Monster Alphabet is here!

The Movie Monster Alphabet

Thank you to everyone who followed along this month on my Monster Alphabet project: a new illustration based on a movie monster for every letter of the alphabet. I hope you had as much fun with it as I did!

A few of you have been asking, will you be selling prints/posters?

The answer is:  I plan to! I need to make a few changes to some of the letters first. I’ll keep you posted, I hope to have it sorted out in time for the holidays. Keep in mind, I was pretty much producing all of the art as I went along, and a few things have piled up on my to-do list in the meantime.

In the meantime, I have made a set of desktop wallpaper featuring the entire Monster Alphabet, available here in a plethora of sizes. This wallpaper is free for personal use, but please do not include it in any collections or download sites; if you want to share it, link to it here!

Download the Monster Alphabet wallpaper in your preferred size:

1024 x 768 | 1280 x 720 | 1280 x 800 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 1024

1440 x 900 | 1600 x 1200 | 1680 x 1050 | 1920 x 1080 | 1920 x 1200

Starting this week… something spooky is afoot!

Starting on Friday, we’re trying something a little different….


Updating EVERY DAY until Halloween, I’m celebrating the spooktacular season with brand new, hand-drawn letter of the alphabet featuring some of the all-time classic monsters from the silver screen.

Every day, until we get from A all the way to Z, just in time for tricks-or-treats.

The scariest part for me? All of these illustrations will be made during the month of October, and only a few are finished already. I don’t even know what to draw for some of the letters yet! We’ll be finding out together.

I’ll be posting some sketches and works in progress here, but for the big action head on over to to check out the Month of Monsters.

And there should be a nice treat by the end…

Gallery show at the Irvine Nature Center

Alphabet of Flowers at Irvine Nature Center

Spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom… in fact, they’re blooming all over the place! At Irvine Nature Center not only are their woodland trails and habitats sprouting, my Flower Alphabet has taken root in in their gallery. With a different flower for each letter of the alphabet, the prints will be on display April 30 – June 9, and prints and notecards will be for sale in their gift shop. If you’re  near the Owings Mills area, stop on by to visit their lovely grounds and learn more about nature and ecology!

Visit the Irvine Nature Center website for their open hours

Can’t make it? You can also see and buy the Flower Alphabet at my online stores:

Flower Alphabet at RedBubble: cards, prints, shirts, kids clothes, stickers,

Flower Alphabet at Zazzle: cell phone case, ornaments, jewelry boxes, and much more!


All together now: The Floral Alphabet poster

The Floral Alphabet by Stephanie Smith

 So, it was inevitable, after going through the entire alphabet in flowers, that they’d all be reunited when all was said and done. I’m now offering “The Floral Alphabet” as a poster and/or art print in both of my shops: at RedBubble and at Zazzle.

 What’s the difference between the two sites? Basically, it depends on what kind of options you want, and if you were planning on buying anything else from either site. RedBubble’s printing is very high quality, but Zazzle has many more options to pick from.  And both companies are very good about exchanges and returns if you are at all unhappy with the quality of what you receive.

 I should be adding more gifts and housewares using the Floral Alphabet art  to my Zazzle store in the weeks to come, with and without the monograms. If you have any particular requests, please let me know!

Flower Alphabet in Bloom

April is almost over, and so is my alphabet of flowers!

The last few blossoms have finally bloomed at my RedBubble portfolio…

S is for Sunflower T is for Tulip U is for Ulster Mary V is for Violet W is for Water Lily X is for Xeranthemum Y is for Yarrow Z is for Zinnia

(where they are all available as prints, cards, shirts — including baby shirts — and die-cut stickers)

And the entire series is also fully stocked on customizable gift items at my Zazzle store!

As much fun as these were, I’m ready to move on to other projects. Tho I’m sure I’m not *quite* done with them, hee hee hee. In any case, stay tuned!

Welcome back!

So, once again I find myself blowing the dust off my blog. Oh my, has it really been so long since my last post? I could have sworn I’d written something here in November at least!

Then again, I was quite busy through the end of 2010: in addition to working on my own drawing projects, I had a few for other people. More about those later! In the meantime the alphabet continues on:

F is for Fuschia H is for Hyacinth I is for Iris J is for Jasmine K is for King's Spear L is for Lily M is for Morning Glory N is for Nasturtium O is for Orchid P is for Pansy Q is for Queen Anne's Lace R is for Rose

I’m in the home stretch for this series, and am already thinking of my next project. I’ll have more of an update later, hope this big mega-post makes up somewhat for all the lost time!

Do you know your A-B-Cs?

A is for Azalea  B is for Begonia  C is for Columbine
D is for Daffodil  E is for Echinacea  G is for Gerbera….

Hey, wait a minute… something’s not right there.

I have been trying to upload the images in my Floral Alphabet series in the proper order, but when I sat down to the drawing table, I hit a snag. For “F” I’d chosen the tall and elegant foxglove plant, which had worked out wonderfully in another drawing. However, I’d redesigned the template I was going to use for the series so that it was more square-shaped, and I just could not come up with a solution I was really happy with to frame such a tall flower in the allowed space and have it fit in with the rest of them.

So I’m starting “F” over from scratch, but I didn’t want that to hold up the rest of the series. It will show up sometime later, after I’ve decided on what flower will represent it. Right now I’m leaning toward fuschia… what do you think?

On a side note, if you’re reading this, you probably know I use to display and sell my art, including the Floral Alphabet series. Well, they’ve done some major remodeling over there and while I’m still adjusting to some of the changes, I do like this: it’s much easier for people who want to buy things to preview what’s on offer for sale from my portfolio, like all of the stickers, all of the shirts, all of the greeting cards, and so on.

I’ve also been slowly-but-surely adding some new products to my Zazzle store, in anticipation of the holidays. Things like customizable photo-cards, address labels, and stamps. As always, if there are any images from this blog you’d like to see on an item in the store that’s not currently offered, please let me know!

Simply Snowflakes Photo Greeting Card Option 2 card
Simply Snowflakes Photo Greeting Card Option 2 by critterwings

Simply Snowflakes Vertical Photo Card Option 1 photocard
Simply Snowflakes Vertical Photo Card Option 1 by critterwings

Simply Snowflakes Address Labels label
Simply Snowflakes Address Labels by critterwings

A new series begins

All summer I’d been planning on drawing an alphabet of flowers — I even posted the “sketch” versions here already. Now the final drawings are taking shape, and as I finish each one I’m posting them to my RedBubble site, as prints, cards, T-shirts and stickers (stickers are one of the options within “T-shirts”… yes, I know it doesn’t really make sense but there ya go) I have about half of them drawn on paper, and the first batch are scanned and being colored.

Speaking of RedBubble, they’re having an excellent sale on calendars this week, more details in the next post….