Sunday, December 14, 2008


I don't have much to say about these, other than they are from a few pages of my sketchbook...

Friday, December 5, 2008


Orca is one of my Tlingit spirit characters for my thesis.  He is a shamanistic spirit that is always changing in color and symbolism as the story progresses.  He has 3 forms: wooden totem pole carving, smoke-like wind, and whale form.  In this case, he has abstract symbolism of the other 4 Tlingit spirits of the story: Eagle, Wolf, Bear, and Beaver.  The colors are adapted from the Lynn Canal where the story takes place.  I'll post those other characters soon...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


...and a tigg-a-roo!  

These were my feline animal and creature studies for my Creature Design class.  I spared you the boring bone and muscle studies.  I'm working on coloring and putting them into scenes, so I hope to post that later.

Monday, November 24, 2008


The Creature Design class that I'm in took a field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquariums this weekend.  The jelly fish they had there were too beautiful not to share.  I really hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I've been doing quick-studies all semester, but just haven't gotten around to posting anything till now.  These drawing are all done in 1-5 minuets.  Most of these are from this week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Klondike Men Studies

It just so happened that the model in my Clothed Figure class this week was portraying the type of characters that I want for my Klondike story.  I'm currently really influenced by Impressionistic art and Toulouse-Lautrec.  Much of my story takes place in a saloon/brothel, so that was what I was thinking of while working on these.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Punk army guys, what?!

When I showed up at the clothed figure workshop this week, this punk-style model was trying to pull off a cheesy army costume, complete with NURF gun.  I couldn't take the session seriously, so I just characterized him the whole time.  Turned out kind-of fun after all. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Some Monkeys

I did these about 2 years ago for my friend Alfonso's clothing label.  I feel guilty for not posting anything in September, so here's something.  I promise to post something classier soon...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

If only there were Northern Lights in San Francisco...

...I would truly feel at home!  I wanted to try to integrate texture into this graphic style.  I like how the northern lights feel with a since of movement and flickering colors.  Quilting is a big part of Alaskan culture (I've never gotten into it, but can appreciate it), so it's some of those patterns that I chose to use.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Domestic House Wife

The title isn't meant to be derogatory; that's just the theme that the model yesterday was playing up.  The characters in my drawings really "just happened" as I was experimenting with styles and ideas.  I wasn't sure where I was going with them, but I enjoy the result.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Charcoal Drawings

5-10 minute workshop poses from yesterday and last week. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mae on the job

These are some pose ideas for Mae, one of the girls who reluctantly works at Jeff's Parlor.  Of course I'm still working on her design, but I like how she's faced away, isolating her from the viewer.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Road Kill Cafe

So, I absolutely HATE American food (such as fast food, especially from diners...) because I swear I've gotten food poisoning at least 12 times from them.  In Alaska, there's usually  only one choice of eating establishment, and it's most likely decorated with dead animals:  Ooooohhhh!!...Look at the cute bunny head on the wall!   I wonder where the rest of the rabbit is?  Wait.  I just found it-smeared with mayonnaise on my plate.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good vs. Evil characters colored

Going from memory, I wanted to capture the obnoxiousness of neon matching "I love Alaska" t-shirts often bought from cruise-ship gift shops.  Bitsy, the pocket-dog above, does not "heart Alaska" one bit.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Colored Pirate Family

I tried out three color variation ideas for my pirate family.  Let me know which one you like best!

Thank You!


I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who made it out last night to the art and wine event.  The evening went amazingly well, with special thanks to Lena, Zoe, and Jenny at Artisan, and Megan from Jeriko Estates.  Thanks again for everyone's love and support!

My art will be up at Artisan until further notice, so if you didn't have a chance to come last night, I encourage you to drop in at your own convenience.  Check out for hours and other events they may be hosting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Art and Wine Event!

I have been invited to showcase and sell some of my artwork at Artisan Wine Lounge in Walnut Creek. I'm putting up 12 pieces later this week, and will have an official event Saturday, June 21st. The wine tasting will be from vintner Danny Fetzer's all-organic label, Jeriko. My husband and I have been members of Jeriko for about three years now, and have to say that his varieties are exceptional. Lina, owner of Artisan Wine Lounge will be offering hors d'oeuvres to pair with the wine. Please join for an evening of art and wine!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Fairy Layouts Colored

So, I woke up around 6am yesterday with the sudden desire to watercolor. I don't think I've touched watercolors since the second grade (I hope it doesn't show too badly), and I've absolutely never volunteered to get out of bed before 9.

Spring Workshop Sketches

These are a random assortment of 5-10 minuite workshop sketches I have done since February. For these ones I used charcol, marker, or pen.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Eagle awakened

So, this is the final result of Eagle coming to life out of the totem. I'm sure I'll keep working with this idea at a later date. It would be fun to storyboard out the whole sequence of all the five spirits morphing out.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I'm working of the logistics of how my Tlingit totem will come to life. These are some color thumbnail studies I've started out with. For now I'm going to go with the bursting out effect (bottom left) because the whole smoke thing is a bit cliche. I also want to reserve the Art Nouveau smokey-wind idea for the orca character, who will "blow" out of the totem and into a real whale in the ocean.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

For my Concept,Technique, and Illustration class, we had to paint a poster for the Academy that was 20*30 inches. This is what resulted of that. As simple as it is, I am pretty pleased with it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fairy Layout

I did this drawing as a final last semester in my layout class, but didn't get around to doing the value study until last night. The theme was for fairy who is an artist.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Concept Characters for my Klondike story

This week I was working on character development for my heroine, Mae Field, and main villain "Soapy" Smith. This is the first pass, so the final design may end up looking completely different.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Clothed Figure Workshop sketches

I did these yesterday in a clothed figure drawing workshop. My teachers all hate the ball-point pen I use, but I find it to be extremely convenient and ready-at-hand. It also makes me commit to my lines and eliminates any desire to erase.