Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Faux book cover number 7


Felt like doing another fake book cover. This time there's an author name (oh, that Penelope Bundt is at it again!) and a fake blurb!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Writing process blog tour!

I got tagged in this writing process blog tour, by the massively talented Jen Corace. I've been a fan of Jen's work for years, but have gotten to know her through the magic of Twitter. Follow her on twitter, folks. She's really funny.

(To be completely honest, I actually got tagged in this tour some time ago by the lovely Laura Zarrin, but took so long to write my post that I got tagged again.)
What am i currently working on?

I'm currently working on my debut picture book, QUACKERS, which I wrote and illustrated. It's about a cat who is rather confused about his identity.

Cat or duck: you decide

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, let me just lay it out here: I have a bizarre sense of humor. I fell out of a lot of trees as a child, and was raised on a steady diet of weird Japanese TV shows and terrifying picture books. All of which have combined to make me the extra special person I am now.


Why do i write what i write?
I am a very visual person, so I generally start with some odd image that pops into my head, and start wondering just what the heck is happening in this picture. How did they get here? Where are they going? How'd that bird get on that elephant's head? Etc, etc.
What's happening here? No one knows... yet.
how does my process work?

For QUACKERS, I started with an idea years ago, made the story far too complicated, and promptly misplaced the paper on which I had written out the story. Which, as it turns out, was a good thing.

Then I had a baby. This is an optional, and not necessarily recommended, part of the process. Good for the adorableness quotient of the household, bad for productivity and spare time.

Multiple years passed (due to aforementioned baby).

Eventually I emerged from the haze of sleep deprivation and remembered this story idea and wrote it out anew. Having read about 1 million picture books in the meantime (rough estimate), I ended up with a much snappier story.

I did thumbnail sketches to plot it out and make sure it fit into 32 pages, then sketched out the whole story and assembled into a dummy.
Hey, here's a sketch!
I transfer the sketches to watercolor paper, and spend way too long agonizing over it. I mean... I paint it. With my totally expert and really awesome watercolor skills. Then, when that doesn't work out, I tweak it using the wonders of Photoshop.
I work in my incredible studio space, aka a cramped desk in the playroom. Sometimes I use the Barbie dream house as a desk. 
Jealous?
Okay then! Who's next?

I'm tagging my critique group partner, Kathryn Dennis. She's an author/illustrator and a middle grade writer. Not so coincidentally, I did some illustrations for one of her middle grade novels, Camp Secret.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Polar bears and arctic fox







I'm not sure if this portfolio piece is completely done, but I am sure that arctic foxes are the cutest!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Faux Book Cover 6



It's been a while since I did one of these faux book covers. This time I gave my fake author a fake name. I think I would read this book.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Miri Tee Logo

Miri Tee logo by me for Aeolidia





Here's one of the rejected roughs from the design process that didn't quite fit her business, but I still like it. It was a little too young for her business. Would have worked great for a kid's shop.


Weather Report



Such a lovely time of year in Seattle.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Illustrations for King County Library System - and hey, it's also Chinese New Year! And there's a dragon!


I recently had the great pleasure of doing some illustrations for King County Library System, which I was SUPER EXCITED about, because, well, LIBRARY!!!

The theme was "Many Voices, One Land," to promote their multicultural events. I was very honored to be asked to do these illustrations.

And, luckily, I'm posting this just in time for Chinese New Year, so you get to see a little dragon parade.

Here are some little spot illustrations as well. My favorite are the Indian dancers.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Rainforest

I felt like drawing a rainforest... and it kind of grew and grew, like rainforests do.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Spot of Tea

A little teapot spot illustration for the back of my latest promo card.

Thursday, January 02, 2014