Saturday, November 23, 2013

CTN Figure Drawings

Hey guys! CTN was an interesting experience with positive and negative sides. One nice thing was they had ongoing costume figure drawing in the halls. I tried to take advantage of it when I needed a break from the chaos. Here are a few pages of sketches.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


I drew a smoosh face cat for fun!

My new job is keeping me super busy on top of CTN planning and doing a little work on the side. But I was inspired by my pal's blog (


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Figure Drawing Means I'm Covered in Charcoal

I went to a figure drawing session this week! OH MAN am I rusty with charcoal! Whooo!

I had a pretty rough start, and you can tell from the heavy-handedness that I was a bit frustrated with my results. It wasn't until I switched to pencil that I realized I was working just too darned small for charcoal (each drawing, save a few, is about 8"-11" tall/long ). How silly! I think next time I will try inks if I stay at this size.

Some of those three minutes were actually 1-2 minutes as I fussed with my materials. It takes me a while to get settled at these things if I don't have time to warm up first.

I finally switched to art pencils and suddenly everything got better. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU! Don't be dumb about your medium! Charcoal needs space and time, for me anyways.

Because I was working so small, I was able to do some thumbnailing/experimentation with the last two poses in the time limit, which was nice. Next time I think I will work larger though, so I can really focus on lighting and line quality.

So much fun, though!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scuba Diving Comic Book Resume Bonanza!

I just finished with a project for a friend where we turned his Scuba Diving Instructor resume into a 4-page comic book. The story behind it is that he locked his three references in an interrogation/conference room until they write him a resume so awesome he can't possibly NOT get a job.

 Here are the visuals without the text. It was pretty tongue-in-cheek in a lot of areas and fun to draw!

It begins with his epic birth and journey toward current day....

Friday, October 18, 2013

Frog Prince

I joined a little illustration group on Facebook full of friends of mine who want to amp up their illustration skills. We have a theme every month-ish and try to make an illustration based on it. This time the theme was "Frog Prince- With a Twist!" and here's my final image.

I wanted to do something silly and my friend Alexandria ( helped me brainstorm this one during a power-brainstorm session.

My favorite part is this:

That frog is a metaphor for my bills right now.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inktober Doodles

I did a couple of brush pen/ink doodles for Inktober. Here they are! I might turn the little illustration into a painting. WHO KNOWS.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CTN Challenge 2013

Hey folks! I've been doing a lot of tidying up on my portfolio to get ready for CTN this year. This will be the first year I've gone. ANyways, they have these art challenges available for participants and I opted to try my hand at this one.

Here's the process... (minus the thumbnails, which were unusually messy and mostly on napkins this time)

 Color blocking:


At this point,I started shopping it around to colleagues for feedback. Here's another with some tweaks based on critiques:

And, after a final round of tweaking, the finished version!

It was fun to do, whatever happens!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Did some bird doodles.

Adventures In the Forest

Here's a digital painting I did for fun! Here's the original sketch.

A sloppy color study.

And the final!


And here's my "cool down" painting from last night. It's a selfie- I'm trying to figure out how to draw myself with my new hair. Hm.''

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Heyyyyyy I got married over the weekend! I am still reeling but here's out invite cover!

And I also had my hair all cut off the other day. I'm still adapting.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More Brush Pen practice

I do little doodles to warm up before cracking down on work. Lately I've been inking them with my brush pens for practice. Here's a recent page.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DR. Sketchy's, Aug 2013

I went to a Dr. Sketchy's this past weekend. The model had a sort of film noir detective lady thing going on. I don't know why, but I struggled the entire evening and wasn't too proud of anything I came up with. Oh well. Here you are anyways!

I worked in pencils and brush pens. In think next time I need to start with something smooshy and loose, like charcoal or a crow quill, to help me shake the more comfortable, heavy cartoony look I always fall back into.

 There was a little competition to make a 
book cover out of this pose.

The last is a quick sketch of the MC for the event. 

Hopefully next time I'll be able to get into a better groove instead of getting 
stuck in whatever the heck rut happened this last time. :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's Markventure Time!

I needed help figuring out how to get a certain sounds for a ringtone on my too-smart-phone and offered an Adventure Time style portrait in payment. My friend Mark was the big winner. Anyways, I used his dog Punc as inspiration for a sidekick.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Inking Practice

I got some fancy-pants brush pens for a job and I needed to practice with them. The first time I ever used a brush pen I hated it. It felt totally out of control and clunky. I hadn't touch one since then until now! AND THESE ARE SO AMAZING!

But boy howdy do I need practice!

Here are some inking practice bits I did.

Monday, August 5, 2013


I'm working one a couple of projects with NDAs, so for now here are some doodles: A cat and robot sketch and a piece of a WIP personal project I work on as a warm-up piece.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Doernbecher Hospital RAD Room Mural

Hi guys! I graduated and then got some miscellaneous odd jobs. Here's the process of a mural I painted with a team of artists at OHSU's Doernbecher Children's hospital. The goal was to make the scary x-ray room more fun and exciting for the kids. There were two other rooms that had been painted previously, so we had a style guide to follow. Our room's theme was "lunar adventure". They already had these neat galaxy images over some of the lights in the ceiling for inspiration.

Here's what it looked like before we started.

Then we started in. We spent the first 3-4 days just working in the background. There was a lot of collaboration, but he had an art lead to point us in the right direction.

The last few days we needed to have our individual characters and scenes fleshed out. Here are some sketches and concepts I developed throughout the project.

And the big finale!

Some more finished shots.

(I was primarily in charge of the two kids playing with dolls and the tall long thing and the set of drawers with the "space ship".)