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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Resolutions

Back to work! Did a quick illustration on New Year's Resolutions that will run tomorrow in the News & Record. The way resolutions float in and out of my monkey brain I could have filled that nest with a lot more eggs!

Happy New Years!

Resolutions

Back to work! Did a quick illustration on New Year's Resolutions that will run tomorrow in the News & Record. The way resolutions float in and out of my monkey brain I could have filled that nest with a lot more eggs!

Happy New Years!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Winding up my Holidays illustrations with this hipster Santa for Go Triad.

Taking some well deserved time off and will get back to work later next week.

Happy Holidays to everyone! 

Margaret

Happy Holidays!

Winding up my Holidays illustrations with this hipster Santa for Go Triad.

Taking some well deserved time off and will get back to work later next week.

Happy Holidays to everyone! 

Margaret

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New holiday illustration

New art that will run this Saturday in the News & Record on things that can go wrong during the holidays. This sketchy style is good to use when you have lots of assignments to do. Typical holiday season for us in the art department.

New holiday illustration

New art that will run this Saturday in the News & Record on things that can go wrong during the holidays. This sketchy style is good to use when you have lots of assignments to do. Typical holiday season for us in the art department.

Friday, November 11, 2011

SNEAK PEAK: New Holiday Arts Mandala

New art for an upcoming story on Holiday arts. My newest mandala design.  This will run next week in the News & Record.

SNEAK PEAK: New Holiday Arts Mandala

New art for an upcoming story on Holiday arts. My newest mandala design.  This will run next week in the News & Record.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Essential oils

New artwork for a story on Essential oils. Should run later this week or early next week in the News & Record.  My favorite is Rosemary.

Essential oils

New artwork for a story on Essential oils. Should run later this week or early next week in the News & Record.  My favorite is Rosemary.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

My Halloween offerings this year were in the form of an infographic timeline about Halloween candy. Check out the link below and find out when your favorite treats were made.
http://webmedia.news-record.com/legacy/indepth/11/candy/

Happy Halloween

My Halloween offerings this year were in the form of an infographic timeline about Halloween candy. Check out the link below and find out when your favorite treats were made.
http://webmedia.news-record.com/legacy/indepth/11/candy/

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Winter House

This time of year we get stories about updating your home for the winter. Here is the illustration I created for this story which is running soon. I love this simple child-like style for the houses with each one wearing a different article of clothing.

The Winter House

This time of year we get stories about updating your home for the winter. Here is the illustration I created for this story which is running soon. I love this simple child-like style for the houses with each one wearing a different article of clothing.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Art and the Apple Computer

Many of us are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs as was I.

I wanted to share a bit of history I have had with the computer he created. I'm part of a generation of newspaper artists who switched from working with pens and inks and paints to creating art on the Mac. It was exciting and new territory for us as we learned how to create art using a mouse instead of a pen. As I look back, I remembered a drawing I did that I considered a break though on my part with creating art on a computer. It is the spider picture above, done for a story about a spider's anatomy. It was done on a Mac Classic like the one shown above. I later colorized the image. I was very proud of this drawing and have kept it on file all these years. As the years past we would upgrade to new computers and new possibilities became available with program upgrades and enhanced features on the computers we used. I have since created many wonderful pieces of art on Macs and PCs and continue to use and enjoy the computer as an art medium.

Art and the Apple Computer

Many of us are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs as was I.

I wanted to share a bit of history I have had with the computer he created. I'm part of a generation of newspaper artists who switched from working with pens and inks and paints to creating art on the Mac. It was exciting and new territory for us as we learned how to create art using a mouse instead of a pen. As I look back, I remembered a drawing I did that I considered a break though on my part with creating art on a computer. It is the spider picture above, done for a story about a spider's anatomy. It was done on a Mac Classic like the one shown above. I later colorized the image. I was very proud of this drawing and have kept it on file all these years. As the years past we would upgrade to new computers and new possibilities became available with program upgrades and enhanced features on the computers we used. I have since created many wonderful pieces of art on Macs and PCs and continue to use and enjoy the computer as an art medium.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New shoes for sale

Check out these new Keds shoes created from my most recent design. They are available at my Zazzle store

New shoes for sale

Check out these new Keds shoes created from my most recent design. They are available at my Zazzle store

Friday, September 9, 2011

New art for Fall festival

New art for a story in next week's Go Triad about a seventeen days arts festival in Greensboro. I will be adding photos of some of the performers in a collage type effect later. I'm using two layers, a combination of  a painted acrylic pannel that was scanned in and placed in an adobe illustrator file as the bottom layer. The top layers are adobe illustrator vector images using the pen tool.

New art for Fall festival

New art for a story in next week's Go Triad about a seventeen days arts festival in Greensboro. I will be adding photos of some of the performers in a collage type effect later. I'm using two layers, a combination of  a painted acrylic pannel that was scanned in and placed in an adobe illustrator file as the bottom layer. The top layers are adobe illustrator vector images using the pen tool.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New art for the Sunday Ideas section

This is my latest illustration  for this Sunday's ideas page with a story about how we Americans are not out of the game yet. My inspiration was taken from vintage circus posters. My coworker commented that he liked seeing Uncle Sam in something other than his usual attire.

New art for the Sunday Ideas section

This is my latest illustration  for this Sunday's ideas page with a story about how we Americans are not out of the game yet. My inspiration was taken from vintage circus posters. My coworker commented that he liked seeing Uncle Sam in something other than his usual attire.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Shop my Zazzle store!

My Zazzle store hits are over 5,000! Check it out if you want some unique gifts. Here is an ipod case with my illustration on it. You can also get this design on shoes!

Shop my Zazzle store!

My Zazzle store hits are over 5,000! Check it out if you want some unique gifts. Here is an ipod case with my illustration on it. You can also get this design on shoes!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grill time

 Next Wednesday in the News & Record we have a story on tips for updating how you barbecue. Here are some of the illustrations for it. I took a more realistic approach to these illustrations. I wanted the food to look as inviting as possible.


Grill time

 Next Wednesday in the News & Record we have a story on tips for updating how you barbecue. Here are some of the illustrations for it. I took a more realistic approach to these illustrations. I wanted the food to look as inviting as possible.


Friday, May 27, 2011

HELLO KITTY

New illustration for Go Triad, June 2 on the Summer's music offerings in the Triad. My fat cat Boss is the inspiration.


HELLO KITTY

New illustration for Go Triad, June 2 on the Summer's music offerings in the Triad. My fat cat Boss is the inspiration.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Winner Landmark Awards

I was a winner this week in our annual Landmark awards. My second place win was judged by Jeff Neumann, lead designer and illustrator at the Denver Post.

Here is some of what is said.
Margaret would give Sam (Hundley) a run for first place with a tighter stylistic focus. She produces work that has an attractive innocence, uses good rich color combinations, can stylize objects and critters without losing their representation understanding, and is creating work that seems to have a lot of personality. This image was one of his favorites from the portfolio of entries.

Winner Landmark Awards

I was a winner this week in our annual Landmark awards. My second place win was judged by Jeff Neumann, lead designer and illustrator at the Denver Post.

Here is some of what is said.
Margaret would give Sam (Hundley) a run for first place with a tighter stylistic focus. She produces work that has an attractive innocence, uses good rich color combinations, can stylize objects and critters without losing their representation understanding, and is creating work that seems to have a lot of personality. This image was one of his favorites from the portfolio of entries.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The amazing Hummingbird


This Sunday I have a page coming out about Hummingbirds.
Here is the illustration for it. This might make a nice fabric option too.




The amazing Hummingbird


This Sunday I have a page coming out about Hummingbirds.
Here is the illustration for it. This might make a nice fabric option too.




Friday, March 18, 2011

Companion Planting page: Long or wide, it's all good

Tomorrow in the
News & Record's
Life section, I have a
story on
Companion Planting.
Check it out.
The skinny looking page
is a result
of our new 44 inch
web size. 
This gives me new
challenges
in design and
illustration.
The image below
is from the
online presentation.



 
 
The flash presentation can be viewed online at
http://webmedia.news-record.com/legacy/indepth/11/planting/

Companion Planting page: Long or wide, it's all good

Tomorrow in the
News & Record's
Life section, I have a
story on
Companion Planting.
Check it out.
The skinny looking page
is a result
of our new 44 inch
web size. 
This gives me new
challenges
in design and
illustration.
The image below
is from the
online presentation.



 
 
The flash presentation can be viewed online at
http://webmedia.news-record.com/legacy/indepth/11/planting/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sneak Peek: Triad Health Project art

This illustration will be for an upcoming story on  the Triad Health Project’s 25th anniversary. The reporter requested I work the number 25 into the illustration which I just loved doing.

To learn more about the great things the Triad Health Project has been doing all these years read our story in the Sunday, News & Record, March 27th and visit
http://www.triadhealthproject.com/

Sneak Peek: Triad Health Project art

This illustration will be for an upcoming story on  the Triad Health Project’s 25th anniversary. The reporter requested I work the number 25 into the illustration which I just loved doing.

To learn more about the great things the Triad Health Project has been doing all these years read our story in the Sunday, News & Record, March 27th and visit
http://www.triadhealthproject.com/