Saturday, March 28, 2009

Slice of Life

Sketchbook from march 18th-25th trip to the wind sands of Sarasota, Florida to hang out with some of the most amazing people I know (Jasmin, Kyle)! While I was at Ringling I also got a chance to see a great portrait painting demo by Shawn Barber.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Another illustration for the book "My Sister Sif" by Ruth Park. In this one the narrator, Riko, is upset and has crawled into her secret clearing to sit by the god Tane and work things out. Tane is the forest guardian of the South Pacific. Watercolor, 8.5 x 13 inches.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I've been interested to try powdered graphite for a while so late last night after watching an amazing piece of filmmaking called "Let the Right One In" I did this drawing of one of the characters using wet and dry powdered graphite on Stonehenge paper.

Also, every sunday I help to teach a family art activity at the Baltimore Museum of Art, I really enjoyed the project this week so I thought I'd share how it turned out. The theme was circus books to go along with the great new circus exhibit at the museum, which features some Matisse and Leger artist books inspired by the circus. I came up with this cool triangular style book by accident while trying to remember how to make something else, but I liked how the cover looked somewhat like a circus tent and could be read page by page or explored as a three dimensional object. 

Here are some not so great photos of a couple of the great books made by kids during the workshop, the book in the bottom left was full of different circus animals like the cute giraffe you can see faintly here!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bambi Galore

At the beginning of another busy week it felt really good to take some time out and draw at Dr Sketchy's in Baltimore with the beautiful model Bambi Galore!

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

bank robbers

For my narrative illustration class we had to write a first person account of a bank robbery... These are two illustrations from my story which starts by looking back on  the relationship of a brother and sister playing cops and robbers as kids and how the brother's aggressive behavior as a kid foreshadows how the real robbery will turn out later on. The first one shows the sister firing a warning shot in the bank & the second is her as a kid hiding from the cops (mom) under the porch. Both are small (7x10in) acrylic paintings with an oil wash and a little colored pencil on the girl hiding. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New York New York

This weekend I went to NYC with my friend Aidah for the last day of the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial exhibition, I'm really glad I made the trip to see so much inspiring work! I also got a chance to see some really amazing portraits by Barkley Hendrix at the Studio Museum in Harlem. By the time we made it to the Metropolitan Museum there was only 30min left before we had to race back to the bus station, but I managed to get down this sketch. There is so much great stuff to see at the Met I can't wait to go back and do some more drawing soon.

My favorite thing about New York (apart from the museums) is the amount of weird and wonderful people and things you can find on the street, for example Mr. Pooh (don't worry, he's an artist) and Obama oil...