Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Blog

Hi All,

I updated my website and I'm migrating my blog over to it. I won't be posting here any longer, but this is not "good bye"! Please check out my new blog, new location but same blogging goodness:

Thanks so much, I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Starbucks Animation Awarded Telly

I'm super excited to announce that a video I animated just won a Silver Telly! Last summer, the good folks at Remedy Pictures hired me to develop and animate the visuals for a video introducing Starbucks new line of Fizzio drinks. The project was a joy to work on and I'm really happy with how it came together, check it out:

Check out the style frames on my website:

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Adventures in 2015

2015 has turned out to be quite the busy year, whew! Here's a quick update of some of my artwork and travels.

In February, I went to NYC for the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference.

Three days of inspiring and thought provoking lectures from many of my kidlit heroes. I especially enjoyed hearing Pat Cummings interview David Ezra Stein about his process, I'm excited to read his new book "Tad and Dad." Another highlight was hearing Kwame Alexander talk about his journey to winning the Newbery, his stories and poetry brought both laughter and tears, that man knows how to give a speech! 

It was a delight to spend time with the the many other writers and illustrators who attended, and a bonus to leave with these lovely promo cards.

After NYC, I headed to Boston for some business and to spend time with friends.

Every morning I ate breakfast with Thomas the cat, who would casually attempt to steal my bacon.

One afternoon, I had a sketch session at the Boston Aquarium.

My visit was bookended by snow storms, which provided some impressive icicles.

Not long after I returned, I flew to California for a family event.

The trip was quick, but I was able to squeeze in some time to sketch the coastline.

At PDX I was greeted by this beautiful behemoth. Maybe a clock? Maybe the gateway to Narnia? We may never know...

Back in Washington, I've been doing research for a picture book idea.

In April, I attended my hometown SCBWI conference, held by the Western Washington chapter. Another fantastic conference full of inspiring kidlit pros and attendees alike. I especially enjoyed hearing David Wiesner talk about books and his process, as well as hearing Carter Hasegawa and Kristen Nobles give a behind-the-scenes look at Candlewick

Here's a character I designed in David Wiesner's character design intensive. A Koala mailman with a punctuality problem. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope your 2014 was full of joy, laughter, and magic! I wish you a spectacular 2015! Here's my belated holiday card...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SCBWI Illustrator Retreat

Last weekend, I attended an illustration retreat at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington. Organized by the SCBWI chapters from Western Washington and Oregon, the retreat was a weekend filled with delightfully challenging workshops led by Kelly Murphy and Sergio Ruzzier.

In addition to the great faculty, it was energizing and inspiring to be surrounded by the sixty or so other illustrators who attended. It was an incredible weekend and I feel honored to have had the chance to go. The fun of the retreat is over, but I'm excited to return to my troll hole and continue drawing and experimenting.

Here are a few paintings from one Kelly Murphy's workshops, which involved experimenting with color palettes.

Here are a few drawings from Sergio Ruzzier's workshops, which involved lots of inking and thinking.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SCBWI Summer Conference 2014

Happy autumn! I hope you've had a terrific summer, jam packed with all the people and places you enjoy! My summer was a busy one and it's taken me a little while to get around to blogging, but I'm excited to give you a quick update. 

At the beginning of August, I went to the SCBWI summer conference in LA, where I had the opportunity to meet many kind people and attend many helpful workshops. Here are a few highlights (in no particular order):

-It was encouraging to hear many successful authors and illustrators talk about persevering and working hard, I especially enjoyed hearing Stephen ChboskyTomie dePaola, and Meg Rosoff's thoughts on the subject. I also love this quote by Meg Rosoff: "Treasure your faults."

-This year, instead of attending the illustrator intensives, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to the writer intensives, and I'm glad i did! At the two workshops I attended, by Andrea Welch and the another by Bruce Coville, I learned many useful techniques and ideas that I'm excited to apply to my writing.

-During Aaron Becker's workshop about developing his book Journey, he shared many insightful stories and sketches. At his keynote presentation, he taught the audience the vocals to the song "Don't Stop Believing" (by the band Journey) and we all sang together. 

-Here I am waiting in line with some great folks: Rodolfo Montalvo, Corinna Luyken, and Pat Cummings (I'm in the plaid shirt on the right). I wish I had photos of all the wonderful people I got to spend time with.

-Linda Sue Park shared many useful techniques for writing and editing.

-Peter Brown won a Golden Kite Award for his beautiful book, "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild." 

-And last, but not least, I walked a way with a stack of incredible business card art and postcard art, hooray!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Animation for Starbucks

Earlier this summer, I worked on a video to introduce Fizzio, Starbuck's new line of handcrafted sodas. I designed, illustrated, and animated all the visuals, which was a fun whirlwind of a process. Now that Fizzio has been unveiled to the world, I'm excited to be able to share the video with you:

Here are style frames I created at the beginning of the project to show the client two possible directions:

Thanks for taking a look!