Monday, April 25, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Newest Book on Amazon!

The book I just finished, Husker Game Day by Valerie Doherty is now available for pre-order on

nd my name is actually on the Amazon listing this time. :-)

So I now have 2 books on Amazon and will have a third by late summer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Limerick Illustration

A black and white ink illustration of Edward Lear’s limerick,

“There was a young lady whose bonnet

Came untied when the birds sat upon it

But she said “I don’t care

All the birds in the air

Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!”

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Limerick Sketches

I am illustrating one of Edward Lear's limericks.
It goes...
There was a young lady whose bonnet
Came untied when the birds sat upon it
But she said, " I don't care
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!"

So these are the two sketches. I am a bit torn between them. I like the horizontal one because of the trees fading off into the distance and that it has more story to it. I wanted the trees to look sad because the birds no longer want to sit on their branches. I think I could push this more by having more birds leaving the trees.
I like the portrait one because it is probably more eye-catching...?
Anyway, I plan to do both eventually but the majority of the class seemed to like the portrait so I will start with that one for the assignment due next week.

The New Yorker Cover-Revised

Revised copy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Character Styling

After drawing the quick cartoon of my little sister, Kylie, which you can find in a post below, I decided I really liked the way she was drawn.
I experimented with the basic face proportions that i used for her portrait and drew several other characters. What I ended up with are what I believe to be charming, lovable faces that I would love to continue to develop. I think this could be my "style" of drawing children.
After playing around with face shape, I decided to try some full-body drawings. Floating heads typically are not that child-friendly.
A problem I see in a lot of my work is that the people feel too static. I want to introduce more movement into my illustrations. Below, I used exaggerated gestures and blowing hair to try to accomplish this.
I am very happy with these experiments. I hope that I can push these ideas in the picture book I am about to begin. Please let me know your thoughts on these characters. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

Lino Cut

This week in my Illu Materials and Techniques class we experimented with linoleum printing. First we had to break the drawing down into 3 colors....
Then we transferred the drawing onto the linoleum.
After that, we had to cut out all the areas that we wanted to leave white...

Then we printed the whole thing with the color we chose... I chose a deep yellow...

Then we cut out the areas on the linoleum block that we wanted to remain yellow...
And finally we inked the block with black and made our final print in black, white, and one color.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The New Yorker Assignment

So these are the two sketches I brought to class yesterday for our mock cover of The New Yorker. They are both about obesity- specifically child obesity. I really love the bird one but the class chose the pig for good reason. It shows a vending machine in an elementary school where they are enabling the constant snacking on junk food. The professor also liked the swirly tail in comparison to the swirly coils in the vending machine... kind of an "you are what you eat" thing.

I will post the colored version of the pig sketch tomorrow :-)