Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Cailley Day!

I did this piece for my niece Cailley's birthday. She mentioned that she liked jackalopes a while back, and for some reason this idea came to mind. It's only a little over a month late. Not too bad for me...heh heh. Happy Birthday Cailley!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas

This is my 2010 Christmas Card, and also the postcard I'm sending out to publishers. It turned out to be a bit of a "bear" to do! I hope you all like it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

More Chuck!

"Chuck found a job at a restaurant..."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chuck the Duck

A few years ago my nieces, Cailley, Emma, and Isabelle, wrote a story called Chuck the Duck while we were eating dinner at a restaurant. I've been intending to illustrate it ever since, and I'm finally getting around to it.

"One day there wass a duck named Chuck. He needed money, so he went to find a job."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Snow White and Rose Red

"Rose Red would run and jump about the meadows, seeking flowers and catching butterflies, while Snow White loved to sit and read."

This is a new piece for my children's book illustration portfolio. I spent a lot more time than usual on this illustration and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I'm planning on doing several more illustrations from the story of Snow White and Rose Red...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Diary-Reading Sister's Secrets

Wow, its hard to believe that I have another blogpost so soon! This is a piece that I started a while ago, but then set aside. It's my first piece that I've done in photoshop. When I started I was doing it with a mouse, but it was slow-going, which is probably why I set it aside. Then my friend Brian loaned me his Wacom tablet. It took me a bit to find my way working with a tablet and with photoshop, but I think I'm starting to find my rhythm...

Monday, October 04, 2010

It Was Night, And The Rain Fell...

This is my entry for the SCBWI Illustrator's Day Contest in LA. The illustration is supposed to be inspired by the line "It was night, and the rain fell, and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was..." Now that I've finished the piece I don't think my idea is very original or interesting.

Every illustration I do is a learning process, and this one is a good example of that. Sometimes I plan my illustrations very carefully, but in this case I really just winged it, drawing it straight on the the illustration board instead of working and reworking the design on tracing paper. I also really didn't have a clear idea of what colors I wanted to use, and so I made it up as I went along. I'm definitely trying to find the right balance between planning carefully and being spontaneous.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Here's a quick piece I did to get back into the swing of things. I was out of commission for a couple of weeks, (pneumonia), and now I'm trying to ease my way back up to speed. I'm questioning myself a lot about my work right now and trying to figure out which way to go.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Illustration Friday: Paisley

Now that Drawergeeks is on hiatus, I've been meaning to start contributing to Illustration Fridays. It took me a while, but here it is. The subject is Paisley. I did this one with very little planning, just a quick blue sketch on my illustration board and out came the paint tubes. It feels a bit like working without a net.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Well, I finally got my art desk cleaned and organized, and now I hope to get a lot more art work done. This was a piece I started a couple years ago, then set aside and lost track of...

Monday, May 03, 2010

Waitin' round the bend, my Hucklberry friend...

This is a commissioned piece I did for my good friend Jose. This one got interrupted by my month long trip to Massachusetts, but now its done!


A quickie piece I did with Illustrator. I usually like to start with a hand drawn sketch, but I just started playing in Illustrator with this one. Easy to start, but much harder to finish...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Anyone Got An Atlas???

This is my first piece done in Illustrator in quite a while. It was fun to get back into it. You may remember the original sketch that this is based on from a couple years back.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


This is from my sketchbook, done a couple months ago. Done at Victoria Gardens, where Patrick works. I especially like the "Dad" who is carefully "watching" his three kids.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sketching Eve

This is a quick sketch of Eve I did based on the famous painting by Lucas Cranach, the elder, (and seen on Desperate Housewives). I was reminded of this piece yesterday when I went to the Norman Simon to see the Comtesse d'Haussonville by Ingres. I've always wanted to play with this subject.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Paul Bunyon Done!

I wasn't sure how I felt about the way this piece turned out, but seeing it on the computer I like it very much. I still feel like I have so much to learn about working with paint, but I guess the answer is to keep trying...


Just playing around with some new art supplies. This was done with neutral gray ink, (instead of black). I really like the way this feels to work with. I can be stiffer when I'm working with black ink, with the gray ink I feel looser, more natural. This is going to be fun!

Thursday, January 07, 2010


For this weeks Drawergeeks, Paul Bunyon. I had hoped to get further along, but on the other hand I don't want to rush it,'s the sketch.