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.

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

Illustration Friday: “Sweater”

On my last few trips to the library, I’ve spotted about four novels by three different authors with knitting as the theme, more specifically a ladies’ knitting club. Two were romance novels, one was chick lit, and the other was a mystery. The mystery intrigued me at first, but after skimming the pages, I concluded that knitting was only there as a gimmick to appeal to… women who like to knit. You could have replaced the knitting club with flower arranging or drag racing and it would be the same book. Also, is knitting even interesting to read about? Maybe if it’s about a gang of Knittin’ Kninjas who cover their victims in full-body cable sweaters before they can blink or say, “Hey, I’m allergic to wool!” I might read that…