penelope dullaghan - inspired by the river, illustration of geese

Thank you for all the kind likes and comments on the CA win! Such an honor. These geese have nothing to do with that… I just saw a gaggle down by the river and wanted to draw them. They were none too fond of my, or Lucy’s (my pup), presence.

By |February 5th, 2016|art, illustration, sketchbook|0 Comments

Communication Arts!

penelope dullaghan : no real fur : communication arts winning illustration

Just found out that this piece of mine got into Communication Arts! Woot!!

By |February 4th, 2016|illustration|0 Comments

Sketchbook – a night on the town. Kind of.


Saturday night sketchbooking. Since I’m not going out on the town, I’ll draw it instead. (Also I’m kind of obsessed with my Prussian blue marker and gel pen.)

By |January 31st, 2016|sketchbook|2 Comments

Top Shelf – Sketchbook

penelope dullaghan drawing

Quick drawing while I wait for my kiddo to get dressed and brushed. (Fun side note: This drawing has nothing to do with me as I’m nearly 6 feet tall and usually have no trouble reaching the top shelf.)

By |January 27th, 2016|art, sketchbook|Comments Off on Top Shelf – Sketchbook

linocut process – video!

Last week I got to hang out with my friends at SALT Project (you remember… the super creative, emmy winning film team?) to create a new video that demonstrates my process of making a linocut print – from start to finish. I love this simple, meditative process… carving away what is not needed until my image appears (there’s a life metaphor in there, I’m sure of it), and I hope that comes through in the video. Let me know what you think!

By |January 25th, 2016|art, video|1 Comment

Sketchbook Peek

penelope dullaghan, pakistani kites illustration sketch

Researching Pakistani kites for a new project. (And playing with acrylic inks!)

By |January 15th, 2016|art, sketchbook|Comments Off on Sketchbook Peek

Sketchbook Skool – registration ends friday!

penelope dullaghan coffee break

Hi friends! Just a quick reminder that registration for Sketchbook Skool closes this Friday! I think you’ll love this kourse – I’m one of 6 teachers who’s demonstrating their art techniques. Hope to see you in klass!

(And just a reminder that my readers can get 20% off with code “Pennyatskool2016”!

Register here:

By |January 13th, 2016|art, illustration|Comments Off on Sketchbook Skool – registration ends friday!

New print available – perfect for January!

penelope dullaghan, start today print

First new print of the year is now available in my shop! This is my illustration of the quote: “A year from now you may wish you had started today” by Karen Lamb. Kind of a good one to hang up in plain sight in January! Pick up one for yourself here!

(Speaking of which: I’m loving my intention to get on my yoga mat every day in 2016… So the right choice for me!) Did you all make any intentions/resolutions? How’s it going almost a week in?

xo friends!

By |January 6th, 2016|art, shop|Comments Off on New print available – perfect for January!

a limited palette

penelope dullaghan paint palette

I’m tossing around the idea of limiting my usual super bright palette. It might be a fun experiment to work within certain color parameters. I wonder if it’ll feel too constricting. We shall see. :)

By |January 5th, 2016|art, color, everyday things|Comments Off on a limited palette

Mabel Magazine



Art Director Liz Kalloch from Mabel Magazine contacted me with a fun request — would I illustrate the quote: “A year from now you may wish you had started today” by Karen Lamb. She gave me the freedom to interpret it in any way I pleased. So after sketching out a couple different approaches I landed on this imagery: a little caterpillar sitting on a branch while he watched butterflies float up and away. It was what he could have become if he’d been brave. I really like how it turned out and Mabel ended up putting it on the inside front cover!

Thanks, Liz, for the opportunity!

By |January 5th, 2016|art, illustration, quotes|3 Comments