Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Discover illos

Two more illustrations for Discover magazine - done :)

Inline image 1

Sophia's Journal - ongoing

Still working on the book cover.

Another option coming soon!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bunny with Balloon

One of these days, it will be spring...

Meanwhile, blizzard conditions prevail!

Couldn't capture the swirling snow,
but it's blowing hard!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sophia's Journal by Najiyah Diana Helwani

Doing a book cover is not the same as illustrating a story.
You have to basically sum up the whole book in 
one picture.

And what if you haven't even read the book???

Sophia's Journal seems like a very interesting read - 
definitely one I'd like to curl up with.

Meanwhile, I do still need to submit a couple of
sketches for the cover, and here is what I did.

One is still a very bare sketch, as you can see.

The book was first published back in 2008 or thereabouts,
and it will be reprinted again,
with a fresh new cover.

The story features a time-travel adventure to Kansas, 1857,
when it was rife with issues of slavery and human rights.
What a great premise for young adult fiction!
According to the synopsis,
American teenager Sophia falls into a river and
wakes up to find herself in an era from way, way back.

And the adventures begin!

Readers on Amazon.com gave this book 5 stars across the board,
crediting the author, Najiyah Diana Helwani,
with accurate depictions and a great, well-written story.

I can't wait to read it myself, and I feel
really honored to be considered for its cover art - 
thank you, Najiyah!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Illustration in British Sign Languge

Sahera Khan, a UK writer, is creating a book for deaf children,
and she asked me to submit a sample.

The entire book will be in British Sign Language, or BSL.

BSL is two-handed, as opposed to ASL, which uses one hand.

The brief was to keep the imagery very spare,
and the colors solid. And to show various cultures.

I did these two drawings for her.

And then I developed the first sample into this:

There are several other illustrators also submitting samples,
and I may not be the one picked,
but it was lovely to explore yet another 
facet of human communication.

In between I also did a small illo for Azizah.
This was for a piece by Julie Mair,
for whom I illustrated a sweet book called 
some time ago.

Julie writes wonderfully,
but my picture was too obscure for the mag,
and it was not picked.

The article was about how the 
whispers of our own heart sometimes
lead us astray.

Meanwhile, Azizah is doing a profile piece on me
(I still can't believe it!!!),
which should be out soon!  YAY!

Monday, February 24, 2014


The BB kids from Discover magazine

now have...


This was Issue 17, and I'm already working on Issue 18,
so there's more to come :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Feeling woodsy...

coming soon....

more pics for the book about Haneen

sample pics for a project in British Sign Language

an editorial illustration for Azizah

and of course, my monthly submission for Discover.

Whew :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

More of Haneen

And her teacher!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Haneen...taking shape.

In a previous post I mentioned Haneen,
a character I'm developing for a new book.

This is the look so far:

I'm really enjoying the process - this picture was entirely digital;
I did not begin with a paper sketch since it was a pretty simple image.
But the 'painting' part was so much fun!

Other pictures will likely have to be sketched on paper first.

If the author does not like it I still have a cute pic for my portfolio.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Crystal Forest

These pics don't capture it at all, but it was magical today.
All the trees were draped in crystals, 
and the sun came out for a bit set them all ablaze.

I only had my iPod, and it died in about a minute,
plus I was in a parking lot, not out in the woods
(which I could see at a distance and they were GLORIOUS)
but it was still very pretty!

The first one is a puddle :)