Tuesday, December 3, 2013

And the Winner is....

Thanks to everyone who entered my second annual giveaway and congratulations to Kelly Stillwell, this year's winner! Check back often as I hope to host more and more of these giveaways as my kid's wall art collection grows.  

...In the meantime if you have ideas for themes/subject matter you or your kids would like to see on wall art, placemats, growth charts, or night lights I would love to get feedback in the comment section below. 

And if you didn't win but are still interested in this piece or others you can find them (on sale right now) at Oopsy Daisy ...it is available in prints starting at $29 and placemats along with the stretched canvas. 

Kelly, please shoot me an email - acfeagan@gmail.com with your mailing address and contact info.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Second Annual Fall Giveaway at AFI!!!

It's that time of year again, I'm hosting my second annual Fall giveaway for a new piece of kid's wall art, On the Farm! The wonderful people at Oopsy Daisy produced this as a 24"x18" stretched canvas wall art and I'll be giving it away to one winner in early December. This piece is also available as prints and placemats, so visit Oopsy Daisy to find this as well as many more of my wall art illustrations.

Entering is simple! All you have to do is post a comment on this blog post and you will be automatically entered to win.  Comments can be posted until December 1, 2013 at which time a winner will be drawn at random.  Please included your full name in the post and check back after the 3rd, I will announce the winner on the blog. 

Best of luck!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Stretch Canvas Wall Art available at OopsyDaisy

Just a little plug for my new piece 'On the Farm' available for purchase as stretched canvas wall art, prints, and placemats at OopsyDaisy. There are also many other pieces available as stretch canvas wall art here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The best thing about being an Illustrator

Sometimes it's hard to believe that I am lucky enough to get to spend my days drawing for a living, and waking up to an image like this in my inbox is just icing on the cake! 
The Summer of the Rabbits is the first book I illustrated which was released in March of 2012.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search - Competition Entry

Recently the wonderful agent Lilla Rogers announced a global talent search for the next illustrator to add to her brood of amazingly talented illustrators. Along with the fact that I love entering competitions, the chance to get my work in front of Lilla and the impressive list of judges sounded like an amazing opportunity. So I entered, was sent a brief for the first round, and immediately realized this project could be great way to push myself to take a few steps outside of my comfort zone.  

The job was to create a journal cover based on the theme 'old fashioned playground items'. The challenge I gave myself was to move away from the narrative children's book illustration I do a lot of and think about creating a flat graphic design that had some pattern and lots of contrast.  I really enjoyed the entire process and thought I would share the steps I took to create the journal cover below. 

1) After reading the brief I collected a lot of reference...I kept coming back to the comic Family Circus not because it really has anything to do with vintage playground equipment but because it epitomizes playfulness and fun. 

2) I then filled a few pages of my sketchbook with scribbles that eventually turned into this sketch which I scanned in, cleaned up, and formatted for the appropriate size.

3) I usually do not set too many rules about my color palette because I like to keep myself open to changes if something is not working, but for this project I knew I wanted to have a limited color palette that I stuck to so this is what I came up with:

4) My process is fairly simple. I build my illustrations in layers in Photoshop and then apply textures with clipping masks, so this is the stage where I'm building all of my shapes:

5) Adding textures and making slight color adjustments to colors:

6) Last steps were to add a few shadows and layout the final illustration in the required format:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Promos, Promos, Promos!

It's that time of the year again...promo time! It's a time consuming process but I actually love illustrating, designing and addressing new promos.  It makes me feel a little bit closer to all those AD's, designers and Creative Directors that can seems so far away while work remotely.  I usually try to send out a new promo 3 or 4 times each year and this round I'm trying something new.  
It's easy to do a mass mailing and hit 500+ contacts with one illustration but when you are sending to AD's in multiple markets usually only half...or less than half are actually going to be interested in the subject matter. So, for this round of promos I'm targeting 3 different markets and hopefully relating directly to each of my target audiences....guess we'll find out! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sassy & Troll

Just a little sneak peak at a new personal project I've been working on and playing around with some hand lettering.  More to come...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sandwich to Sundae: Uncommon Stories Behind Common Words - World Book Encyclopedia

Last year I illustrated a Child Craft Annual for World Book Encyclopedia about the formation of the English language. Soon after the publication of that book, they approached me again about creating some illustrations for a follow up book that focused on the stories behind some common words. I jumped on the opportunity since WB was so great to work with, and this series of simple illos. turned out to be a great project as well. I've included a couple of samples below to give you a feel for the book.

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Work from AFI

Here's a hodgepodge of new pieces I've been working on lately for clients, commissioned projects, and licensing...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tryon Elementary School Visit - Uncovering Earth's Secrets

One of my favorite parts of illustrating for children is the opportunity to go into classrooms and speak with the kids.  It's funny, every time I do it I learn something new from them and it's such a refreshing and inspiring break from the many, many...many hours I spend in the studio.  So, I was of course very excited to visit Tryon Elementary School in Tryon, North Carolina last week to talk to the 4th and 5th grade classes about the most recent book I've illustrated Uncovering Earth's Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution (which is available as a free download on the iPad here).  

Some of the kids read the book before I visited...check out their awesome drawings! 

Thank you to TES fro the opportunity and a great day! And thank you Deep Earth Academy for the posters, pencils, & tattoos fro the kids!

SCBWI Fall 2013 Conference Masthead Illustration

SCBWI Nor Cal recently hosted a contest to illustrate the masthead for their Fall 2013 conference, and I'm excited and honored to share that my illustration won! Along with free admission to the conference, my illustration will be used in all promotional material for the conference. All you local SCBWI members...I hope to see you there!!! To sign up visit: http://www.norcaconference.info  Here's my masthead illustration and some pullouts from it:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Daily Bride - New Vector Collage Illos.

I'm working on a new job for a UK based bridal website and going all vector for the first time with these spots. Here's a little sneak peek...

Uncovering Earth's Secrets eBook Now Available for free download!

I'm so excited to announce that the eBook I have been illustrating over the past six months, Uncovering Earth's Secrets, is now available for free download in the iTunes bookstore! 

Uncovering Earth’s Secrets is a children’s picture eBook about the JOIDES Resolution. Kids explore how drilling the ocean floor from this ship has allowed scientists to learn a great deal about volcanoes, earthquakes, extinction of the dinosaurs, and much more about our amazing Earth.

I would like to send a huge thank you to the National Science Foundation and Deep Earth Academy for making this project possible!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sneak Peek: Uncovering Earth's Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution

I've shared a little in the past about a new e-picture book I'm working on and trip I took last year on a research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution (see below).
Since sailing from Curacao to Bermuda aboard the JR, Kevin Kurtz has written, and I am in the process of illustrating the still images for our e-picture book: Uncovering Earth's Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution.  We thought it would be fun to share a little sneak peak from the book as we get closer to a release date.
Our text and illustrations are just the base of what will eventually be a fully interactive e-book designed for the iPad with games, animations, videos, print out coloring pages, links to the ship's website, and more. The story, illustrations and interactive elements will teach kids about the ship itself, the crew of scientists, and their research that is aided and advanced by ocean floor drilling.  I'll share more as we move further along and our first version of the ebook becomes available...until then happy sailing!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

AAA Traveler Magazine - Charticle Illustration

We are starting the year off with some fun new illustrations here at AFI!  I recently worked with Art Director, Lymari Acevedo to create this fun chart-illustration for AAA Traveler Magazine which was published in the Winter 2013 issue.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


2012 has been a wonderfully busy year for AFI and I just wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to all of my clients from the past year: University of Oregon, AAA Traveler Magazine, Girl Scout Councils in New Jersey, New York, & Virginia, World Book Encyclopedia, OopsyDaisy, Kismet Communications, Deep Earth Academy/National Science Foundation, Gauthier Publications, They Draw & Travel, The Children's Miracle Network, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, & The Book Shelf.

Along with the clients, I am so grateful for all of the interest and support from friends and family...thank you to you as well!  

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2013!!!  Check back in to see new projects, process, and personal work as I hit the ground running with a new book project this year.  For now I'll share my most recent promo...and get back to work.