Art at Seattle City Hall

I'm excited to have a painting hanging in a group show at Seattle City Hall from October 31st, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018. Curated by the Western Washington chapter of the SCBWI, the exhibition features children's book artwork by forty-five illustrators living in the Puget Sound area.

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 reference...in a Trader Joe's parking lot.


My final line drawing.


My palette when the painting was finished.

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Lucy's Tiger


Howdy folks!

Here's a new illustration I just finished, it's for a story I'm writing about a girl who likes to invent and build mechanical creatures and contraptions. Below are close-ups and photos of the process. 





My final line drawing, color study, and two value studies. For my first value study, I tried staging the scene at night with dark shadows. After thinking about color combinations, I chose bright lighting to showcase the characters and create an upbeat mood.


For lighting and drawing reference, I built a rough model. I used Sculpty, wire, aluminum foil, and bits of cardboard.

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Keytar Panda


Howdy folks!

Here's a new illustration I just finished, I call it Keytar Panda. Below are close-ups and photos of the process. 




This is the sketchbook page that inspired the idea. I doodled it while on the phone, it's always fun to see what the brain throws out while it's distracted. 


I built a rough model for lighting and pose reference.


Tight-ish line drawing before painting. 


 Value and color studies. The rooster was originally a songbird, but it changed when I was painting these studies. I felt the rooster's bigger silhouette would be stronger and the bold dashes of red around it's face would be a good accent.

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