Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HG Designer Shelly Comiskey Blogs for US!

HG Designer, Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs Blogs Especially for US! Leave a Comment on our Blog about Shelly's newest line "SNOW MUCH FUN"
(which can be seen on our website under "What's New") and
you may be the lucky winner to Receive a *FREE Bundle* of
Fat Quarters from Shelly's last line: "I LOVE SNOW". The winner will be chosen by 4:30 pm on Wed. Feb 1st.
HG: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Shelly: I get inspiration from so many different places, but I believe my strongest is from my love of animals and kids. Each filled with their own personalities and expression. This I try to bring to each character. Another is a particular mood can inspire me.. whether it be the feeling I get from a warm sunny day, a chilly snowy night, or even the feeling or memory of favorite holidays! Inspiration is everywhere!

HG: How long have you been designing?
Shelly: Hard to believe but I started designing back in 1997. I authored a few craft books on working in Polymer clay, one of which was with Disney and sculpting their characters. What a thrill that was! During this time, I had always felt the pull to follow my true love which is illustrating. I felt the most freedom when I had a pencil in my hand. In 2007 I made the decision to concentrate solely on illustrating and haven’t look back since.

HG: Can you give us a sneak peek into your studio (or where you work) just a pic or two.
Shelly: (See pic above)

HG: Where did you grow up and where is your home town now?
Shelly: I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. LOVED it! I had the best neighborhood and friends! To this day I am still close and in contact with friends I had in kindergarten as well as my first crush when I was 11, and who later became my husband Mike! I now live in New Lenox, Illinois which is only about 30 minutes south of the city. My mom still lives in the house I grew up in, so going back and visiting her is always home.



HG: Pets or children??? Or both??
Shelly: Well I have two of the greatest kids.. My daughter Casey who is now 22, and my son Mickey who is 18. Boy where does the time go? We are a very close family and for that I am blessed. As my kids started to get older and more independent, I found myself with a few more pets! My three dogs and one sweet cat. The dogs range in size from a 5lb Chihuahua to a 150 lb Newfoundland. Yep quite the crowd. They are my companions, co-workers, and as I said earlier.. lots of inspiration.

HG: Favorite hobbies or vacation spot??
Shelly: Hmmm.. well since my hobby and passion has turned into my business, I would have to say my job! I just love a quiet afternoon, comfy on the couch with pencil and pad! Sketching and sketching! I do also enjoy horseback riding. I would love to make more time for that!

HG: What Medium do you create with??
Shelly: I always start with pencil and paper sketching away. And depending on my mood or vision, I sometimes will start the colorizing process with basic water color painting or illustrator markers and then a bit of colored pencil. I will then scan it into the computer where I will start digitally painting even more and bring in lots of detail. Other days I may just scan in my sketches and do all of the painting digitally right on the computer. Because I license my designs for various products, it is always a good thing to have the artwork ready for the manufacturers in a digital format.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about my world. I feel so blessed to have this passion for what I do and to hopefully bring smiles to those who enjoy my designs.

For More Information on Shelly or Fabric Lines- Check out her website: http://simplyshellydesigns.com/

40 comments:

Becky said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win some of Shelly's newest fabric line! I love the colors in Snow Much Fun:)

Pippa Parsons said...

OMG that is too cute, I love that its Wintery and Christmassy without being red, green, white... Im definitely going to be looking out for the panel, although i'd prefer to win, thanks for the chance :O)

Kim Q said...

Oh my...I just *love* those colors, and the faces on the snowmen are just adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

scottylover said...

I need some winter fabrics badly and these snowmen are perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy A

Jan said...

What a great pallet. I especially love the browns and blues.

Deb said...

I love the Christmas line! And would love to be included in this giveaway! Enjoyed reading the interview and seeing Shelly's studio.

Marilee said...

I love Shelly's snow.

Karen said...

What a cute line of fabrics. Those snowmen are darling. I'd love to win some.

ledamewood said...

I love the colorway - you can use it longer and not just seasonal.

Judy1522 said...

The snowmen have such cute faces and I really like the colors that you have used.

JaneB said...

I am a real snow girl! Give me flakes and snowmen anytime. Thanks for the chance to win some of this great fabric. Shelly is so talented. Her designs are wonderful.

Deb G. in VA said...

I love the little snowmen on skis! Thanks!

Cecilia said...

I love the snowmen and the colors are very refreshing.

WoolenSails said...

I always enjoy reading about the designers and where they create. Love that white cabinet, that would look wonderful in my sewing space, lol.

Debbie

Barb said...

The color palette for Snow Much Fun is perfect for a little boy's winter quilt. Those cute roly-poly snowmen trying to ski really made me smile!

Appalachian Quilts said...

I absolutely ADORE this fabric line! There are so many great prints!

Lee Ann said...

It looks like I'm going to have to get the newest line of fabrics! Blue and brown. my loves! LOL. :-) Thank you for chance to win some "I love snow" which is also blues & browns!

Carri said...

Love the new line, it sparks my imagination!

patricia said...

Friendly! Although I really wasn't the model...

Nancy said...

Love the fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

CarolynW said...

What fabulous colors and cute snowmen! I NEED this!

Debby Ritche said...

The Snow So Much line is absolutely gorgeous. I am envious because in Canada we wont see the line till June or July...Im very anxious for it as Ive already picked out the perfect quilt Im gonna make with it

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Very cute snowmen! Love the colours - very cool!

Kathy MacKie said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Debbie said...

Loved reading about Shelly and seeing where she works. Love seeing her companions as well!!! Shelly's art is absolutely awesome...such personality! Thank you for interviewing Shelly!

Lee Mae said...

Shelly Comiskey is an awesome designer. Her artwork is so adorable. Thanks for interviewing her and giving us a chance to win some of her fabric!

Mike and Jen said...

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

Material Girl said...

Cute fabric, thanks for the opportunity to win.

ritainalaska said...

this is the year for snow! love your 'i love snow' and would love to win that bundle! thanx for the opportunity to do so.

heartsease54 said...

This fabric is so cute, thanks for the giveaway & thanks for giving us a glimpse into the designer behind it.

Kathy M Boice said...

What a great give away. Thanks for the opportunity to win! midwayfarms@hughes.net

ljeanne said...

How fun the fabric is! I hope to win.

robin said...

What a cute fabric line! I love the colors. :) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Linda said...

Love the artwork in the snowman fabric!

Nancy said...

Would love to win some of your Snow Much Fun!

Lee said...

I love the colors! Congrats to Shelly on her new line!

Malinda said...

Those snowmen are just adorable! We could use a little snow around here - Feb. 1st and still now snow days in central PA. Unbelievable!

Diana Rosenthal said...

The I Love Snow Line is outstanding.
Love snowman.Thanks for the fabric line even for those who will not win.

Debbie B Sam said...

How did I not see this before?? I love both of these lines!

Cheryl said...

Your new fabric line is divine! The snowmen are too cute, and the blender prints that look like snow flurries are fantastic!!! I just love your designs!!!