I had the really fun opportunity to work with Andrew's McMeel again, on their 2017 "Women's Wit" calendar. It's a really fun mini-desk calendar with quirky quotes from inspiring women for everyday of the year. Like the 2016 calendar I illustrated, this project included cover art with hand-lettering and 6 spot illustrations and background for the interior. So great to work with Jenny and the Andrew's McMeel team again!
I was thrilled to recently have the chance to create some cover lettering for an upcoming picture book from Random House. The book is based on the true story of Alice Paul, who led the women's voting movement in the 1910s. AD Katrina Damkoehler (also a very dear former colleague from my days at Penguin!) always has fantastic design ideas and steered me in a clear stylistic direction that worked well with the time period as well as the lovely art by illustrator, Nancy Zhang. She also asked me to hand-letter headlines for faux "newspapers" on the endpapers.
This title will pub in the Fall (just in time for the election!), but is available for pre-order now. Love how this came out and all works together as a package. Thanks Katrina!
I was thrilled to wrap up 2015 with a really fun assignment for the awesome folks at W42ST. I loved collaborating with them last summer on a cover for their publication, which features all kinds of great things to see & do in Hell’s Kitchen, so was super excited when they called about another project. They wanted to feature a gate folded map in the back of the magazine, pinpointing landmarks as well as some the best shops and restaurants in the area. It was super fun to dive into the research and take a little walk down memory lane of some of my favorite haunts in my old stomping ground. They hope to use this map in each issue moving forward, and possibly add featured sponsors to the map each month.
I lived in Hell's Kitchen for 3 years, so the neighborhood and this magazine have a special place in my heart, which made the job extra fun! The January issue is out now—available in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and other places throughout Hell's Kitchen—and the online edition can be seen here.
I always love working with my old friends and colleagues at Penguin Books, so when AD Irene Vandervoort asked me to take on this fun middle-grade cover I jumped at the opportunity! This is a funny and sweet middle-grade read about a southern girl, with a passion for cooking, who feels like a "leftover" from her divorced parents' marriage but eventually comes to realize her very important place in her new blended family.
After exploring lots of concepts—including graphic, type-driven, and photographic approaches, we decided to play off the "leftovers" title and I created this fun typographic illustration. The book pubs next spring, but is available for pre-order now.
Another fun food-related project came my way recently; I was commissioned to hand-letter a bar menu on a large mirror of Cafe Tellulah, a French-style bistro on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This one was a fun challenge! It was a very large mirror (5' x 12'!) and the execution had to be completed in one day, during off-hours. But very cool to have the opportunity to create something on-location like this. It's always so hard to get good mirror photos because of reflections, and even more so here because of the size, but here's the sketch/mock up I created along with a few shots—and a video clip of me in action!
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to create some hand-lettered branding for a middle grade series by celebrated authors Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. It's always a pleasure to work with the creative folks at Random House, and was fun to work my lettering into the illustrations of Harry Potter artist, Mary Grand Pre. Both books available now on Amazon.
I always love working with the creative team at Sourcebooks, and this cover was no exception. I was asked to redesign the cover for Pippa Morgan's Diary, the super-secret diary of a 10-year old girl with a BIG imagination who's life is just not going well at all! This is an already established series in the UK, so I was required to create the art in a style that reflected the character and interior illustrations, and the AD had specific concepts to follow. But it's a super fun format and a hilarious read, so dove right in and had a lot of fun with it! Available to pre-order now on Amazon.
I had the exciting opportunity to create the cover illustration for this month's issue of Public Power, a trade publication of The American Public Power Association, with national and international distribution. The AD had the concept pretty solidly in mind, and it was right up my alley! I love drawing type by hand, combining styles in an illustrative way to represent the article's themes.
Thanks to AD Laura D'Alessandro for this great assignment!
I recently finished this cover illustration for the second book in the Stage Struck series for Sleeping Bear Press. This fun middle-grade series is closely based on the real-life experience of the author Anya Wallach, who began a summer theater "camp" in her parents' basement when she was just sixteen years old. Thanks to Jennifer at Sleeping Bear —always such a pleasure to work with!
I was thrilled to be asked to illustrate Andrews McMeel's "Women's Wit" calendar for 2016, a mini desk calendar with sassy quotes from funny ladies for each day of the year. I created an illustration and hand-lettering for the cover, as well as 6 spot illustrations and a background pattern to be repeated throughout the interior. Here's the final approved artwork, as well as some of the initial sketches I submitted. This was SUCH a fun project—I can't wait to see the final product! Having just rung in 2015, I know it feels a bit early to be thinking about next year—but, they are available for pre-order now!
My submission for Lilla Rogers' online "Make Art That Sells" Bootcamp course. The course specializes in assignments geared toward licensing markets, and this one was to create a journal cover inspired by Edwardian jewelry. Had lots of fun with this, and this design will soon be available on products in my Society6 shop!
I recently had the great opportunity to work with Sleeping Bear Press on a new middle-grade book series, "Stage Struck" by Anya Wallach. I designed and illustrated this cover for the first book, including the hand-lettered branding that will be carried over to future books in the series. The series is closely based on the real-life experience of Wallach, who began a summer theater “camp” in her parents’ basement when she was just sixteen years old and formed Random Farms, which has launched the careers of many of today’s youngest stars on Broadway. Many thanks to AD, Jennifer Bacheller, for this fun project!
Very excited to finally get to share a big project I worked on earlier this year—a whimsical "Wonderlandiful Doodle Book" for Little Brown! The 128-page activity book for tween girls tied into one of the publisher's licensed properties—Mattel's Ever After High. So I was to incorporate the style guide art into my design, but also create lots of original illustrations and hand-lettering, as well as concept each page—and write the entire text! Projects with this kind of integration of the entire package and so much creative freedom are absolutely my favorite, and it was my first time authoring, so I was thrilled to dive right in! Here's the cover and some spreads from the book—all character illustrations, logos and some background elements are from Mattel, but all other artwork by yours truly. On sale now!
Many thanks to wonderful AD, Christina Quintero, for such a truly fun project!
I was super excited to get a private commission last month for a custom wedding illustration. In the midst of my own wedding planning, love is definitely in the air and on my brain—so I was in the right mindset! I was contacted by the couple after they saw this piece I created for a friend last year. They described themselves as "explorers" and each other's "navigators and co-pilots" with "an unhealthy inclination to sweets". I immediately fell in love with them, and was totally on board to create something special for their big day! This was to be used as an opening page of the guest book at their wedding, later to become a journal of sorts to document future important moments and celebrations in their lives together. I drew inspiration from vintage flying machines and a candy-colored palette to create a whimsical image that felt just right for them—and they loved it!
I loved creating this—the themes were right up my alley! Plus, because most of my work is a combination of traditional and digital media, I loved getting back to full-on painting. Wishing many many years of love and happiness to this very "sweet" couple!
I was recently commissioned to redesign a really cool YA post-apocalyptic thriller series for Skyscape. The art director had a fantastic vision for these, with a focus on hand-lettered title type design that would turn from orderly and a bit futuristic to "deviant", swirling and splitting off into different directions that would snake around the cover. Laying the decorative type over an atmospheric stock photo would give these books a futuristic, dystopian feel. I sketched out a bunch of different type styles for these, and we developed one into something that has a sort of decorative circuit board feel that conveys the sci-fi tone of the series. I really love how the final covers turned and it was SO fun to get to create custom lettering in such a decorative, elaborate style! Many thanks to Katrina for the project and great art direction!