ONE YEAR LATER :: DENISE HOLMES

For the next few weeks, the ladies of Happy Happy Art Collective will be sharing a recap of their adventures over the last year since the group's inception. This is gonna be fun!

Next up, Denise Holmes! 

Since joining the Happy Happy Art Collective, I have had one of my busiest years illustrating and I don't think I could have done it without these 5 ladies at my side. I love having these ladies here not only as a group to create some fun work, but as a place to get advice and encouragement. Not only that, but I consider these ladies to be some great friends now!

This year was the year I became an official children's book illustrator. I dreamed of this opportunity for over 8 years and I felt like all my hard work finally paid off. I had 2 books published in 2014; If I Wrote A Book About You and We Love Nature. I turned in the final artwork for The Yoga Game by The Sea and The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids both to be published in February and March 2015. And I signed 2 more contracts by the end of the year. It has been amazingly busy!

If I Wrote A Book About You, written by Stephany Aulenback Simply Read Books May 2014

I sent out an inquiry email to my top agency and became part of the Tugeau 2 team a few weeks later. 

I got to meet Emily and Nicky Ovitt in person! 

Jack & Jill, my favorite personal piece created for the happy happy collective

I went on an epic vacation with my family to San Francisco and Portland and had to stop at Powell's bookstore where If I Wrote A Book About You was a staff pick! 

I discovered nib pens and now I love to draw that much more. 

By the end of the year I created over a dozen personal pieces with the Happy Happy Collective that I am proud to include in my portfolio. One might have even inspired a children's book!

Thalia's Tea Party! my favorite Letter from our alphabet series

2014 you were pretty darn good. Really looking forward to 2015! Thanks for catching up with me!