Thursday, April 24, 2014

Susanna Hill Illustrator Contest!!!

I always enjoy Susanna Hill's contests, but I am by far the most excited for this particular contest!  You can read the rules for the contest here.  

For my entry I chose to illustrate a cover for Lauri Meyer's story "The Princess and the Stinky Cheese." You can read the story here.  It's a hilarious retelling of the Princess and the Pea so if you have a minute you should totally go over and read it.

This is my official entry made with water colors and ink.

Originally I was going to enter this illustration using paper cut outs.  

But then I decided to experiment with the exact same illustration using photoshop.

Yesterday at the very last minute I decided that I wanted to redo the illustration one last time, because I felt that it called for more action and facial expressions.  So I spilled my watercolors and sharpies out on the kitchen table and got to work.  I like each illustration for different reasons, but I think the watercolor version tells the story best.  I hope the judges agree!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Returning to an Old Piece

I did this painting a long time ago and was unhappy with it, but I really liked the drawing so I returned to it today using Photoshop.  It was so much fun to watch it transform. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Caricature Fun!

Have you ever wondered what you might look like as a caricature?  Well here is your chance to find out!  For $10 I can draw a black and white caricature of anyone you want.  If you are feeling creative you can even specify what you would like them to be doing.  If you are interested you can email me at  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frosty Tern

My younger brother Michael saw a forster tern while he was on vacation in Outer Banks, NC.  He asked if I could make him a picture of a frosty tern (a magical bird he made up that turns everything to frost.)  I was happy to accept the challenge and here is the result. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Searching for Sole Mates!

I think socks are afraid of commitment because they keep abandoning their partners.  So I made a place for those poor dejected socks to bond and regroup. Hopefully someday they will pair up with some sock who matches and will stick with them for life.