Toad Illustrations

I have heard over and over again that I should illustrate. It sounded like a great idea but I had never attempted to create one character and stick with it. Each piece I did had different characters, so I was a little or maybe a lot intimidated by the prospect of repetition. I also wanted to illustrate something I wrote before attempting to illustrate someone else’s words.

I had been tossing around the idea of starting a blog about our journey to California and our experiences living in an Airstream. With some encouragement from a friend “The Rivet Hall Review” came into existence. I always thought “it came to me in the shower” was a load of rubbish, well the idea to illustrate my blog actually came to me in the shower. So I guess I have to change my opinion on that one. But the idea to create a character for my blog didn’t come until a few weeks into the project.

My favorite character in one of my favorite paintings “Adventuring” was a little toad with “stripety” shorts. I started this piece before I knew I was moving…for real. I did not know we were going any where when I sketched this piece!

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I loved the spirit of this piece and I thought the toad would be the perfect character to carry over into my blog. So here are my toad-ly illustrations thus far. (I have three of my favorites to debut next week. But I can’t spoil the surprise.) I love him so much!! If you would like to read the words that go with the illustrations please check out http://www.rivethallreview.wordpress.com

Toad Walking

Toad Diving

New Life

Temperature Taking

Dead MousesCousin Eddy

2 thoughts on “Toad Illustrations

  1. Pam Hoiting says:

    Katie, the blog and illustrations are amazing and wonderful. I love your work and your inspiration Adventuring is a favorite of mine too. So much joy to see these. Looking forward to more.

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