Friends! I'm really excited to share that I was interviewed for the ArtSpeaker podcast! It was a very casual conversation between Trevor Saint Aubin (who is so sweet and funny!) and myself where we talk about starting out as an illustrator, being a mama-artist/homeschool educator and about goal setting (or not), etc. I hope you'll give it a listen if you're so inclined.
Funny side note: after Trevor and I recorded this podcast, I freaked out because I felt like I overshared (I hate that feeling SO much!) and emailed him to ask him not to post it. He was very kind and patiently talked me down from the ledge and in the end we agreed to air it. I still feel a little vulnerable about it, but maybe you'll find something we said even a tiny bit relevant and helpful. I hope so, at least.
I’ve decided to keep a visual list of things that are good in the winter time. (Cause sometimes I need the reminder.) :) This is just where I’m starting. I posted this doodle to Instagram, and I’d love to hear your good things, too! If you’d like to share your ideas there, I will draw some of them for upcoming posts.
Looking for gifs to post while you take a little time off social media for the holidays? I made two fun gifs for Flow Magazine for just that occasion! Just look for gifs using the hashtag #flowsocialooo and share!
Hello! I thought it’d be fun to offer a little free download of some illustrated gift tags! These are ready to print and will look best at 100% on bright white card stock. Just print, cut along the gray outlines and attach to your gift. (I love to use bakers twine or a bit of pretty ribbon.)
If you snap a pic, tag me on social media. I’m @penelope_dullaghan on IG!
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I was so happy to get to work with the good folks at Oprah Magazine again! This time on icons for an Oprah’s Favorite Things giveaway. I sketched up a bunch, here:
Art Director Tova Diamond narrowed it down to these twelve:
And here’s how it looked in the magazine:
Big thanks to AD Tova Diamond for the project! I love how they turned out!
Happy day! Looking at the proofs for my first picture book! I’m so happy with it and can’t wait to tell you more!
I contributed two illustrations to this powerful 2019 calendar by Workman Press.
I got to pet a penguin with my daughter yesterday. (We homeschool, and it was our Newport Aquarium field trip day.) I thought the penguin would be coarse and kind of sticky, but she was so soft! Who knew?
I’m all about time away from social media. I know I need it to recharge, hear my own thoughts and be in the world. So I was really happy when @flow_magazine nudged me to help them with a bunch of gifs centered around the theme of out-of-office!
Post them when you’re taking a break or just need a few days of downtime. They’re easy to find and use by searching for #flowsocialooo when looking for gifs. Or find them at giphy.com/flowmagazine.
Trying to manage my daughter’s expectations for this year’s pumpkin patch visit.
Brightly recently asked me to do two posters for teachers to download for their classrooms. Here are the sketches:
Options for poster 1:
Options for poster 2:
Poster 2 was a bit trickier because the first one with the mermaid was reading too young for the author. The quote with the open book idea was being done already by another artist. And so I set to revise.
I liked the one with the owl, snake, cityscape and tree, but the author said her quote is not necessarily about an escape to other worlds and topics, but essentially a reflection and understanding that teens are not alone in this world—not strange or freakish or unacceptable. So I drew some diverse friends dancing, a female basketball player, a reflective Latino girl and an older reader. They loved it! The actual quote: “Omg, you NAILED it! Huge thumbs-up, cartwheels, and fireworks over here within the Brightly team.”
Here’s how the two final posters turned out:
New book cover illustration for Penguin Randomhouse Young Readers Group. Walking with Miss Millie is about the power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.
Big thanks to Art Director Kelley Brady for the project!
Got loads of client work sent off today and wanted to draw just for myself. I’m practicing color in the procreate app and still love paint more, but it’s super fun to doodle and learn. Also... I’m craving green and sun and warmth. I’m just over this winter. Laying down in the warm grass sounds amazing... perhaps not naked, but perhaps not not naked. Better call ahead if you want to stop by my house.
I have been thinking lots about how easy it is to get lost in old patterns or to get too busy. But we can choose differently and choose to notice the good and the beautiful. Even if it’s small.
I hope it’ll make you smile.
In my first newsletter that came out in early January, I included a section called "Creative Prompts". This will be a feature in future newsletters as well because I love seeing what people draw and because I believe creativity makes people happy.
January's Creative Prompt was to do a continuous line drawing. And I saw a few images pop up under the hashtag (#penelopeprompts) on Instagram. Thank you! Here is your artwork:
If you haven't already, I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter and join in with our next prompt - it'll be a good one!!