Saturday, July 27, 2013

I'm in the process of trying to get all of my social media coordinated - just posting this real quick to see if it works.  Keeping my fingers crossed.
(check out my Instagram - that's now linked to my illustration Facebook page).

here's a little something I've been working on ....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Submitting at the last minute for Illustration Friday, a quick little piece done on my iPad.
topic:  WINGS

I'll be back this weekend with some updates.  I feel like I'm off to a good start this year.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Yesterday we spent the day at "Comikaze" - comic convention on Los Angeles.  Though there were some frustrations at the beginning of the day, in the end it was a good time.  We saw a lot of amazing art and illustration and met a lot of great artists.  It was a huge inspiration and really helped me better evaluate my own work (and processing the idea of how many artists are out there that are so much better than I am, but still feeling that I can find a place for myself among it all, which has not been easy).  Here is a little bit of our day....

"Firefly" shirts!!  

"Ron Glass" from "Firefly" and "Serenity" 

"Badger" from Breaking Bad!!! - how awesome!! 

the guy from "Salute You're Shorts" - anyone else remember this show?
I love it when I was a kid.

And some awesome artwork that we purchased!!  Can't wait to get them framed and on the wall
Purchased these two prints from artist Paul Wilson ( (- sooooo in love with his work. (we have to get the rest of the turtles now to finish the collection).  Check out his site!! 

we also purchased this poster/print from artist Ellison Keomaka (  By far the best Avengers Art I've ever seen.   He had several Hulk prints that were awesome, and after much deliberation we decided on this one.

And my own personal possession that I brought home: a book of sketches and drawing from Illustrator/Animator - David Colman.  It's such an awesome book.

One other artist that really stood out was Chris Kawagiwa (
Almost bought his "Hoth" print but wasn't able to this time.  Hopefully we can get it in the near future.  Definitely check out his work - great Star Wars and X-Men pieces.

Hope you all enjoy and I'll try and post again soon, with some work of my own.  :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012

A couple of weekends ago I attended the Sketchbook Project 2012 at iam8bit gallery here in L.A. It was such a great time and I'm so happy that I participated. I was even lucky enough to find my own book, while others searched high and low with no luck of finding theirs in the sea of books. There were so many amazing sketchbooks. The only regret I had was not being able to see them all. (but they can be viewed on their website). Here are a few pics from the event.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I know, I've really been neglecting this blog.  I am getting back on track though, and getting my life in order.  Just a quick little update until I have gathered everything new for an overhaul of this blog, my website and Facebook page.  But in the meantime I just wanted to announce that the "Sketchbook Project 2012" is now touring.

My Sketchbook theme is "The Grey Side of Life"
     My approach to the sketchbook was to let go of boundaries in terms of mediums and to explore combining them in different ways that I had not attempted before - but only using greys.   I thought this would be a good exercise in slowing exploring mixed media without throwing in the complexity of color.  I'm afraid that I didn't step out of my box as much as I would have liked, but it is a start.  I am pleased w/ some of the charcoal and ink work and may incorporate more of that into my illustrations.  I found that combining pencil and ink did not work well for me, as well as some of the ink washes, collage and the combination of acrylic and ink.  I'm not willing to give up on these completely, but I may have to really rethink my approach of them.
     The idea behind the story is a combination of things that have happened in my life and things I have dreamed, and this is the place where to two have met.  It is a journey from birth to death and everything in between.   It is the place between truth and dreams - the grey side of our mind where you can not tell the difference.
     Here are a few pieces, but you should really check out this exhibit if you can.  So many great artists have participated and it's a wonderfully fun project to be involved in.

We will be attending the exhibition here in Los Angeles at the end of the month.  Pictures to follow.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today is a new day

    I've had a pretty busy summer  - starting with the wedding at the end of May, then our Anniversary on June 12th, Sacramento for 4th of July, and then San Diego two weekends later for Ken's (my husband's) birthday.  It was August before I knew it and then I was left wondering where the summer had gone.  A few weekends of laziness in August, going to the farmer's market, seeing movies and taking naps.  Then a summer cold hit me the last week of August.  Now I'm really left wondering where all the time has gone.  In the midst of all my vacationing, eating out and napping, surprisingly I've gained some weight and needless to say I'm not very happy about that.   I'm feeling like all of this (the bad eating and weight gain) may be contributing to my laziness and all over defeated attitude as of late.  I decided to post this today because the point of this blog is for me to see over time the ups and downs and what exactly it takes to get where I want to be and that includes the good with the bad.  I can't lie, I've really been thinking lately "what if I just give up".  What if I just accept the idea that I have a job and can pay the bills (even if it's barely).  What if I just get up and go to work everyday and have my evenings and weekends to do what I want, like everyone else on the face of the earth.  What if I had time to - play tennis, go on hikes, go to the movies, go to the farmer's market, have coffee at Starbucks with a friend, clean the house, run errands, cook meals (and the healthy ones that take a little longer to make).  What if I took a nap on a Saturday afternoon with the windows open and a beautiful breeze blowing across my skin?  What if I just painted when I felt like it and just for myself? - what if I could do all of these things without the weight of guilt constantly on my back that I haven't been working on my illustration and I haven't gotten enough done with the time that I have, and If I don't hurry and get it all done and sent out to publishers and agents, that this year will be gone before I know it and I will be one year older and year further away from doing anything with my life.  I've grown tired of the guilt.  I've grown tired of telling people that I'm working where I work followed shortly by the "but i'm doing that while i'm working toward being an Illustrator" - I don't know if I believe it anymore.  I kind of just feel like a liar at this point.  With the worst part being that I've been lying to myself all this time.
     So here I am today - sorting through all the crap in my head.   Trying to get through my pity party in one piece.  I do realize that giving up is not an option.  Putting aside that I couldn't do that to everyone in my life that has believed in me and encouraged me and the student loan bills that are draining our account every month.  Even when I put all of that aside I realize that giving up would never really be an option for me.  I do need something to work toward, something to give me a reason to get up everyday.  I do want to paint everyday, and I do need a purpose behind it.  I can't just paint for myself.  That's just not enough.  I realize that some small part of me needs a challenge, a deadline, a problem to solve.  So I will pick myself back up again and get back to what it is that makes me truly happy.  I realize that I keep going in circles.  It seems that I've written this before.  When I let myself get too far of the path I fall apart.  I know by now that the only way to feel at peace to get that brush or pencil back in my hand.  So that is what I will do.
     I've spent some time today looking at other illustrators and getting in my head that if these people can do this then so can I.  I have to remind myself that I'm not as bad as I may think I am.  I am perfectly capable of really doing this.  I feel a little twinge of inspiration again and I plan to run with it.  Looking back at this post I see that I may have had a little too much bottled up - and now that it's all out (sorry to anyone who may read this), it's time to work.  I hope to be a little more cheerful next time, but this is what it is right now.  I've started exercising again, eating better and I'm ready to get on track.   My next post will bring much more joy!