Saturday, November 17, 2012

My online shop is now open

I have opened an ETSY shop called kalimerisse which is now open for business here. I am presently selling digital prints of 3 original illustrations I created for The Apple in the Orchard and for a limited time these prints are on sale for only 10$. Looking forward to adding more of my work in 2013.

Monday, November 5, 2012

You can now hold it in your hands

I am very happy to announce that The Apple in the Orchard is now available in printed format at

It was a challenge to create the illustrations for this beautiful story but it was also a very rewarding journey. I discovered that I had a lot to offer but that I also had a lot to learn. Inspired by Brave Apple's courage to make a leap, I learned more about myself. I evolved in so many ways by learning and developing new ways of working and I was able to define the personal illustration style I was searching for which I used for this book. This has given me a lot of confidence and I am also grateful that I had the opportunity to learn so much more about book design and publishing from current resources and advanced training.

This experience also gave me the privelege of collaborating with an incredible person, Sonia Di Maulo. Sonia's enthusiasm for the book was also my inspiration and my lifeline for completing this project. I congratulate her on her courage to assume all the hard work and challenges involved in self-publishing. I believe her story will be welcomed, loved and remembered by many.

Please note that 3 of the illustrations from The Apple in the Orchard will be available for you to purchase as limited edition, archival digital prints at my new online shop, coming soon. Look for the link that will say SHOP on the top right side bar of this website as of November 10th, 2012.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back in the groove and inspired by Tomie (again)

After a very busy summer going here and there, I am happy to say that the coolness of autumn has calmed me down and I am back in the studio working. As I browsed my favorite art blogs for inspiration, I just had to share this interview of one of my favorite illustrators, Tomie DePaola by Lee Wind from the SCBWI blog. Tomie Depaola has just won the SCBWI Lifetime Achievement Award and this is the 1st part in a 3 part series of interviews so stay tuned if you'd like to see the other two. In this interview Tomie confirms many things I have discovered myself in recent years as an illustrator. It's so inspiring when you hear that other artist's have common thoughts and experiences as you. Congratulations Tomie !

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I started working on a new book project but I took some time to do a little warm-up exercise for this week's Illustration Friday theme. This digital drawing of a tiny bowl of cherries was created using some texture in Photoshop and a neat technique to make things look shiny in InDesign. See shiny effect technique video here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good-bye Maurice...

Maurice Sendack, passed away last night at and illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are and countless other masterpieces that I and so many others have loved.
Thank-you Maurice for your honesty and your tender images...see more at
The Horn Book-MyFriend Maurice

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My First Book

It's been about a year since I launched this first blog of mine and now I am truly thrilled to have finished illustrating my first book. I feel that my experience with blogging even if it wasn't often, helped me go forward creatively by feeling that I have a place of my own to show things that I have done like other artists who blog. I have gone even further creatively by having the opportunity to develop the illustrations for The Apple in the Orchard. I have now established an illustrating style that I am satisfied with. 

I had been experimenting with combinations of hand drawn color pencil techniques and digital software for quite some time. Most of my illustrating life I had created black and white line drawings for technical illustrations and although I wanted so much to work more creatively using color and working by hand as a freelance illustrator, I wasn't content. I felt that I could not completely abandon my past experience using computer software not only because of how much knowledge I had but also because of how much I loved the results. I like bold graphic stylized shapes as well as having a lot of control of the consistency of line and color. I also love the possibilities that transparency and pre-customized patterns can bring to an illustration not to mention the practicality of duplication and scaling/resizing and (my BFF) the undo option. I have also discovered that I like limited color palettes.

My first attempt at acheiving something I liked, by using these techniques was the header for my blog and some other drawings I have posted on my blog but I still wasn't sure how versatile it was with other subject matter. Now after creating 11 more illustrations for this book, using both color pencil and digital software in a sort of digital collage technique, I feel confident about what results I will get when I set out to create an illustration. My style has finally taken "a" form - it is bit more recognizable - it is a bit more my own and I am eager to apply these techniques to all the illustrations I wish to finalyze for my portfolio. I Am Ready:)

I can't thank Sonia Di Maulo enough for asking me to join her on this journey and for having the confidence in me to create the illustrations for her beautiful book. The Apple in the Orchard will be available later on in a printed version but for now it is available as an e-Version in PDF format - Only until tomorrow you can download it for free! Visit:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Apple in the Orchard: Pre-Launch Offer

I am very happy to let you all know that
The Apple in the Orchard, e-Version is almost
ready and will be available very soon.

For a limited time only, you can take advantage
of the pre-launch exclusive offer.

Go to
to learn more.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Apple in the Orchard

Voila!  I am pleased to present the completed cover for the book that I have been lovingly creating illustrations for since this past fall, The Apple in the Orchard written by Sonia DiMaulo. It is an inspiring story about a very brave apple who finds the courage to emerge as a leader. The illustrations have been created using both colored pencil and digital techniques in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to collaborate with Sonia on this project. Sonia is an amazing person with so much to offer...she is also a communications specialist, the founder of Harvest Performance and provides leadership seminars to several local and international organizations on how to cultivate trust and collaboration through feedback in the workplace.

It has been a truly inspiring experience and one of personal growth as well because of my connection with this story and the pleasure of working with such an excellent communicator like Sonia. The Apple in the Orchard will be launched this spring as an e-book and later on it will be in print. Sonia and I were brought together by Carol-Ann Hoyte, librarian and children's book advocate who also played a major role in founding the Quebec chapter of CANSCAIP. We are both eternally grateful to her for connecting us. See more at

I am so looking forward to seeing the completed book and I will be providing details as we move ahead. I will be confined to my studio for the next 3 weeks happily drawing the final version. The official website is under construction and will be launched this spring as well. 
For now you can find updates and other very interesting related info on Facebook

Thursday, January 5, 2012

IF - Highlight

The highlight of our Christmas was enjoying a short 3-day family road trip to Vermont. We visited Stowe village just to walk around (we don't ski) and enjoy it's charm, nice shops and restaurants and in and around Burlington as well.

The other recent highlight in my life is a new book I am is an inspiring fable called "The Apple in the Orchard" and I will be posting more information about it very soon. I have been very busy with this fabulous project this past fall, with Christmas and with nursing the flu/colds I got 4 times (I am fine now:). I'm hoping that my sketching and blogging will become more consistent in 2012 as well as better health for me...I shall eat more apples perhaps!