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Here’s a linocut print I made based on the book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s a great book, I highly recommend it. I wish I the circus would come to my town!

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Summer is here and it’s time to go fishing!

Here’s an illustration I did for the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter Conference illustration contest. The one I sent in has text also, but I liked the boy and girl enough to paint them on their own. They are a space-plane and rocket design team! You can see the full illustration and process of making it over on my blog. artonthepage.blogspot.com.

I woke up today to low gray clouds and a tiny bit of snow on the ground. I think it’s gonna rain! It seemed like a good day to post my new linocut for our theme this month, Rainstorm.

I just finished this linocut to include in my new picture book dummy. It’s about how our home is more than just the house we live in, but is also our town, our country, our continent, and in fact the whole beautiful world. There are photos that show the process of making this print over at my blog artonthepage.blogspot.com.

Here’s a little linocut for all those happy babies out there!

For those of you that want to make a picture book dummy there’s a neat challenge getting started right now at Kid Lit Art. It starts Jan 9th with picking your project (although I imagine you can catch up if you start late). And it ends with submitting your dummy to agents and/or publishers on July 1st. I’m doing it! Anyone want to join me?!

I have made several dummies before and I love the process. I guess I just like making books in general! I always learn so much about storytelling and illustrating with each one. Here’s a photo of a few of them.

Happy New Year! I’m giving away this little print of Snowflowers over on my blog Art on the Page. Stop by to leave me a comment and be entered in the drawing celebrating my 2 year blog anniversary. I hope you all have a fantastic 2012!

Well….. Our November theme to illustrate was Robots and I did start this linocut in November.  But it’s such a busy time of year that I just got it done! Happy Holidays everyone- and for those of you traveling, remember to bring your map!

Angela suggested we do an illustration from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens this month. This little painting actually takes place a year after the story ends. Mr. Scrooge and Tiny Tim have been practicing singing Christmas carols ALL YEAR! Don’t they sound great?! 🙂

I painted this little drawing in my sketchbook and then carved some snowflakes and stamped them with white ink. I wish they showed up better but snowflakes are subtle so it’s ok, right? Here’s a photo of the snowflake stamps.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Our October theme is Masks- perfect for Halloween month, right? I made a lion and it was a lot of fun. There are some process photos on my blog here and here.

Lion Mask

Lion Mask child size

If you click on the images you can download a high resolution file to print. Then you can cut it out and wear it yourself! I’m not sure what age child the smaller mask will fit. You may have to make it bigger or smaller.

To attach threads, poke holes where there are two black dots on each temple. Tie the threads in a knot on the back at each side. Then tie the mask behind your head.

Roarrrrrrrrrrr!!!

This month we are illustrating “Ocean Voyage.” I have to admit that I had already drawn this sketch thinking about illustrating a poem. Since it sort of fit with the ocean voyage theme Marsha picked, I decided to finish it.

The longest stretch of water I’ve been over in a boat was a ferry from mainland Spain to  Majorca. (Not very far.) Dolphins swam with the boat most of the way. One day I’d love to see whales!

I love to see other artists’ sketches & thought processes, so I’ve included my rough sketch. In cleanup, I realized the character poses were too stiff, so I livened them up a bit. The fish were inspired by a recent trip to the Long Beach Aquarium.

Thanks for visiting & check back soon! Our upcoming theme is Ocean Voyage.

This is a new spread from my picture book dummy The Other Side of Lonely Mountain. It’s about two friends who finally get to meet after a series of missed connections.

I feel a like this is going on in my own life right now. Just a few days ago my friend Wendy came to town. We haven’t seen each other in about 10 years! I love the way the internet has connected up so many old friends as well as introducing new ones. The story of these two rabbits, Adele and Baxter sure would be different if they had email! 🙂

Here is a poster that I just finished for a wonderful new store here in Austin Texas called Take Heart. Nina, the owner, was a joy to work with, and I absolutely love her taste! If you are in Austin please check out her wonderful store.

I was so excited when Tina chose Wynken, Blynken, and Nod for this month’s theme!   I’d been wanting to illustrate it for a good long while.  I think I’d like to try my hand at this one again someday, and maybe do a full spread.

Stay tuned for next month’s theme, “Ocean Voyage”!  And don’t forget to download Jill’s pdf version of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. 🙂

image copyright Brooke Boynton Hughes 2011

This month Tina Kugler came up with our theme to illustrate, a poem by Eugene Field (1850-1895) called Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. It’s so much fun! I hope you like our different interpretations of it. Here’s mine with the poem that you can download and print if you’d like.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Bergman

And here’s a black and white version if you want to color it yourself. This is what my linoleum print looked like before I painted it with watercolor.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod B&W Bergman

And now, a shameless plug from Tina!

Yay! It’s almost time for Sputnikfest 2011!! Sputnikfest is a wacky, tacky outer space & art festival in Manitowoc, WI, where debris from Sputnik IV landed in 1962. I get to design the annual poster, which is a hand-screened edition of 100.
For more info, please visit Sputnikfest.com.