In addition to being an illustrator, I often work in Ceramics, Concrete, Wood, Stone and Metal. The gift and home decor product categories are exciting because they give me an opportunity to combine everything I've learned..
I love to research a topic, sketch my ideas, sculpt and hand-paint the figurines myself, as I did in both animal storybook sets. Frequently, I'll also propose packaging concepts: the Native American Animal Storybook and sculpted animals were appropriately packaged inside a wooden drum. "How the Animals Got Their Colours" was presented within a little book-box, complete with a window for viewing the animals.
My 360-degree drawings for the Garden Gnome were sent to a vendor -- and Voila! The gnome soon arrived at my drawing table, as charming in 3D as I had imagined him -- but plumper, of course!