Monday, June 20, 2011

X and O's quilt is finished!!!

Maybe if you've been following this blog you would have remembered my blue and white quilt. It was called the "Single girl in a Batik dress", "Devil in a blue dress", and now I'm calling it X and O's. Or hugs and kisses. Which I hope will become pretty obvious to you.

I'm very pleased at how it turned out.

I didn't do the all-over quilting myself. I used Kell's Quilting.

Kelleigh did a masterful job and I am really happy with my tic-tac-toe quilt. I just can't stop renaming it can I?

You can find Kell's quilting at:

She is one great girl!

All thanks to those who helped out, mainly my husband who is always very accommodating to my quilting/crafting obsession.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lullaby Book-Danny Boy

This particular song isn't a lullaby per se, but it is for me especially for my little boy,

Hope you like this illustration. I edited out the last two verses which focus very heavily on death. That and who really needs four verses in a lullaby? I don't so I cut them. I like being my own editor.

Danny boy, Illustration by Ruth Krueger

Original Sketch for Danny Boy

I had a couple hours today where I could do this project. I'm going to be uber busy with a wedding this coming week so I may postpone the next lullaby post until the week after.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Artists and Illustrators of whom I am extremely jealous-Stephen Crowhurst

Just found this guy the other day on

Stephen Crowhurst.

It looks like he's done work for Ford, Diesel, Zune, CB2 and more.

Here are some fantastic illustrations that are just lovely.

Stephen Crowhurst

I can see this as a children's book illustration. There's something about Stephen's work that reminds me of Samurai Jack.

Stephen Crowhurst
I could really love this is a print or a textile. Could you imagine a series of printed fabrics? I would totally buy it. I'm thinking......apron.

Stephen Crowhurst
I want this. It brings to mind 'I dream of Jeannie'.

Stephen Crowhurst

Stephen Crowhurst
Just lovely well crafted work. I hope to see more of Stephen Crowhurst's work going forward. I could see a partnership with Spoonflower the fabric digital printing company, or even a calendar of his work. 


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

lullaby Book-Over the Rainbow

The latest installment of the Lullaby Book-Somewhere over the Rainbow.

I hope you like it.

Over the Rainbow, Illustration by Ruth Krueger
 Here's the original sketch. I had tried to color in the flowers individually, but the file became so large it was unwieldy. So, it became just outlines of flowers in the rainbow and it's just as good. I hope.
Original Sketch

I am hoping to get one of these done a week until I finish them all. Not all the lullaby's ever, but all I have on my list. I think I have 5 or 7 more. I feel a bit insane for taking on this project while I have many many other important (to me) projects. So you will have to forgive me if for a couple weeks I go without posting another lullaby illustration. It might take a back seat to the other more deadline oriented things I have going on, like taking classes, or finishing sewing projects. I do really want to finish this project, for Danny. My little guy. So if you see me lagging behind, make sure to comment on it. I like incentive!!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Found this and it made me laugh

I found this today on and it made me laugh.
Anyone who has ever tried to draw a human being has dealt with this.


Cartoon by Grant Snider

Also, a little fun rap about how to do certain important tasks in photoshop. If you know anything about photoshop, it's funny.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lullaby Book-Hush Little Baby

Update: 6/6/11
Here is the revised version of Hush Little Baby. I think I like this version, where the goat is white and the Mockingbird is grey.

Here is the next installment of the Lullaby Book.
Featuring, "Hush Little Baby".

I never remembered the words to this lullaby, or rather even knew them past the first two verses. I started on this illustration yesterday and hated it immediately. So today in-between dropping of the quilt at the long arm quilters and lunch I finally worked out a sketch I liked, and finished it after putting the little guy to bed.

Here it is. It's much more subdued color wise as opposed to the last one but all the bright colors just weren't working for me.

Hush Little Baby, Illustration by Ruth Krueger

I'm starting to wonder if I should have made the billy-goat white.

Original Sketch
After a very unhappy first draft, I added the rest of the contents of the song: a looking glass, and a cart and bull. I'm happier with the final than with the first. I also perched the billy-goat differently. 

What do ya'll think?


Jason Munn

I was reading thru Grainedit and the first post was of a series of Posters commissioned by the Alamo Drafthouse for their Rolling Roadshow. Alamo Drafthouse is a restaurant/cinema in Austin and San Antonio and they are featuring a variety of iconic movies set in Texas.

The artist is Jason Munn.

It is wonderfully and simply made and I would like to see more of this guys work.

My absolute Favorite.

Jason, you blow my mind.