Friday, December 7, 2012

Story boarding thoughts

Legendary comic book artist, Joe Kubert, who's words of wisdom I am finding very helpful when approaching story boarding. Because in my mind a comic/graphic novel and story boarding are pretty much the same entities. They simply have a different layout in their final forms.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

prop design renderings

Renderings for a lightbox table to display glass jars for one of my upcoming projects.

Horror movie renderings

I have the distinct pleasure of working with some incredible directors in the next month and just to make sure the renderings aren't completely lost to them in the torrent of emails, I've posted them here and on my pintrest board.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A very art-filled night

It began with returning home to meet my neighbors having dinner on the back patio. I joined them and then Erika and I ended up painting a mural in the hallway. Then, instead of going to sleep like I should have, I stayed up for a couple more hours and continued to paint. The following images are from my frenzied night of impromptu art.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back to reality

Hello States! It's so nice to be back home and getting back into the swing of things.

Since we last spoke, I got married, went on my honeymoon to Italy, and finished building a set I had not planned on needing to actually touch.

It's been a crazy/amazing couple of months and now I'm finally sitting at my desk ready to get to work on the children's book I've been hired to illustrate. So excited to get this project going! Oh yeah, I also have 2 weeks and 3 days to illustrate a 30 page book... And so begins the artistic madness once again.

Originally, I came up with a bunch of different styles to draw the main character. The following are all part of the style decision-making process.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Birthday wrapping

Wrapping for my friend's birthday present. Rhinestones make everything better!
Recycled jewelry box, plus srcap booking paper, plus ribbon , plus rhinestones = awesome

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


*Yawns* Morning world. *rubs sleep from eyes*

As you know it was a late night for me last night, but I have some fun things to work on today. Post coffee, I will be headed out to Home Depot to pick out paint chips and then off to the fabric store to find some promising red fabrics that need to go with my yellow paints. Then off to my production meeting to figure out all the "whens" of my next project.

*wanders back to the coffee maker*
And now, with a sketch out of the way and 2am hot on it's tails I bid you, good night.

I often find my brain racing in the middle of the night. Such as tonight. Sometimes I can focus on breathing evenly and then awake hours later feeling rested and clinging to the lingering shreds of a dream, which is swiftly chased away by the first stinging rays of sunlight. Other times, such as this evening, my thoughts spin around in circle until I can't stand it anymore and I get up to do something. Last week it was finishing the hand stitching on my wedding veil and then being unpleasantly surprised by the sunrise. Tonight, I blog and begin a far less selfish endeavor. Tonight I being the portraits for the band members of "Talking to Walls" as a thank you for them performing at my Jack and Jill party this past Saturday. I feel like I can safely say this here without ruining the surprise since I highly doubt they'll be stalking my long dormant blog. And if they do... sweet! I have blog stalkers!! In a soon to follow evening I will also be portraiting Jeni Janover of Liquid motion, also because of her stunning and inspiring performance at th eJ&J. Her's I'm saving 'till last because I know I'm going to take a while on that one.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aladdin The Musical!

I now have the distinct pleasure of co-designing "Disney's Aladdin". So excited! Aladdin was totally on of my favorites growing up. I had three. Want to guess what they were?



And... Yep you guessed it. Alice in wonderland :-)

So any hoo, here's some research:

Oh, and PS. the idea is to do Aladdin, just not Disney. That being said it is the "Disney's Aladdin" so I'd love to find a way to blend the classic Disney version we all know and love with a little artistic license.

So far my biggest inspiration is from on deviant art. There's just something so perfect in her color and form that I want to capture.

Jasmine, anyone? Jasmine

Jasmine, in the details. Particularly the hair and the jewelry. Harem girl Genie  Iago
That's all for now.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wedding dress research

I've finally decided to take some time to work on planning my wedding. I've been  using this wonderful free online planner called to help me. It's great! I've got everything budgeted out and a time line of things I'm supposed to do, (of which there is a lot I'm apparently already behind on!) So you dear readers will get to  follow along with the mayhem :)

The first places I've been looking for wedding dress ideas have actually been Butterick's and McCall. Yep, the dress pattern place. I figure most custom made dresses will put you up around $500 to over a $1,000. For simple ones. So, a pattern costs $4.99 plus shipping and then 8 yards of fabric for (let's say) $5 a yard, so $40. Add $40 of embellishments like beads or tool and you can have exactly the dress you want for around $90. It does require time though and or friends with sewing skills. Thankfully I am in the costuming industry so that's not too difficult.

The following images are directly from
I've been enamored with the retro look, I think it would be perfect for an outdoor summer wedding :)

I actually already own this pattern. I'm thinking of making a test dress in color to see if I like the fit. Another option is to go dress shopping and try on some shapes to see what works and then just make one like what I find.

You can blame this love of the retro look on some of the inspiration pics I found on weddingwire. such as the following images:


Love the shape, and it's also one that won't look entirely tacky with a little color.