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15th September, 2014

Just spotted this illustration is out in the wild!  Before I adventured off to Iceland, I got a nice little project from SooJin Buzelli to illustrate a piece for CIO for their feature on knowledge brokers. Lots of fun excuses to draw glowing pomegranates and get a little experimental with the marks.

Had a lot of fun with this one!

Just spotted this illustration is out in the wild! Before I adventured off to Iceland, I got a nice little project from SooJin Buzelli to illustrate a piece for CIO for their feature on knowledge brokers. Lots of fun excuses to draw glowing pomegranates and get a little experimental with the marks.

Had a lot of fun with this one!

2nd September, 2014

Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project! Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project! Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project! Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project! Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project!

Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.

In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project!

27th August, 2014

Drawing drills.

Hi friends, I still need to post up something about my recent Iceland trip (which I forgot to let you know about! I went to Iceland! The photo above is of Haystack, a little needle-felted friend who came with me for the journey) but since I got back there’s been a lot on my mind about art practice, and I’ve been trying to think of how we make and especially when you make art for a living there’s some weird things you have to navigate as you get deeper into it. Such as making work for yourself versus for a client and letting it not ‘be’ for anything but for making it, learning when and where you need to switch things up to keep it stimulating for yourself, how to go back and shake yourself out of the bad habits you’ve built up over years, how to keep patient when you just want to move onto the next thing, how to stoke excitement when art feels like work, and the like.

I’ve been doing some sleuthing online and a lot of the advice given is geared towards beginners and is a little more technically dry than I’d like. But I do think there’s some good things to mine from it; lately I’ve been trying to think of art practice like a sport or like exercise— you build up skills like muscles as you create work, but sometimes you let other muscles work to cover up weaknesses and get lazy. So drills and exercises (something I think we often think are boring/simple or for beginners) are useful to help break those habits and become a little more well rounded, as well as help you regain some excitement when things feel routine, or feel more patient when you’re hitting a wall.

I solicited responses on Twitter last night and got a good slew of ideas to practice no matter what stage you’re in! I wanted to share them with you (if you have others feel free to message me and I’ll add to this list!)

  • completing a sketchbook where you work with ink or paint only- no pencil underdrawings!
  • thumbnails of existing compositions/movie stills/etc to gain better color/tonal/composition sense.
  • do warmup paintings in a found or altered book- working with type on a page gives you a compositional challenge, but is also less intimidating than a blank page.
  • do morning warm up drawings, such as doing a small lettering warm-up.
  • figure drawing sessions or drawing at a coffeeshop/public space.
  • make a list of the things you get specific about and make them iconic and simpler. Make a list of things you use visual shorthand for (a t-shirt, car, bar of soap) and get specific.
  • create a list of words/phrases and randomly pull from them, then illustrate something fusing those ideas. (magnetic poetry style!)
  • do 100 20-minute sketches from life.
  • draw with kids to find spontaneity and focus— learn from their fearlessness!
  • also, have kids as art directors giving you assignments.
  • take bad, rejected, or old sketches and spend time to fix them into a finished piece.
  • take something you’ve made/designed and translate it into the spirit of another style/time period/art movement/voice. Or try and draw it from a different perspective or viewpoint, or try and draw what happened before or after it, or draw the opposite of it.
  • give yourself an alter-ego with a totally different visual voice, and try and create work for them.
  • create a project with parameters and a goal to explore, and a set end date and accomplish it.
  • if you draw fast, try to redraw it really slower and slower, find places to add specificity. Or redraw with your eyes closed. If you draw really complicatedly and slowly, find ways to redraw quicker and simpler but still keeping the essence of the subject.
  • blind contour drawings are really great to practice seeing without assuming. Drawing upside down, working with continuous line, or drawing negative spaces of things is also a good way to think differently.
  • sitting with another person who draws, draw the same thing with your eyes closed.
  • stream of consciousness drawing.
  • change scale, draw standing up (or bonus, draw with your pencil on a dowel 3 feet away from the paper).
  • draw something you feel very comfortable drawing. Then consider how an alien would consider that thing and what it wouldn’t know about it. Is there a way to convey more personality/information into that drawing?
  • try and draw things without line.
  • try and translate your drawing into a 3D medium and then redraw it after making it.
  • the biggest thing is though: build time to practice, and DON’T TALK YOURSELF OUT OF DOING A DRILL. Think of it like a musician practicing their scales and don’t worry that it’s just for you. Sow those seeds and reap ‘em later!
Whew, I gotta stop writing books instead of blog posts, but hope you find it useful! I may need to compile a pdf sometime…

2nd July, 2014

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here at MH-HQ. I’ve been wrapping up a picture book, doing some work for animation, and now getting ready for ICON8 next week! I’m part of the Roadshow so it’s been a portfolio building flurry of fun.

Anyway, yesterday was my birthday and something I’d like to get back in the habit of is to give you guys a free present to celebrate. So: I whipped up some cute bookplates in a summertime palette! I love books and I love tiny things so it’s a match made in heaven. I’m going to sell them at the Roadshow (they’ll be decals!), but in case you’d like to get in on the fun at home, here’s a PDF you can print off and enjoy! Just trim on the lines (trim off the purple part too!) and paste into your favorite books. 

Take a picture and send me a shot of your books (I’m @meghunt on Twitter and @meghuntillo on Instagram!) I want to know what you’re reading and it’s always fun to see this stuff in the wild.

Happy summer!

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here at MH-HQ. I’ve been wrapping up a picture book, doing some work for animation, and now getting ready for ICON8 next week! I’m part of the Roadshow so it’s been a portfolio building flurry of fun.

Anyway, yesterday was my birthday and something I’d like to get back in the habit of is to give you guys a free present to celebrate. So: I whipped up some cute bookplates in a summertime palette! I love books and I love tiny things so it’s a match made in heaven. I’m going to sell them at the Roadshow (they’ll be decals!), but in case you’d like to get in on the fun at home, here’s a PDF you can print off and enjoy! Just trim on the lines (trim off the purple part too!) and paste into your favorite books.

Take a picture and send me a shot of your books (I’m @meghunt on Twitter and @meghuntillo on Instagram!) I want to know what you’re reading and it’s always fun to see this stuff in the wild.

Happy summer!

17th April, 2014

Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures. 

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do. 

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects. Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures. 

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do. 

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects. Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures. 

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do. 

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects. Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures. 

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do. 

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects. Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures. 

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do. 

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects.

Been hemming and hawing about how to show this project! Last weekend I took part in Linework NW and I promised myself I would make a book! So that turned into an accordion book all about a mermaid named Ondine who collects bioluminescent creatures.

This book was created start to finish in six days. My first accordion book since 2003? Whoa! Now I want to do more! Many thanks to my student Wren who helped me cut and fold them in time. I’m going to see about making a little video to show this better, but in the meantime this will do.

More personal projects, more books, more stuff! I am working on a big project but I need to share more and make more little projects.

9th December, 2013

Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage! Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage! 

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage!

Hi everyone! It’s the holidays coming up, so this week I’ve opened up my shop up and released some things that haven’t been up on there yet. I’m also trying to move in the early part of the year so it’s time to downsize and let some of this stuff go. I’m putting this stuff up at pretty low prices so please take advantage!

There’s a bunch of original artwork for $30, tote bags for $15, lavender sachets and Scout Books for $10, mystery art packs for $35, and discounts on most all the other work up there! Plus each order for flat artwork (prints, original art, mystery packs) will get a free print of some sort. I’ll be taking the shop back down Friday night and putting it back up at the start of next year, so take advantage!

9th November, 2013

23rd October, 2013

This is the first purely personal piece of artwork I’ve made in a long time, and with it I’m going to break away from the norms here and share something. After spending time with dear friends yesterday and talking about process and struggles, I felt compelled to make something and talk about something I usually hide away.

The fact is, for over a decade I’ve been fighting with anxiety and depression. I feel very weird writing this here— it seems like in the online world it’s something we’re supposed to tuck away. It might not be professional, or it could come off as complaining or bleak. But I do not mean this to be, dear readers. I know that we are products of our experiences and the tough critic I am has made me a stronger tougher illustrator. But it is something that has been a struggle, knocked me down and left me feeling lost and isolated. When my work failed or floundered, it became a reflection of myself. Coupled with a mean perfectionistic streak, it’s lately made me question my personal practice to the point that working on anything for myself felt like a waste of time and effort. Doubly strange and hard when I see my students struggle, leap and grow in school, but feeling paralyzed myself. 

I still feel very weird writing this. But I feel like it’s important to take a risk and be honest about this part of me to evolve beyond it, and also share with those who work and struggle and feel alone. After all, process isn’t just the pretty sketches but it’s also the rough scribbles.

I write this with a positive note; after finally getting sick of this pattern I am taking strides to fight these issues at their core and separate my well-being from my work, and for the first time in a while I’m starting to feel good (knock on wood). It’s still a long road yet, and I know it’s something I might fight my whole life, but that’s the benefit of art-making— when we can actually get deep within the work, we can learn new things and get lost (and found) at the same time.

Thank you for following me and reading this; even though I may not know you all it makes me happy that I can share with you and fight the good fight. Hopefully there will be a lot more art to share soon—till the next.

This is the first purely personal piece of artwork I’ve made in a long time, and with it I’m going to break away from the norms here and share something. After spending time with dear friends yesterday and talking about process and struggles, I felt compelled to make something and talk about something I usually hide away.

The fact is, for over a decade I’ve been fighting with anxiety and depression. I feel very weird writing this here— it seems like in the online world it’s something we’re supposed to tuck away. It might not be professional, or it could come off as complaining or bleak. But I do not mean this to be, dear readers. I know that we are products of our experiences and the tough critic I am has made me a stronger tougher illustrator. But it is something that has been a struggle, knocked me down and left me feeling lost and isolated. When my work failed or floundered, it became a reflection of myself. Coupled with a mean perfectionistic streak, it’s lately made me question my personal practice to the point that working on anything for myself felt like a waste of time and effort. Doubly strange and hard when I see my students struggle, leap and grow in school, but feeling paralyzed myself.

I still feel very weird writing this. But I feel like it’s important to take a risk and be honest about this part of me to evolve beyond it, and also share with those who work and struggle and feel alone. After all, process isn’t just the pretty sketches but it’s also the rough scribbles.

I write this with a positive note; after finally getting sick of this pattern I am taking strides to fight these issues at their core and separate my well-being from my work, and for the first time in a while I’m starting to feel good (knock on wood). It’s still a long road yet, and I know it’s something I might fight my whole life, but that’s the benefit of art-making— when we can actually get deep within the work, we can learn new things and get lost (and found) at the same time.

Thank you for following me and reading this; even though I may not know you all it makes me happy that I can share with you and fight the good fight. Hopefully there will be a lot more art to share soon—till the next.

22nd October, 2013

Recent illustration for Plansponsor— the topic being investment proficiency, which got translated into learning a new language and alien archaeological digs. Had a lot of fun with this palette!

Recent illustration for Plansponsor— the topic being investment proficiency, which got translated into learning a new language and alien archaeological digs. Had a lot of fun with this palette!

28th August, 2013

Dear friends: I know I promised a new project soon, and I am super-disappointed to say I’m having to put it on hold for a bit. I’m going through some things right now which are creatively very frustrating, and juggling freelance, life, teaching and creative fulfillment is not working as well as I’d hoped. It feels like failure, but I must be kinder to myself and just work through it. I’ll explain more soon— I want to be more honest about my practice, beyond just showing the work. Reading blogs like Lisa Congdon’s have really inspired me that way.

For now, I’m getting ready to teach new students (semester begins next week! Crazy) and tomorrow I fly to Minneapolis to see good friends and learn from Victoria Ying and Mike Yamada, two creatives who I’m so in awe of. Hopefully that inspiration will re-energize me!

Talk to you soon, friends.

Dear friends: I know I promised a new project soon, and I am super-disappointed to say I’m having to put it on hold for a bit. I’m going through some things right now which are creatively very frustrating, and juggling freelance, life, teaching and creative fulfillment is not working as well as I’d hoped. It feels like failure, but I must be kinder to myself and just work through it. I’ll explain more soon— I want to be more honest about my practice, beyond just showing the work. Reading blogs like Lisa Congdon’s have really inspired me that way.

For now, I’m getting ready to teach new students (semester begins next week! Crazy) and tomorrow I fly to Minneapolis to see good friends and learn from Victoria Ying and Mike Yamada, two creatives who I’m so in awe of. Hopefully that inspiration will re-energize me!

Talk to you soon, friends.