Have you ever wished you could read somebody's mind?

Well, you can't read my mind but you can read my blog. That's pretty close, right? I'll periodically update this with thoughts, things I've learned and what I'm working on so check back, read my words, and enjoy your sudo-mind reading abilities.

October 11, 2019

A Study of White Space

I have always admired full-page children's book illustrations where the illustrator is able to cleverly incorporate the white of the page into the picture. I feel like sometimes I tend to over-illustrate, filling every square inch of the page with color and line so, recently, while I was working up ideas for the Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day illustration prompt, I challenged myself to try and incorporate more white space into my illustration.

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Illustration portfolio kidlit children's book printed portfolio book

August 12, 2019

SVS Featured student for September

I was selected as the featured student on the Society of Visual Storytelling homepage for the month of September.

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American folktale fairy tale process style stories

May 10, 2019

American Folktales Process Blog

This is a series of illustrations I created based on the Folktale Week prompt list put out in November of 2018. The idea was to create and post one illustration based on a folktale every day for a week. Instead of picturing the more popular European folk and fairytales, I wanted to make pieces based on North American folktales. In American folktales, subjects are rugged and wild; cowboys, lumberjacks, pirates, and outlaws. At the time the Americas were being settled, the world had a very negative association with witches and magic. Because of this you see much less of a focus on witches and spells. Instead, American folk tales portray people with larger than life personalities and great senses of adventure.

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Character design process sketches children's illustration champaign Illinois midwest

May 10, 2019

Character Design Challenge

Take a deeper look into the characters I created for Hayden Aube's character quest and find out how you can participate!

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Children's book illustration process blog post Champaign Illinois midwest

April 30, 2019

Experimenting with Pencils

I've been working on integrating traditional pencil line work into my digital illustrations. Here is an overview of my process and results.

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