Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Little Women Jo on fire!

 I've been a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) for a few months now, and they have some great awards and scholarships to apply for.  I recently applied for their mentor-ship program and today I turned in a submission for the Tomie dePaola Award.  The winter will get to attend the Winter Conference in New York for free.  With 300 entries last year, I'd be very surprised to win, but no matter the outcome I had so much fun with this challenge.  For this piece I had a choice between 3 novels to pick an excerpt from to illustrate in black and white.  I picked "Little Women."

Submissions are now closed, but you can read more about the award here if you're interested in applying for next year:

Joe Kitty

Joe kitty sleeping.. I love how relaxed he is.  This was a really quick sketch done on the closest scrap paper I could find.  I just couldn't resist capturing this pose.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Black River Falls Christkindl Market

Sat. Dec 1st, 2012 I had a booth at the Christkindl Market in Black River Falls, WI.  It was a wonderful event with music, dancers, food, horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, and even a camel for the kids to pet!  Unfortunately sales weren't that great and I about broke even including what I spent on gas and lunch.  It was a long, hard day!  Still, it was great to see so many happy faces of people genuinely enjoying themselves.  I wasn't sure I should have put up my "Subarashii" sign, thinking it didn't really fit in a German inspired festival, but they belly dancers preforming and polish sausage, so adding something with a Japanese flare couldn't have been that bad.  I even made up some special cards with Christmas greetings in German thinking it would be cool for the event, but I only got lookers, no buyers.  They're up for sale on the esty site now instead!

 Along with my art prints and cards I brought the Christmas ornaments I'd made a few years ago but never sold.  I even made a few new ones like this cute little Musketeer here. I'll be at another event this weekend, if I don't sell any of these ornaments I'll probably just give up on it and keep them for myself.  They are really fun to make, but a little time consuming. 

 I'm not sure if I'll have a booth at the Christkindl Market next year or not, but if I don't I'll probably still go to check out the festivities because it really is a fun event!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Subarashii Cards

 I've been working on some new designs for holiday cards!  Just today, I finished a "Merry Christmas" card featuring Penguin & Peep!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Eau Claire Comic Con 2012

About a week before the event, I found out that Eau Claire has a comic-con and decided to contact the coordinator on the off chance there might still be space left.  There was one table available so I made it mine!  This summer I've been trying to hit up as many venues as I can selling art prints, cards, and other items featuring my characters while I continue my job search.  I'm so glad that I was able to attend the comic convention as it was a really fun day!  I made new friends, and sold some art!

Warm-up sketches
Aside from my prints I offered to do live sketches which brought me back to my days as a caricaturist.  It was nice to have more freedom this time though, since I could just embrace my own style with the drawings.  I was nervous, having not done any sketches in front of an audience for quiet some time, so I started with a few quick warmups to calm myself.  It definitely worked.

The night before the con I had even practiced a little, trying to figure out which markers I wanted to bring a long.  I used a black Tombow Duo Brush Pen ( for the outlines, and colored with Copic Markers ( and Woodless Colored Pencils aka Art Stix ( Below are a couple of my experimental sketches.  The first is Catwoman inspired, the second featured Supergirl with my characters Penguin & Peep.  I did another Supergirl drawing the night before which I ended up selling so I don't have a scan of it, but you can see a bit of it in the lower right corner of the photo at the top.
Friday night sketch

Supergirl with Penguin & Peep

So, Saturday after warming up I got a couple commissions.  I drew some kids as superheros, a fanart piece of the anime charcter Rena, and at the very end of the day, I drew a kid as a zomie which was a very fun piece.  When I wasn't doing those, I kept on doodling.  I didn't have reference for any of these fun sketches, so they were all purely from memory.  Check 'em out:
Another Catgirl

Robin Hood
Dorky Batman (looks more like a Batman Cosplayer)

Sailor Moon

Penguin & Peep Christmas.. I'll color this one to turn into a Print

King Arthur checking out his new attire
 When I look back on these drawings I'm surprised at how many I managed to draw throughout the day in between commissions, sales, and chatting with people.  There are two more drawings I did that I don't have scans of, one was of Penguin & Peep which I drew in a little boy's sketch book, another was a sketch I gave to the coordinator of yet another Supergirl (I guess I really like drawing her)!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Drawing Giraffes

 Here's a small ACEO sized card I did freehand with copic markets.  Reminds me of all the animals I would draw with caricatures when I worked at the SD zoo.
I've been packaging up other hand drawn mini cards like this one to sell online in my etsy shop & artist markets.  They're great for sitting on your desk and brightening your day!
Today I felt like doing a new piece in Photoshop that I will sell as an art print.  Would look great in any kid's room!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Almost the 4th!

Wishing everyone an early Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Falling Leaves Tour 2012 Wisconsin

It's quiet a ways off, but I've signed up to be a part of the Eau Claire area Falling Leaves Tour in October!  If you're a Wisconsinite, stop on by for a chance to see my original artwork & even purchase a piece!

Saturday, October 6--9am to 6pm
Sunday, October 7--10pm to 5pm

Monochromatic Monkey

So, here's my thesis project from AAU.  It's no masterpiece by far, and I'm still calling it a work in progress because it's only half as good as I want it to be, but for now I'm just letting it be and I won't do any more work on it.  I'm moving on to start some new animations!  I learned so much working on this film, with each new piece I do I feel my skills increasing exponentially!  I do hope you enjoy the short.  I think the foundation is all there, I just would have liked to improve the lighting and animation a lot more.  Perhaps someday I will.


About a week ago I thought I'd draw a new art print for my etsy shop, so I sketched a panda!  I used to draw guys like this one all the time when I worked drawing caricatures art the San Diego zoo.  A lot of times I worked right next to the panda enclosure. 

Sometimes I draw freehand directly into Photoshop using a tablet, but a lot of times I do a pencil sketch first, then scan that in to use as a guide.

I've been focusing a lot on color and shapes lately, trying to get a nice contrast and pop with each piece!
I love seeing the finished product, all framed and ready to be hung on the wall!  If you'd like to own this print, I've got it up for sale in my etsy shop:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Snow Girl

It may be May, but I still felt like drawing this cute snowy scene girl!

Porky Gets Lucky

This was the final project for my Traditional Animation 2 class this spring!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Blog

I started a new blog about books for animators, I'll still be using this one to share all my artwork. If you're interested in animation check it out:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Zip Out- ANM 692 assignment 5

Zippity do dah! A monster stole my popcorn! O.0

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Eager Beaver

I'm an eager beaver, I do my best and work real hard!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Penguin & Peep

Penguin lived in the zoo alone, but one day peep flew by and became his friend. Now she shares her world with him and they have happy days together.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I sketched her a while ago and felt like coloring her in today...

A brown Monkey!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine's Cards

A few more designs for Valentine's Cards. They are up for sale on my etsy site now!
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