Newborn (a personal post)

Elijah Fox Hudson was born 10/10/14. Having a baby is such a singular experience. This time was completely different from our first. I was a lot more in tune to what was going on and listened to my body (and the midwife) for the right cues. The awareness that an epidural was on the way is what got me through most of it, and then when the epidural didn't completely take (thank you quick labor) I relied on the midwife and my husband to encourage me. I had an amazing team and couldn't have gotten through it without them! 

Going through labor and experiencing the pain, movement, and fear, created such a strong positive emotion when I finally delivered Eli. Something I really feel the epidural blocked with my first. The euphoria continued while at the hospital, and even now that we are home and life has become hectic again, I feel it every time I look at him. Connected to my baby by the things we shared and the hard work it took to get him here.


Noah's Game of Memory

Months ago I was approached to be a part of a very exciting international event in Atlanta, GA. Thousands of delegates came from all over the world to attend the International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses and each delegate was given a gift bag filled with goodies. The idea was to showcase local flare so included in the bag were southern recipe cards, handmade soap, posters, etc.

My project was an 36 card memory game.

I illustrated 18 different North American animals and a quirky little Noah to go on the front of the box.

I was also asked to do an illustration of all the animals and Noah for a postcard.

My daughter loves playing the game. She is getting pretty good at it.

The postcard illustration and a few select animals are up on my site. This was by far one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever worked on!


Now Open for Business

Added a store to my website! Will be updating it as new work is released.
Click here to go there.


Concept Ills

A few months ago I was commissioned to create some designs for a potential series. The job didn't work out in the end, but I got some portfolio pieces! 


The Move

There is a lot to update and I have no idea where to begin! I've been working on a really exciting project that I can't share quite yet. It is going to print today! On top of that we moved in late May 1,200 miles up to Maine! Settling in is taking some time, but it has been fun. My work desk consisted of my daughters toddler sized table for a few weeks. My butt was so sore.

I'd like to clarify that that is ROOT beer.

Then here are a few new sketches. Not for anything in particular, mostly just fun.


New Website

Surprise surprise I actually worked on my branding! It was mostly due to dire need. The SCBWI conference is coming up in just a few weeks! So far I've ordered postcards, business cards, and stickers. Next stop is Dick Blick for a new portfolio for the showcase. They also have a mandatory assignment that I will need to start soon. Busy busy!

Check out my new site at www.neeshahudson.com 




He Sows She Sews blog header

The very talented Gretchen Ronnevik (aka Nerdy Gerdy) commissioned me to design a new header for her blog.

The original sketches.

Gretchen had a hard time choosing which direction she wanted to go, so I superimposed the sketches on a screenshot of her blog. That way she could get an idea of how it could look.

Tada! Check it out live at He Sows and She Sews.


Character Designs

These guys are leftovers from some designs I did for a potential job. Kind of like spec work except I got paid and had them sign an agreement not to use the images. But if they like what I did then I get the job!


It's Quiet Here...

I've been working on a personal project with my friend. We are keeping it hush hush for now, hence the quietness on the old blog. I can however post a couple of sketches I did last week. I was supposed to be working but sometimes it's hard to focus, you know?


Mural Photos

Not to be redundant, but my husband took some legit photos of the mural so I just have to share.


Wall Mural

For some reason Peak Dental let me paint on their walls, and I had a ton of fun doing it! Peak Dental is in Falmouth, ME and one of the most amazing offices I've ever seen (and I have seen a LOT of dentists). They are completely "green", use no harsh chemicals, and all digital x-rays. On top of that they do exceptional work and are so nice and friendly! If you are in the area I would definitely give them a visit. They are running a promotion for new patients too.

Since they were open to ideas, I suggested a circus themed mural with funky whimsical characters for their children's area. It took about 13 hrs to complete.



Carl Did Not Belong

See if you can guess which one Carl is.

And a detail.