Category Archives: Process

R.I.P. to the girl in the drawing

As some may already know, I’m busy this month working diligently on new illustrations for my upcoming exhibition in New York City at the Orchard Windows Gallery. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the basis for this show, and starting each new piece –

until last week I hit a block.

I’d been working on a beautiful drawing of a girl in profile for a couple of days. The inked girl looked beautiful – hair soft and flowing, lips perfectly plump. She was just the vision I had in my head, but she wasn’t quite complete. I wanted to add all sorts of color and life surrounding her like a field of flowers. I wanted to add an elegant and yet human touch to this simple black and white drawing. So I went for it…. it turned out horrible! I couldn’t believe it. I tried to save the girl in the drawing….I added more to cover up the bad…which as many know, only makes it worse. The damage was too great and I knew after 2 full days of work, I’d have to throw her away.

Perhaps you’ve been there too. You’ve worked so hard and furiously on a project and something went wrong. You’re too attached to give up yet, so you desperately try to “fix” the mistake – cover it up, accentuate it, ANYTHING that will keep you from having to say goodbye to the project you loved. But alas, sometimes we have to let go and learn from our mistake – journal about it, set it aside, try not to cry and start anew.


Evolution of a Drawing

I like to think that my ideas POP into my brain each day fully formed and beautiful from the first sketch. Well, that’s a fantasy!

I have a confession to make: It take a few UGLY sketches before I even get close to a decent drawing. (good thing I love doodling) Sometimes I have an idea but have no IDEA where to begin. Instead, I start scribbling until something interesting takes shape – and it usually does.

The beautiful “Warrior Princess” didn’t start out so beautiful or warrior-like. In fact, she evolved from a rather pathetic scribble, Wanna see?:

Warrior Princess” is available in my Etsy shop.


Finally Finished

After an awful run with the stomach flu yesterday and this morning, I managed to feel better enough by this evening to put the finishing touches on the final 3 spreads for the book I have been illustrating. The author is self publishing this book and one more that I will be working on next. I will post the details about where it will be available as soon as possible.