Monday, December 07, 2009

FEATURED: Bella Sara Fan Magazine (France)

I'm so excited to share that my artwork for the new Bella Sara Series, Bella's Ball, was recently featured on the cover of the French Bella Sara Fan Magazine (above). To top it off, they decided to follow-up with an interview article with me in the newest issue (below).

I feel so exotic being in a foreign language magazine! To be honest, I was really impressed with these magazines - when they contacted me I thought the magazine must be a small matte paper/ pamphlet-like thing, but these issues are full-on glossy magazines filled with Bella Sara characters, artwork, fans and various articles! I think I might have loved this kind of thing when I was that age!

The interview was conducted via email and while I don't have the actual translation of the edited down version featured in the magazine, I can share my original answers in full here:

Why and how did you become a visual artist?
When I was a toddler in day care, a teacher came to my parents concerned that I was constantly drawing horses, only horses. My parents were more impressed with the fact that I was drawing recognizeable horses at the age of two. I think having such supportive & encouraging parents has played a major part in my development as an artist. I always loved to draw, in fact I found myself drawing more often than taking notes, in school. That’s a lot of practice! I basically just kept going, until I found some people willing to pay me for it.

Can you tell us a bit about your career?
I sold my first painting when I was 13. It had been an art class project, the object was to illustrate a word acting out it’s definition. I chose the word camping and I painted the letters of the word, sitting around a camp fire on a starry night, in a forest clearing with tents in the background. It was on display at my school and someone that passed by had an immediate emotional connection to it and asked the school if she could buy it. It was a very exciting moment for me, realizing I could earn money doing something I love to do.
I’ve always been attracted to fantasy worlds and fantastical creatures, naturally I thought children’s books where the way to go for me. I started focusing on that direction for my career, but it usually takes time to break into that industry (it involves a lot of hard work, dedication, and more than a little luck), so in the meantime I needed to find a regular job that would help me pay my rent and my college loans! I was lucky to get a staff position after college, designing & illustrating stickers in the scrapbook industry. I got to travel all over the United States for market research, visit manufacturers in Taiwan and China, I even went to big trade shows in places like New York City, Hong Kong, and Paris. It was an amazing job and I learned lot during my seven years with that company.
I left that position two years ago to work as a freelance illustrator and designer. Now there is a lot more variety in my work - and one of my newest clients is Bella Sara! I have to say, the projects I do for them is among the most fun I have - and I already have a pretty fun job. :)

What is your creative process? Do you get specific guidelines before starting a project? How do you proceed?
Bella Sara does send specific guidelines for each character they assign. They always include a few reference images along with a detailed written description to get the artist started, but they are also open to the ideas and suggestions of the artist. Most clients just send a theme or idea and I have to create a visual concept for it. I always like to start out by researching any special attributes, such a a particular horse breed. I use various internet searching techniques to gather information and imagery that inspires me, and that help add on to the ideas I’ve already started to formulate in my head. Once that’s done, I start sketching. These days, I do a lot of different sketches, scan them into my computer, then take the best parts and layer them together digitally. Once I have the sketch just the way I want it, I submit it to my client for review. They either approve it as is, or come back with a few changes for me to make. Sometimes I make the changes and submit it again, sometimes I can make the changes as part of the final color artwork.

What/who inspires you?
Just about everything I see inspires me. I am an admitted design geek - I love Ikea and all things considered “designy”. Books and movies are a huge source of inspiration for me also (for example the Narnia books or anything by Neil Gaiman, or the ending credits artwork from the Lemony Snicket movie). Whenever & wherever I am, I usually have a book, along with a moleskin sketchbook just in case I read something that inspires a visual image in my head that I just have to put on paper. I read and collect picture books as well - I would still love to work on one, they’re simply the best avenue for an artist to really showcase their ideas and artwork. The internet as opened up a lot of options for finding new and interesting things to inspire me. Some specific artists that are constantly inspiring me are Danny Gregory, James Jean, Jennifer Meyer, Kelly Murphy, Mary GrandPre, and my brother, Sean Beavers. There’s really too many to list.

Do you work digitally, or do you still pull out the ol’ paint and brushes?
I actually favor colored pencils. I’m a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America ( My work has been accepted into their international juried show 4 times, and I’ve had the honor of receiving two awards. It’s a great medium, but it’s a little on the slow side, so I’ve only gotten to do one of my Bella Sara pieces in colored pencil (Harmony, from the Treasures series). The rest have been a combination of traditional graphite drawing and digital coloring. I like to use a lot of textures in my digital paintings as well. More often than not, it’s just a paper texture, so the digital art has a slightly more organic feel. I also love photography, and I never leave my house without a digital camera, so just as often as I stop to take a picture of a beautiful sunset, I’ll stop to take a picture of an interesting marble, granite, or stone surface. (Suffice to say, I’m always carrying around a really big, really full, bag)

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Work: More Sticker Samples

Okay it's been a long, long time… again. I'm really bad with the updates these days. I feel like I've been adding too much to my plate for the last few months on one hand, but feel I always work best when super-busy. That being said, I still have the problem of all-work, no-play and not much I can really share, as so much of my current work is confidential until released.
So, what's new? Well, here are some more stickers I've worked on that were release earlier this year. I always get a kick out of seeing these in production. I do fairly detailed product concept sketches, that are then interpreted in various materials (paper, fabric, epoxy, mylar, you name it). I do a LOT of these and it's usually pretty fun. These two themes are something of a departure for me. I'm really not down with the hunting and fishing - but it's kinda fun to explore themes you're not familiar with.
Sometimes I'm amazed at how closely they follow the sketch - I mean look at the camo pattern on the hat - it's almost an exact translation! Ha!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Work: Bella Sara, BELLA'S BALL

Bella Sara rescently released their new card series called "Bella's Ball". It's been great working with Bella Sara with Hidden City Games. I worked on three characters (no background art) for this series, the 10th for Bella Sara. Above is Apollo, a previously existing character who has made several appearances in throughout series. I was really nervous about this one, because the original character art was created by my friend and awesome illustrator, Jennifer L. Meyer, had major shoes to fill here. ;) I also got to work on Bryda for a second time, a character I was asked to create for the Treasures series. It was awesome to be given an opportunity to develop a character that I established in a previous series. The last character for this group is Athena, Apollo's counterpart (or vice versa) and also a long established character. Everyone is "done up" and beatified for the extravagant ball. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Work: Environment Miniature

This weekend, I volunteered to demonstrate for Caran d'Arche at a local trade show - Artists' Materials expo. It was a very interesting event, iI wish I could have spent more time learning about various other materials (new & old), there was a lot to see. But I did get a chance to purchase some mew pencils, paper, and various other working surfaces to play with.
I was demonstrating a new line of specially developed lightfast pencils, Luminance 6901. One of the biggest faults of colored pencil as a medium has been it's overall failure to stand up to any kind of UV exposure. Caran d'Arche's new line sets a remarkable standard, holding up to light exposure as well as an oil painting. Great news for those of us that love colored pencil.
I usually don't work with colored pencil brands other than Primsacolor, but it was an absolute joy working with the Caran d'Arche pencils. They may have made a convert out of me - but I'll have to work on a few more pieces before I start investing, with an average cost of $4+ a pencil. For volunteering my time, I was given a 38 pencil Luminance set (other sets come in 16 and 76), which had a "show special" value of $125.
Before and during the event, I worked on the above miniature. I wanted to do something small, and decided to work on an 'environment', or landscape setting - as I generally focus on character work. I'm quite happy with this moody, if slightly erie, woodland setting. I'm happy with the detail as well, for a piece that measures only 2.5" x 3.5".
Below is a picture of some of the other samples and materials that I either purchased or was given in sample form.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Work: Event Poster

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. The annual Balloon Fiesta, is Albuquerque's biggest public event, by far. It's always an exciting time of year for those of us that live here.

Cottonwood Printing Co. is comfortably situated out by Balloon Fiesta Park and holds a private breakfast one morning during the week, for viewing the Mass Ascension – a launch of all the participating balloons, a major feature of Balloon Fiesta since its earliest days. In honor of this event, each year Cottonwood prints a poster and gives it away to clients and local businesses to promote the event. This year I was given the opportunity to work on this poster. I'm happy to share this new work here now - finally, something I can post in actually time!

As a bonus, it looks like they're going to print the following black & white image as a coloring page give away to children attending the event.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Travel: Japan, pt.3 (blast from the past)

Tokyo: Last Full Day | 2006-05-03
It was bound to happen. In a city full of 1-2" shelf-steps all over the place, it was inevitable that the girl with ridiculously loose ligaments would turn her ankle... and fall... while watching her brand new digital camera soar through the air next to her (in slow motion)... then hit the pavement simultaneously. Why don’t they make hard-plastic iPod-like cases for cameras anyway? I was so angry with myself for not paying enough attention and missing that step - I was too engrossed in a window display and taking pictures. Anyway, both the camera and I survived. I landed on my left hip, so I’m expecting an ugly bruise to show up soon, but other than that and the ankle itself I only had a couple scratches on my left hand. I did it first thing in the morning too, so I couldn’t very well let it ruin my day... which was BEAUTIFUL by the way! Gorgeous bright, sunny; warm-in-the-sun, cool-in-the-shade weather!! Anyway, I hobbled around the area we were checking out, and eventually stopped at a drug store and got a Japanese Ace bandage. I can't believe I came all the way to Japan and bought an Ace bandage (when really, knowing myself,¢ I should have packed one). After I got my ankle all wrapped up, I faired much better and stopped hobbling and got to walking again.

This all happened in the Aoyama area near the Omotesando subway station. Right up the street from one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen - Prada. From the outside it looks like a quilted glass building - inside it’s all space age and futuristic. The rest of the shops in that area were cool clothing boutiques. We saw tons of them, and after a while they got a bit boring. But we got to see some amazing, and maybe a little out of the way, parts of Tokyo. Including Harajuku (not out of the the way, actually rather popular) and a completely overcrowded market street. It’s been a holiday all week in Japan - Golden Week (not sure what it means, but it obviously meant a ton of people out shopping). I won’t go into too much detail, but I have tons of pictures of all the shops (and the crowds - or maybe a better description would be SEA of people - everywhere).

After many hours finding and perusing various boutiques (clothes, paper goods, books, toys etc), we decided to try to make it out to the Ghibli Museum (Spirited Away, etc.) It was a bit out of the way, but TOTALLY worth it. Words can’t say how amazing it was, a real treat for an injured and super-tired traveler. The tickets are sold-out something like a year in advance for natives - but they reserve a certain amount for foreign visitors. We were lucky to get in at the very end of the day, we only had about an hour and a half by the time we got there, but it was an amazing experience. So not overdone like Disney, just really beautiful down to the last detail.

Once back in Tokyo, we tried to find a good Sushi Restaurant in Shibuya, but it just was not happening. I was so hungry and I needed to eat so badly - we ended up going to (I’m ashamed to say) T.G.I. Friday’s. Ridiculous, I know - but I got a really good milkshake out of it - and that alone made it worth walking in. After dinner we were beat so we headed back to the hotel. I packed everything up, and am looking forward to a relaxing all-nighter (so I can sleep on the plane on ”our” time). What an awesome trip.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Travel: Japan, pt.2 (blast from the past)

Tokyo: First Full Day | 2006-05-02
OMG I am so tired! And my legs and feet HATE me. It is EXHAUSTING getting around in Tokyo! Especially in the pouring rain. :( It was still amazing though. We had a nice breakfast in the hotel, changed some money and headed off for the biggest Muji store in Tokyo (or the rest of the world, for that matter). However, it took a while for us to get there... the train system in Tokyo is fabulous, but NOT so simple. There are tons of stations and transfer options, but there are several different companies that run the trains, so there’s not always an easy WAY to transfer (you have to buy a ticket for each line... for instance, we were on 5 trains today, that required three different tickets). We had an address for Muji, but considering that most streets in Tokyo don’t have names, we knew it would be difficult - we just didn’t know how difficult! Getting to the right area was easy, two trains, two different lines, not a problem. Once we left the station though, it got interesting - or painful... depending on how you look at it. We went into a building close by and asked a friendly looking woman where Muji was and showed her our address for it - she gave us a local map (in japanese) and said it was about 5 blocks away. As we were walking done the street - it began to rain... my co-worker happened to have an umbrella - okay. But then it began to pour. Sheesh!! Eventually, we got to where we thought we needed to be (partially drenched), but no Muji! We ducked into a building and asked for more directions - and where sent back in the direction from which we’d just come! It was still pretty early though, and this building had an underground mall, so we went down to look around and pick up another umbrella. Back on the street, we went to the building right next to the original one we’d gone into, but still no Muji (believe me, it made sense when we were doing it). Luckily, my co-worker asked a young ‘hip’ looking woman (as he put it) that happened to speak english - and she directed us right to Muji (on the other side of the train tracks from where we were looking). So, it only took an hour and a half to get to our first destination of the day (in total).

The name Muji stands for ‘No Brand’. But for not having a brand, it has established a very distinct look. The store itself reminded me very much of a Japanese version of Ikea. Every thing is very clean, simple and basic. Great design, neutral colors. More clothing than furniture. It even had ‘Muji Meal’ - a restaurant inside the store (we ate lunch there - I had a salad that came with soy sauce on it - weird, but good!). The store is three floors, so we spent a fair amount of time there - it really was very impressive - totally worth the trouble getting there.

Next we headed out to Tokyo Hands (the creative life store - or some tag line to that effect) in Shibuya (retail center of Tokyo). They might as well call it the ‘Everything Under the Sun Store’, because it is 7 floors of literally everything under the sun! No kidding - gardening tools, plants, beakers and test tubes, compasses, bikes, toys, cosmetics, furniture, storage, stationery, art supplies, bags, every single tool I’ve ever heard of and more, lighting, ball bearings, fake nipples, warning signs... I couldn’t even process it all. We were there for at least 3 hours. Of course, it also took us a while to find that as well, but we did it faster this time, and after that I’d gotten the hang of it and we found just about every other place on our list. We spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening going in and out of various shops. We saw some amazing things! And I kept buying these socks with toes on them (like gloves for the feet), and I don’t even know if I LIKE them, but I can’t help it because they’re so WEIRD!

And every Japanese woman I see is a work of art - they all have amazing fashion sense and dress so creatively.

For dinner we had - get this - Tex Mex! HA! We saw it and we had to go - it was too funny. It was called Zest and it was actually pretty good. I’ve found I like to order things that we have pretty regularly in the states and see how it’s different here. I ordered cheese fries and it was an experience. They coated the fries in powdered cheese! I felt a bit like I was eating fry shaped, less crunchy cheese doodles. But it wasn’t horrible! I ordered a veggie fajita thing, but had to send it back because they put mushrooms in it (I’m allergic) even thought they said they wouldn’t - so I ended up going with a Mexican Burger (cheese burger with a bit of chili) and it was pretty good! We collected our thoughts a bit, then headed back to the hotel in the middle of nowheresville (literally an hour from anywhere we need to be on the trip).

And you know what - it’s COLD here! I checked the internet this morning and it said it would get up to 71 - it was no where NEAR 71 all day! The rain let up and was on and off all day. Coming home tonight was almost torture because I wasn’t dressed for the cold! Watch, I’ll dress all warm tomorrow and it’ll actually be hot and sunny out! At least I hope!

I feel like I’m not taking enough pictures! I only took 171 today (really not that much when you consider that 2/3 of them are work related).

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Travel: Japan, pt.1 (blast from the past)

Three years ago, I went to Japan on a business trip. It was all market research, which basically meant I went shopping for three days. With the release on Ponyo, I've been thinking about that trip a lot, because I got to take a single afternoon away from the craziness that is Tokyo and all the shop-shop-shop-hopping, and visit the Ghibli Museum. I thought it might be fun to share some of my thoughts from old emails I wrote to friends and family at the time with some pictures. It was such an amazing and inspiring trip, and feeling nostalgic about it just makes me want to share:

Tokyo at last! | 2006-05-01
And now I can fully relate to “Lost in Translation“. Maybe it’s because I haven’t really traveled on my own in a while (my co-worker doesn’t count, he’s never been here before either), or the fact that whenever I’ve come to Asia for work before there was always someone to take us around - but it’s tough here. Far less people speak english. Oh, and our hotel! While being beautiful and luxurious - it’s in the middle of NO WHERE. I got a Tokyo travel book and its blurb says ”Luxury hotels don’t come more luxurious than this... The only real drawback is it’s location: Odaiba is great for a day out, but as a base for touring Tokyo it’s inconvenient.“ There’s a fantastic view of the Tokyo skyline from the top floor (along with $80 - $100 a meal dining options), but there’s no quick way into the city. To top it off - we started looking up all the stores on our list of places to go - they’re all on the opposite side of the city! Anyway, this should be an adventure - cause we have to take the trains and subways and the map is the most complex thing I’ve ever seen. I’m excited though, it’ll be a challenge and I love maps! I feel really isolated in this hotel, there doesn’t seem to be many foreigners here - I’m really looking forward to getting out and about!
There’s a huge mall across the street, so we went out for Sushi dinner (of course!). It was a local place too, they didn’t speak a word of english, we had to point at pictures on the menu - but it was all good. I also got miso soup - unlike I’ve ever had before, and some sura-mame (gigantic bean, kind of like edamame). We also found a Cinnabon and Starbucks for dessert. ;)
I’m a little exhausted. I must admit, my legs are KILLING me. Walking for two days straight in Hong Kong and then sitting on a plane for 5 hours DID NOT help. ;) I would LOVE to get a massage before I leave. :) I’m aching!!! Ouch.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Update: An Effort to Blog more

This is hard. With so much work do to, it's very difficult to find the time to blog with any regularity… unless I schedule it in. So I'm going to try this approach. We'll see if it works, but as most working freelancers know - the first things to get cut when time runs short are the things you aren't getting paid for. ;)

Lately I've been drawing everyday. Unfortunately none of it has been for fun or personal expression. It's been work, work, work. Work which I cannot share as of right now because it's all concept & development work. :(

So, I'm going to start sharing examples of some of my older work, that's already been released (hopefully on a semi-weekly basis). I'm going to start with examples of a few projects that were released this past Spring. These are dimensional stickers. I was given various themes to interpret and sketched out my concepts for icons that would work within those themes. Here are side-by-side comparisons of my sketches next to the final product.

Baby Toys

New Artist / Preschool

Best Mom / Mother's Day

Unfortunately I don't get to have anything to do with the actual product development and sampling beyond the sketches - but in this respect it's like getting a surprise present every time I see a new design released!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sketch Crawl at the Zoo

So, although I live just three blocks from the zoo, this past Saturday was only my third visit and my first time actually drawing there. I find it difficult to sketch from life because I'm either in a rush to see more, and I can't draw fast enough to capture anything -- and I'm a perfectionist, I focus on details, so it's very hard for me to draw fast and loose. When I do, I feel I'm just drawing badly, and reinforcing the experience of drawing badly by continuing the practice. But I know there is something to it, and I was happily rewarded for my efforts on Saturday.

I'm quite happy with a few of the sketches I got. I particularly like my loose expressive gorilla (although I really have no idea if it was a lady gorilla or if she was actually pregnant - it could have just been a very fat bellied gorilla!), it is just SO hard for me to work that fast and actually have it look like something. And I actually made myself pull out the watercolors as well, something I always hesitate to do while out and about - in my head, before I start it feels like so much 'work' up set up, so I usually stop myself before I begin. But this really wasn't all that bad. Very quick set up and clean up, and most time spent painting!

It was a really fun day - and bonus: it was FREE. And not just because I'm a member of the zoo - they were closing at noon for a charity gala, so they were letting everyone in for free in the morning. I was also thankful that I had the time limit (we arrived at 10am) to help focus on sketching.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New Work: Bella Sara ROYALTY

Bella Sara has just released their new card series called "Royalty". This was my second time working on Bella Sara with Hidden City Games. I only did one card this series, but what a card?! This is Anemone, Queen of House Airistos! I was so happy with how this turned out, I feel I'm finally nailing down & getting comfortable with this digital style.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Illustration Friday: CRACKED

Meant to post this days ago. Just a little drawing I did, inspired by this week's theme. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Illustration Friday: CONTAGIOUS

It would be nice if I could post to my blog everyday, but I'm lucky if I get something new up once a week. Thankfully, I've been getting better with free-time doodling, due in part to the inspiring Dani Jones and her amazing ability to record and share almost everything she does.

Today she posted to her own doodle blog, Dani 's Doodles, which gave me the bug… and since i would never draw a robot of my own accord, I thought it a pretty appropriate post for this week's theme. :) Of course, my little robot doesn't seem to be invading anything - he seems more curious than anything else.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Illustration Friday: PARADE

You ever notice that parades are a lot of standing around and creating a big mess? They're no fun unless you're actually IN one, doing something... in my opinion. And maybe for the ants and insects that reap the garbage benefits.

In an effort just to doodle and draw more, just cuz, I post my image for Parade: a rough sketch, with pen & gouache. I'm not really paying attention to quality yet, I'm just trying to draw more. I mean, I draw almost everyday for work. But that's work. I find that I'm losing the ability to create anything of my own, out of my head - which used to be my strong suit, and it's really been getting me down. Haven't really painted in years - so this is just to experiment and try something a little different for a change.

I also journaled a little parade memory above this image in my sketchbook, it's actually kind of a good one - something I had completely forgotten about until I went to write something. Ironically, this picture doesn't really go with it.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Illustration Friday: IMPOSSIBILITY

I've drawn a lot of impossibilities - in fact I'm pretty sure it's my favorite thing to do. This is just one... that I don't think I've shared before. I imagined a unicorn from Madagascar (one of those unique and amazing places I would really love to visit in my lifetime). I think I may have pushed him a little too far in to the lemur side, but I've always thought he was an interesting hybrid. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Illustration Friday: SUBTRACT

Simple Sauce
art 3.375" sq., frame 6" sq
colored pencil

So, this is a little bit of cheat, but I needed to do a miniature piece for a show (deadline was this morning), so I'm posting my entry for Masterworks as well as submitting it for this week's IF theme. The idea here is there were several other tomatoes on the vine that have been subtracted to make sauce. Am I stretching it a bit? Yeah, I thought so.

There are all kinds of rules for miniature works - the general one being 1/6th scale (if the actual tomato is roughly 3" in diameter, it can't be more than 1/2" in the miniature artwork. But sometimes that's not enough! If the artwork doesn't portray a 'sense of miniature' it can be deemed a small picture, as opposed to a miniature. It's baffling, I know. Anyway, I do have that concern with this piece... but I'll keep you posted if I make it into the show. -m.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Illustration Friday: INTRICATE

So, it's been a really long time since I posted for Illustration Friday. I've got my friends & colleagues hooked on it so much that we have a weekly 'date' to set aside two hours every Friday afternoon at a local coffee bar with free wifi. But when I get there I realize I have an email to answer, or I have a deadline to meet, and I somehow blink and the our time is up. Of course, this week's theme (so right up my alley) called for a little time to be spent - I thought about it for a couple days and realized I could combine this theme with another project I've been wanting to work on - Custom 52!

So here it is, in progress - my intricate deuce of diamonds. Will post updates as they come!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

PROMO '09 UPDATE: In the Mail

NEW WORK: Sticker Designs

I have worked with EK success for many years, and I can tell you it's always an amazing feeling to see me designs as finished products in the stores. Just this past weekend I wandered into a local Michael's store and discovered several of the projects I worked on over the last year have finally been released, so I share with you an example of the process!

This sticker is part of a series of 5 wedding themed designs. I did not know they were going to be cut/layered paper - it's wonderful to see the new and creative ways EK is producing their products.

This is cut/layered vellum with glitter themography. EK has changed the original design I submitted (they really like stems!), and it still looks great.

This was a fun one - toy race cars and race tracks. This is layered mylar, a shiny metallic material (that's obvious difficult to photograph). It's so much more impressive in person!

Now this is what really gets me. I've done a lot of sticker designs, completed in vector art, but these three items are from my first group of designs for Jolee's, EK's sticker embellishment line - all 3D materials. For these all I submitted where detailed sketches of various themes which where interpreted by the in-house design team. Wow! It's like they've really come to life!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

NEW PROMO: "Cold, cavernous, huddled, hibernation."

The second piece of my ambitious 12 part series of promotional postcards is complete!

FEB '09:
This new piece showcases the Kodiak Bear, the largest of the Brown Bear family (about the same size as a Polar Bear), that can only be found throughout the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska. Look closely, the two little cubs form a heart shape tucked into they're mother's warm body, in honor of February's most noted holiday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

NEW WORK: Family Crest Design & Illustration

I get some unusally requests from time to time and they usually end up being the most fun to work on. This is a family crest I was asked to design and illustrate. My client came to me with very specific requests that I used to create this detailed, traditional looking crest with some very modern elements. My client is very happy with the results, an so am I!

Monday, February 02, 2009


At last! Bella Sara has introduced their new card series called "Treasures" on their website - now I can share the artwork I contributed. This was my first time working on Bella Sara with Hidden City Games. I was extremely excited because this is the kind of stuff I used to sit around and dream up when I was twelve (okay, so I still do, so what?!). It was definitely an experience from beginning to end, but I'm very happy with the results - especially since this is one of my first completely digital illustration projects (with the exception of Harmony, in purple, which i finished in colored pencil)