Thursday, October 30, 2014

City at Night


The last in my series of dark buildings with light windows (for now!). 

Created digitally using a tablet and my own scanned watercolor washes. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Pangolin - Illustrated Marriane Moore Poem Layout


I've put off posting this for a while because I keep thinking I'll finish the overall project that it goes with, but that doesn't seem like it will be happening any time soon. So here is a spread from a personal project I'm harboring, featuring my favorite poem by Marianne Moore, "The Pangolin."

I made the "pencil" drawings with a drawing tablet and composed the whole thing in InDesign. Here are some details of the drawings.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Illustrated Town Hall Flyer


Here's another illustrated flyer I made for an Our Family Coalition Bay Area event. It is for the same team as the Preschool Fair (the schools team) which is part of why the font choices are so similar. 

This was a fun editorial-type challenge, to try to visually represent LGBTQ inclusion in schools without being incredibly literal. We ended up on this Warhol-esque rainbow pattern of the school chairs. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victorian Mansion at Night


Part of a series of pieces I've been thinking about for a while and was finally able to realize with digital tools and watercolor washes. I like the Halloween-y mood it makes, as well as the feeling of late night / early morning autumn mist. 

Stick around for a couple more illustrations in this series! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inclusive Preschool Fair Illustrated Flyer

I designed this illustrated flyer for an annual Our Family Coalition San Francisco event. I've posted some of my work at my day job before, but this is one of my favorite's. In the year and a half since I've worked here, we've done a lot to develop the branding guidelines, including font choices, overall colors and color schemes, primary colors for individual departments and programming, and just an overall personality.

The part that was the most fun for me was drawing these dancing kids! They're drawn and colored using a tablet. Detail below.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crate Big Ideas Illustrated Logo Design


I made this illustrated logo and sub marks for Crate Big Ideas, upcycled wine crate pieces hand finished by Bay Area artist, Sandy Russell.

Since the products are so beautiful and handmade, we decided on a logo to match. We picked the logo to evoke the richness of wine.

The main text in the logo is a slightly modified version of the text in the font Deibi, one of my favorite fonts. The tagline is hand-lettered. All the illustrations / sub marks are hand-drawn using a drawing tablet.



In early stages of the process, I did work with some much simpler and more graphic sketches that still encapsulated the combination of wine and boxes. You can also see an earlier version of the tagline.

Here are more detailed versions of the sub marks:



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Red Poppy Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These poppies were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fire Ant Trail Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download




These fire ant trails were painted by hand in gouache and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Manatee, Seaweed, and Coral Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These manatees, seaweed, and coral were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sloth Wallpaper - May 2014 (or anytime!) Lazy Summer Desktop Background - FREE DOWNLOAD


It may not quite be summer, but it's heating up here in Oakland. In Oakland terms, anyway - last week we saw sunny days and over 80 degrees. I sure wish I could take a lazy afternoon nap in a tree like these super adorable three-toed sloths. 

Here is some belated sloth wallpaper / desktop background. Since it's tiled it should work on any size monitor or even a mobile device. 

The whole thing was drawn and put together in Photoshop. This was my first continuous pattern, I'm so excited! (Rather than simply tiled.) 

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!






Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beauty in the Beast's Magical Rococo Library - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


Another full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France. 

The iconic library scene in Disney's version is so gorgeous and such a big part of so many people's childhoods - including mine - that I can't really hope to compete. Everyone wants a library like that, right? With the windowseats and the staircases and balconies and swoon. So I went in a different direction that still keeps with the era and look. 

The Beast doesn't usually get much character development or even interaction with Beauty in the older versions, so he doesn't give her the library as a present. Instead she spends a lot of time wandering lonely around the empty palace, discovering weird and magical stuff. The library contains every book she's ever wanted to read, plus sometimes every book ever written and every book yet to be written. 

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".







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