Life has looked different this year with my new life in NYC. I grew up in a home greatly affected by the recession that hit the U.S. in the 2000s, which then created an environment that stressed the importance of financial security and job stability, because sometimes no matter how hard we try, everything can easily slip away in an instant. That stability and security was a looming presence over me when I decided to pursue art as a career and took on student loans by myself. I decided to leave a life of physical stability with my first job out of college and uprooted myself to follow God’s call on my life in moving to New York. I can’t compare myself now to the savings, stability in a job, or physical comfort that I had last year, because my real stability isn’t found in any of those things.
This is not a time of failure for me—it’s a time of trust. Trusting in my God who leads my steps, in whose promises I walk in. Therefore I have nothing to fear. Trusting in a God who has done the impossible already and made ways for me in the desert. My Lord has gotten me to NYC, and He’s not leaving me now. I live a life of abundance and joy, even if it says otherwise on paper. I am choosing to rest in my Father and not struggle to strive and get ahead on my own. He surrounds me with a shield of favor, and He leads me in the path of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
Sketching my original concept on HP watercolor paper
First phase of line-work with pen nib and acrylic ink. Did not like the brush work I did, as it doesn’t blend well and is not good with the space.
After going back to my sketchbook, I decided to line up the remaining sentence underneath to fill in space appropriately.
Simple tools of a nib pen and acrylic ink, which I love working with.
Final layout put together in Photoshop, no edits to the line-work itself.
A glimpse at my current workspace. After finishing all of my line-work on paper and scanning it in, I clean and make edits in Photoshop.
Phase 1: adjusting, lining up, clean line-work.
Phase 2: inverting turns everything into magic, right?
Phase 3: I went back and forth with with what I wanted to keep white and placed this on my signature indigo. Final.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
In redoing a book cover for Haruki Murakami's 1998 novel, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle", I wanted to focus on the duality of the two realities that the main character goes in and out of on his search for his cat, wife, and his own sense of identity.
Ink with pen nib, digital color.
Overview: "Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon."
Fat Bear "Short & Stout" Beer Packaging
I created this beer packaging for a brand that I created using acrylic ink with a pen nib for the line-work and digital coloring.
Bluebird Baby Shower
I made a baby shower invitation for my older sister, who is having her first child in July! I wanted to create an invitation that was bright and a warm welcome for the upcoming baby while also staying gender neutral. I sketched up various ideas focusing around flora and fauna and developed one with two bluebirds in a dogwood tree.
Pen nib with acrylic ink and watercolor; hand-lettering and digital type.
I created this illustration for an article from Frankie Magazine entitled "Them Next Door", describing a faulty relationship with toxic neighbors. I enjoy using metaphors with inviting, unexpected subject matter to link to articles, this time with a woodpecker and nest of angry hornets.
I worked about 12 x 15" on HP 140 lb. watercolor paper, india ink and watercolor with just a few alterations in PS. February 2017
This illustration was made in my Advertising Illustration class to make a poster to advertise an exhibit, "The Power of Poison", for The Museum of Natural History. The piece was made with acrylic ink with a pen nib and watercolor on HP 140 lb. watercolor paper; 10" x 13"
For my Advertising Illustration class in Fall 2016, I created a Google logo for the Autumnal Equinox, inspired by old farmer's almanacs.
Ink with pen nib on HP watercolor paper; 7"x18"
In my Advertising Illustration class in Fall 2016, I created a self portrait to be used on a postage stamp.
Colored pencil, watercolor, digital; 8" x 10"
Girl's World Zine
This zine explores a conversation between two sisters regarding health and reproduction, showing the bond and the emotion through playful hand-lettering and didactic elements to flow from one scene to the next.
All spread were made 8.5x11" on HP 140 lb watercolor paper in watercolor and colored pencil; February 2016