I recently partnered with the Washington State Library to illustrate this map for a "Passport to the Libraries" program to encourage visiting our wonderful libraries across the state. Such a fun project with awesome people! Check out the initiative here!
I've been working the last few weeks on some new original paintings to sell on my site soon. I thought it would be fun to repurpose some of these into art for potential home decor, fabric and paper products. Will show more as these come together.
I've been busy for the last few months illustrating my next book Moon Babies, written by Karen Jameson. Been painting in a new color palette for me with lots of purples and pinks. Here's a little peek!
Sketches from a new project coming out in summer.
About two years ago, I posted a story board for a picture book I was working on called THE LONELY BUNNY. After many drafts and great feedback from friends, it became a wordless picture book called DUST BUNNY WANTS A FRIEND. Now two years later, I'm in the process of handing off final art to the publisher, Schwartz & Wade. Such an incredible journey filled with tons of sketches, doodles, character studies, scans, paint tests, revisions and Photoshop. I can't wait to show you more, but for now I thought it would be fun to show some of the process.
DUST BUNNY WANTS A FRIEND comes out in Spring 2019.
Taking a moment this morning to color in the new coloring book Drawn to Color that I'm featured in along with lots of other wonderful Pacific Northwest children's book illustrators. It's available for sale on August 22nd. And if you're in the Seattle area, come join me and some of the other illustrators for a coloring day at the University Bookstore U District store on Saturday, August 26th at 11am!
This is my tide pools spread. I love all of the fun, weird creatures in tide pools so this was a ton of fun to illustrate!
Cover reveal! Thrilled to be able to show off the cover for TREVOR, a story about a canary who befriends a lemon. It was such a joy working with Neal Porter and his team on this sweet story by Jim Averbeck.
Hooray! My natural science illustration portfolio book arrived! In learning about naturalistic illustration, I was fascinated by the materials, mediums and scientific process. So I incorporated some of my process and materials into this piece. I printed the book through Blurb and really love how it turned out. The print quality is superb so I highly recommend them if you're wanting to print a small batch of books.
Since September I've been enrolled in the University of Washington's Natural Science Illustration certificate program. It's a program I've wanted to take for several years now, and it has been so worth while. I've enjoyed learning new mediums like pen & ink and watercolor. And have rekindled my love of colored pencils which I hadn't used since high school. But most importantly, I've enjoyed learning the scientific approach to illustration through research and close examination of nature.
As I finish these last few weeks of class, I will be updating my website to incorporate some of this new art. For now, here's a selection of pieces that I especially loved working on. My hope with these new skills is to help educate and inspire others to be interested in the natural world.
Been busy lately! Here are some new things I've been creating this week. A series of cherry blossom paintings for my upcoming Cherry Street Public House show. If you're in the Seattle area, stop by and say "hi" during the show opening on April 6 from 6-9pm.
Been having fun illustrating maps this year and recently started showcasing my art on They Draw And Travel, a super fun web site filled with tons of lovely map illustrations. Here are some of my recent maps.
Hello all! It's been a while since I've posted. Been busy!
One of the many things keeping me busy is a Natural Science Illustration certificate course at the University of Washington. I've been learning so many new illustrations techniques. This piece is a colored pencil stag beetle on duralar film.