A Collaboration for My Birthday!

Yesterday I sent the word out to see if anyone wanted to join me in a mini celebration collaboration here on my blog. I’m happy to say that I got quite a few entries, and each one is so unique, I really feel like I got a great gift that I get to share here on my blog.

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Emily Balsley was super fast, sending in this adorable fox with a lovely birthday message. Coincidentally, I actually wore a pink and white striped tank top on my birthday!

Follow Emily on twitter (@emilybluestar), check out her website and blog, or connect with her on dribbble!

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Sarah Hutchinson Burke created this lovely and festive cupcake. Don’t you love the way the candles are marching up and around the icing?

Follow Sarah on twitter (@thesecondmagpie) and be sure to visit her blog.

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A birthday unicorn from Jessica Niederberger was an awesome surprise in my inbox. She’s my best friend IRL, and she’s a master at drawing horses, and of course, unicorns!

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Isn’t this a fun pattern from Lucy Tyler? I recognize some of the shapes and colors from the pattern on my twitter background, and I love her twist on it with the bold, handwritten letters on the surface.

Follow Lucy on twitter (@creativemachine) and check out her website.

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It’s always such a treat to see when Mia Balaquiot posts a new watercolor via twitter or flickr, so you can imagine how happy I was when she sent me this lovely painting themed piece to include in this post.

Follow Mia on twitter (@mabeloos) and visit her website to see many more wonderful watercolors!

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Ashley Chesser is a friend of mine who started creating these marker-on-polaroid pieces when I first got to know her. Isn’t it great? I love sparklers–another coincidence is that I actually bought a big pack of 240 sparklers for my birthday party! We didn’t quite use them all, but that just means I get to do sparklers another time!

See more of Ashley’s polaroid art, as well as her videos on her website.

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My friend Krissy sent me this awesome birthday drawing of my name. I love the colors and the patterny texture.

Follow Krissy on twitter (@qrissy). She has 2 websites, cause she’s that cool. Go check them both out: krissydowning.com and qrissy.com, and visit her blog while you’re at it!

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Juriko Kosaka sent me this beautiful illustration of a birthday cake. Doesn’t it look delicious. I don’t eat cake anymore, but I would eat this cake!

Follow Juriko on twitter (@juriko) to see more of her delicate drawings.

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I got this sweet drawing from Bolle en Eikel. I think this means I can officially say I got some flowers for my birthday! So great!

See more of Bolle en Eikel’s fun drawings that they often share via twitter (@BolleenEikel).

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Alice Jamieson sent me this personalized birthday drawing. I love the contrast of the soft watercolor texture with the crisp lines of ink.

Follow Alice on twitter (@AJamiesonArt). Visit her blog and browse her Etsy shop!

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Minerva sent me this super cute drawing of a birthday party. That must be me, with the glasses. It was a fun party!

Follow Minerva on twitter (@minervagm). She’s also @minervagm on instagram, so be sure to find her there, and don’t miss her website to see more of her delightful drawings.

The last three entries are a something special. My brother told my nephew Max and nieces Caitlin & Alyssa about my call for artists for this collaboration post. They loved the idea, and got right to work. They each sent over an awesomely unique drawing.

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Max created this “fancy font” that he thought I would like. He was right! I think he should work on the whole alphabet!

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Caitlin and Alyssa went with birthday cake themes for their drawings. I love the colors and the festive feeling achieved by the added balloons and a confetti & streamer pattern in Caitlin’s drawing. Alyssa went for a clean and bold image. The color palette and color block style is great, and I love the way the heart cake topper looks!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this post. It made my day (actually 2 of them!) to see all the fun birthday art that was sent my way. I know it was a tight deadline, but it was also a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post and seeing the variety of birthday themed art! Take a minute and visit some of the artists sites, go say hello on twitter, or leave a comment below!

*edit 07/15/2012*

I got a couple of late entries (just the day after or so), so I wanted to update this post. Of course now it’s a couple of weeks later and I’m finally getting the chance, but it’s better late than never, right?

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First I received this awesome drawing from Julie (O-kami) with birthday greetings in many languages, some of which I don’t even recognize! How cool is that?

Follow Julie on twitter (@FPOkami), visit her two blogs: Pens Paper Inks…Whatever! and In Pursuit of a Hidden Artist, connect with her on Flickr, and Join the Pen Collectors of America.

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My new illustration bootcamp friend, Liz Nugent’s power went out *just* after she finished this awesome illustration. I just love it and I’m glad her power eventually came back on so she could send it over!

Follow Liz on twitter (@liznugentdraws), and be sure to check out the awesome artwork on her website!

8 thoughts on “A Collaboration for My Birthday!

    • That’s ok! I know it was a very tight “deadline” for this one. Maybe next time? I did have a good birthday though! Very celebratory!

  1. happy happy birthday anika!
    i’m so excited you found my book by chance !
    thanks for coming and saying hello. i hope you like it and would love to see if you make anything from it !

  2. Happy (belated) Birthday! What a great set of birthday-themed artworks and a lovely way to celebrate. Nice how they’re all different and yet each one festive in its own way. I would love to eat Juriko’s cake and the pink fox is so cute. I’ll try to check out all the links to these artists’ blogs to see more. :)

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