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Always Learning

I am a super nerd.  I love to take classes and I absolutely love the challenge of learning new things.

I recently discovered and I am completely and totally obsessed with it.  It has a bazillion fun mini classes on everything from baking to business to design… and it is absolutely perfect for someone like me who craves new things and new ideas.

One of the most recent classes that I took was “Learn to Draw Digitally: Create Cute Drawings Using Basic Shapes” by Shelley Seguinot.  I was surprised by how much I learned in this class and I have already used the techniques on a number of projects.

I have a strange obsession with angels so one of my first projects was this cute and colorful angel standing on a bed of puffy clouds.   I  might have to pull some of these elements as inspiration for my Christmas cards this year!

Angel Illustration | treemanJAKE


I also created this fun family tree portrait for a Family Tree Challenge that Skillshare hosted in August.  To my surprise and delight, I won grand prize in the challenge and snagged a year of free Skillshare classes 🙂  Nothing better than that!Hernandez Family Tree by treemanJAKE

My Skillshare profile has links to all of the projects I have been working on if you want to check them out!

I’m sure that there will be many more posted in the future 🙂

What would you do

All week I will be working on FASD awareness graphics for FASD Awareness day on September 9th.  My oldest daughter was diagnosed with FASD and it is critically important to me to spread the word about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

For those who don’t know, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) describe the range of effects and permanent birth defects that can result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.  Alcohol consumption can cause a wide variety of issues – including (but not limited to) permanent brain damage, abnormal facial features, learning and intellectual disabilities, inhibited growth and motor skills, physical defects, emotional and social problems, attention issues and even death.  There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption – even low levels have been shown to cause issues in recent studies.

Here is today’s “minimalist” FASD awareness graphic!

FASD Awareness | treemanJAKE


I know that this can be a hot button issue for some individuals and I welcome any respectful comments or questions.  I think that it is important to open an honest discussion.  I don’t have all the answers and I will never claim to – but I can tell you what it is like for my family and I who will have to deal with the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure for the rest of our lives.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share any of my FASD images on your website, blog or other social media platform.

Red Shoes Rock

Today’s FASD Awareness graphic is related to the Red Shoes Rock movement. Red Shoes Rock encourages everyone to stick on a pair of red shoes and get out and walk – all while spreading awareness of FASD and the families that live with it.  You can check out their Facebook page here:

I don’t have a pair of red shoes so I thought that I would illustrate a few pairs instead 🙂

Red Shoes Rock | FASD Awareness


FASD is Preventable

I really like the FASD awareness graphic that I made last week so I decided to create it in 4 different colors and add a small informational blurb to each one.

Feel free to share any of these images on your website, blog or other social media platform.  Let’s spread the word!!

FASD is Preventable Print Print Print

FASD Awareness

Beginning to work on some awareness graphics for FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Awareness Day in September.  Here is one that I finished up today!  More to come!

FASD Awareness | treemanJAKE

Shenandoah Owl

We were driving through Shenandoah National Park a few weeks ago when a HUGE owl landed on a tree right next to our car.  It was the most beautiful and mesmerizing creature I have ever seen.  Even though we only saw him for a moment, I will never forget the piercing stare of his dark eyes.

In honor of this amazing owl (which I later identified as a Barred Owl), I decided to create an owl shirt for Threadless’ National Park challenge.  It’s obviously a simplified representation of a barred owl but brings back great memories of the gorgeous bird I encountered in Shenandoah National Park.

Check it out!

Shenandoah Owl | treemanJAKE for Threadless

A Real Live Threadless Shirt

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!  My Boris Badenov illustration was chosen for print by Threadless as part of their Saturday Morning Cartoon challenge.  I was only 1 of 6 designs chosen – super cool!

My love for Boris, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest no-goodnik, has paid off 🙂

They are still in the process of choosing the Grand Prize winner and will be looking at all of the comments, likes, shares and purchases my design receives between now and 8/21/15.  If you are a Boris fan (or if you just want to be nice to me), check it out!!

Boris Badenov | treemanJAKE

And look how fun this is!  I’m on the front page of Threadless’ website!


I’m just too excited 🙂  I’m such a dork 🙂


Just had to add a quick update to this post 🙂  My shirt came in the mail and it is awesome.  Here I am in all my dorkiness…

Me and Boris Badenov


Out for a Hike

One of Threadless’ current design challenges is for the National Parks and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I have so many ideas, I don’t even know where to begin!  If only the challenge lasted longer than 21 days 🙂

Here is the first (of probably many) submissions…

I wanted to play with some simple linework and loved trying out new, hand-drawn textures.  This design features a bear and owl (obviously) hiking along in the woods.  I was inspired by my hiking trips to Shenandoah National Park (my absolute favorite place in the world) and the animals that I have seen there.  We have seen a number of black bear wandering the park and the last time we were there, a crazy HUGE owl flew right up to the car on the side of the road as we were driving down Skyline Drive.  It was the most amazingly beautiful bird I have ever seen.

You can check out my submission on Threadless (and vote!) here:


Out for a Hike

The Old Fisherman

Every summer, my family traveled to Gloucester, Massachusetts to visit my Grammy and extended family.  Gloucester is a beautiful, fishing town bursting with history, fishing vessels, fresh seafood and the spray of salt water.  It is a magical place and a little piece of me will always feel at home there.

Threadless is hosting a nautical design challenge and I decided to create an illustration of an old fisherman – inspired by my time in Gloucester and the powerful Gloucester Fishermans’ Memorial that honors the local fisherman who lost their lives at sea.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Grammy lately so this design means a lot to me.

Check it out at Threadless!!

The Old Fisherman Illustration

My First Zine

My kids generate seemingly endless mountains of artwork.  They are always doodling and always making my house a complete disaster.  While I love their creations, I have yet to find a good way to organize and store everything so that we can actually enjoy it later – until now!

I am currently taking a Skillshare class called “Making Your First Zine: From Idea to Illustration” by Kate Bingaman-Burt.  I highly recommend Skillshare for all sorts of crafty/design wisdom and this particular class was really inspiring.  For the class project, I decided to create a themed, mini collection zine to display some of my daughter’s monster illustrations as well as her stories and/or descriptions for each masterpiece.  I scanned and shrunk the artwork, doodled/typed the descriptions in my daughter’s words and created a small, organized keepsake that I will treasure for years to come!  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this.  My initial project was super tiny but I think that I could create 1/2 or even 1/4 sheet zines in the future that would be perfect to organize, consolidate, store and share my kids’ artwork.  Each one could have a different theme- like silly animals, Christmas or even one for each year.

Here is the cover of my project:

Monster Maker Zine

You can check out the full project on my Skillshare page!  I can’t wait to create more!!!!