Thursday, November 29, 2012

Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

‘Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan’ Wins Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

CHANDLER, AZ (November 27, 2012) – The judges of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, have spoken, and Bedtime for Sarah S
ullivan by Kelly Paniagua, won Second Place in the Children's eBook Category 5+, Second Place in the Children's eBook Category 6+, Second Place in Children's Poetry for eBooks, and Honorable Mention in the Children's Picture Book category. 

Congratulations to Kelly Paniagua! It was awesome to be a part of this successful project.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What a Difference!

Here is a before and after of a cover design I've been working on. I'm very happy with the new version on the left, let me know your thoughts!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Illustration Friday

I couldn't resist reposting this image for Illustration Friday's theme this week: "Haunt"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New and Improved Style

I'm working on updating and improving my current style by using more interesting texture, creating more contrast, and using richer color. I'm really happy with how its coming along...

You can see the new version on the left compared to the old on the right:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Party Card

Welcome to MonkInc, my newly created greeting card brand name. Just one design is currently ready for the viewing public, but there will be more weirdness to come!

Buy Here


Friday, September 28, 2012

The Horror

An illustration from my own project.  If you feel so inclined, take a guess at what's going on this picture.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Logajob Stud

For one of my projects, I get to draw a burly handyman who will take care of all your home repairs at the click of a mouse. Hmmmm....this sounds like the predictable set up to a joke in a 90's family sitcom followed by the required whoooooo!! from the females in the live audience.  

Anyway, I'm enjoying this project:)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan Now Available

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is now available as an eBook for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The traditional book will be available soon.
Congrats Kelly, it was a pleasure to work with you on this great project:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Illustrated Poetry

I am very excited to be working on a book of illustrated poetry with author Jeff McMahon. This project is also going to be posted on Kickstarter, which may expand its publishing and printing possibilities. Here's a sneak peek (more to come on Kickstarter) Stay tuned!

Cat Book

I actually feel a little bad drawing things like this. The Tale of Two Cats is almost done...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Squirrel Boy

I liked this character, and have decided to finish it as a complete, color illustration with theme border and all (notice the cereal o's).

I have extracted this character from a side project, the Cornfed Coalition. If anyone reads this, and also is a Cornfed Coalition fan...I am sorry to say I probably won't be returning to it any longer. I'm growing weary of the project, and feel a lack of inspiration to create cynical, smart-assy material. I'd rather be more subtle about those inappropriate sexual items and commentary snuck into Disney movies...kidding. But thanks for your support to all who showed interest:)

I am also posting this on Illustration Friday, as the topic is fitting: "Lonely."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Stupid Little Kitten

I've been inspired to do up some sketches on a stupid kitten who plays with anything, nonstop, no matter where it is, or what's going on around him.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Illustration Friday: Lost

"Lost" is the theme for illustration Friday this week, and so I decided this man is clearly "lost" in his own thoughts:
(I also included a few more black and white illustrations I've added to my new portfolio/website).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Pet Book

New book I've started to work on for Pet Pundit Publishing: "The Happy Tale of Two Cats." This is going to be the companion book to "The Lucky Tail of Two Dogs."

More info at :

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Putrid Pearl: Complete

Putrid Pearl is redone in the better original style, complete with back-of-card description. Proceed viewing with caution.

See more characters and "like" my page to help spread the word about The Cornfed Coalition:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Newest Jailbird Illustration

I just finished another scene for my Jailbird in my Treehouse project. It is evolving slightly, the little girl's clothes have changed  a bit (I think it will be implied in the story that she goes to some sort of Catholic school where uniforms are necessary,) and I have added a sweet, semi clueless Grandma character who is totally in the dark about the convict living there. I liked the idea of the little girl living with just her Grandma in a little old person house, and contrasting this with all of the roughness and vulgarity of a secretly hidden convict (who puts up with the little girl's subtle influences-such as crazy straws in his coffee). In this scene, the Grandma is wondering when the little girl started drinking coffee and eating so much.

*I'm also submitting this to this week's IF topic: "sight." Might be a bit of a stretch, but the kitchen is quite a "sight," and Grandma can't see too well...that's enough rationalizing for submitting, I think.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Lucky Tale...

of Two Dogs: New book I illustrated is officially for sale.
Congrats to Cathy on her first book and her new company, Pet Pundit Publishing:

See the book preview here

Buy the book here

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mayan Doomsday

Doomsday always comes in some form, but in December 2012, I think we'll all wake up in America to complete another day. That is one item of insight I took away from my trip to Playa Del Carmen after touring the famous Chichen Itza ruins. And apparently, new findings are backing me up:

I was also inspired by the colorful beauty of Mexican architecture, breathtaking foliage variety and crippling poverty I observed from the safety of my semi air conditioned tour bus. I look forward to posting some pictures if I can get my computer fixed...I'm also looking forward to get back to illustrating client work, and personal projects.

Here's a rough sketch recent addition to my Jailbird Treehouse story idea. I decided the little girl lives with her Grandma, who, in this scene, is curious as to why the little girl has suddenly taken a liking to black coffee.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Putrid Pearl the Park Manager

The Cornfed Coalition is getting a new look with the addition of my new character, Putrid Pearl (The Park Manager). I think this new style is more fitting.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Illustration Friday

A little late to Illustration Friday this week! Topic: "Jump." I thought of this illustration I recently did from the book, Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quote Time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it."
Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quote Time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."
Larry Ellison 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quote Time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"All serious daring starts from within."
Eudora Welty 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Illustration Friday and Jailbird #2

Illustration Friday: "Heights"

I thought of this illustration I created recently for this week's IF submission. This is my modern take on Don Juan DeMarco as an infant, with his prim mother Inez, and somewhat clueless, womanizing father, Jose. They definitely enjoy the upper class lifestyle somewhere in the "heights" of well-to-do Seville.

In between waiting for projects to start, I return to my enjoyable side project, Jailbird in my Treehouse. Here is illustration #2 depicting more meat smuggling shenanigans...*Here it is updated with clouds!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quote Time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quote time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person."
Scott Sorrell 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Website

Well, there it is after 3 failed flash versions.

I still have some minor tweaks to handle, but I'm glad I've entered the world of html and left the overly complicated flash website era behind.  The reality is that potential clients, busy art directors and publishers don't have a lot of time to navigate through fancy, animated portfolios. Don't get me wrong, I still love flash. But for illustrators, html is a better way to go.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quote Time

Motivational Quote of the Day

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
Albert Schweitzer 

Revised cards

Friday, April 13, 2012

Illustration Friday

Since it was already fresh in my mind, I am submitting my business card image to Illustration Friday under the topic: "Puzzled."

New Business Cards

I finally designed some new business cards, along with a new logo.
Top: front, bottom: back.
I'm just glad I had an excuse to draw more sandwiches.

If anyone feels compelled, please give me some feedback so I can
make it the best it can be before taking it to the printers!

I'm also officially on Twitter:!/Jessica_Warrick

Quote of the Day

I get these inspirational quotes emailed to me everyday, so I thought I'd inject the positivity into the interwebs for all to partake.

Motivational Quote of the Day

"To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life."
Samuel Johnson 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Illustration Friday and Meat in a Tree

I'm posting this in Illustration Friday under the theme,"Return."

This illustration, entitled "Jailbird In My Treehouse" is based on a story idea I had about an escaped convict who awkwardly befriends a little chubby loner girl with glasses. She brings him plenty of the red meats that sustains a hardened criminal, and he, in return, provides interesting company and prison-inspired life lessons.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Cornfed Coalition

Another trading card idea:

Illustration Friday

I'm picking up where I left off on the white trash theme I've been obsessed with over the years. Here it is again, revitalized in trading card form...a black and white sketch right now, and also an Illustration Friday submission for the topic: "shades."