Archive for January, 2014



January 30, 2014

I am super crazy happy excited for my friend Molly Schaar Idle, who just won a Caldecott Honor, for her book Flora and the Flamingo!!!


You can read all about it at this link here. Then go out and buy all of her books.

I turned to Molly for help last year when I was making a poster for a show called Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings, and despite being a very busy and high demand illustrator, she still took the time to give me a ton of great advice, which really helped me to improve the poster. I wrote all about it in this previous blog post.

I met Molly in college when I joined up with her and several other talented folks to try to start an animation company. The company didn’t last, but it was a great experience, and the friendships I made there (which also include artists Jessica Hickman, Michael Petry, and Molly’s husband Steve) are still going strong after some 15+ years.


Big Head Richard

January 26, 2014

So here is the first drawing I did in the Big Head Richard series. It’s always convenient to draw someone when they are meditating. And if they are wearing a funky robe thing, that’s an added bonus.


Here is the second. Same robe, and now he’s added a funny head sock thing to the ensemble. I have added more detail to the background here. And by more detail I mean, 4 orange lines.


Here is the one from last week, which is my favorite so far, for reasons mentioned in the last blog post. Also, there were like three more baskets of dirty laundry in the background. I only drew one of them because I am lazy, which is why we had so much dirty laundry in the first place. Richard ipad

This one is from today. Not so crazy about it. Once again I should clarify that our door is not actually pink. Initially I had left it white, with a few grey marks, but there was so much weight at the bottom with the dark blacks and thick lines, that I felt like maybe some warm color on the top would help balance it out, which maybe  helped a little, but it’s still not working for me.

Afterward I asked Richard if he was in a darker mood here than when I did the previous drawings, and he said yes. I think it definitely shows.


This is the first in this series where I’ve gone for the front instead of profile. I’m not as good at this angle, so I will need to keep at it. At some point I accidentally grabbed the “2” instead of the “1” pen, which the reason for the thick black outline. I kind of like it, kind of don’t. I think the thing that is bothering me the most here is the back couch and the colors in the background.

All of these were done with Tombow markers and various pens.


Creative Cafe

January 24, 2014

Sometime last year my husband and I decided to make a point of hanging out on the couch together for a couple hours every Sunday morning. We drink (the good) coffee and either read to each other, work on a project together, or just hang out near each other while working on our own projects separately. We call it Creative Cafe, and yeah it sounds kinda dorky but deep down you know it’s cool.

For the past few weeks my Creative Cafe project has been to do these funny caricatures of Richard in pen and Tombow markers. Here is the one I did last Sunday.

Richard ipad

This one is my favorite so far because of how the hands turned out. I was having a real hard time at first getting them right — partly because I was sitting so close to him that it distorted the angle, and also because I couldn’t decide whether to make the size of his hands match his little body, or his giant head. Anyway, after a few do-overs and lots of erasing I finally came up with something I liked.

By the way, our back wall is not actually pink. I just colored it that way to make his face pop.

By the way, part 2, I used that very iPad to take the photo of the sketch posted here. I am pretty much done with scanners. The iPad takes better pictures than any scanner or digital camera I ever had.


Video Man

January 4, 2014

Here is a cartoon that I made of my friend Glen, the videographer for Space 55. He’s a lot of fun to draw because he has so much curly blonde hair. This drawing is a bit of an exaggeration because his camera isn’t nearly that big. His hair, on the other hand, is.

I drew this by hand with pen, then scanned and colorized it using photoshop.



Before I made the version above, I did a rough draft in my sketchbook with pen and markers.


Check out Glen’s work on his Vimeo page here.  And to see the work he’s done for Space 55 go here.


Fourth Annual Tannenbaum

January 4, 2014

Okay so I am a little late, but here is my fourth annual tannenbaum sketch!

xmas tree 2013

(click on the picture for a larger version)

And as long as I am posting Christmas-themed sketches, here is one I did of Richard on Christmas morning.

Santa Hat Richard

Markers and ink.