Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Pokémon

For my brother for Christmas, I finished up the last two Pokémon from his SoulSilver party:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


So I love snowflakes, but I've never made one using an exacto so this is my earliest contribution to this Winter feeling!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Part One of Promised Work

I finally finished one of two sketchbook pages I've been working on (seen below). But then I decided to make it into a mailer, and then decided that the butterflies that I had already completely cut weren't the right color and not as well-designed as I wanted so I completely redid them into the corona that you see now.

I'm trying to incorporate watercolor and flat paper together. In a way, I think it has the potential to blow open a new direction for me. I'd really love to hear what people think, because I've shirked watercolor for too long now, and am interested in whatcha think.

I'm pretty psyched to print these out and send them to clients!

Oh, and I'm a bit disappointed to say that my cover for The Orchard wasn't chosen to be published - they went with a photographic cover instead. Still, a job is a job, and I also got an awesome piece out of it, so I'm not that disappointed.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Orchard (my first commissioned book cover!)

So this is my first commissioned book cover! In honor of that I wanted to show my process, which was really exciting.

Thumbnails in my 'idea book':

From that the publisher chose three to be enlarged:

She liked the last one, of the single tree but asked that the trunk not be quite so gnarly. Then color studies and the composite sketch:

This is the grey leaves separate from the rest. By far the most work in the project:

The finished product! The original is 13"x8.5" I think (biggest thing I've done in cut paper since those insane, long silhouettes a year ago):

It's not definite that this is the published cover yet, but fingers crossed!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Somethin Crazy

I'm not quite sure why, but I didn't announce that I've been hired to do a book cover! A real one! This is a small sample of a few of the pieces I'm working on right now!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

hard at work

So I haven't posted too much lately but I'm hard at work on two sketchbook pages that incorporate both flat paper and watercolor (pieces of both shown above), and also the book cover that I was hired to do!

This is also a book cover I did digitally (to show that I can use Photoshop and Illustrator). Lemme know what you think:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I just finished working on an alphabet done in cut-paper:

I'm pretty psyched for using new a few new colors!

Also, Annie Beth Ericsson just interviewed me for her blog: You should head on over and see who else she's been talking to as well!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Alphabet Soup

A taste of the latest project I'm working on:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sketchbook - Armor

This is another page for the cut-paper part of my sketchbook. It's three irregular incurve chrysanthemums, which are one of my absolute favorite flowers because they're so intricate and huge. I read something funny about chrysanthemums in my research for the right ones - the French bred their mums to have pretty details but in a sensible size, the Japanese bred their mums to have huge blooms with ridiculously gorgeous petals, and the Americans bred small, hardy, easily sellable mums that could ship around the country well.

Clearly we know who I'm favoring the most.

Also, I'm going to be starting work in digital and watercolor again too though, so hopefully I'll have things in that regard to post soon.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pokemon - Snorlax

Three more Pokémon for my brother's party left.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Eternal Sin

So I had a thought: why have a flat background when I could spend hours and hours drawing and cutting a pattern that could only subtly show up in the form of shadows? Good thing I love it and the effect.

This is another mock book cover I put together around the idea that the pomegranate, not the apple, is the universal symbol of sin and temptation, and put the ouroboros in the shape of a lemniscate to solidify the idea of its infinite nature.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A preview, of sorts.

The letter 'e', from the title of a book cover I'm working on right now. Not for pay yet!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pokémon - Typhlosion

My brother has Ampharos and Dragonite in his part already, so technically this is his third member.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seed Packets

Not sure why, but I forgot to post my seed packets, so here they are:

Thursday, October 21, 2010


So I've posted this in a few pieces, but this is done now. I had to add the mathematical scribbles in the heart. It made me remember how much I enjoyed writing/drawing math notes, and how little of math I actually understood... As soon as we hit logarithms in Pre-Calc, I was down for the count.

Anyway, I'm really happy with the way this turned out. It's been a while since I've done something on the more conceptual side, and I love doing hand-cut type so this was a lot of fun. And finished!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fine Gardening - the next issue

These are the latest three illustrations for Fine Gardening:

"Invincibelle Spirit" Hydrangea (I want one. Or... ten, maybe):



They also approved of the paper hydrangea piece I did (see the previous post), which I'm thrilled about!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


In preparation for new work that I should be posting soon, I wanted to get a few things out of the way:

This is an example of what cut paper could look like for my Fine Gardening assignments - the "Invincibelle Spirit" Hydrangea. I just sent it to them, so I'm hoping that they're interested enough to let me work like this in the future.

And this is my main party of Pokémon put all together (thanks for the idea Melissa):

Coming Soon:

Regina Spektor EP with background completely finished.
My brother's Pokémon, as well as Snorlax and a shiny Luxray.
New Fine Gardening work (as soon as it's approved).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pokémon - Dragonite

With Dragonite done, my main party is finished. Moving on to Snorlax and my brother's party now.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Calculation EP

So this is the EP, front and back (the song list). I'm still going to be doing the mathematical scribbling, but it has me oddly nervous. As soon as it's done I'll possibly repost.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pokémon - Sunflora

You all have to know that sunflowers are my favorite flower (although the tree peony is right up there). Anyway, it's only natural for me to have a Sunflora in my main party.

Dragonite coming soon.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pokémon - Ampharos

Four out of six main party Pokémon done.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Corinne Bailey Rae, finished

There were a few things that really bothered me about the first version of Corinne Bailey Rae, so I added a hand-cut knitted sweater, and changed the background color. The pink was too much.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


First off, this isn't finished and I'm planning on doing a whole package for it but I wanted to post what I've done so far. The only other things going on to this, the cover itself, are scribbles of math equations because, afterall, it is The Calculation EP.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pokémon - Starmie

Haha I finally figured out how to put an 'accent aigu' on the 'e' in Pokémon (turns out I have no idea what that accent is called in English, only French).

From my party I only have Ampharos, Dragonite, and Sunflora to go.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pokemon - Heracross

So after I finished Arcanine and Akeem reminded me (told me?) that it is my civic duty to keep doing them, I decided that I would start with cut-outs of my main party from HeartGold. So this is two down (Heracross and Arcanine).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pokemon - Arcanine

Apparently I must continue making Pokemon silhouettes. All 493? Who knows. I think now we're gonna be up to 560 or so, and I'm not too thrilled with most of the newest ones.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Mario

I'm on a Nintendo kick. And nothing would make me happier than doing a spread in Nintendo Power for a Paper Mario game.

Friday, August 27, 2010


So my little brother's friend traded some of his extra legendary pokemon to us so I made this as a big thank-you to him. It's Lapras (for those of you that don't know).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

new portrait

Corinne Bailey Rae:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

my sketchbook: other

These fall into the "other" category of my new sketchbook.

my sketchbook: silhouettes

I've decided to make a sketchbook. A new sketchbook. But more like a binder in which I can collect both my silhouettes and anything else I wanna do. Here's what I've started with:


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