Friday, December 14, 2012

Snakes and Ladders

Came across this little board game I created for Oxford University Press in the Fall of 2010. I'm assuming it's been published and I can blog about it by now. I hope so anyway!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Dig it?

Here's another game board for Lakeshore Learning Materials I designed last year. I loved figuring out this layout.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


It's been a long time, Blog. We've got a lot of catching up to do... No there is too much. Let me sum up.

I met a wonderful man. He asked me to marry him. We bought a house. Went to Hawaii for 3 weeks on our honeymoon and I am now a step mom to 2 awesome kids. My life has changed dramatically (in great ways) and I am only now, 4 months later, feeling somewhat adjusted. Things are so good.

Enough of that personal life stuff. Let's talk art! I'll be posting every week various projects that I've worked on over the last 8 months. I'd like to post more often, but let's be realistic. 

So, let's start with this... Highlights High Five's March 2012 issue. This was my second 'That's Silly!' spread for the magazine. I have done 4 in total so far since last year. They are so fun.

I tried a different approach to this one by cleaning up my final sketch and taking it straight into Photoshop to color over. I usually block everything in Illustrator first and then finish up in PS.

Have a great week everybody. There will be more to come soon... promise :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mashing Things Up

I love Dr. Who and I love Star Trek. 

One day I got to thinking... What IF the Daleks and Borg encountered each other in space?  How would that galactic battle go down? Who would win? I'm thinking the Daleks would but I can't know for sure until the episode is written. Steven Moffat, won't you please find the time to write it? Pretty please?

Anyways, based off a little sketch I did a while back, I made this design and screen printed a few shirts last week. I think I might make more of them but maybe in a 1 or 2-color design instead of this 4-color one. Hmm, we shall see.                                                              Allons-y!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

City Zoo Quest

 I had the great pleasure to design and illustrate some game boards for Lakeshore Learning Materials last year and now that they're available I can start sharing them with you!

This City Zoo Quest game is targeted for grades 1-2 and you can see from the sketch that there were quite a few changes along the way to get to the final product. I've also included an in-progress snapshot of the style I started this board in. I really liked how it was coming out, but realized the rendering was too young and in order to be consistent in style with the older game boards I knew I'd be creating, (I'll post those soon) I changed course and chose a coloring style that would work across the board. 

Monday, January 09, 2012

Happy New Year

First post of 2012! I have a lot of new year's resolutions and goals but I fear if I share them with you I won't actually accomplish them...

Oh well!

Ok, so this year there's the inevitable go to the gym and eat right. I haven't once been to the gym due to a lingering cold and I may or may not've eaten a lb. of chocolate last night. So far so good :)

Then there's the time management goal. Making sure I stick to a schedule. 9 days and I'm doing ok with that one. I've just made sure that my to-do list each day has plenty of 'procrastinate' and 'get distracted' time factored in.

A few more from my long list are: • draw more • sit up straighter • promote more • get a rep? • read more and watch tv less •  be fearless • cook more • stick to a budget 

What about you? What are your 2012 goals and/or resolutions? 

PS: These illos were done for the Jan issue of Friend Magazine. I'm also adding the sketches. I'd like to try to blog more this year and also attach sketches along with final art because that's always a little more interesting, don't you think?