Thursday, November 14, 2013

I Have Moved!


Hello everyone!  I have moved over to a new blog.  For current and updated work, follow me here!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Photo Retouching



I am working on a photo retouching portfolio.  Here are some samples.  If you are a photographer and need a retoucher, hit me up!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Wedding Portrait

I am working on another wedding portrait.  Here is a sneak peek into my process.  This is the first stage of digital coloring for me.

Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis


My fiancĂ©, Peter Harren, and I went to what might possibly be the coolest children's book store in all the land.  Here are a couple images from Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis.  It is truly a wonderland.

There is a chicken roaming around with a cat.  Also a chinchilla, a ferret, a lizard, a tarantula, mourning doves and cockatiels are hanging out in their cages.  A super cool nook area with a glass floorboard reveals rats in a cubby beneath your feet.  A fish tank takes the place of a mirror in the bathroom.  The ceiling is an upside down lake with a canoe slicing through the sheetrock/water.  Employees walk around barefoot, the walls are decorated with kids' artwork, and the front door has a small child-sized door hidden in the regular sized door.
And most importantly the book selection is wonderful.  There are comic books, a plethora of picture books for all tastes, and a huge young reader novel section where I spent most of my time.  I highly recommend Wild Rumpus.  I am feeling very happy about our decision to move to Minnesota!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Kids, books and dogs are an unbeatable combination."


Looking at my Dakota County Library catalogue, I discovered this heartwarming article about dogs and reading. My two favorite things! It makes sense they go so well together.

"During the 10-week program the kids sat with dogs for a few minutes and then read aloud to them for about 15 minutes... the students who read to dogs improved their reading fluency by 12 percent while the students in the rest of the control group did not increase their fluency at all"
"Dogs make the perfect audience for kids as they develop their reading skills. They don't judge. They don't criticize or correct. They don't laugh at mistakes or stumbles. They just hang out and listen."

Dogs are awesome. Get your kids to read with the help of a dog.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Finished!

Digital Illustration

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sopranos as puppets commission progress




I am having lots of fun working on this project!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

An Elephant

I have been doing so much watercolor work lately.  It is refreshing to experiment with purely digital work too.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Isaac Newton: My latest story



My latest story is published!
I illustrated this story of a young Isaac Newton.  The story is cute and fun and makes children want to be curious about the world.
Check it out by downloading the picture book app FarFaria.  Follow this link for the story: Isaac Newton Boy Genius

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Character Sketches-New Story

Some character sketches for a new story I am working on.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Published Again in SCBWI Bulletin



I am published in the SCBWI Bulletin again! Two of my black and white spot illustrations were published in the May/June issue.  The article is about showing emotion in your characters.