This illustration is an ode to teenage girls inspired by media I consumed as a teen, but beyond that, focusing on the power and intimacy of young female friendships. It’s about how they live in the world of just their closest friends, sharing this vast world of their own completely invisible to others but all encompassing for the few allowed to live in it.
This is a series of illustrations illustrating “how to eat a pomegranate” not just in the practical way, but how to appreciate its beauty as you do so. I chose to slowly deconstruct eating pomegranates, while focusing on its mythical and cultural impact and how that changes regionally. The three different steps change the country that they’re set in, going from more to less abundance of pomegranates. The first is in Iran, the second in France, and the third in the United States. All three illustrations were made with gouache and watercolor with text added in digitally.
These illustrations were then printed at 8.5" x 8.5" and presented as a wall decoration together with a bundle of dried flowers on each end.
Photo documentation by Isaac Passwater
Gouache and colored pencil, 2018
A mock editorial assignment about overcoming challenges as an individual and a group. The horse is a malleable metaphor for whatever challenge one might be facing, anxiety, mental illness, etc. When a problem is introduced to a group, it doesn’t always get easier, sometimes overthinking kills it and the problem expands.
A mini biographic comic on the 19th century author Mary Shelley, featuring her life leading up to her first novel “Frankenstein”
Mock mural design for a local yarn and wool store
20” x 25” watercolor comic inspired by old Sunday page comics that were illustrative and experimental in nature
Select commissions from 2018
A sample promo card around the idea of an editorial illustration for takeout food or food trucks. The first two images are the front and back of the card, and the last two are parts of the sketching process
Ink and watercolor, 2018
This illustration was for the exhibit “One World Over” at MCAD gallery 148, giving illustrators and comic artists the chance to interpret the exhibit title however they like into an illustration. This is a reimagining of an old piece with the text “Don’t trust anything that comes from the sky” and “Anything good knows to stay underground”, with a grey view of the black and white concept “good and evil”
A mock tote bag design for Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis MN. Inspired by WWII victory garden posters, I chose to feature a bulb to highlight not just spring and summer aspects of a garden shop, but what it happening in winter and fall as well.
This zine is hand bound with 60 lb mohawk vellum cream white paper and velum. The illustrations are drawn from observation and reference photos at the Como Conservatory in St. Paul MN, and digitally colored later. The narrative is loose, focusing on an emotional attachment to the place, never naming or depicting the people having a conversation. Text was printed on vellum so that the book may be viewed with the conversation, or the illustrations on their own.
Photo documentation by Ben August.
Gouache and Watercolor, 2017
18" x 24"
24" x 18"
"6 x 6" (5)
This is a large personal project based on old pictures of my parents in the beginning of their relationship I only recently found, upon my dad's death in February 2017.
This series combines the surreality of the setting, Joshua Tree, California, with the surreality of my parents being in love. It's a fever dream of the past, seeing both of my parents with a unique energy and excitement I've never seen. It's an ode to their youth, as seen in the first large painting where it all starts, and the smaller studies, and the second large painting is what comes after this incredibly formidable trip to the desert that put my parent on the path that lead them to the rest of their lives. The second one is different in that it features two people other than my parents, my mom's mom, and myself, both on the far right.
After my dad's death, I was focusing a lot of creative energy and contemplation on him, but after doing so for a few months, I wanted to make something that focused on my mom.
Mock children's book spread depicting a night time scene where a family is all camping together, and playing with the funny shapes people often contort into at night
Concept art for a children’s book, depicting the an important moment in the story where the young explorer meets the Swamp Princess, beckoning her down though she can not swim.