Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I just realized that I never put on my blog my big news about Sophia! I don't know how big it is now since it happened almost a year ago:-P It's amazing how fast time goes by. Those of you who have read my blog or have seen my website I'm sure know who Sophia is. Sophia started out as my logo but after awhile became more of my mascot. I put drawings of her all over my website and always used her on the cover of my promos I would send to publishers. I always hoped something might happen with her but wasn't sure what. And than about a year ago I got a call from a stamping company called Paper Pretties. They said they loved my style and wanted me to be their illustrator for their new line of stamps. And the best part was that they wanted Sophia to be their main stamping image! I was thrilled of course and it's been going great ever since. We've come up with a few other characters since than but Sophia is definitely the main image that I draw for them. She's evolved quite a bit from the little girl in the green dress and polka dotted hat that she started out as. She's gotten to be quite a bit of other things, such as a cowgirl in this image:-)

So when I was trying to think of an image to put on my new promo going out, I decided to do Sophia and bring her back to her roots a little bit. So these are the images I came up with. I had an idea to dress her up in Sherlock Holmes fashion awhile ago and thought I would include her green dog as well. This first image will be on the cover of the promo and the second image will be peeking around the edge of the last page of the promo. I'm liking how the promo came out and am hoping the publishers will as well!

And last but definitely not least, a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Piya who is an amazing illustrator:-) You can check out his blog or website on my sidebar. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIYA!!


Kate said...

Congrats on the stamping line, and on the overall success of Sophie!

Julie Masse said...

We LOVE Sophia!! It's so much fun to create with her and color her and have lots of fun with her and all your other drawings Joni! I just am so glad Paper Pretties found you! ;)

Piya said...

I love the cowgirl design. Are you going to stick a saddle on the dog? Thank you so much for the birthday wish. You're so sweet.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is so cool! What a wonderful and well deserved thing to happen to you. She would make a perfect stamp. . .and for you to be picked as the artist for a whole line . . .well that is awesome! Congratulations!

You really have diversified yourself and gotten into a lot of different stuff. I so admire that.

PotatoMamma said...

Your characters rock! Thanks so much for stopping by at my blog, your feedback means a lot!

donna said...

Go Sophia, she is such wonderful character.
Congrats Joni!