Free Illustrated Gift Tags Download

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!

Click here to download the printable PDF!

Free Illustrated Gift Tags Download from Penelope Dullaghan

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Oprah's Favorite Things giveaway icons

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:

Penelope Dullaghan - sketches for Oprah's Favorite Things winter icons

Art Director Tova Diamond narrowed it down to these twelve:

Penelope Dullaghan - icons for Oprah Magazine's "Oprah's Favorite Things" giveaway

And here’s how it looked in the magazine:

Oprah Magazine - illustrations by Penelope Dullaghan
Oprah Magazine - Dec 2018

Big thanks to AD Tova Diamond for the project! I love how they turned out!

Process - Posters for Teachers

Brightly recently asked me to do two posters for teachers to download for their classrooms. Here are the sketches:

Options for poster 1:

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Options for poster 2:

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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.”

Yay!

Here’s how the two final posters turned out:

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Wonder

So happy to show you this sweet little animation I did in collab with SALT Project and WFYI, and animated by Mariana Lopez - about choosing to notice beauty and living an open-hearted life.

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.

Continuous Line Drawings

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:

Images above are by: Nancy Patton Wilson, Judy Barmann, Amanda O'Brien, Wendy Gilbert, and Leticia Plate. Thank you for drawing!

One suggestion in the prompt was to draw something you see (make it an observational drawing) to make it easier. I also drew my dog. Here's Lucy:

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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!!

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Illustration Nation

Oh my goodness... I have been waiting to share this with you and now it's here! Announcing the launch of my klass "Illustration Nation" with Sketchbook Skool!!!

I've been working on this klass for a year with Danny Gregory and it's so chock full of goodness. This is a klass about the process of illustration - from tiny beginning kernels of ideas to full blown final art. We walk you through the steps with lots of demo videos, how-tos and pep talks. The goal is not necessarily to become a professional illustrator, but to understand the process and discover your own unique approach to it.

My favorite part of the klass is the interviews with 8 top illustrators I had the pleasure and honor to talk to. They share how they come up with ideas, how they interact with clients, how they use materials, how they use digital and traditional tools, how they incorporate technical concerns in the manufacturing process and lots more. Each illustrator's approach is so different - so it was super cool to get to peek behind the scenes and learn how they do it.

And of course - I show you my own process from beginning to end. You can see how I turn ideas into sketches into finished art.

I hope you'll love this klass! Find out more and sign up here: Illustration Nation!