Life

Oh, Mother of Mine

My mother is the strongest woman I know. She is generous and loyal, loving and driven. She defends and supports my sister and me with the breath of her being, and has put up with my nonsense and mood swings for the past 24 years (for which I am forever grateful). My mother is my [...]



Bear-ing my Heart

One of my best buddies, bear-enthusiast, pun-lover and kick-ass illustrator Christie Lee turned 22 on Sunday! And it is with great pride that I can say I finished a birthday present on time. Below is how I went about painting my gift for her. Step 1: plenty of doodling and noodling around… Step 2: refining [...]



Process, Part One

One of my very best friends’ birthday is today, and I’m working on a present for her! I usually procrastinate about birthday presents, or write it off as too difficult to get done in time during the semester, but this time I’m resolute, and it WILL happen. My friend/roommate Tori is a photography/design/printmaking major, and [...]



In the Archives

So much of an illustrator’s quest for reference is now online, thanks to google images, etc. I’m not disparaging it, as it’s my go-to source for a quick image. However, there’s something to be said for going into a place full of history and finding images for yourself. The tactile sensation of flipping through a [...]



The Young Artist’s Guide to Gift-Giving

Young people have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to gift-giving during the holiday season. If you’re in high school, college, or fresh out into the real world, unless you’ve unearthed the long-lost treasure of the Knights Templar or are working five different jobs, your budget is probably pretty low. BUT! One of my mentors, [...]



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