Illustration Work

Heart for the Hopeless
It’s a reaction in the hopeless
Spatter upon the wall
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go.

Heart for the Hopeless is an abstract painting I made this past spring. It served as a release of the intense emotions I was feeling (depression). I grabbed the canvas and paint and had at it. No brushes were used in this pieces; it was literally handmade.

In depression, I feel like my heart is bleeding out and I cannot stop the blood from flowing out of me, as if it were a grotesque waterfall.

Acrylic paint and Sumi-e ink on canvas.


Oh my, that little kitty doesn’t seem happy to find a dog looking in the window!

These two cute critters are from my 2011 book Being Different. I wrote and illustrated the book, and it was completed over the span of a semester and an additional month. Originally, I intended it to be 34 pages, but it turned into 36!

I’d really love to get my children’s book printed, but at the moment I’ve barely got money to feed myself. I hope I can someday afford to print at least a few copies of it! I’d tell the story, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea just yet!

Watercolor, Sumi-e ink, pen, and watercolor pencils on illustration board.

This mural took an entire semester to complete, but my mural, lovingly titled Fish of the Setting Sun, was well worth it!

The first three months of the project consisted of:

-Thumbnail sketches (MANY of them)
-Learning to interact with a client on a more professional level
-Learning how to find and price materials and make a “project cost estimation sheet”

This project was a massive one, meant for at least three people to work on. As luck would have it, no one else jumped on board to work on this, so I ended up working on it solo. If it weren’t for the assistance of my professor, and my recruiting a fellow student towards the end of the project to assist me in putting down layers of paint, I wouldn’t have been able to finish this work in a month! Yes, this massive painting was finished within a month. I spent many, many hours in this elevator working on the mural!

I used oil paint for the sky to achieve the soft, comfy feeling of it, and for the waves I used acrylic paint. The contrast between the sky and the water is stunning to me, and I’m so happy that I was able to achieve that look!

(This image is version 1 of the mural. Better images are on the way!)

 One of my absolute favorite pieces that I’ve made, this is Winter Playtime. This piece features one of my dogs, a shih tzu named Boston. This accurately depicts him as the fluffy “fat head” that he is! I call him fathead because there’s so much more fluff on his head than the rest of his little body! He’s really a playful little sweetheart though. The first year my family had him, I took him out for a nice walk out on the back trails in winter. I remember him standing and looking about, and this piece was directly influenced by that memory. I very much enjoyed working on this piece ❤

Watercolor on illustration board.

Let begin the uploading of my favorite sophomore works of art! These pieces I really want to upload here quickly to show everyone, and then I can get back to posting my new works!

To start things off, here’s Family Men, my “celebrity with a pet” portrait. I chose to elongate Sandler’s head, as we all know he himself likes to poke fun at his “egg shaped head”. For me, it was a no brainer to pair him with a labrador retriever! Labs are wonderful family pets; kind, sweet, loving, funny, snuggly, loyal friends in a doggie body. Sandler himself comes off as a family man, caring about his family and loving to them.

Why is the lab white, you ask?

The lab is white for two reasons: to reflect the purity of heart both the loving family dog and the family man have, and due to the fact that this portrait does have a partner to accompany it!

The partner piece to my Sandler portrait, Interconnected is about the absolutely pure, spiritual connection between Sri Anandamayi Ma and the peacock. The peacock’s job is to take all of the negative things out of the world. For doing this great duty for the world, the peacock’s feathers are turned brilliant colors! Anadamayi was a beautifully spiritual figure in India, and during her life brought light to this world ❤

I hate, with all the fibers of my being, HATE fur farming.

This piece, Stewards of the Earth, came about after I read an article on fur farming in Finland, and the disgusting conditions of many of them. Being a Christian country, they inspired me to take the Christian idea of being a “steward of the earth” and taking care of God’s creations. Those people that torture these animals, skin them alive, bludgeon them to death, stick electric rods up the anus of an animal and electrocute it to death…they’re not taking care of God’s creation. I don’t care what your religious background is. Each of the major world religions mentions taking care of the lord’s creations, not torturing them to death. Fur farming is disgusting and a shame to humanity. Those people are not human, they are monsters for what they do to those animals.

I’m very well aware that not all fur farming practices are like the ones I’ve read about, but I am still very against any and all practices like this, commercial farming included. There’s better ways to feed

Hopping onto my illustration board, what a cute little thing that you are!

I made this little guy about a month ago as a gift. My music professor is such a kind hearted woman, and I always perk up in her classes if I'm having a nasty day. She always likes the little rabbits I doodle on my tests in there, so for her kindness to me I made her a bunny and matted it as well! She was so happy to receive it, and that made my day.

Watercolor on illustration board.

I apologize for the dim image! I had to quickly snap a photo of this little guy, and unfortunately the lighting was quite iffy. I did try to correct it in Photoshop, but my lack of knowledge in photo editing is showing!

This little bunny is so cute though! I was considering keeping this, but it made me happier to gift it instead.