stays like this through July and August.

This month over at WLTI, we decided to create some fun recipes for the TDAC website. I chose one that my hubby introduced to me that is from the Eleven Madison Park restaurant in the city, the Eleven Madison Park Pistachio, Coconut & Cherry Granola. Doesn't the name alone sound amazing!? Anyway, I like granola, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level -- we can't seem to get enough of it lately. Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Please click on the illustrated recipe to enlarge


Here's picture of the most recent batch that we made. The recipe says to bake it for 30 - 40 minutes, we like it pretty toasty so we usually leave it in for the full 40.

xo,
J

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy SUMMER!

Hello and Happy, happy SUMMER!

Lots to talk about here... First, I wanted to announce that me and the girls over at We Love To Illustrate Studio are back on track with a full list of FUN activities planned for the summer. We've kicked things off with a "Welcome Summer" theme. Stop by to check out some "hot" art and don't forget to visit us at the beginning of each month to see what we've been up to.

Here's my contribution: Summer is HERE! Let's beach it up! Don't you think this would be a cute advertisement for Baby Gap? That's what I had in mind when I was creating it. Hang it up in your studio or office to keep the sun shinning inside and out. ;) You can purchase the print here!


I also created this version with a white background, which didn't "make the cut" in my opinion, but I thought it would be nice to share it anyway.



Also, last month was my 3rd year attending SURTEX, and I have to admit that it gets better by the year. I had such a blast working the booth with the amazing Pink Light Team. These gals are the sweetest bunch, but don't let them fool you -- they mean business! Walking the show was another awesome experience. I got to catch-up with friends that I see there each year, as well as meeting some longtime friendships that I've created through the iternets ;) Nina, my WLTI buddy, being one of them plus many more. All and all, it was an inspiring show filled with mucho talented artists and just a good time catching up with my fellow artists buds.


Happy June! Wishing you a creative week/ month!
xo


Monday, May 11, 2015

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The Smelly Version

I am beyond thrilled to share this his AMAZING project that I worked on with Megan from Melcher Media, part of the Sensory Stories exhibition at the Museum of Moving Images. Not only did I get to illustrate such a nostalgic fairytale, 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', but it's also aromatic, hence the unique version that engages your sense of smell. And, to top that off, it's also animated!!! The book has selected scents placed throughout the story, so for example, when Goldie first smells the porridge coming from the cabin in the woods, the scent that you smell is apricot. The scent comes from a machine that is called oPhone, you can learn more about it over at oNotes.com. The exhibition is currently at the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, NY running through July 26th. The exhibition features the future of story telling with ground breaking new technologies incorporating full body immersion and interaction that includes touch, sight and smell. My illustrations are part of the exhibit for the world premiere of an aromatics story presented by oBooks. I am very proud and pleased to be involved in this amazing new innovative story book experience!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the sketches/ process with you rather then the final, which can be seen on my website. There are a few scenes that show Goldie repeated in order for the animation to work. These are not on my website, so I'll also share them with you here.

Part of my morning routine is to list things that I'm grateful in my journal, but today since most of my gratitude is about this project, I'll share them on here.  1. I'm grateful for Megan, the editor that found my work on-line and hired me for this project. 2. I'm grateful for my agency, Shannon Associates. 3. I'm grateful for my partner, who encourages me to break out of my comfort zone each and every day. Happy May Ya'll!








Thursday, April 2, 2015

Look and Look Again for Highlights High Five Bilingue

Happy April! I'm so excited to share this FUN puzzle project that I worked for Highlights High Five Bilingue. It's for the April/May issue. Can you spot the 20 differences? Click on the image to view larger.


And here's the sketch before going to color.


Monday, February 9, 2015

New Work for Capstone Publishing

I'm so excited to share this tween book series that I just completed for Capstone Publishings called "Questions and Answers". The books provide answers for a ton of questions about everything from best-friend squabbles and cell phone privileges to getting braces and surviving a bad grade. This is an extremely helpful series that I wish I had while growing up. Thank you, Juliette, for the amazing collaboration on this project. 


 Here are the beautifully printed books. YAY!


And, here are a selection of some of the interior illustrations.









Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hello and Happy New Year! I took a much needed two-week vacation at the beginning of the month. Yay! I went horseback riding, diving, and even did some cave exploration. It was an inspiring trip, just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing for the New Year. I'm happy to be back in Brooklyn though. I'm gearing up for an AMAZING year full exciting creative projects, which may require me to step outside of my comfort zone.... kinda scary and awesome at the same time!

Here's a little gift for you... My illustration group, We Love To Illustrate Studio, is starting the year with some FREE Greeting Card Downloads in honor of Valentine's Day. Here's my design. Enjoy!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

FREE Holiday Crafty Download

As a continuation of our tradition over at We Love To Illustrate Studio, we are creating holiday downloads for all of our followers. I created these Christmas designs for you to use as you wish, just print, cut, and either use them as gift labels or for your holiday scrapbook... or for whatever other crafty idea you can come up with. Enjoy! Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

xo,
Julissa

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Licensing samples YAY!!!

I just got these FUN samples in the mail from my rep, Mary Beth Freet. These adorable baby boxes were licensed to Enchanté Accessories. Thank you! I am in LOVE!



These graduation cards are licensed by RSVP. I love the way they came out and on such beautifully textured paper too! Thank you for the opportunity! 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Elves and the Shoemaker for Educational Insights

Hello! I'm so excited to get to share this lovely little Interactive Fairy Tale book that I did for Educational Insights. It's part of the popular Hot Dots series and it's available on their site here! Below are some sample spreads from my book as well as some of the other books in the set. 






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy October!

Hello and happy October! Lots of fun news to catch you up on and goodies to share just in time for Halloween. First off, Bee started our WLTI Free Halloween download kickoff with her adorable kitty boxes. Here's mine, a kind of silly haunted house. Enjoy! You can download it HERE


And now for the news, I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA, to attend an Illustrator's workshop for the weekend. About 25 illustrators were invited to learn more about Hidden Pictures, the history of the company and meet the wonderful staff. What an informative yet exhilarating weekend. Now, two weeks later, it feels like a long lost dream that I did not to wake up from. I love what I do, but there's nothing easy about being a freelance illustrator, and it's clients like these that make it all worth it. Thank you, thank you, thank you Highlights for the best weekend ever!

The Highlights Septemberists :)

my dreamy cabin nestled in the woods

And more news, I'm so happy to see my work is in this months issue of Highlights.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Scholastic Project -What Should You Do?

I get to work on a sweet little section for Scholastic each month called "What Should You Do?", and I finally got my hands on a sample to share. I also ran into to a slew of FREE teaching printables while browsing their site, a great resource for all of you parents out there. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FREE Back to School Printable

Hello there! Oh goodness it's been such a while since I've posted. I have been extremely busy with multiple projects - thank goodness hehe :) Hopefully this freebie will make up for it!

As you know my Illustration group is now considered a Studio. We've starting our first FREE download series, Back To School. Here's my set. 

These encouraging sayings are inspired by my fiancé. Occasionally he'll hide sweet little notes around my workspace. I love finding them! They always brighten up my day. Have fun slipping them into your kid's lunch bag, placing them on your co-worker's desk, or hiding them somewhere for your sweetheart to find. You can download them here!