Earlier last year, I was commissioned to paint a couple of historical backdrops for LifeWay Kids. I was asked to paint and exterior of a Temple and an interior of a Palace from biblical times. These backdrops were to be used with paper dolls so that kids could play out historical scenes. Neither of these were to be based on actual buildings, so I had freedom to make up my own buildings. This was such a fun project that let me explore architectural design without the addition of figures.
Read more about my process and inspirations that lead to the creations of these paintings. Read More
Over the past couple years I've had the pleasure of illustrating a series of coloring pages for the audio drama Brinkman Adventures. It's a series of stories based on the real life adventures of the Brinkman family and their missionary work around the world.
When they first hired me, I was surprised to find how thrilling each of their stories were. They gave me freedom to choose which scenes to highlight in each story, and for many of them I had several options to pick from. Each story gave me a new opportunities to play with different environments and characters. I'm very happy with how the series has come together as a whole, and I look forward to hearing what the family is up to next! Read More
I've been on a lot of vacations, but none have been quite as awe inspiring as Alaska. Most of the land up there is completely untouched by man. It's so rugged and treacherous that very few dare to face it.
Read about how my trip to Alaska inspired me to create these two illustrations. See all of my preliminary work and the behind-the scenes decisions behind my process! Read More
This week I was privileged to be interviewed by Kathy Temean on her blog Writing and Illustrating. I follow her blog regularly, and I love to see any her interviews with writers, illustrators, and agents in the children's book field. I was thrilled when she asked to interview me. Her questions are always very in depth and I was amazed how much she knew about my process and my work. It was a pleasure to work with her! Read More
This fall I was commissioned to illustrate the cover for a mid-grade book called Wily, The Canine Pandemic by Michelle Weidenbenner. The story is about a geeky eleven year old boy who invented a machine that could save the canine race, but if he uses his device he might never see his family again. The book is for ages 8 - 12. Available on Amazon.
From the description I was given, the story included many elements of sci-fi, including space ships and centaurs. As an avid fantasy and sci-fi reader myself, I was intrigued by the story from the get go, so I jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover. Today, I want to share the entire process that went into making this illustration. Read More