There was a debate between the 1st and 2nd designs, so the solution was a 3rd: hybrid of both. That sentence makes it sound easy, which is wasn't! But I'm pleased with the result & was worth the extra sweat.
As seen in Illustoria Magazine (episodes 1 - 4 cover Maya Angelou, C.S.Lewis, Beatrix Potter & Mark Twain). Soon to be a collected series of biographies, published by Houghton. More news as things progress...
Just wrapped up the final images this January, due out this Fall! Black Balloon Publishing. 150 pages packed with the drama of human struggles, the complex demands of care-taking 42 endangered parrots, and surrealist sub-plots involving housepainters and passenger pigeons.
I’m creative director & interior layout designer (also occasional contributor) for a new magazine startup: Illustoria: for creative kids & their grownups! There’s something intriguing for all ages - see more/subscribe here
I'm working on a project that follows various literary heroes back to the days of their youth, digging up quirky and surprising details. Childhood seems an endless mystery to untangle, and somehow it helps us to swap stories about what we all did during those times of acting from a more pure instinct. For better and for worse, of course.
Socially Conscious, Feministic, Educational...all wrapped around a fantastic product. (Which I bought & tried & truly love). I'm creating 28 portraits this month for their up and coming 'Influential Women' series. Here's the first half, read more about it here
This comic series explores the history of Ornithology (scientific study of birds), illuminating the long-entwined paths of Bird & Human-kind. From pre-history petroglyphs and ancient bird-themed Mythologies, this universal fascination eventually organized itself into formal egg-collecting & bird-identifying societies -- with varied motivations, involving protection of the species, loitering in nature with a sense of purpose, and making obsessive lists of birds witnessed in the wild.
I'm interviewing women from every decade about how they would advise their younger selves. What songs, people, places and experiences shaped our sense of perspective? Covering a spectrum from regrettable hairdos to impactful books, this comic aims to trace the fine line between what does & doesn't matter, through the lens of hindsight.
Experiments on super large watercolor sheets. The first one is entitled 'I Changed My Mind', since the original large letters needed to be covered up. Due to their failure to succeed, as interesting looking words. I decided the shape of the blobs was interesting enough.
More experiments ensued, in which I didn't have to paint over the initial lettering. Will post, soon.