Brightly Birthday Picture

I recently did an illustration for the website for their 1st year anniversary. Brightly is a website run by Penguin Random House that helps moms and dads inspire the love of reading in their kids. The picture ended up on a bunch of promotions for the site, which was really cool. I thought it would be fun to detail some of the process here on the blog.

Here are a couple of the sketches I sent to the art director. She decided to combine the “tree” picture with the “birthday party picture”.

1party copy


3tree copy


So we ended up with this version, which has a birthday party in a tree, of course.

brightly-sketch2 copy

Here’s how it looked colored in, with pen and ink and watercolor.

Brightly Birthday Banner

It’s now being used in Brightly promotions on a “book truck”, stickers, a gift box, and even this beautiful cake.


Hopefully these characters will return again someday to have more adventures!

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