Schoolism and Updates

I signed up for a 6 month subscription to Schoolism, and the first class I signed up for was Painting with Light and Color with Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo.

You might recognize those names. They are the creators of the Oscar Nominated Short Animated Film: The Dam Keeper. I don’t think I need to tell you how awesome it is that they put together an online class for folks like me to learn loads from.

I’m on lesson 2 and already I feel like I’ve learned so much. I’ve struggled a lot with value and they have some great advice on improving that I can’t wait to try! Also each week includes a Photoshop tip, and it’s really great. They do a great job with the class.

With a Schoolism subscription, you can take one class at your own pace, and then switch to another class for a dollar. I have no intention of rushing through any of the lessons but I’m very excited to learn as much as I can in that time. Maybe I will have to renew my subscription and learn more! One 6 month period at a time.

What else is new? In addition to learning new things, I’m also sending out my first batch of promotional postcards and have started to work on my first picture book dummy. I have also decided to share a new post on this blog each Friday. Every Friday you can expect to see an update of what I’m working on, learning about, and just news in general with pictures. And if I don’t have news, I’ll make something up for you :-)


                                                           Postcards all ready to go!

Guest Strip for P.J. Day

Last month P.J. Day, creator of the web comic Flatt Bear, asked me to draw a guest strip for him. I had so much fun with this project!  It took me a few weeks to finish this so I have crazy amounts of respect for cartoonists like PJ for publishing weekly (Flatt Bear comes out THREE times a week!)

Here is the guest strip. Please go check out Flatt Bear! If you want to read it from the beginning, here is The First. You can also learn more about PJ  here or follow him on twitter.

Thanks to my family and Vince Dorse for being patient as I badgered them for critiques :)


Sketch Requests

A while ago, I was hitting a creative wall, so I asked my twitter followers to suggest things for me to sketch. The only rule was that it had to be family friendly.  For 20 minutes I took any requests, and these were the four requests: an axolotl, a baby dragon, a baby robot, and a squirrel balloon.

I had a lot of fun doing the sketch request! I think I’ll do it again next week. What’s cool about it is there isn’t a lot of time to overthink-just draw, draw, draw. Perfect for breaking past a wall :)

Axolotl Baby Dragon Baby Robot Squirrel balloon

Art Trade Part 4: Corgi

Jillian Altmeyer, or Squidbrains, asked if folks would give her drawings of her corgi, Banjo. Banjo is ADORABLE, so I said “Sure!” In return Jillian will send me some arty goodness and I will share it and the other art trades I receive with you when it arrives!

Banjo with Butterflies

And I couldn’t resist scanning it in and painting over it using a multiply layer. Fun fun fun! :-D

Banjo and the Butterflies PS

Art Trades part 3: Betta Fish for Tara

Time to show another art trade! This one I drew for Tara Santoro. She’s always rescuing underwater creatures, and I thought I’d draw a grateful betta fish for her. I used colored pencils and Micron Pens for this piece. (the giant copyright is not on Tara’s card :D )betta-fish

After I sent the fish to his new owner, I thought about what else I could do with Mr. Betta (male betta fish have the beautiful huge fins. My cousin taught me that) So I put Mr. Betta into Photoshop, set a layer above him on Multiply and painted away to give him a little extra “oomph”. Then I set a layer behind him, and painted the water and shadows. I initially thought to put him in a beautiful aquarium like the ones Tara sets up, but I liked the idea that maybe this fish was swimming somewhere free.I have a soft spot for betta fish  :)


I had such a nice time working on these art trades, and I’m very glad I got to share them with you! I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well.

Art Trades

Recently I participated in an art trade with some artists. All the envelopes are waiting to go to the post office tomorrow morning, and I’m excited to share some of the art with you after the mail goes out!

This one I sent earlier to illustrator and friend Emily Wayne.  Inspired by Emily herself and her hedgie, I wanted to capture the sense of wonder and joy that Emily seems to bring wherever she goes. I used  colored pencils and ink with a smidgen of a Copic Blending marker to get some of the colors to well.. blend.  I hope you enjoy it!Emily and Hedgie

Back to work and a Robot.

Time flies!

I was out of work for most of May. I had some injuries that made it difficult to sit at my computer and draw for any length of time. I admittedly spent a good week feeling sorry for myself. But now I’m mostly recovered, and back to work! YAY! (muppet flail)

Here is a robot! He’s looking at his tablet, wonder what’s on the screen?



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