Most of my illustrative work is done in ink and watercolor on paper. It has a more childish feel than the rest of my work. I really enjoy the whimsical, somewhat unpredictable quality of watercolor, it is very freeing.
I have illustrated a number of unpublished books over the years, as well as two published books, My Tooth Fell in My Soup and other poems (2009) and The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache (2011) by local author Erik Korhel.
Among my unpublished books are a few small personalized books made as gifts for particular children. Each book is one of a kind. I illustrate and bind them myself. I really love doing this sort of art. Growing up I had a book that was made by a company that inserted my name into the story. I remember being amazed and excited that there was a book about me. However, I also remember being somewhat frustrated that I wasn’t in any of the pictures. I think that providing this sort of product is a very cool opportunity to work with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to create a really unique gift.
Another creative outlet for my illustrative work is greeting cards and invitations. Once again, I love this kind of work for it’s extremely personal nature. Giving a card that was made with someone very particular in mind is very rewarding; a memorable keepsake to mark any occasion.