Summer's always just around the corning, right?!? Let's hope so at least. So, remember when I was celebrating the final days of summer with these fun little kiddos? Well, now they're available on STUFF. What kind of stuff, you ask? Well...
Recently, I was contacted by Julia Rothman to contribute to her most recent amazing conglomeration of writers and illustrators, titled The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History. (It's sort of a follow up to her previous creation, The Where, the Why and the How). This book focuses on the person behind (or sometimes beside) the famous person we all know about. My gal, Emily Warren Roebling was the wife of Brooklyn Bridge architect Washington Roebling (who was in fact the son of the bridge designer, John Roebling...it was a family affair). When Washington Roebling fell ill during the construction, it was up to Emily to get the job done. As a reward, she was the first person to cross the bridge on May 24, 1883 carrying a rooster to symbolize victory. I'm thrilled any time I get the opportunity to portray strong, intelligent women and Emily Warren Roebling certainly fit the bill. Check out my tumblr blog for a special animated version!
Thanks to Julia for including me in this project. The book will be available fall, 2014 and published by Chronical Books. Don't worry, I will be sure to spam your facebooks, twitters and tumblrs when the book is available for purchase.
A couple weeks ago I asked if you could guess the weight of the Great Pumpkin. So...how'd you do? Happy Halloween!
The rumors are true! I am leaving this amazing city. At the end of the month, my husband and I are returning home to Kansas City. These scenes of New York City in the evening are my farewell love letter to the city I’ve called home for the past three years.
The printer gods were smiling and the epson stars aligned...so now my shop is refreshed and fully stocked! Among the new pieces are many of my NYC sketchbook drawings from this summer and fall. Click here to visit and buy some art!
I'm always struck by how twinkly and magical the Shake Shack looks when I pass by it in the evenings. And here's a fact of nature: if you sit and draw Shake Shack for an hour or so, you WILL need to eat Shake Shack. Due to popular demand (and a lucky reinstagram by the Shake Shack itself) prints of these are now available in my etsy shop!
Last week I took a little day trip to Philadelphia. I visited the Barnes Foundation and wandered around town with my sketchbook. My kind of day. I love going to the Reading Market when I am in Philly. This time there was a massive pumpkin patiently resting on a scale waiting for the day of its grand weigh-in and, sadly, ultimate fate as a delicious pumpkin pie..maybe I'm editorializing a bit there, but that's what I'd do with a giant pumpkin!
we barely knew thee!
Some drawings from the month of August. Mostly New York City. It was a busy month!
I got up early to go to Chinatown and draw this morning. All I came back with was this dumb cat.
Stages of Summer.
Zack and I just got home from a completely relaxing weekend at the shore. I was feeling wonderfully inspired and filled several pages of my sketchbook with seaside goodness. Alas, as is the norm, any time I go away, I have a job to do. The scanning will have to wait until the sketching it done. But for now, a little sneak peek. I call this "The High Tide Patrol." These cute little gulls sat and watched as the tide came in and surrounded their perch.
The Public Library, to be exact.
My sketchbook and I have been making the rounds all over town lately. It seems the more I draw, the more I HAVE to draw. It's an addiction I can live with. Be sure to check out my tumblr sketch blog for regular updates!
This past weekend my husband, father-in-law, and I took a little spur of the moment road trip up to Portland, Maine. I had never ventured north of Boston, so this was an entirely new experience for me. The coast of Maine doesn't look like anywhere else I've been before. It was simply breathtaking. We spent the first day bumming around Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Our second day was spent on Peaks Island. Zack and his dad rented bikes while I had a chance to break out my sketchbook. An afternoon simply wasn't enough on this quaint little island. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to go back!