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Sketch outing

Oregon Children’s Theatre has a wonderful new-ish tradition of inviting artists to the dress rehearsal of their performances. It’s always fun and a little exhilarating: drawing in the dark with only a clip-on booklight to illuminate my paper, scrambling to capture an interaction, gesture or expression that grabs me from the stage. It’s not clear […]

Sneak peek

Here’s a glimpse of a project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. These are a bunch of drafts of the color wash layer. Once I was happy with the color layer, I laid a sheet of translucent paper over the top and quickly made a graphite line drawing that roughly correlated to the […]

Getting started

  This new year is getting off to a slow start for me. I have a million things I hope to accomplish this year, but I am giving myself the space to start with baby steps. Trying to keep the goals and ambitions in sight without letting them own me. One of those ambitions is to open the door […]

Weekly Word

In light of the fact that I love hand lettering but rarely do it, I decided to challenge myself to create a hand lettered and illustrated word at least once a week. It’s a good warm up, and I’m hoping that the public commitment will motivate me to keep it up. Instagram seems like the […]

The life of the freelancer

That funny moment when, after spending a solid hour reviewing the last printed version of a dummy book and making a thorough punch list of work-to-do, I open the file in InDesign and realize I had done the exact same process before the holiday. The good news is that I came to exactly the same conclusions, so […]

Picturebook Polka!

My friend Kate Berube and I are going to give a little talk tomorrow afternoon. The topic will be “Picturebook Polka: the dance of words and images.”  She wrote a nice blog post about it here. If you’re in the Portland area, I hope you’ll come see us! Here’s the info from the SCBWI-Oregon events […]

More ink wash sketches

  Something seasonal…   And some sketches based on the “daily Ruzzier” prompts that folks from the recent SCBWI OR/WA  Illustrators’ Retreat have been posting on Facebook. This reminds me that I need to finish my post about that retreat. It was great!   Prompt: “Sick Day”   Prompt: “Sneaky”  

Hand lettering

I finally added a new lettering section to my web portfolio. I have always loved to play with letters. I took calligraphy years ago which helped me immeasurably in learning typography and page design, as well as the foundations of good letterforms. But my strength has always been informal letters that integrate illustration, not formal scripts. Most […]