Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Turn the Page! Book Festival - May 6

Brook and I are going to a book festival at one of my all-time favorite places - FAIRYLAND! If you live in the San Francisco / Oakland Bay area and haven't been to Fairyland, you are seriously missing out. I hope that you (and any wonderful kids in your life!) can make it on May 6, from 10am - 4pm, for Turn the Page!

There are going to be some amazing children's book authors and illustrators there! Learn more about the event on the Facebook event page.

Below is a digital sketch I made of Fairyland itself. The shape, and the prominence of the shoe (of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe) is inspired by this lovely vintage ad for Fairyland (further below).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Portrait of my princess

A portrait of my princess, Luna, a Siberian Husky we adopted a couple years ago. I see this view of her a lot as she eagerly walks me like a sled!

Original is an 11"x11" watercolor with gouache accents.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sunglasses Corgi

Quick sketch of a sun-loving corgi wearing sunglasses :)

Drawn digitally in Photoshop with my Monoprice tablet and gouache brushes by Kyle Brush. Inspired in part by the smile and attitude of my best friend's corgi, Darby.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

They Voted

Here's a digital illustration I made for election day 2016. Drawn in photoshop with my monoprice tablet and gouache-style brushes by Kyle Brush.

A lot of the patches and pins worn in this illo are ones that can be purchased in real life!

The "Chisolm Now" one is vintage.
Monstera leaff pin by This Way to the Circus
The black cat is by boygirlparty
"Lazy Femme" is by Autostraddle
Eternal Scout patch by Welcome to Nightvale
The little rainbow heart pin, which is hard to read in my illo, says "Protect Love" and is available here

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Esther & Archie Mini Schnauzer Portraits

I made these portraits of two mini schnauzers, Esther (below) and Archie (above), for a client. I'm posting them months after making them since they were a surprise gift - now that it's been received I can share! Originals are approximately 11"x15", watercolor with gouache accents. 

I love making pet portraits like these, they are so rewarding! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Invitations for my sister's wedding

Earlier this summer, my sister was married! It was a beautiful small ceremony at a friend's house in Brooklyn. And I got to design the invitations, which was a blast!

I drew my sister and her husband as dogs wearing wreaths that match the flower art. Her husband is tall and thin and makes very serious faces, so I knew he would be some kind of tall sighthound, like a greyhound or a saluki. I ended up drawing him as a borzoi. My sister is a sheltie mostly because of personality, but also because they are both petite and have beautiful brown hair. 

Here's what the postcard invites themselves looked like: 

The gorgeous photos above are by Cait McCarthy, who photographed the event. Check out her portfolio and her rad Instagram

Below are the RSVPs and Save the Dates plus some details of the watercolors and hand-lettered text on the invites. We used Moo for printing with beautiful results. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pre-order my kid's book on gender identity, "Who Are You"!

A book I illustrated is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released December 21! I first saw a galley copy of this book at my day job at Our Family Coalition and was immediately impressed with the writing. We see a lot of books on these topics and this one stood out above the rest, so I was thrilled when the author and publisher contacted me about illustrating it.

I spent a solid month this summer working on little else but this book. It was an intense and rewarding experience.

I'll be showing a preview of some of the illustrations and unused linework soon!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Into the Woods" - illustration and poster

I created this illustration and poster design for YMTC Berkeley for their production of Into the Woods. I loved experimenting with different fairy tale imagery, which is often so rich and detailed, and finding ways to make it more bold and graphic.

The whole thing was drawn digitally with my tablet and using shapes in Illustrator, to be printed as both 11"x17" posters and smaller postcards.

Above is the final postcard front layout, below the the illustration on its own.

And here are two more sketches I made during the process, with some Rapunzel action and some more Little Red. 

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