Sunday, December 21, 2014

Warm Fuzzies

You can never have too many warm fuzzies this time of year...unless you're heartless and frozen inside. ba dum chhh. Merry Xmas all!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kapi Awards

Great news! The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app has been nominated for a highly competitive Kapi award! I didn't design the app, but my illustrations are used. Please follow the link below and click "like" on the Kapi site. Thank you for your vote!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Running to the Sun

Running to the Sun, Another Collection of Rhymes Without Reason: 

A new book o' poetry is being sent to the printers, and will be available soon! If you liked the first collection, Swimming to the Moon, you'll love this one even more...chock full of naughty children, parties, bizarro creatures and shifty-eyed cat killers. Get a peak at my cover and sample illustrations...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Piping hot clipart!

I have a new section on my website for digital downloads, showcasing my growing collection of stock illustration. Hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza for all! Oh yeah, there's some healthy food in there too somewhere...

Digital Downloads

An original, watercolor and digital hamburger clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

An original, watercolor and digital hotdog clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

An original, watercolor and digital pizza clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.
An original, watercolor and digital vegetable basket clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Robots and Tigers and Tea Cakes Oh My

Check it out, I got to do some artwork for a Dell commercial. Thanks to the talented duo Sam Akina and Jules Jones of Attackships On Fire ( for giving me this fun project to work on!

The color illustration for the project: 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from the deep...

I hope you all enjoy a creepy, but safe night free of deep sea tube worms and cavernous-mouthed merfolk bottom dwellers.

On a totally unrelated note, pictured below is my latest mermaid illustration featuring a cavernous-mouthed bottom dweller:

My inspiration:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get to the point!

What I've learned in illustration Tip#1:

Sometimes I find that I have a great idea for an illustration. Maybe its a great character with the perfect gesture or an unusual object that would be perfect for the message I want to convey. But as I start sketching, I find that I get wrapped up in the scene behind the focal point portion of the illustration instead. Its like I keep putting off the best part; the punch line so to speak. Something in the back of my mind wants to save the best for last, to build up the scene around it just right and make sure everything's in place and planned out perfectly before drawing in the most important part. 

I've learned to stop doing this. 

For me, building up an image with the focal point first allows everything else to fall into place naturally…almost magically. When I try to plan the scene first, the drawing becomes forced, less powerful, and the focus gets lost and the message watered down. In the past, I studied single panel cartoons, and noted that this type of art delivers its message very quickly, within a few seconds of viewing the image. Everything about the image must deliver its message clearly without any distractions taking the form of extraneous or oddly placed background material, or out-of-character... character details. Cartooning lessons could be applied to any artistic discipline. Sometimes our great ideas get lost when we over think it and smother them out with our over planning. If you have an exciting bit of inspiration, don't beat around the illustration bush. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sneak Peaks

I've posted some teaser images from a recent illustration project. Any ideas about what's going on here? I'd love to see what you think the story is...The full image will be posted when the rest of the project is complete!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Arctic Walrus Whisperer Redux

The Arctic-dwelling mermaid species is beloved among her distant walrus ancestors who gather near to enjoy gentle caresses and the occasional clam scrap. Her hefty physique, tough, leathery blubber tail and seal fur support bra make this mermaid impervious to the harsh, frigid climate.

Buy a print from Inprnt

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Interview

I feel honored to have had fantastic illustrator Rani Bean interview me and showcase my work on her blog. If you feel so compelled, you can check it out here:

My Interview

Check out her enchanting work at

Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Project Sneak Peek

Grandma, stuffed monkeys, the beach and cute kids...some key ingredients to a current book project in the works.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mermaids In The Rough

My mermaids project is still alive and well, just a bit on the back burner. Check out some rough roughs of new species to come featuring the deep sea and Amazonian variety:

Thursday, July 10, 2014


So SCBWI published some black and white spots of mine in this recent July-August newsletter. Yay!


Monday, June 30, 2014

A new chub brothers sketch

Likes: watching scary movies, garlic marshmallows, their cat Claudia (although Claudia only likes ones of them)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Alien Flora and Fauna

Flowering spiroschoot from a distant planet.
The lizard-type guy takes care of the plant's parasites that buzz around the stagnant acid pools that collect inside the foliage nooks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Peppermint Burps

I just do what I'm told and illustrate what the words tell me to do. In this case, its a poem called peppermint burps.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Badass Lady Creatives

Melanie Richards and the folks of the very cool blog, Badass Lady Creatives, has featured my work today. I am truly honored to be included. Here's a big internet "thank you!!"
Check out the post here:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Arctic Walrus Whisperer

Another mermaid illustration.
She is a tough broad...thick skinned, equipped with blubber tail and fur bra for the freezing, Arctic climate. Walrus's do her bidding, coming from miles around to bring her gifts from the sea and nuzzle by her side.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pie and cake factory

A quick sketch of a pie and cake machine from the poetry book project I'm working on:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Orphan or Magic Doll?

Dug up this little sketch and gave her some color. I can't decide if she looks like a privileged orphan or some sort, or a doll that came alive and looks at everything with human-eyed be the judge.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alien Plants

So I like drawing alien plants. And I think I'll keep doing it...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Eat your meat!

Sometimes, we just need to see a  pile of meats. Another image for my stock collection, and also thought this would do nicely for Illustration Friday's "red" theme.

Fish Heads

I'd like to share a recent family photo.
Yes, the mother carries a recessive, fish head gene.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Running to the Sun

Recent work for the new poetry book, Running to the Sun (Swimming to the Moon series):

Friday, March 7, 2014


Its the sketch phase for a children's book I'm working on. It's surprisingly fun drawing mischievous little girls who love to terrorize their father's hair:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stock Illustrations

In my free time, I am going to be gradually increasing my stock illustration library. And by that I mean starting...because all I really have right now is this hotdog with a distracting watermark. Yay!