Toad Princess

Toad Princess Cover

After I finished this illustration, I found out that there is a gender-swapped Russian version of The Frog Prince fairy tale. Toads are so much more fun to draw than frogs, though.

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The Balloon

The Balloon Donald Barthelme

“The balloon, beginning at a point on Fourteenth Street, the exact location of which I cannot reveal, expanded northward all one night, while people were sleeping, until it reached the Park.”

-Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon”

from Sixty Stories
New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1981.

 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper 3

 

These are cover designs/illustrations for The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of my favorite short stories. There are a few places to read it online. I like this one.

The Yellow Wallpaper 2

Oftentimes I wish I could stop at a thumbnail or a rough draft because it captures the feeling of my subject so immediately and succinctly. The most difficult thing for me in producing final work is to not have it appear too labored or stylized. Lately I’ve been trying to draw my final work with a looser hand and illustrating The Yellow Wallpaper forced me to do that— it’s such a raw, disturbing story and I didn’t want to mute any of its emotional power.

Yellow Wallpaper 1