Parade Portrait Sale: Perfect Christmas Gift

I have a very special offer for you! 

Instead of my usual 10% off Parade Portrait Christmas sale, I am offering a 15% discount for the first 7 parade portrait commissions booked. I've never done this before, but I thought that since this has been an especially difficult year for everyone, you could use an especially good discount. 

What is a Julie Olson Custom Parade Portrait?

     An 11x14 (or longer depending on number of people portrayed) hand-drawn and hand-painted depiction of children or an entire family which actually will look like the person. Optional free inclusions: Family name or motto banner, items of interest for each person, specific items of clothing depicted. 

What does it cost?

     I AM OFFERING 15% OFF  FOR THE FIRST 7 CUSTOMERS and 10% off for the next three. The cost is normally $350 for up to 4 people in a portrait. Each additional person is $50 and pets are $25. Each person in the portrait gets 1-2 objects to be depicted along with the rendering of the person if desired. But with the 15% discount the price is reduced to $297 for up to 4 people. Each additional person is $42.50 and each pet/animal is $21.25. 
     To get started on your portrait, I only require 25% down. The rest isn't due until I deliver the final painting to you.

How do I order? PLACE ORDER before December 1st. First come first served
  1. email:  jujubeeillustrations (at) gmail  (dot) com with PARADE PORTRAIT REQUEST in the subject line
  2. subject of email: include names and ages of people to be depicted and hobby or interest or pose you'd like shown, and any special bonds/connections between people to be depicted (so I can place those people interacting with each other more. In addition, include your mailing or drop off address for delivery.
  3. attachments to email: send 2 photos of each person, one side view shot of their head and neck only with a smile on their face, and the other of a side profile view their full body frozen in a walking position if possible (in particular clothing if you want that depicted). Send any pictures of favorite items you'd like included (blankie, toy, musical instrument, sport equipment etc)
    NOTE: if you'd like to have the people facing forward and stationary, please let me know in the email and provide front facing photos instead. 
  4. I will respond with a paypal or venmo (whichever you prefer) invoice for the down payment and a confirmation message 
  5. I will draw paint and deliver your custom work of art by December 20th or sooner (if order placed by December 1)!
I am able to work easily with anyone from anywhere in the world.


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capture your kids' personalities and favorite things all in one portrait
include favorite pets or hobbies

The family name can go on a flag or even a family motto

I can create art from old photos as well. This family was put together from an array of photos from the 1990's since all of their kids are now grown and out of the house.
why not add the family hen house as well

I also create portraits for families who may have lost a loved one but want to keep them forever in their hearts. 

capture the joy of youth

or depict the kids before they all go off into the world

whatever you'd like to include, I can make it happen

Perfect gift for grandparents as well

This sweet girl lost her husband in a sudden accident so I depicted him alive and happy with the whole family for her. (he's in the red shirt in the middle)

Perfect gift for moms

Or the perfect gift for adoring dads

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General Conference October 2020 Sketchnotes

 I definitely need to up my posting game. Every 6 months isn't very good. Sorry about that. But here I am again, posting my illustrated notes from the General Conference my worldwide church holds twice a year. This year has been especially difficult for nearly everyone in the world with the global COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you are all finding ways to feel supported and strengthened. This conference is one major thing that always supports, uplifts and motivates me to have a positive outlook and make an effort to change for the better. Maybe it will help you too. That's why I share my notes. 

If you want to watch the video of the talks these notes are from, you can go to 

These are my personal notes and are not meant to be used as transciptions of the conference in any way. Please do not copy them and resell or repurpose them for resale in any manner. I offer them for free personal use, home use, or religious classroom use. If you want to "contribute" to me as an artist, I would love it if you would pop over to Instagram and give me a follow. Click here to do that. Thank you!

Click here for the link to the pdf file of my notes. Enjoy!

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General Conference April 2020 Notes

Hi, friends! I hope we can all become friends. Since I am assuming we can, I am sharing my sketchnotes from the April 2020 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with all of my friends.

I've compiled them all into one downloadable pdf file which you can open and print for your personal or classroom use. These notes are not to be resold, repurposed, or reprinted for any use other than sharing them not for profit or self promotion by any means. And it would be especially great if you could link back to this blog, to my instagram @julieolsonbooks or to my main website .

Thanks and Enjoy! (just click the link below the image and it will take you to the pdf file)

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How to create your own sketchnotes for General Conference

I know some of you follow me so you can see my notes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So I thought, since each of us gets something different out of the talks, I should teach all of you how to take quick pictorial notes of the talks yourself. I will still happily share mine but I would love to see what stands out to you this conference as well. So I created a quick cheat sheet on some of the common symbols I use and a "how to" video as well.

I hope you all enjoy this momentous semi-annual convening of General Conference. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to and tune in to watch live on Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th at 10am and 2pm Mountain Standard Time each day.

If you want to print the symbols cheat sheet, just click on the image below to enlarge it and then right click on the picture for the option to download it.

The How to Video

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How to Draw a Tiger

I had a request by a kid doing this new online schooling thing we are all experiencing. He wanted to learn how to draw a tiger. I've actually never drawn a tiger so it was a great challenge for myself. Let me know how you do with it! You can click the video below to watch and print out instructions by CLICKING HERE.

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How to Draw a Bunny

I had some requests for a video on how to draw bunnies. So here it is! The video and printable instructions are below.

 Printable page

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