This piece was created in response to a call for artists for the Silver Millennium Masquerade Ball at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York.
I decided to illustrate Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon based on one of my favorite moments from the Sailor Moon Anime, in which Sailor Moon and Chibi Moon come down from the sky after having defeated Queen Nehellenia.
As of October I've been diligently doing an piece for Inktober. In doing so, I stumbled on an new style. Using line work and black with just a bit of grey wash.
In addition to doing paper art, I am enhancing my digital skills, by working in a more painterly style.
Here are some digital illustrations based on another favorite book of mine... The Fairy's Mistake and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine. I've always found Ms. Levine's writing to be so whimsical and witty.
The book is an anthology of six stories. This is a tile page for the first story about a Fairy's spell gone wrong on twin sisters. I chose to do portraits of the main characters in each story. I love just doing grayscale pieces once in a while.
These pieces were conceived at the time I decided to open my Etsy shop. They are simple graphic animals created out of paper.
A personal goal of mine is to have better sketchbook habits. At MICA I admired the sketchbooks of my peers. Mine on the other hand was more a notebook than anything else, with chicken scratch thumbnails.
Every once in a while, I like to design cover illustrations for some of my favorite books. I did these two illustrations for the whimsical series, Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler. I fell in love with mermaids after watching Disney's The Little Mermaid. The idea of being able to have both legs and fins like Emily would be great fun!
This portrait of Mary Blair was created for the Society of Illustrators' Artist Illustrating Artist Show (Spring 2015). She is one of my idols!!! Her work has a great sense of color, charm and appeal that just pops off the page.
This is a self portrait. It was also shown at the Society of Illustrators at the New Vision Show (Summer of 2015) and also at the Interchurch Center Gallery for The Enchanted Universe of Children's Book Illustrators (Winter of 2016)
When making a template for my paper cut pieces, there is still room for change as the piece come to life. I aim for clean lines in my drawing and sometimes will do a color mock, which tends to be very saturated. I still can change my mind based on what paper colors I have and what looks right.
When I have an idea, I sometimes scribble it on a post -it note before sketching it on paper. Then I'll scan it into the computer and draw it digitally so I have clean lines to work from.
In the Fall of 2014, I interned at Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random House. I learned a lot about children's books. In seeing all the beautiful illustrations, especially the collage work, I started experimenting with paper again.
These are birds I created for the "little birdies" at Penguin, who were so sweet to take me under their wing during my time at Dial.
I'm editing my website and decided to add a blog page.
Here is a little banner idea I came up with a while back. This a reflection of my work table and my "little studio helper".