Thursday, October 10, 2013

SCBWI Illustrator Exhibit

Howdy everyone!

Come see the Illustrator Exhibit held by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington! Please come join us for the reception on Sunday, October 27th from 2-5pm.

The show will be hanging at the Washington State Convention Center (on level 2, south galleria) from October 10th,  2013 to January 8th, 2014.

There will be a plethora of great illustration, including a painting by yours' truly! Full details are on the poster, hope to see you at the reception!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

An Andy Art Show Reception

I'm having an art show reception on at 6pm on Friday, September 27th at the Kirkland Performance Center! I have a series of musician paintings on display until the end of October and I'd love if you'd come help me celebrate! The reception will be casual, just bring yourself and come hang out! For more info and directions, please check out the Facebook Event page I made:

Thanks for visiting! I hope to see you at the reception!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Art Show - Two for the Price of Free!

I'm participating in two art shows in and around Seattle, and both exhibitions are free to the public and will be up through October!

The first is an exhibition of my musician paintings, they're on display in the lobby of the Kirkland Performance Center, starting yesterday and hanging until the end of October. Earlier this year, these paintings hung at Monster Art and Clothing in Ballard and now, for your ocular pleasure, they're on the East Side! The ten original paintings are acrylic on canvas and have been described as whimsical, painterly, and silly. Here are directions and info about parking. A reception is in the works, I'll post an update when the date is set.

The second is a group exhibition called Into the Desert at Bluebird Microcreamery and Brewery on Capitol Hill in Seattle. My talented artist friend Joe Garber has written and illustrated a graphic novel called Canyonlands, which I highly recommend. For the launch party, Joe held a desert themed group art show and threw a party. Unfortunately, the party is over, but the artwork is still up through October! Here's a map. And while you're at it, you should read Joe's comic here (for free!) or better yet, order yourself a printed copy here (support the arts and become a champion!).

My painting for Into the Desert is called "Life in the Desert" and is about a gentleman (in the barrel) who has made poor financial decisions. Now he is an indentured servant to a gang of cowgirl bandits, which he doesn't seem to mind. Maybe he's happy because they have him cook their meals and at least he gets to eat. Or maybe he feels comforted because they roll with the fire spirit, the cow spirit, and the cactus spirit. Or maybe he's just happy to be spending time with beautiful cowgirl bandits. In any case, I hope they follow the number one rule of the desert (as stated in Canyonlands): "Always chout for rattlers!"

To wrap things up, here's some sweet Canyonland visuals that Joe whipped up for the launch party. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 19, 2013

SCBWI Summer Conference 2013

(A sketch I drew at the airport on my way to LA)

At the beginning of August, I had the great pleasure of attending the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' 42nd annual Summer Conference in LA. It was four days jam packed with amazing keynotes, intensives, portfolio reviews, and celebrations. I met many new friends and I had some great experiences, it was truly a delightful time.

(A handful of the business cards and postcards I picked up)

One of the main highlights was winning a Mentorship Award in the Portfolio Showcase. Myself, along with four other mentees, had the opportunity to have our portfolios critiqued by each of the Board Illustration Committee Mentors. I feel very grateful to have had a chance to share my work with them, their critiques were very insightful and inspirational. 

Furthermore, my fellow mentees are a talented and friendly crew, and I'm really proud to know them. But you don't have to take my word for it, check out their sweet portfolios: Linda DornBrooke Boynton HughesCorinna Luyken, and Rodolfo Montalvo

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of all of us together, but here's our business cards. Also, here's a photo that Dana Sullivan took of Corinna and I. Dana, Corinna, and I are all from the Western Washington chapter of SCBWI, hooray for Washington! 

(Photo by Dana Sullivan)

The mentees from past years are also an amazing bunch, they keep a great blog with children's book illustration tips and resources that I highly recommend:

The keynotes and breakout sessions were chock full of impressive industry professionals giving the lowdown on their work and the world of children's books. Here's a random sampling of some my personal conference highlights.

(Jolie Stekly at the New Attendee Orientation)

Carson Ellis talked about her process illustrating the Wildwood series and her approach for illustration in general. 

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Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett performed a rousing reading of their new book Battle Bunny. The book cleverly appears to be a copy of a book originally titled Birthday Bunny, that was defaced to make a story about an evil bunny that goes on a rampage.

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Bruce Degen, the original illustrator of The Magic School Bus series, gave a break out session about illustrating other people's manuscripts. He brought a vast assortment of original artwork and sketches from several different projects, including The Magic School Bus and Jamberry, which blew my mind several times over.

(A sketch of Bruce Degen during his keynote presentation)

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The extremely prolific Dan Santat gave an insightful talk about his process and career. I'm really looking forward to his upcoming book Carnivores. Check out the clever book trailer for Carnivores, you'll be glad you did.

Now that I'm back from LA, I'm excited to get back to my drawing table with renewed inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Milo's Garden, Pages 22 & 23

Here are more process photos for Milo's Garden. In this image, a gang of dubious (yet very jolly) characters are stealing a tree that grows musical instruments. As with the previous illustrations from this project, I used acrylics and color pencils to render the finals.

Line Drawing

Tracing the drawing onto watercolor paper

Color study

Painting in background


Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I'm proud to announce that I'm now represented by Brianne Johnson of Writer's House for all my children's book work! I'm excited to be working with an agency that represents some of my very favorite authors and illustrators. To check out my portfolio and to contact Ms. Johnson, head over to my page at the Writer's House website:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Milo's Garden, Pages 26 & 27

Here's another spread from Milo's Garden, a picture book I'm working on. In this scene, Milo is camped out in his garden and is surrounded by a group of mischievous creatures that snuck in while he was sleeping.

Line drawing

Color study

 I started this painting with a blue wash

I painted a X on the back to keep the paper from curling


The final!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Milo's Garden, Pages 2 & 3

At the beginning of this year, I started kicking around picture book ideas about dreams and nighttime. The ideas evolved into a 32 page wordless picture book I titled Milo's GardenThe book is about Milo, an aspiring gardener who attempts to grow a mysterious seed. But each night, a mischievous gang of strange, whimsical creatures clamber into his garden and muck things up.

Here are some process pictures for a double page spread I recently finished. I've been using acrylics and color pencil on watercolor paper. 

Line drawing. 

Color study

 Line drawing and painting on my drawing board

Painting in progress

 The final

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scrawl Magazine, Day & Night Issue

I'm excited to announce that two of my illustrations are featured in the newest issue of Scrawl Magazine! These images here are just screenshots, my illustrations are actually animated, so they're more of animated vignette illustrations. They also feature a marching band of crocodiles, so what's not to like? 

Scrawl Magazine showcases digital illustration and comics from artist around the world. Each issue is a heaping, eclectic pile of illustration goodness. The Day & Night issue is actually a twofer, featuring two different versions of each illustration that switch everyday at 5am and 5pm. So I highly encourage you to check it out at the app store, it's an all digital magazine downloadable on iPads and iPhones.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Panda Sketches

Here are two random panda sketches I drew this weekend.

This is Electric Bass Panda throwing down some mellow grooves. He's going to a bar after this, where we all know he eats shoots and leaves.

This is Super Panda riding his Turbo Trike, he's off to save the day, as usual. His trike is faster than it looks, he just has to be careful about getting his cape caught in the back wheels.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

SCBWI Western Washington Conference - 2013

This past weekend I attended the Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrator's Western Washington Conference. They had a great line up of authors, illustrators, agents, art directors, and editors who spoke on a variety of topics. Here are a few of my personal highlights from the conference.

Mac Barnett (who wrote Extra Yarn and Guess Again) told some great stories during his keynote and offered some "Very Practical Lessons from Very Good Picture Books" during a break out session. He also revealed that there's an ad behind the dust cover of Billy Twitter's and His Blue Whale Problem that allows you to order your very own real-life blue whale to be delivered to your house. Don't believe me? Go check out the book!

Author/Illustrator Sophie Blackall (who wrote Missed Connections, amongst other fun projects), gave an inspiring keynote that also happened to feature awesomely random pictures of sloths and kittens. I attended her breakout sessions on "Art Work" and "Art Play," and had a fun time drawing and making up stories with other illustrators.

Patti Ann Harris (the art director at Little, Brown) talked about "The Process of Picture Book Art" and gave "A Look at Novelty Books" during two breakout sessions I attended. She showed a sneak peak of Peter Brown's new book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, which is jammed packed with whimsy and fancy jungle animals.

Now that the conference is over, I feel reinvigorated to hop back to the old drawing board and get cracking on my next picture book. Thanks for reading!