Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Study of Backpacks

pencil and acrylic on vellum
I looked at pretty pictures of backpacks on Pinterest and drew a whole page of them!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


I made an illustration of my brother in his hand made armor. He's always so proud of it and it shows, so It was fun to show that in an illustration C: And WOW! look at dat hair! I don't have that nice of locks and I'm the girl.
Great job Bro, Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card

This is the only Christmas card I made this year. For my closest friend MN.
I promised I'd get her mittens, but I couldn't decide on an actual pair so I painted a picture filled with fun and cute mittens. I realize now that I miss spelled mitt(e)ns. Darn! you know what I mean.
Acrylic on Vellum, 5"x7"
I enjoyed doing it, wish I had time to do more...

Monday, November 30, 2015


pencil and photoshop
I'm trying to come up with an idea for my next assignment.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Van Graphic

Project: Design graphics for a van advertising something (company, brand, ...etc)
Materials: Ink, paper
At first I was really frustrated with this assignment. I thought it was so random, like the teacher had seen a cool van driving around and said " that's cool, I'll make that as an assignment, and see what they come up with." I was also in a bad mood so my attention to him was tremendously skewed.
Surprisingly though after I got sketching I found that I had a lot of great ideas and I was enjoying this project a lot. I'm so happy with the 2 characters that came from it. This project really loosened up my creative thinking and now I feel better about the rest of the semester.


Playing around on Photoshop with an old painting. The colors make it look much better than it originally was.  I look really pensive here. Makes sense though, I was painting myself from a mirror. That takes a lot of deep thought,

Sunday, September 20, 2015

PoP club


Here's a couple of pictures from my time volunteering at the PoP (Power of Produce) Club at Maple Grove's Farmers Market. I have so many pictures now of happy smiley kids. The top pic has the card I designed for them. I think collectively we've filled out over 800 of those for new or returning members. WOW! That's a lot of happy kids C: Only 2 days are left for the club and I'm gona enjoy them to the fullest!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

girl in the garden

I'm really interested in my garden lately, although I could have taken better care of my sunflowers cause they look very sickly. But everything else has been wonderful, forget-me-nots, tomatoes, Petunias, morning glorys, raspberries, a rampaging gourd plant with a million warty gourds growing, and my wonderful grape vine that is taking over the entire garden. I got a lot of bunches of grapes this year so I finally decided to make good use of them. Yesterday I made 4 jars of jam, and I've got 2 more from earlier. YUM! Anybody wants some jam, I can definitely make another half a dozen jars C:
This piece is made with watercolor and colored pencil, just a simple doodle. I'm planning on getting into a bigger project with this garden theme, hopefully before school starts again.

bunny in the garden

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fawn in the Garden

Here is another small illustration 
I should have been doing my children's book illustration homework this entire week, but since Wednesday I decided "NOPE" I'm done. I was supposed to continue the winter illustration I did last week with another spread.  I have a sketch idea, the large paper mapped out and plenty of time but even with all that I have NO motivation. I'm sure I could do a decent job if I hammered through it but I know it would be no fun and really stressful like the previous one was. So, instead of torturing myself, I decided to continue these little illustrations with the garden and animal theme. For some reason, maybe because these are so much smaller and less permanent, I've been having fun doing them and could probably keep making them with out it feeling like a chore. I'm far too indecisive so being able to pick the colors in photoshop takes away almost all the anxiety I get when painting.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Winter is the warmest season of all

here is one of my final illustration spreads for the last assignment in children's illustration class. The text it is based off is from a real book, I haven't looked at what the book looks like yet but I will get to after I finish the next illustration for nxt Monday.
acrylic on 23"x12.5" Bristol paper
I'm not sure I'll be able to do the next one, which would be the next page in the book. I kinda hate this one and to do another would mean to continue the look of this one. I don't know why I hate it either, which is irritating and I just don't feel like doing art for awhile.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Photos Summer 2015

Digital photography, editing in Photoshop on 1 and 3
Here are some photos I took today, I got up early ( 8am...) and went out in the woods and all over the yard to get some good pictures for class tomorrow. This is always fun, but I don't do it much. It's always hard to think about taking pictures especially when it involves a large camera and having to get the right shot. I think photography takes away from living in the moment, especially like when everyone's at a concert and recording the show, so the whole time they are watching an amazing concert through their crappy video cameras.  In that instance I think it's terrible but I should start taking photos more often.  It's always nice to see photos that bring back memories. Even if they don't reveal much, or aren't perfect, just a few subtle details can hold a lot of memories. I'll start doing that from now on, I guess. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cat in the garden

This is the first time I did this process of separation, it was surprisingly easy and very fulfilling. With this process I drew the same picture 3 times on paper and blackened certain features in the design; (one page was a wash, another was the markings on the cat and the flowers and the next was the branches in the bush). Once I scanned it into Photoshop I was able to easily recolor all the fine lines. I can finally see how this can be well worth it in future projects because color is such a tricky thing and with this I can change colors freely and the art still looks hand made.
The cat is Ace, I took her outside today because she's been whining for days and following me around. I let her roam freely as she wanted for almost an hour until she got too close to the street. She seems pretty content now.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Minnesota Banner

I finished another piece for my class. the assignment was to make a web banner piece for a web site call SCBWI.
acrylic and colored pencil, 4" x 20"
I'm starting to realize that I need a lot more practice with color. I get frustrated easily. It's had to pick a color that will work, plus decide the value (dark or light) and if it should be vibrant or dull. It's just too much for such a small task so I usually mix a color spend 3 minutes painting then mix a new color and cover up the old one and so on. This piece is actually the second one I completed. And even after doing one previously I still wasn't confident doing it again.
With the piece the colors could have a lot more shadows and darks. I could use more vibrant colors more effectively, and I could have the colors be more cohesive, because with this they are very much all over the place, and dull.
Oh well.  I'm surprised I was able to go through with making another one. 
that's one of my new goals; work on color and work on environment. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lazy summer weekend


It's been nothing but a lazy weekend with no work. First free weekend I've had in _ years (WOW! now that I think about it  '_' ) Usually I would have to at least work Sunday mornings. Nope not this time, and I made good use of it, sitting outside in the morning with my besty: Ace and painting pictures. I'm training her to be more of an outdoors cat, yet she likes chasing the cotton balls that float around and that makes me nervous.  Makes me think she'll run into the neighbors yard or out to the street. Although she's having more fun then she's had in her life.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hhehe C:

Kaneki Ken. (Tokyo Ghoul)
this one was really fun and turned out really creepy, just the way the story is going C:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recipe book for my mother


 This is a recent project I did for my mother. Her birthday was shortly after mine in March and although I planned to do this for a Christmas present I finally got it done for her birthday. I crafted the entire booklet by hand by cutting paper, painting the illustrations on the cover and gluing it all together. 
Originally my mom has had an old generic recipe book that she started when she was just a little girl but over the years it has turned the color of coffee with all the stains, primarily coffee stains (her favorite). My dad and I spent many hours typing up the illegible recipes then I plugged them into InDesign, re formatting them and enlarging the text so she can read them better. I wanted this to be more than just an updated book so I made sure to add as many little touches as I could including all the delicate paper-cutting and painting.
It now hangs comfortably in our kitchen next to the car keys, I even tried to make it match with the style of the kitchen with all the old rustic pictures and tin signs she loves.
Happy Birthday Mom C: and thanks for all the cookies over the years.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Internship Portfolio

Thank you very much for spending the time to talk with all of us. This is a great opportunity for my peers and I. After talking with everyone I found the experiance to be quite enjoyable. Below are some examples of my work, along with ones i've already shown.