Sketches from “The Fantastic Gifts of Fall” written by Dandi Daley Mackall; illustrated by me!

I’ve gotten into the habit of calling this book simply “Autumn”; it is the first of a new series of books from B&H Kids Publishing - highlighting the blessings of each season. I was grateful to begin with Autumn; it’s my favorite season. This project was quite an undertaking: fun, challenging, a ton of work. And by the time I was done - illustrating each season in turn - I wanted to come back to Autumn and redraw the whole thing! I learned so much. These sketches: a page of roughs and 4 finalized drawings -  are some of my favorites - it’s fun to draw when you’re working from cherished childhood memories. 

Final sketch of a 4th of July parade - from a recent book project.
My hometown always has a parade for Memorial Day; my Mom calls it, “our 17 minute parade”. It was intimate (as parades go), fun and yes, just over 15 minutes in length. Illustrating all my characters watching a parade was a crazy drawing challenge for me, but remembering how my family lined the sidewalk was a good starting place for the layout.
Happy Independence Day!

Final sketch of a 4th of July parade - from a recent book project.

My hometown always has a parade for Memorial Day; my Mom calls it, “our 17 minute parade”. It was intimate (as parades go), fun and yes, just over 15 minutes in length. Illustrating all my characters watching a parade was a crazy drawing challenge for me, but remembering how my family lined the sidewalk was a good starting place for the layout.

Happy Independence Day!

Summer, already!?

Just turned in the ROUGH sketch dummy for the last book in the seasons series. Waiting on feedback, and thought I’d share a sketch from this current project. It’s been a great challenge to be all inspired by one season when you’re in the middle of another. What a wonderful journey around the sun - and I’m almost done! This way off-model drawing of children + dog running through a sprinkler is pencil on tracing paper.

Summer, already!?

Just turned in the ROUGH sketch dummy for the last book in the seasons series. Waiting on feedback, and thought I’d share a sketch from this current project. It’s been a great challenge to be all inspired by one season when you’re in the middle of another. What a wonderful journey around the sun - and I’m almost done! This way off-model drawing of children + dog running through a sprinkler is pencil on tracing paper.

A few sketches from a current project, book 3 of 4 - in the home stretch!

pencil on Strathmore Bristol 500

A few sketches from a current project, book 3 of 4 - in the home stretch!

pencil on Strathmore Bristol 500

Don’t you just love when the first word back from an Art Director is “Wow” - ?
This jumping cat is celebrating New Years (from my most recent illustration project) - and I am celebrating turning in all the final art for the second book in a series of 4…and.. getting positive feedback!
pencil on bristol

Don’t you just love when the first word back from an Art Director is “Wow” - ?

This jumping cat is celebrating New Years (from my most recent illustration project) - and I am celebrating turning in all the final art for the second book in a series of 4…and.. getting positive feedback!

pencil on bristol

A rare post in color! I made Thanksgiving cards this year - for my students. I am grateful they are in my life. I’m also very happy I came up with interesting projects for them that were not just crafts or about the product. They each experimented and came up with unique works of art. For this I am very grateful!
pencil and watercolor

A rare post in color! I made Thanksgiving cards this year - for my students. I am grateful they are in my life. I’m also very happy I came up with interesting projects for them that were not just crafts or about the product. They each experimented and came up with unique works of art. For this I am very grateful!

pencil and watercolor

Finalizing sketches for “Winter” - here are a few favorite spots from the interior art I’ve been working on. Pencil on Bristol

Finalizing sketches for “Winter” - here are a few favorite spots from the interior art I’ve been working on. Pencil on Bristol

Working on “Autumn” - pencil sketch.

Working on “Autumn” - pencil sketch.

Quick pencil sketches. A few spot illustrations for a brochure for Creative Core Art Classes, my after-school art program I will be teaching starting in September. I’m doing a happy dance inside knowing that I will be working with children again soon - looking forward to being around humans that hold the secret of pure, creative expression.

Quick pencil sketches. A few spot illustrations for a brochure for Creative Core Art Classes, my after-school art program I will be teaching starting in September. I’m doing a happy dance inside knowing that I will be working with children again soon - looking forward to being around humans that hold the secret of pure, creative expression.

Happy Anniversary to 2Bmore!
Jumping (and running) with JOY: ink pen gestures - searching out pose ideas for jubilant children.
seems appropriate today - the 1 year anniversary for this sketch blog. crazy how a year blows by!

Happy Anniversary to 2Bmore!

Jumping (and running) with JOY: 
ink pen gestures - searching out pose ideas for jubilant children.

seems appropriate today - the 1 year anniversary for this sketch blog.
crazy how a year blows by!