I love these illustrators

From left to right,  Allie BusbyBruce IngmanDavid Roberts, Janice Nadeau, Oliver JeffersLauren Child.

I love these illustrators. I love the colors they use. I love the line quality. I love the simplicity yet they convey so much emotion. I love the way that Bruce Ingman and Janice Nadine play with perspective. I love David Roberts fantastic characters. I love the child-like qualities of Allie Busby’s work. I love the whimsical nature of Oliver Jeffers. I love Lauren Child’s seamless collages.

What illustrators do you love?

Before and After

On the left is the first version of this drawing. On the right is the second version. I rushed to finish it for LA Illustrator’s Day last November. Usually I outline things in my drawings in black, but I didn’t for this one. I thought I liked it, but after a couple days I realized that something was missing. Recently, I’ve been trying to go back to drawings that I like, but aren’t quite there and see if I can improve them.  I tend to toss them aside but I think there’s value in revisiting a drawing and looking at it with fresh eyes. Even if the final result doesn’t turn out to be better, I learn something from the process. I’m not sure which version of this I like better. Any thoughts?

Griffin iPad Stylus Review

My Griffin Stylus arrived the other day. I have to say that I like it a lot. It’s a good weight, it glides across the iPad screen, and is extremely responsive. The tip is rubber, but I don’t feel any drag when I move it across the screen. Even though the tip of the Griffin stylus is pretty wide, you can still see what you’re doing when you work on details. I’m not sure if I like the Socks Precision stylus or the Griffin better, but I would recommend both.

Inspirations and a new drawing

Here’s my latest drawing. I’ve been trying to think about things that I thought would be amazing when I was a child, and incorporating them into drawings. What kid doesn’t want to float up into the air in a patio chair?!

Last night I went to the Westside Illustrator’s monthly schmooze. We had to bring in books that inspire us and talk about how we got into children’s illustration. I’ve decided to share my inspirations and some books/illustrators that I admire. I decided to start an illustration career just under a year ago. When I was a kid my Mom was interested in children’s illustration. She used to draw me and my brther and sister all the time. We had tons of picture books. Some of my favorite books were Wump World by Bill Peet,  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile by Bernard Waber, and Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

More inspiration to come…

iPad Stylus Review

I got my iPad last summer to use primarily for sketching and drawing. I use the Brushes and Sketchbook Pro apps. I did a little research before I bought my first stylus. At that point, the Pogo Sketch by Ten One Design had some good reviews, so I got that one. The foam tip on the Pogo Sketch dragged on the screen. I was pushing really hard because of the drag and eventually flattened and warped the tip of the pen within a month. I did like the small tip on the Pogo Sketch because it allowed me to see what I was doing.  My hand often cramped while using this pen because the shaft is really small. I tried putting a pencil grip on the pen but it didn’t work because your skin has to be touching the metal in order for the pen to work.

About a week ago, my husband sent me a link to Stylus Socks Pro on Etsy. I read a few reviews and decided to try this new pen. The pen uses a highly conductive thread. (I also have a pair of gloves with this same thread on 2 fingers so that you can use your phone with your gloves on in the winter!) I got the pen last night and was amazed by it’s responsiveness! It glides across the surface of the iPad. The shaft of the pen is almost as long as a real pencil, and is much thicker than the Pogo Sketch. The only thing I don’t like is that the tip of the pen is a little wide. It’s hard to see what you’re doing when you’re working on details. Overall, this is my first choice of stylus for the iPad.

I also ordered a Griffin Stylus. I’m still waiting for this one to arrive, but I will let you know what it’s like as soon as I test it. I’m also interested in trying a new stylus on Kickstarter called, More/Real, that turns a Sharpie, a Bic pen, or a Pilot Fineliner into a stylus. If it works well it will be a great product because it will be the same weight and length of a regular pen. It also looks like the tip is pretty small. I’ll keep you updated on this one too.

Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day! I made these cards out of construction paper for the kids in my third grade class.


I got an iPad last Fall. I was hestitant to use it to do my drawings because I was afraid that my drawings would be really flat. I reluctantly started playing with the Brushes and Sketchbook Pro apps. At first, the drawings were pretty bad. It took me awhile to get the hang of using the Pogo pen and creating any depth to the pictures. Eventually, I started adding layers and textures, which made a huge difference. People often ask me whether the drawings are in markers or on the computer. When I hear that, I know that it means that I’m learning and getting better at the technique. I was doing all of my sketching on the iPad as well, but recently I started doing the sketches on paper, scanning them into my computer, and then putting them on my iPad. I’ve found that my imagination flows much better on paper. I feel a bit constrained when i sketch on the iPad, but I love coloring and finalizing drawings on the it. When I went back to paper I would tap the pencil in the lower right corner of the page thinking that I was hitting undo, like on my iPad. For, now I feel like I have a system that’s working pretty well, and challenging me.

Kitchen Catastrophe

The drawing above was a commission for my friend Lisa. She told me a story about her twin sister and her mom making cake. She pulled the blender out of the bowl while it was still spinning and sprayed batter all over the kitchen! I loved the story as soon as I heard it! It reminded me of my own kitchen snafu’s as a kid.

Anyways…one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to work on my blog. I will still post new drawings but I also plan on writing more about inspirations, process, and other interesting things that I find.



Season’s Greetings and my drawings in action!

I’m off to Massachusetts tomorrow to visit family and friends for the holidays. I hope that everyone has a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!

I made the pictures below with markers and construction paper. Check out the video of the drawings in action with kids singing “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!”