Thursday, December 29, 2011


Sara Wilson Etienne has a new book coming out soon named Harbinger.  She asked a number of us to create a piece in tribute to her story.  To read more about me and it, follow the link!

Monday, December 19, 2011

For the Price of a Song

The safest miner in the coal shaft is the one with the most canaries, right?  Are all of those cages a precaution against air quality or tonight's dinner?  I picture our fella here as the guy to contact, after months from the surface, for what you need.  And what you need is security. I bet he carries batteries too.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Brio and the Alien

826LA is a non-profit that puts on field trips for  kids in the Los Angeles area.  I like to participate in the storytelling/bookmaking field trip as 'the illustrator'.  The kids, often 1st-4th grades write a story together as a class while the illustrator draws it.  The story ends on a cliffhanger, and each child writes his own ending.  The whole thing gets bound together and everyone walks out as a new author.  For fun, I'm posting one story about Brio, a fox with a love for Michael Jackson dolls, who lives with her family in their den.  One day, while picnicking, a baby alien with 100 legs, ten eyes, and a face shaped like a cherry steals Brio away and takes her to his planet in his giant cherry spaceship.  There, he puts Brio in a brain switching machine. The rest of the Fox family builds an army, then a shuttle (from legos and bandaids) to come to the rescue.  But which being contains the real Brio?  I illustrate while the story takes shape.

These are 20 minute drawings! By seat of pants, rest assured.  Be gentle.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Castle of Shadows

New this spring is Castle of Shadows from Houghton Mifflin.  I did the wrap-around cover and interior spots.  Be sure to check it out.  I like to call it a mix between The Secret Garden and a Hitchcock political thriller for the chapter book set.  Pretty nifty.  Art directed by Scott Magoon.  I'm one of the cool kids now.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bay of Toughpigs

I'm an unashamed muppet freak and I participated in an online tribute to the muppet website, Toughpigs with this digital offering.  To the left are the variations I considered, color-wise.  Did I mention that I got to watch them film a couple of scenes for the new movie?!  Pretty exciting stuff.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Where have I been?

Aside from some other projects I'm not posting yet, I challenged myself to exploring photoshop painting.  For 90 days in a row, I illustrated a song from a showtune, giving myself two hours tops. I didn't include the time for an underdrawing, which added another hour and a half.  Here are a couple of examples.  Bare in mind (please!) that these are totally learning experiences and exploration.  Fun, tho.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A sneak peek

This is one of the projects I've been working on lately.  Not finished yet, but I wanted to post.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Out of season is a delicacy, right?

Christmas has come and gone, but it's the memories we still carry with us.  This past Dec, I created a new set of spot illustrations for Vroman's in Pasadena.  Every year they publish a number of YA short stories in a limited run collection and this year they asked me to draw a few images.  In tandem, some original illustrations from The Nutty Nutcracker were also on display in the store.  In fact, if you're in the area, I believe you may still be able to catch a glimpse.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Many Moons

This is an image I created based on James Thurber's 'Many Moons' for the Picture Book Report. As an exploration in composition, and with so much of the industry taking a closer look at the ipad as storyteller, I wanted an illustration that helps illuminate the story by utilizing the need to scroll down, revealing more information. The Haunted Mansion's stretching room might be considered an influence here.