Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sketchbook Cover

My old illustration teacher, Barron Storey, taught me the meaning of and artists' sketchbook-not only in filling up the pages, but personalizing the cover to make it your own. He brought to class, along with his original cover illustration from Lord of the Flies, stacks of sketchbooks with wonderful collages and sketches inside and out. It has been awhile since I created a collage on my sketchbook cover so I did this quick sketch and experimented with some old film negatives I found. I had finished it off with applying matte medium to protect it and some strange things happened. Some of the film became cloudy and some stayed shiney. Apparently the plastic that protects the film reacts differently to matt medium and super 77 depending on which side it is on. Take a look!

Original illustration


Zoo Day

Zoo Day with the local SCBWI Illustrator group was very exciting! It is wonderful capturing the movement and life of the animals, especially the monkeys. It was especially fun when the children visitors were hooting right along with the rowdy gibbons!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Illustrators at the Chemers Gallery!

What a wonderful experience I had at the Chemer's Gallery Children's Book illustrator event last weekend! I got to meet Illustrators such as Kelly Murphy, Ronald Himler, and Kristina Swarner, among others. There were demonstrations, book signings, and displayed artwork. Above is a picture of me with Ronald Himler. What an honor to meet such accomplished and experienced illustrators! They have this event every year so I recommend checking it out!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Noah's Birthday Card

This is a super quick sketch card for my nephew. I love doing art for kids!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Postcard

I just created this postcard for the holidays in watercolors and watercolor inks. I will be sending some out soon!