Thursday, September 18, 2014

International Dot Day 2014

Hummingbird "Dot" by Lisa M. Griffin, 2014
Hello!
It has been too long! Sometimes I find the social media juggle to be quite busy... plus I get caught up in being creative lil bee in the studio that before I realize, it has been months without a post. Literally! So if any of you other creative types have tips on how you balance better posting, please share below.
This week was the wonderful International Dot Day 2014 which began with the amazingly talented Peter H Reynolds - what an inspiration that man is. Happily I participated and made my mark to share with the world.
Have a wonderful week!
Lisa

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

High Sea Adventure

c. Lisa M. Griffin illustration
Slight revamp of this illustration following the SCBWI conference.
I love seeing/hearing kids reactions to this piece - so fun to get all the different perspectives.
Have a wonderful, creative week!
Lisa

Friday, May 9, 2014

IF - Voyage

Illustration by Lisa M. Griffin  -  Lions, and tigers, and bears (and flying Mandrills)! Oh, my!
I couldn't think of a more magical voyage than what Dorothy Gale experienced during her visit to the land of Oz.
This is an illustrated piece that I recently completed for a SCBWI conference and I felt it was quite appropriate for the Illustration Friday prompt this week.
Have a great weekend!
Lisa

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NESCBWI 2014

"Great children's books are wisdom dipped in art."
- Peter H. Reynolds

Thank you Peter H. Reynold's for the tip - finding inspiration and writing it down on a napkin.
This photo is affectionately titled "Author-ish"

Such a powerful quote. I wrote it down during the NESCBWI conference this past weekend. Peter H. Reynolds gave the keynote speech on Saturday at the conference and he was an amazing ball of positive energy. As an admirer of his for many years and fan of The Dot Club it was wonderful to hear him speak and even more amazing to be in his fireside chat group that followed.
What is truly wonderful about a weekend spent at a SCBWI conference is the energy - good vibes that are bouncing off walls, dancing around rooms and crackling through hallways. Whether it is nervous excitement, shock and awe, admiration, happiness, friendship, joy.... it doesn't really matter because they combine into something that is all GOOD.
This was my second regional conference and similar to my first, I walked into the hotel with an open heart and mind. I let the whole weekend unfold naturally, and in doing so, listened to many rousing talks, met several kindred souls, gazed upon wonderful artwork, hung out with fantastic people and attended superb workshops. Like a big ole sponge, I soaked everything in and then, at the end of the weekend, (you know back into the real world) I left that hotel filled with all that great energy that will carry me through the good moments in my creative pursuit and the not so good.
Watercolor by Lisa M. Griffin from Mary Jane Begin's workshop "Colors, Contrast & Compliments"
THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who inspired me this weekend, who smiled and said hello, who shared a drink, who made me laugh, who admired my work, who gave me food for thought, who changed my view on the world and who filled up my creative well. You all matter and have made such a difference! Don't stop doing what you love, if you stumble get back up and keep going! It is a marathon not a race... really, I am a firm believer in the tortoise and not the hare! :)

Handcrafted sketchbook by Kim McMullen
And last but not least, I had to share one of my very favorite goodies from this weekend! I left a workshop holding this beautiful, handcrafted sketchbook from Russ Cox and Renee Kurilla's fabulous (and all around fun) "Sketchbooks are Awesome!". It was made by a talented artist, Kim McMullen. Hand painted and bound with paper that has a deckled edge - this is one book that I will forever treasure. I was given permission by Kim to share her email -  she can custom make one of your very own. If you love sketching or journaling, this is one book that you will not want to put down. Happy Creating! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Postcards and Business Card Round Up

Online proof preview on moo.com / artwork by Lisa M. Griffin
It's that time of year again. I am prepping for the spring SCBWI conference, working on my portfolio, ordering new business cards and postcards too. All while balancing the FUN that is spring - music and dance recitals, birthdays, baseball practices & games, spring soccer practices and games, and some celebrating with a few holidays too. :)

This past weekend I was focused on the conference and making sure I had the necessary materials for it including new promo items. Normally, I use moo.com for my business cards - I love their mini moo cards too. My favorite "moo" feature (besides the quality of their products and wonderful service) has to be the ability to upload a variety of designs to use in one pack. I love this and use it every time, uploading between 3-5 different illustrations so that I have a wonderful sampling in my repertoire! Same with postcards, mini-moo's and stickers. I haven't tried out their greeting cards yet, but that is the next item on my Moo List.

For my conference postcards, I tried out a new online vendor that some friends recommended as well, overnightprints.com. They have a lot of products to choose from and the website was easy to navigate, plus they were having a sale on postcards - bonus!

Now, I can just sit back, relax (well... not really) and wait for them to come in. :)
And if you have a favorite vendor for postcards, prints and/or business cards, feel free to share in the comments. With many of us sending out postscards several times a year, it is great to share resources.

Enjoy your week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greeting Card Giveaway!

Greeting Card Assortment by Lisa M. Griffin 2014
To celebrate my FB milestone, I am hosting a giveaway! Included - an assortment of artistic greeting cards and postcard prints.
To enter, just leave a comment regarding the question below either here or at Lisa M Griffin Illustration on fb... yup, that is all you have to do! :)

What type of occasion greeting card do you purchase the most?

I will randomly select one winner from all the comments received on Friday, April 11th and post the winners name with their comment that afternoon.

A BIG THANK YOU for all of the art love, encouragement and support through my creative journey. It really does make the entire process all the more inspiring and fulfilling. :)


OOPS I almost forgot... ** If you share the giveaway on FB, Twitter or Instagram you will be awarded an extra entry **


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lovely reviews

The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, illustrations by Lisa M. Griffin
Love receiving feedback on picture books that I have worked on. It is such a labor of love, that to know others are enjoying them makes all the difference.
Feel free to share your own positive reviews too! I would love to hear what you have been up to.
Have a great week,
Lisa

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Garden In My Mind

Very excited to have a box of books delivered today, woo-hoo! The Garden in My Mind by Stephie McCumbee was so much fun to illustrate, the story is charming, lively and sends a great positive message to children.
I can't think of a better way to celebrate Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week!
Have a great day,
Lisa :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Patterns & Colorways

c. lisa m. griffin, 2014
Poll Time! Which is your favorite colorway on the above repeat pattern?
Choose Magenta, Navy, Green or Violet.
Thanks for your help and have a great week,
Lisa

Monday, January 13, 2014

New LOOK!


www.lisamgriffin.com
New year, new look! I love the month of January and all the limitless opportunities of a new year... a big blank canvas to tackle. On the "to-do's" for the new year - a revamp of my look! I am hoping to convey the joy I receive from being an artist, as well as how I approach style and color.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. It feels GREAT to scratch items off the list this early in the new year. What are your plans for the new year?
Happy creating!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Creative notes for 2014!


Creative Goals for 2014
What is that saying.... from the mouths of babes? I woke up and walked into my studio this snowy morning and found a collection of bright pink post it notes above my little artist's desk (we share a studio space, best to surround oneself with creative energy as much as possible). The sweet little notes beckoned my attention and it put a smile on my face immediately to see this collection of creative steps he had outlined.

Step 1. Have paper
well certainly this is an important step if you are an artist
Step 2. Make room to draw
this is due to the fact that the little artist tends to have a very cluttered workspace
Step 3. Get a pencil
yes, another important tool... pencil, check!
Step 4. Think of an idea
sometimes easier said than done, but yes, ideas are GOOD.
Step 5. Make place on paper
lucky boy... doesn't find looming white space of an empty page daunting at all.
Step 6. Think ahead or don't
LOL this just never fails to crack me up... just get right to it don't think about it, draw!!!
Step 7. Make a goal
so sweet... always good to have a creative goal.
Step 8. Make the character
only one? ;)
Step 9: Draw!
the simpliest and most important.

Without even knowing it, my little artist has begun our new year on such a happy, positive, creative HIGH note.  So from the mouths of babes and the talented and wise hand of my little artist... just DRAW!

Happy 2014 to all my creative friends and family near and far.