Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Another drawing of my friend. For some reason they always scan funny. There's a nice posting by William Whitaker on the concept art forum for anyone interested in a realist approach to painting. Click here for the link.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


The robot dog and little girl were just for fun. I think I was having flashbacks to the Jetsons.

These are also for a younger crowd. The two girls are so that ESL students can talk about the differences between the two after coloring them in.

Here's one for the little people. I wanted to post some vector work, but it's all pre K age. This one is designed to be colored, cut out, and taped to a paper plate to make a frog puppet. Guaranteed to entertain for at least 4.67 minutes, or your money back.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


My friend Maryn has always been a big fan of drawing in flash and since I love illustrator, I thought I'd give it a try. I almost hate to admit it, but she's right. It is "blazingly fast." I think it will be fun to sketch around in.

Monday, November 13, 2006


This one was fun to do, especially the wallpaper in the background. I was living in a 104 year old house at the time and liked the pattern of the ripping tattered paper in our living room. I swear the colors are richer in person.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Thought I'd post the cover of my children's book. I finally got to see the finished product. They did a good job with the graphic design, but as always with reproductions the colors in the paintings turned much more golden than the originals. But I bet most people won't notice. I interned with Paul O. Zelinsky a few years ago and he was telling me there is always a huge difference once things go to print, and even showed me his Rapunzel originals which were amazingly rich. But he was right, we compared his reds to those in the book and they weren't nearly as gorgeous. Many thanks to my models Jennessa, Barry and Michelle, for all their wonderful help!
deseret book link

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

soft edges

One of my friends was nice enough to model for me, so I thought I'd post a recent drawing. It was done with a .3 HB mechanical pencil. Someone once told me that my drawings had too many hard edges so I've tried to soften it up a little over the years - well, I assume that's what the guy meant. He said they looked like hermetically sealed mayonnaise. I didn't really understand it either, but it's one of the funniest comments I've ever recieved.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Another image from Imagine Learning, each artist was assigned three or four letters to illustrate and animate. We all recieved our letters at random, but it was a fun challenge to think up a new and creative way to illustrate the word as well as animate it. The letter "P" starts out with a close up on the cook who throws his pan up into the air, and it rotates until it is standing on the handle in the shape of the letter P.
Zipper was a challenge to animate, it pans up from the bottom and then the zipper starts forming the "z" and then glows. These are some of my favorites from IL because we were all given templates for our letters; they had to be a certain font/letter shape, we had to do capitals and lowercase versions and they all had to end up with the letter centered like the template we were given.

J was great; there's a surge of bubbles and then the jellyfish expands and contracts while glowing.
Yarn was a challenge. I wanted something entertaining and yarn by itself just wasn't a visually engaging item to me. So for the animation the mouse rolls a ball of yarn accross the ground and pushes it into a hole while the screen pans out and you see the letter in the hole filled with yarn that starts bumping into each other when he pushes the top ball in.


I worked on some freelance projects before working full time at a software company called Imagine Learning. This is one of a series of pictures that accompanies a read along style song to teach kids learning english vocabulary about morning and night.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I just finished my first children's book, "A Candle in the Window" so I thought I'd post some of the paintings.