Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

She found the hidden Mickey without me having to prompt her to look for it! She loves these parks as much as I do.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Illustrators of the Future Contest

Last year I won the Illustrators of the Future contest. They hold a writer's contest as well, and every year they commission each illustration winner to illustrate one of the winning writer's stories.

I was very lucky to illustrate Alisa Alering's All You Have Seen, which was a beautiful ghost story set in war-time Korea. You can read it (and see my illustration in print!) in Writers of the Future Volume 29, which should be purchasable soon at

I'm currently in a week-long series of workshops and awards ceremony for the contest winners, so when I get home I'll make an update with info on how to get the book. ;)

As with any illustration, this project went through several thumbnails before the client and I arrived on our final decision.

As you can see, some of these are easier to read than others. Finding an easy read was part of the process, definitely. But once a sketch was decided on, I blew it up to print size in photoshop and started working directly on the final.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Miscellaneous Creatures

As a note, those last two aren't entirely my design! They are an Andalite and Hork Bajir (Aldrea and Dak Hamee, respectively) from K. A. Applegate's Animorphs series, which I grew up on and was greatly impressed by growing up.

Pokemonathon! 013-022 + Extras

Pokemonathon! 001-012 + Extras

Miscellaneous drawings, some old, some new

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Short but sweet!

Phew, haven't updated this blog in a while! I took on a couple of big projects this summer that will take a while to finish, so here are a few little things I did in the meantime.

My character Kukulkan, Jake the snake's dad. These were lines for a collaboration with the extremely talented Ignacio, whose colors are here!

Bust shots of four other characters of mine. I've been working on people and portraits in my spare time because they've always been sort of a weak spot for me... But I'm happy with the two on the right!

Lineart for a massive collaboration with Ignacio and 150 other artists to draw all 151 gen I pokémon. I would have loved to draw Wartortle but it was taken... Fearow is good too.

Something that I'm going to color digitally of Po traveling through her moon calendar.

Even more of my own characters. There's been a lot of fun character design in TV animation lately, and I wanted to get back into shapes a little bit. For these guys, they each have a few physical traits in common, so I wanted to give them distinct differences in appearance and personality. Really enjoyed this one.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Graphic Illustration

This was one of my favorite classes, and definitely the one that I had the most ambition for. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to devote as much time to it as I would have liked between senior port and my other classes. But here is the work I was able to do!

Our first assignment was to design a matching set of three skateboard decks. I liked a drawing I did for Dedramo 2011 so I expanded it for this project: a ghost and her three pets.

And the preliminary sketches:

Then we needed to make a children's menu for an existing or made-up restaurant. I don't think La Torera exists, but in any case this is all made up. I had a lot of fun drawing the characters, especially on the desserts page.

And my sketches, organized in print format:

Our third project was to design the playing board for any board game. I really just wanted to draw lots and lots of sharks, so I made a super simple game that would work around my art.

The colors were done in photoshop, but the lineart for everything but the paths was done with micron pens on marker paper. Even though it's nice to have control over my lines with illustrator, it was a lot of fun to work more quickly and freely by hand. Here's the lineart I did:

If I could go back and add to this project, I would love to make a box design for this game. It'd be kind of fun to make little pieces, too.

The last assignment was a simple toy turnaround. I had a lot of ideas for toys based on the cast of my story Jake the Snake, but of course I only had time to do one, so I settled on Sally. If I could do it again, I would design her so she wouldn't be so difficult to make, but she was a lot of fun to turn around.

Sketches for her and for the other toys I would have liked to make:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Senior Portfolio 2

Seven pieces either done or in progress for this semester.

For this one, I was experimenting with illustrating a common dream sensation instead of a particular dream specific to me. It turned out to be a great exercise in loosening up and being less afraid of color, something that I'd like to pursue more in my art. This piece is about the dream situation of being chased, pursued, or hunted by something.

My preliminary work:

I continued my sentient train piece with the second out of three images, where the train turns and follows me onto my street.

This piece is the second out of two images I have for a dream where aliens came and enlarged mundane children's objects such as dolls, rocking horses, and carriages in order to take over. While in the dream, I looked down the street and saw this.

And here are some pieces that are still in-progress: