Valentine’s is coming…


…and nothing says love like a bowl of ramen given to you by magical foxes. UNLESS it’s a beautiful print or piece of custom art! I posted one 5″ x 7″ custom piece on the Etsy shop if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea – let me know your ideas quickly and I will get you some art!

Also, this piece. It is done in copic markers in my little red sketchbook, and I’m really excited about exploring this medium. It is an illustration of a scene in Kathryn Tanquary’s The Night Parade, an awesome middle grade novel for anyone who loves Japanese culture, magic, or Hayoa Miyazaki!



MNSCBWI Banner Contest Entry

Heyo! Here’s the piece I just sent in for our MN Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators banner contest. (Unfortunately, only members can vote in the contest). And as my Tyler just pointed out, I should make this into bookmarks!Carmen Wood Illustrator whimsical picture book children's book art minneapolis

Thank you for your support!

Just a belated yet deeply heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who included my art in your holiday gifting. It is the greatest compliment when people send my art to their loved ones! And thank you to everyone throughout the year who supports me and my art making – through buying pieces, liking and commenting on art I post on social media, telling me I’m not wasting my time, feeding me, housing me, and loving me in general – I couldn’t make art without your very tangible support. Thank you for believing in art! And me! And now I can finally post some of those secret holiday pieces that I was working on – below is a favorite. sir-barnabus-sainsbury-28-final

Fall and Give to the Max Day Etsy Sale!

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Happy Fall! I am running a sale over at my Etsy shop – use the coupon code FALL2016 at checkout for 15% off your order, and I will be giving 20% of all proceeds between now and Nov. 17th to my awesome local ICA food shelf and Planned Parenthood MN (my wonderful healthcare provider for years) on Give to the Max Day. Follow the ‘About’ > ‘Shop’ link at the top to go check out what prints are for sale! I added some new ones, including the autumn watercolor above.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, thanks-full November (and year).

Woolly Mammoth!

Whew! I finished my “homework” for the upcoming Minnesota Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2016 Conference just in time (it’s this weekend!) Ordered prints and now I can relax (not really. Still need to assemble my portfolio and finish two large commissions by the end of October). With moving and getting a puppy this summer, my timeline for a variety of projects did not go the way I expected. Ah well. Everything will still be ready within deadline, because that is the only way I roll.



Here’s a bookmark commissioned by the Friends of the Hopkins Library to give out at the upcoming Hopkins Fire Department Open House on October 15th. I am pretty happy with how this turned out!

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