Crab Coastal ~ Abstract, Boho, Whimsical Design

So we've had a lovely stretch of some really nice warm (above average) weather here in the southwest and it helped to inspire my newest coastal illustration. This new design has got an abstract, Boho, tropical and whimsical feel to it especially with these color combinations. There is so much coastal art in the art licensing market and so much of it is very realistic looking. I really wanted my design to be different and in my own "style".  The great thing about art licensing is that there truly is a customer for so many different kinds of art. And that's what makes it wonderful! I'm going to keep going with this series and do some more designs like maybe... a sea turtle, sea horse, shells, pelican, octopus. So many options! Happy Spring to you!

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#artlicensingshow #surfacepatterndesigner  #surfacedesign #ArtLicensing #artgroup #productdesigners #artforproducts #livecolorfully #creativehappylife


Happy 2nd Birthday Art Licensing Show!

Congratulations to the Art Licensing Show on their 2nd Birthday! There is a bit of a celebration going on and lots of member birthday ART to see here!

I joined this art licensing website as a founding member 3 years ago and it's one of the best things I did for my art licensing career. Wonderful community of artists, being able to connect to Art Directors and Manufacturers and plenty of opportunities for your art to get seen. I also started helping to organize some of the Art Challenges we have on the site!

Congratulations to Cherish and her team at the Art Licensing Show! Wishing you many more birthdays much success!


Happy St Patrick's Day Leprechaun!

Created a Leprechaun, St. Patrick's Day illustration this week. Just added the little Jack Russell Terrier dog to the design. St. Patrick's Day is this Friday, March 17th and it's Spring in one week. Yay! Though all my friends and family are getting blasted with a northeaster today. They could get up to two feet of snow! Yikes. 


Wishing you a Happy New Year 2017!

Wishing you a safe, healthy and Happy New Year 2017!


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ Day 11, Christmas Moose

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ Day 11

Here is a sweet little moose for Day 11 of Advent Christmas Countdown. I'm a bit short on time this year so I may fill in some of the days after the holiday season.

Merry Christmas to you!

#adventchallenge #adventcountdown #artlicensing #christmasmoose #illustration


Holly Jolly Christmas Art Show!

Happy December 1st! And just like that we're in the Christmas holiday season. I'm participating in the ALSC Holly Jolly Christmas Show with my Hot Chocolate Polar Bear illustration. And who doesn't like a nice warm mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a peppermint stick in it. I love the Christmas season so much and it inspires me to create even more Christmas art for my licensing portfolio. And Christmas is the number one holiday for art licensing.

If you want to see more of the Holly Jolly Christmas Show art submissions, click here to go to the ALSC blog!


ALSC Valentine Pattern Design with Robert Kaufman!


I recently participated in the Art Licensing Show Valentine Pattern Design Art Challenge! This was my entry but unfortunately it was not one of the Top 6 designs selected by the Art Directors at Robert Kaufman.

I hand illustrated the flower elements, scanned them in and put them together in Illustrator. I really love how the color palette came together! Maybe it was not traditional enough colors for Valentine's Day? A couple of fellow artists mentioned that the design would make lovely Wedding gift wrap paper. Hmmm, that's a thought.

My friend Cherish's gorgeous watercolor pattern made the TOP 6. Check it out on her blog!

I really love participating in these challenges! It motivates me to create new work that I maybe would not otherwise do. If you want to see the Top 6 beautiful Valentine Pattern Designs selected by Robert Kaufman, and ALL the designs — click here to go to the blog post on ALSC. Congrats to all of the winners! Great work!

They've also got another challenge going on for a Thanksgiving Art & Gratitude parade. Not really a challenge but an open submission for portfolio members. It motivated me to create some new Thanksgiving art for it that I posted earlier! Click here to see all of the Thanksgiving ART!

#ALSCArtandGratitude #valeriehart #valentinepattern #illustration


Thanksgiving Art & Gratitude Parade!


Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and I'm participating in the ALSC Art & Gratitude Parade on their blog. Click here to see ALL of the Thanksgiving ART! Another opportunity to create some new art for a category that I did not have in my art licensing portfolio. 

I have always loved primitive folk art, so this was my concept for the popular theme of the sheep with the crow standing on his back. I drew an initial sketch, inked it and then scanned in the pieces and developed them in Adobe Illustrator. A program which I love creating in! Bringing my sketches in helps to give my work more of a hand illustrated feel and not look too vector perfect, if that makes sense. Also, like to give it some texture too which I do with grunge layers. Sometimes an illustration will lead you the direction it wants to go in... so I follow that intuitively. And it's why this sheep is such a lovely coral, orange color. 

I'm "Thankful" for so much in my life... but mostly for being an illustrator and designer and getting to do work that fills my heart with such joy!

#ALSCArtandGratitude #illustrator #artlicensing #valeriehart


Happy Halloween Skeleton House Flag available at Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Carolines-Treasures-VHA3014CHF-Halloween-Multicolor/dp/B01L2X1CTQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1474474817&sr=8-4&keywords=Happy+Halloween+Skeleton+FlagJust in time for Halloween — my new Happy Halloween Skeleton design is available on Amazon! EEK! I think this original skeleton sketch was done for Inktober last year. I thought he would make a great house flag design for Halloween. Large size house flag can be purchased here!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I still have such great memories of dressing up in costumes as a kid. And it wasn't too long ago that I would put on my witch hat and scare the Trick or Treaters when I opened the door! Haha!

Happy Halloween!

#happyhalloween #artlicensing #skeleton #skeletonillustration #happyhalloweenart #halloweenhouseflags #valeriehart


ALSC Holiday Greeting Card Challenge ~ with leanin' Tree


This little Scottish Terrier sitting under the Mistletoe was my entry into the ALSC (Art Licensing Show.com) Holiday Greeting Card Challenge. This Monthly Art Challenge was judged buy the product team at Leanin' Tree and they picked their top 6 winners. But alas, I was not selected. But the rest of the designs were FABULOUS! Check them all out here on the ALSC blog!

 #greetingcarddesign  #scottishterrier  #scottie  #dogillustration  #artlicensing  #surfacepatterndesign  #valeriehart


Happy Glamper, Glamping, Camping all the CraZ!


I've been watching the vintage camper and Glamping craz for awhile now... I've even been looking on Craig's List locally for one of those adorable vintage Shasta campers.

I have a some Shasta vintage camper illustrations in my Esty shop but really wanted to do a Glamping design. So here it is... Happy Glamper!

And until I can buy my own adorable vintage camper and glamp it up... I will be living vicariously through all of the other people who are doing this and living... wild and free!


Merry Christmas Vintage Shasta Camper!


I've been working on some Christmas designs for my house flag series. I did this vintage Shasta Camper design last year for one of my Advent Illustrations. So I changed it to traditional Christmas colors and added some fun whimsical Merry Christmas type. The house size flag is available for sale on Amazon HERE!

If you want the smaller garden flag size of the vintage Shasta camper show in the photo above, you can order it on Amazon HERE!

I also sell these vintage Shasta prints and clipart in my Etsy shop HERE.

I've been wanting one of these adorable vintage Shasta campers for awhile now! You know to glamp it up and go to some of those vintage rallies. Until then I'll have to live vicariously those some of the people that are already doing it... are you? Happy Fall!


Congrats New Baby — and New Mum + Dad

This summer there have been lots of new babies coming into the world! A freelance client's daughter had her second baby boy. Two close girlfriends each had new granddaughters! And my own niece had her first baby... a boy named Theo. I made my Happy CatZ™ illustration in a congrats greeting card for the "New Mum + Dad". Congratulations to all the mom and dads and such a blessing they are all healthy babies!

#newbaby #it'saboy #catillustration #HappyCatZ™
#artlicensing #surfacepatterndesigner #valeriehart


Make Some Waves ~ mermaid bookmark

This was my entry into the ALSC Monthly Summer Art Challenge for the Coastal or Beach bookmark design. Even though I used my previous mermaid illustration, I had to do a bit of Photoshop work to make her body vertical instead of the horizontal shape I used on these note cards in my Etsy shop.

The Art Licensing Show (ALSC) is a permission based, virtual portal where artwork can be viewed privately by Art Directors and Manufacturers who are looking to commercially license artwork. What's also great — is that my art licensing portfolio is secure and private. And it's a really great community of fellow artists to connect with!

I've been working on some more coastal and nautical designs for my art licensing portfolio. There are so many subjects and trends in art licensing where your art can fit into. So many ideas... so little time.

Hope you are having a great Summer! Make Some WAVES!

#mermaidillustration #artlicensing #valeriehart #artlicensingshow
#mermaid #surfacepatterndesigner


Happy July 4th! Hotdog!

Happy July 4th and Happy Birthday America! This little doggie is ready to chomp that hot dog sitting there. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, there will be approximate 155 million hot dogs consumed on this July 4th weekend. Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each.  That's a lotta hot dogs! Have a safe holiday!

 #dog #july4th #hotdogcart #illustration #hotdog #HappyDogZ™ #artlicensing #valeriehart


Happy Earth Day! Cats in Garden Pots...

Happy Earth Day 2016! This cat illustration for Earth Day was inspired by our furry friends who like to squeeze themselves into tight places... like garden pots. I hope you are planting some trees or flowers or just taking a pause to honor this magnificent planet we live on.


Holly Jolly Santa Illustration

I've been wanting to add another Santa Claus to my art licensing portfolio for awhile. And this jolly fellow showed up in my sketchbook yesterday. Now the finished illustration. Really, don't you just love red cardinals. Last week of December... Happy New Year!

#santaclaus #santaillustration #artlicensing #valeriehart


Santa Claus sketch

I'm still in the Christmas spirit and this Santa Claus showed up in my sketch book. He's looking pretty jolly too. Maybe because Christmas is over?  

#santaclaus #christmasillustration #santasketch #artlicensing #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 24th

And on Earth... PEACE, Goodwill toward Men.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 24th

#illo_advent  #illustratedadvent #artlicensing #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 23rd

A star... a star... Dancing in the Night.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 20th 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #christmasstar #deer #doyouhearwhatihear #prayforpeaceeverywhere #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 22nd

A Partridge in a Pear tree... always makes it feel like Christmas.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 22nd 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #pear #twelvedaysofchristmas #partridgeinapeartree #partridge #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 21st

The Fox and the Crow are spending Christmas together.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 21st 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #christmasfox #fox #christmasspirit #foxandthecrow #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 20th

The true spirit of Christmas... is LOVE.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 20th 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #christmasangel #angel #christmasspirit #angelwings #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 19th

According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength and serves like a trusty watch dog guarding your family from evil spirits and danger. A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of good luck and goodwill....

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 19th 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #christmasnutcracker #nutcracker #goodwill #thenutcracker #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


Fa La La... Llama.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 17th 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #christmasllama #llama #FaLaLaLaLa #deckthehalls #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart


A puppy for Christmas? Get one from your local rescue shelter.

Advent Christmas Countdown ~ December 17th 

#illustration #advent #illo_advent #illustratedadvent #christmasillustration #christmascountdown #bostonterrier #puppy #dpg #dogillustration #artlicensing #illustration #valeriehart