Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kicks Like A Girl

This is a book cover design and illustration I created for a new book by Melissa Westemeier. I just received my (signed!) copy in the mail and I'm excited to read it!

I'll tell you a little secret about the cover illustration: while doing the initial sketches, I couldn't get the phrase "kicks like a mule" out of my head. For some reason this made me think of mule style shoes - you know, the backless kind that make you walk like Peg Bundy because they're so darned hard to keep on your feet. That's how the single mule-clad foot came to be on the cover. The other shoe obviously went flying right off the page.

I'm looking forward to diving into some fun fiction. You can pick up a copy of Kicks Like a Girl on Amazon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tales of Anansi the Spider

 A while ago I created a cover and illustrations for a collection of Anansi tales by Bish Denham. I'm excited to learn that the Kindle edition of Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales is now available on Amazon.

Since I've been a reader of Bish's blog for some time, I already had wonderful impressions of the beauty of the Caribbean to inspire me. I also recall being introduced to the sly spider Anansi in elementary school, and enjoyed having the chance to read a whole collection of his adventures at one time.

The book is intended for middle grade readers, but I think younger children would enjoy hearing the stories read aloud. In addition to the colorfully retold folktales, Bish's  book includes a series of clever riddles (most of which I was not clever enough to solve).

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Gluten Free Flour Recipe

What do you know. It's been over a year since I visited here. If we ignore the year in the post date, we can pretend it's been just a little over a week.

I've been experimenting with new things, like this latest illustrated recipe I submitted to They Draw and Cook (you can view it larger on their site here). I tried a lot of gluten free flour mixtures, and so far this one I came up with has the nicest taste and texture all across the board. Best of all, it's easy to make in any size batch. I thought I'd post it for anyone else who may be experimenting (and getting frustrated) with going gluten free.

I've also been experimenting with color palettes. I noticed that although I've tried many styles and mediums, I pretty much stuck with a favorite combination of colors. Time to get out of my comfort zone a little.

Mixing things up a little is good. In fact, it's been so long since I've written a blog post, it feels entirely new again! Yep, it has been that long.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Calculus Tutor

Recently I designed an icon and ads for a calculus app for the Android Market. It's an interesting challenge to design something that looks good at a variety of sizes and screen resolutions, especially knowing it'll end up on a small device. Plus, with so many apps out there to choose from, I really wanted my Calculus Genie to stand out.

For any of you math types out there, the app is a handy calculus reference - anyone studying or using calculus should go check out the Calculus Genie at Google Play.