Drawn to Color

I'm excited to announce I have an illustration in Drawn to Color, a Pacific Northwest-themed coloring book recently released by Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books. Edited by the brililant picture book maker Ben Clanton, Drawn to Color features artwork from over 20 children's book artists.

For more information, check out Drawn To Color on the Little Bigfoot website.

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SCBWI Summer Conference 2017

In July, I traveled to LA for the SCBWI Summer Conference, a weekend of children's book lectures and workshops. A few of my favorite highlights include: Vanessa Brantley Newton's advice on adding ethnic diversity to character designs, Sean Qualls's keynote about his path to becoming a children's book illustrator, and Marvin Terban's entertaining yet moving presentation about the importance of writing humor for children.

The portfolio showcase was another highlight, featuring artwork from hundreds of illustrators attending the conference, I walked away with a bag full of lovely promo cards and a brain abuzz with inspiration. As an added bonus, my artwork received a honor award in the portfolio showcase. 

SCBWI Summer Conference

At the beginning of this month, I attended the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA. I've been a few times in the past and found it very useful and inspiring, this year was no different. Lots of fantastic speakers, powerful stories, and helpful advice. Here's a slideshow of a few highlights:

SCBWI Illustrator Retreat


Last weekend, I attended an illustration retreat at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington. Organized by the SCBWI chapters from Western Washington and Oregon, the retreat was a weekend filled with delightfully challenging workshops led by Kelly Murphy and Sergio Ruzzier.

In addition to the great faculty, it was energizing and inspiring to be surrounded by the sixty or so other illustrators who attended. It was an incredible weekend and I feel honored to have had the chance to go. The fun of the retreat is over, but I'm excited to return to my troll hole and continue drawing and experimenting.





Here are a few paintings from one Kelly Murphy's workshops, which involved experimenting with color palettes.





Here are a few drawings from Sergio Ruzzier's workshops, which involved lots of inking and thinking.



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