Juniper’s colors

I’ve started taking an online blogging course through Decor8 and it has inspired me to step up my blog images a bit.  I wanted to start by making a small mood board for Miss Juniper Louise Brown.  For those of you who don’t know, Juniper is the main character in a children’s book I’ve been working on.  She is a detective and a very, very spiffy dresser.  I’ve put together some large mood boards that I will be photographing and posting soon, but I also made a small one for easy posting.  Enjoy!

 

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I’m in the paper!!

I’m so excited to share that the Metro newspaper is running an article about my portraits in today’s paper!! It’s only in the NY metro today, but you might find it in Boston and Philly next week!!

This is the first time I’ve seen my name in print, and it feels AMAZING! You can read the article here, and if you’re in NYC you can pick up a free copy and find me on page 27 🙂

Before you go, here’s a nice little shot of the article, and a picture of me showing it off (taken by my coworker)


My love for Maurice Sendak

I will say it loud, and I will say it proud.

I LOVE MAURICE SENDAK (I’d make that bigger but I don’t know how)

I first loved him because of his amazing stories and illustration.  I loved him because of Max and the Wild Things, and I loved him In The Night Kitchen.  Then I started to learn about the man behind the stories and I loved him even more.  There was a great interview with him on HBO a few years ago and I realized that he really was a crotchety old man (my very favorite type of person).  I suspect he would get along well with Statler and Waldorf, and my Grandma Vi.

This morning I came across an interview with Sendak in the Guardian, and it made me happier then I ever thought possible.  

Here are some highlights:

On eBooks: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

“I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass, but I know that that’s the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.”

On Salman Rushdie: “That flaccid fuckhead. He was detestable. I called up the Ayatollah, nobody knows that.”

Needless to say, I will be calling a lot of people flaccid fuckheads for the next few weeks.  And for that, I thank you Mr. Sendak.  I thank you. 

Draw me a sheep!

Not yet framed or photographed well… but I was just too excited not to share!

The next in my series of classic illustrations is based on an illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for his book Le Petit Prince.  As you may have figured out by now, Le Petit Prince is one of my favorite books and holds a great deal of my heart.

Draw Me a Sheep!


curiouser and curiouser

I’ve just completed the first piece in my series of classic children’s illustrations! Based of an wood engraving by Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

I’m excited to present… the making, final product, and world debut of…
drumroll please….

You’re nothing but a pack of cards!

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Check out more pictures here and the original Sir John Tenniel illustration here

More classic illustrations

Tonight, while watching SNL, I started flipping through my small collection of classic children’s literature.  I’m compiling a series of illustrations to replicate, and I’m really really excited to start on them!  I’ve posted some of my inspiration before but here are a few more.

I guess I should be glad I haven’t had the time to work on these yet because I’ve been working on quite a few new commissioned pieces!