Girl and the Heron King

Hello everyone!

It's been a busy month of painting, here's a new illustration I call Girl and the Heron King. Below are close-ups and photos of the process. 

Here are a few of my sketches. I wanted the girl to be riding a large majestic bird, a Great Blue Heron seemed like an ideal choice.

I built a model out of Sculpty, card stock, and paper towels to figure out lighting and perspective.

I did several color studies to decide what elements to use.

Cloud a Trader Joe's parking lot.

My final line drawing.

My palette when the painting was finished.

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Milo's Garden, Pages 22 & 23

Here are more process photos for Milo's Garden. In this image, a gang of dubious (yet very jolly) characters are stealing a tree that grows musical instruments. As with the previous illustrations from this project, I used acrylics and color pencils to render the finals.

Line Drawing

Tracing the drawing onto watercolor paper

Color study

Painting in background


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Milo's Garden, Pages 26 & 27

Here's another spread from Milo's Garden, a picture book I'm working on. In this scene, Milo is camped out in his garden and is surrounded by a group of mischievous creatures that snuck in while he was sleeping.

Line drawing

Color study

 I started this painting with a blue wash

I painted a X on the back to keep the paper from curling


The final!

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses


This here is my latest illustration. It was made to accompany the classic fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." In my version, the princesses wait in a swamp as the princes arrive on their floating row boats.

I tried a slightly experimental approach for this piece. After finishing a tight line drawing, I scanned it in to the computer and printed it out on a nice weight drawing paper. The print was then glued to an illustration board and pressed it under some weight. I used a wax paper to protect the surface and felt to absorb the water during the pressing. When I checked the board the next day, the combination of the felt and wax paper had created a wavy pattern in the paper. What a great happy accident!

From the Deepest Wilds of Africa

"From the Heart of Africa" - Pochade #1
5"x7", Acrylics on Illustration Board
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"From the Heart of Africa" - Pochade #2
5.75"x5.75", Acrylics on Illustration Board
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Yesterday, I once again ventured to the zoo with my illustrator buddy for a little painting (and the paintings were literally little...ha ha!). We brought our easels and paints this time, and set up near a group of African-looking huts for some plein air painting. Standing in the same place, I painted two small pochades in a series that I playful named "From the Heart of Africa" (which was obviously far from the truth since I was at the Denver Zoo). I only spent about an hour on each painting, my goal for the day was just to have fun painting and playing with color. As a new exercise, I tried painting with my glasses off. This reduced everything into colorful shapes, which was quite beneficial for simplifying the composition. When I was packing up, I noticed a happy accident. By placing the paintings side-by-side, they create a panorama! This was a completely unplanned, but a welcome accident.
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