Freelance Folly

by artist having fun on October 14, 2017

I don’t freelance too often. I am currently working a book, designing, illustrations (with David’s help), a workbook, cover art, website art. Been working on this since summer … and we are nearing the end. It has been an enormous learning experience, mainly about what NOT to do, but every job is a learning experience. The freelance experience can be brutal on your self-esteem and psyche. I have worked for many editors that just poo-poo my work and didn’t understand what I was trying to convey.

I have been fortunate to work for many more creative directors that are excellent in helping me solve for a visual problem and on the whole, love my work. I was emailing with the guy I occasionally do illustrations for. He hires me for other clients … he is concise about what he wants, what he is going to pay, when he needs it. I love working for him. And sometimes he loves what I have done but his clients do not and refuse to pay him. This is an example for Nose Bliss. They told them they hated the illustration and this is what they used instead on their website. All I can say … they should have gone with the illustration. 😉

If you are going to freelance, or put your art out there … you must be ready for criticism and lots of changes to suit the client.





Animated stories

by artist having fun on August 24, 2017

A story by Diane Mapes for Fred Hutch, I animated. #dreamjob




Premier Chefs Dinner

by artist having fun on May 4, 2016

I have the best job in the world. This is this years Chefs Dinner logo and collateral.

2016 Chefs dinner logo chefsinside

Labels for envelopes

new label

Design for ad




Lost logo land

by artist having fun on January 29, 2016

Sometimes you think you have created the perfect logo. I do think I did in this project but the group I presented it to did not. So I am keeping it here to admire.


Here is another that went no where. I created this for someone via a freelance job and never heard back from them.



Award winning month

by artist having fun on November 1, 2015

It always seems weird to win awards, and even stranger talking about it. There are so many talented artist out there … but I will brag for a minute. I work with the most amazing, talented graphic designers, developers, writers and creative director. We call ourselves the #dreamteam and I truly believe that. We are all ages. It is fun the see the youngest of us, just soar with talent. We won 19 MarCom 2015 Awards, including 7 Platinum Awards and 5 Gold Awards (and a couple of honorable mentions).

Our team won for Hutch Magazine.
I was awarded a gold for “I speak computer: Making medical information Big Data-ready”


Kim Westphal and I awarded gold for Hutch Holiday Gala invitation.


Gold for my DNA Birthday card.
Gold for illustration for The diet dilemma


Honorable mention for illustration “How cells put themselves to sleep”. I want to make a soft toy from the yeast image! With blanket!

And an honorable mention for Science Spectrum invitation.


2014 – A busy year!

by artist having fun on January 2, 2015

I realized today that I have not update my blog in some time.

I have had quite an exciting first (+) year at Fred Hutch, designing invitations for Hutch Award Luncheon, Premier Chefs Dinner, 2014 Hutch Holiday Gala (that was intense), our rebranding and all that encompasses that process. Keeping Fred Hutch fresh on Pinterest, my favorite board, Science is Art.

Hutch Award Luncheon. My first day at Fred Hutch assignment. Learned a lot!

Premier Chefs Dinner

Got to delve into embossing to make the stitching have a little relief. And also made some die-cut wine glass tags. It was all good!

2014 Hutch Holiday Gala.

This is our big holiday event so the invitation should be spectacular. No pressure there! My co-worker and I brainstormed our brains out 😉 and everyone decided on a lasercut invitation. Thankfully I found Avis of Avie Designs, who did an incredible job AND it fit into our budget. We also used silver foil AND embossing … it all was over-the-top, really beautiful and within budget.

Our new look! Fred Hutch – Cures Start Here.

I also had a vision driving to work one day of doing an holographic foil, embossed blank card of our beautiful “vessel” sculpture. I could not believe when it was approved, but we took out the embossing option to save money. Honestly, I never, ever thought I would even think of having something made with a holographic foil. ;0 I am more a “rock and moss” kind of girl. After months of looking for the perfect foil, and a vender, we were off.

Honor and Tribute cards

Tribute Cards

One weekend I made some “cell-fies” 😉 for an event on the campus. Here are a couple.

Did some fun work for our quarterly magazine, Quest.


And then there were the ideas for all of these events that were rejected 😉 Here are a few.

Chefs_ParsleySwirl Chefs_FineLine Chefs_Watercolor1 Chefs_Watercolor2


I called this idea on “Ding Bat”


Hutch Award Luncheon, Ding BAT idea


I Ding BatIO

Blue Treehouse

by artist having fun on October 13, 2013

Illustration for Ron Hansen some time ago.

Blue Treehouse

Ron Hansen makes me look good

by artist having fun on September 17, 2013

I do many illustrations for Ron Hansen and I love to see how they eventually end up in product logos. Thank you, Ron and Brenna!

Noona art

AMBA label

Quick change artist

by artist having fun on May 18, 2013

I love changing my Facebook banners, mine, yours, theirs! It is a fast and fun way to change things up, and isn’t that is what the internet is all about?

fb_Amenfb-icefb-winterberryfb-thanksgivingfb-oct-halloween colors_oct fb-sept fb-youth fb-seedfb-anemome2 fb-MeadowRue fb-hyfb-peony fb-TinyDetailsfb-summersfb-hfb-april



Blanco River Run T-shirt design

by artist having fun on May 2, 2013

Blanco River Run