A promotional image for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. The image brief was open-ended, with the suggestion that imagery related to British Columbia was a plus. My last visit to B.C. included a wonderful sunset walk around Stanley Park’s waterfront, where a blue heron was hunting for dinner!
A commission for best-selling author Seanan McGuire, of the hitchhiking ghost protagonist from her novel Sparrow Hill Road. Rose has been hitching rides for decades…ever since she was murdered on the way to her senior prom.
She’s long since adjusted to life on the ghost roads that lie below the highways of the living world, borrowing jackets from drivers so she can become physically substantial for long enough to eat a hot meal and catch her next ride. But her killer is still out there, eager to finish the job he began years ago. Buy it now!
Sparrow Hill Road
Illustration for To Be or Not To Be, Ryan North’s hilarious choosable-path-adventure book based on Hamlet. Each artist was assigned one of the possible endings, and I pulled one where (spoilers!) Hamlet reconsiders this whole revenge thing.
I fell in love with Hamlet in high school, so I had a very fun time stuffing a bunch of very silly references into the image. I also enjoyed implying that Hamlet hasn’t really updated his bedroom since middle school.
To Be or Not to Be
I provided the illustration for the poster advertising Oregon Children’s Theatre’s James and the Giant Peach! The show was a world premier production of a new musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic book. Dahl was a huge favorite in my childhood (and still), so this was a delightful assignment. The OCT design team provided some great typography, and seeing this poster on the sides of public transit vehicles was a thrill.
James and the Giant Peach
Excerpts from an illustrated educational serial story by Mike Peterson, following the adventures of a young Quebecois voyageur on his first canoe trip into the wild North of Canada at the beginning of the 19th century.
Au Pays d’en Haut
Dogs in the Vineyard
Excerpts from my novelty art book Danse Macabre 2.0, which puts a contemporary spin on the medieval Dance of Death motif. The book includes several more illustrations paired with morbid verse, an introduction by mortician Caitlin Doughty, and examples of actual period art with notes on the people depicted. Buy the book from me here!
Danse Macabre 2.0
Illustration for the 2013 Monsters and Dames charity art book for the Emerald City Comicon.
The Women’s Winged
Mama Quilla, the Incan goddess of the moon.
Ma’at, the personification of the scale of judgement in the Egyptian afterlife.
Oya, the Yoruban orisha of fire, wind, magic, fertility, and the Niger river.
Saga, the Norse goddess of storytelling.
Pele, the Hawai’ian goddess of lightning, wind, fire, and (of course) volcanoes!
Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity and good luck.
Goddesses of the World
A series of illustrations for Dionisia Morales’s poignant personal essay about growing up with a white mother and a black father in 1960’s America, published in Oregon Humanities magazine’s Spring 2013 issue (“Skin”).
Art director Jen Wick wanted a graphic novel look that felt personal but didn’t show specific faces, and matched the essay’s theme of photographic image vs. personal memory.
Family photo albums played a major role in the essay, particularly the album that included pictures from her parents’ honeymoon.
Morales also described the surreal comparison of raising her own children in so-called “post-racial” America, and their nonplussed reaction to the contentious 2008 presidential election.
Another major theme was her mother’s continuing reluctance to talk about the obstacles they faced in the family’s past.
Picture Their Hearts
Three images from a series of animal-themed illustrations which I painted and sold as a fundraiser for Heifer International.
Animals for Animals
A dozen-plus comedians featured at the 13th annual Bridgetown Comedy Fest in Portland, OR, for the Portland Mercury festival coverage. One of the festival venues is a semi-open mic at a local bar. AD Justin Morrison, editor Alison Hallett. Too much fun getting to draw all these folks!
Bridgetown Comedy Fest
Ariadne and the Minotaur pass some time in the labyrinth with the magic way-finding ball of string. There’s not much to do between sacrifices!
Drawn for the 2012 edition of the Monsters & Dames artbook, a benefit publication produced each year by the Emerald City Comicon.
In the Labyrinth
The recording artist St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark.