Monday, December 19, 2011

Crossword Sketch

I've revived my project from two years back, and have been making new sketches illustrating crossword clues. (This one is: 54: Bigwig)

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oh man, I'm an art machine

 I've been cranking out new pieces (and sprucing up old pieces) for my portfolio portion of my grad school application. I'm in pretty good shape, and I think I have just 3 or 4 small pieces left before I can move on to photographing them.

I'm pretty happy with how the bus piece above turned out.
I'm feeling so-so about the biking one below (I'll probably leave it out of the portfolio).
And I like the update to my self portrait on the bottom.

Hey, 2 out of 3 ain't so bad.

More to come soon.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Drawing Class

I've been taking a really wonderful Continuing Ed course at MCAD called "Mining Your Creative DNA." It has had a lot of great reading about the creative process from a myriad of perspectives (scientific, spiritual, sociological), and it has really fed the work I'm doing to build my portfolio.

We've had models for a few classes, and we did monoprints a few weeks back. Below is the original print, followed by the "ghost" print which I went back and reworked with charcoal.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Work

I've officially decided to apply for MCAD's Graduate program (potentially to start Fall 2012). During the next three months, I have the exciting, albeit daunting, task of putting together a quality portfolio of 20 pieces (not to mention an artist's statement, letters of recommendation, and figuring out all the financial mumbo-jumbo).

The direction I've decided to go is in the realm of autobiographical illustration. I've challenged myself to portray my daily activities in a visually interesting way, hoping that the assignment would, in turn, inspire me to do more interesting things on a daily basis (Sleeping in, going to work, and coming home to watch episodes of 30 Rock does not a masterpiece make). In recent weeks, the element of my internal goings-on have seeped into the picture. I've decided to follow this idea of internal/external happenings to see if it could lead to something interesting.

So far, I'm still skeptical that the finished pieces will be at all interesting to look at. I'm nervous that the concept is too self-important, or self-centered, or some other self-something. But I think that's the risk taken when choosing oneself as the subject matter.

Above is a [pretty-much] finished painting, while below is the beginnings of a large sketch, eventually to become a painting. Hopefully I can keep powering through, because come January, I need to wow some strangers with 20 pretty pictures.

Note: These photos were taken with my cell phone, so pardon the quality. It's midnight and I don't feel like dragging cameras and cords out.

SECOND NOTE: I just realized that the second drawing might be unclear: I'm sitting on the BUS. Not the toilet. Ok. Carry on.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mill City Museum

A friend recently got married at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. One of her gorgeous bridesmaids (another friend of mine) asked me to draw a picture as a gift to the newlyweds. I'm lucky enough to work across the river from the Museum, so I'm quite familiar with the view, I chose to include the Gold Medal Flour building (probably my favorite part of the skyline from the river) along with the Museum itself.

If you live in the Twin Cities area and haven't seen the city from the Stone Arch Bridge, GO. Preferably at night.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lost Bars of Dayton's Bluff

This summer I had the privilege of working with Michelle Leon, who wrote this article regarding a lost bar scene in East St. Paul. These graphics were my favorite project so far on Heavy Table--I hope more are soon to come.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


a sketchbook page from today.

Heavy Table news to come soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Indian Food!

I've had another illustration posted on The Heavy Table! This is one of two (I'm not CRAZY about the other one, but it'll do).

I do have more pieces coming soon. I'm trying really hard to keep making work this summer!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Muddy Pumpkin Logo

I just completed another great project: creating a logo for a friend's organic farm in South Dakota: Muddy Pumpkin Farms.  Creating the logo was also the final project for a graphic design course I just finished this week. The class was a great start to learning about graphic design--something I've been completely clueless about. I hope to find more courses in the near future, so I can learn as much as possible, and hopefully have it inform illustration work.

Check out what Muddy Pumpkin is about at

Friday, April 22, 2011

Another exciting thing

I had another illustration posted on The Heavy Table! I used the opportunity to brush up on my digital coloring skills (which are....prettymuchnonexistant).  I have another project with the Heavy Table coming up in June, and it should be a really good one. Stay posted.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exciting News!

This month I had a very exciting thing happen; I was commissioned for an illustration for The Heavy Table, a Twin Cities food and restaurant blog. I have had my sights set on editorial illustration for a while, and now that I've had a little taste of it, it feels like something I could do. 
Many thanks to Rachel, whose help gave me the opportunity in the first place.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More leisurely activities

graphite & watercolor