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. 








Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ocean Pencil Drawings


I made this 11"x14" pencil diptych as a gift for my sister's wedding earlier this spring. These graphite pieces are heavily inspired by the work of the artist Vija Celmins. My sister and I got to see some of Celmins' pencil pieces in Fort Worth when we were children and always loved her beautiful, luminous artwork.
Also, since she and her husband are on the East Coast, I figured they'd need some reminders of the Best Coast / Pacific Ocean for their home 




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beach umbrellas and a figure in a sunhat


More beachy illustrations. Digital, photoshop.

I love the different patterns and almost-patterns that form in beach views, and all the textures and sunlight. Above and in the previous aerial beach view I was playing with the patterns the umbrellas and figures can make, while below I was more interested in the light and shapes.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Carousel" - illustration and poster


I created this illustration and poster design for YMTC Berkeley for their production of Rodger and Hammerstein's musical, Carousel. 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 illustrator portion, below the postcard design with text laid out.


Below are the sketches that I submitted. You can see that the final version is a little bit of a combination of all of these, with the figures and the carousel animals. 






Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blooming Mum


Watercolor and gouache still life study of a chrysanthemum. This started out as a warm-up watercolor sketch, then I got carried away. The original is about 11"x15".

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Recent sketches


I do a lot of watercolor warm-ups and sketches, but I'm not always posting the results. Here are a few that I was happy with or might expand on in the future.


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