Longtime no post, tumblr! Lots of exciting things have been happening over here. I’ve since relocated to Los Angeles, California, and am currently working for Nickelodeon Animation! I’m contributing to development, characters and background painting on a new show called Shimmer and Shine. Think My Little Pony or Princess Sophia, but adorable glitter-fied genies. It’s been such a great project to be involved on! It comes out early next year.
The above piece I did for Candlewick at the end of last year for a wonderful book called Winterfrost, coming out later this year in September. It was great to work on a cover where the landscape was the star of the show, and I had a lot of fun exploring the world of the nisse (aka gnomes). I’m also happy to announce that this piece is a finalist in the SCBWI Bologna Illustration competition this year! Fingers crossed I place in that!
I have a lot of other things in the works that I hope to share soon. Thanks to you all for being on this crazy, artistic journey with me. I’ve officially moved from East to West coast and I can’t wait to see what this side of the country has in store :)
Edit: I had to change the cover to a snippet for right now. Thanks for your patience, all!!
I just wanted to thank every single one of my followers for your support this year! I have been working on so many things lately, but am unable to share any of them just yet. I promise new art is coming soon, I just haven’t even had the time for personal stuff the past few weeks. Being busy is good, but I miss doodling for myself :)
In the meantime, here are the thumbnails I did for my first cover with Simon and Schuster, Steal Away Home. Let me know if you like seeing process posts, and I’ll try to do more of them!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Q:Hi! Do you use certain brushes to get the look of your art? I really love it!
Hi! Thanks so much for the kind words :D
Here are a few of the brushes I love:
Stumpy Pencil - Most of the time, I default to this brush for line work. It’s just that good. http://stumpypencil.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html
Kyle T Webster’s Ultimate Brush Pack - These brushes are great to help achieve a more painterly feel to your strokes. I try to switch up the brushes I use so I’m not always doing the same thing, and since there are so many in this pack, it’s a great way to do that. https://gumroad.com/kyletwebster
Photoshop’s Dry Brush Media pack - These are standard in PS, you just have to load them in to your brush presets. I love the conte crayon default.
I hope that helps!