#inktober day 1 – 11

childrens illustration, Digital Illustration, Recipe Illustrations

When I decided to participate in #inktober2016 this year I knew I needed to create a consistent theme and a time limit, otherwise my perfectionism would step in and I’d spend countless hours on a daily challenge.

I’ve been wanted to illustrate my recipes so I can make a book for each of my kids, but I also wanted to work on daily character sketches, so I decided to switch between the two every other day. The recipe illustrations take about an hour to draw, scan and apply watercolor texture in Photoshop, while the character sketches take about 30 minutes to sketch in ink.














1,000 Tangles, Patterns and Doodled Designs – New Book

Books, Doodle Art

1,000 Tangles, Patterns & Doodled Designs combines hundreds of tangling, illustration, and doodling patterns and designs into one all-encompassing guidebook. Filled with inspirational designs, patterns, borders, flourishes, doodles, tangles, and more, this creative resource explores hundreds of ideas for tangling and doodling enthusiasts to learn and model. From basic tangles to stylized letters and numbers, the variety of patterns and designs seems virtually endless. Throughout the book, practical tips and step-by-step lessons help artists perfect their skills, while blank templates can be copied or scanned to use over and over again. A nonstop compendium of doodling tips and tangling techniques, 1,000 Tangles, Patterns & Doodled Designs is a complete resource for doodling enthusiasts and a tangler’s dream come true.

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“Wisdom” Illustration for #IllustrationFriday

Digital Illustration

This week’s illustration prompt was WISDOM. Right away I knew I wanted to draw a women standing by the ocean and have her shadows be versions of her younger selves. I wanted the shadows to represent how we gain wisdom as we age. I decided the best way to do this would be to create a digital collage. I used a photograph of the ocean I took many years ago at Cannon Beach, Oregon. I hand painted the woman in Photoshop and then used copy-right free silhouettes from Pixabay as the shadows.

Wisdom-by Heidi_Cogdill

Wisdom by Heidi Cogdill

Dragon Illustration for Illustration Friday

Digital Illustration

Last night I finished my dragon illustration just in the nick of time! I had limited time, so I set a time limit of an hour to sketch and then digitally illustrate. When I hit that hour mark I had the illustration done, but I probably could have spent another hour or two tweaking, adding more shading and textures, but instead I finished up and submitted the illustration to #IllustrationFriday.

Click here to check out the other entries for this week.


Digital Download Coloring Pages Now Available


I’ve always been a big coloring book fanatic. Even as an adult I’ve always had stacks of coloring books around. So needless to say, I was thrilled when adult coloring books became so popular. I’ve been asked by many to turn my illustrations into coloring pages, so that’s exactly what I’ve been working on.

Adult coloring offers hours of relaxation and helps to de-stress. Coloring is an amazing form of art therapy that is good for all ages.

These coloring pages are hand-drawn and then made into a high-resolution image.

For best results print on the correct paper medium. Card stock, matte paper or Bristol paper is best for use with pencils, crayons, gel pens and markers. Watercolor paper is best for use with watercolor, although Bristol paper can handle a bit of watercolor as well.



The Art of Fashion Tangling – New Book Available Now

Books, Doodle Art

The Art of Fashion Tangling

“The Art of Fashion Tangling”, the book I contributed a chapter to is out now!!

I am thrilled with how the book turned out, and my fellow artists are all truly talented and together we’ve created a very beautiful book, that will offer hours of creative fun.





I hope you’ll get a chance to check out The Art of Fashion Tangling.


I’ve created a Couture Tangles Sketchbook to accompany the book. It’s a 6″ x  9″ book that includes 25 sheets of bristol paper and 10 sheets of sketch paper. You can buy the sketchbooks or the kits in my etsy shop.

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From Sketch to Illustration – Week 6 #52greetings

Digital Illustration, Photoshop

This week’s #52greetings card design was inspired by my son, who loves the rain and cats. He especially loves playing in the rain and it always makes me smile seeing him stomping through the puddles…even at 13 years old. Unfortunately, we live in Phoenix and he doesn’t get a whole lot of rain and when it does rain, it’s typically accompanied by thunder and lightning, so he watches the rain fall from indoors.

I always start with a sketch. Lately, I’ve been using my drawing as a background to each illustration rather than inking in Photoshop directly.



I do any cleanup as needed before laying over a fill color. For this illustration I used a grey color. Then I begin to build up color over the sketch.

Here is the finalized illustration/greeting card.


If you’d like to check out all the other talented artists search #52greetings on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll be posting all my weekly cards on Instagram.