Protagonist Sophie Swankowski’s journeys in Tea’s young adult Chelsea Trilogy will come to an end in Castle on the River Vistula, when the 13-year-old magician journeys from her home in Massachusetts to Poland, the birthplace of her friend “the gruff, filthy mermaid Syrena.”
Art Direction Sunra Thompson
Peonies are my absolute favorite flower. I love it most when they grow big floppy bloom heads the size of cereal bowls. They don't grow in Southern California where I'm originally from so I am happy to live in a state where I can see them often.
When I first made this piece I couldn’t get over the thought of how perfectly a little eye would fit right into the center.
Give 100 Percent
Poster made for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as part of their Philanthropy Poster Project Exhibition, which is going to be held in June 2019 in Athens, Greece, during the 2019 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Conference. Two versions here, one with a white background and one with a kind of medical green (the color of nurse’s scrubs). The blue version was the one eventually chosen for print but I think the white one works well too! Also included is a closeup because a lot of the very small details are lost online.
For a project that unfortunately never made it to print. The accompanying article was about how researchers are navigating through dead or dying coral reefs to provide data with hopes of saving it.
Ink with digital color
Made in 2015
Spooky promotional piece. Inspiration came from the Swedish vampire movie “Let the Right One In” which had great nighttime snow scenes.
Original piece was rendered in ink with digital color.
Inspiration taken from traditional Japanese masks and of course, anime. Ink with digital color.
“New Eve” to suggest the biblical myth of the Garden of Eden - specifically Even’s relationship with the “snake” that supposedly tempted her to partake of the fruit of knowledge.
Ink with digital color
Lucky Peach "Guts"
Illustration made to accompany article by Heribert Watzke in the "Guts" mini magazine - Lucky Peach Issue 9: Cooks and Chefs #2. I was told the plan was to have the “guts” snake around the outside o the article. It was very satisfying to see the final come together and all packaged in such an interesting and unique way.
Variant cover for Bravest Warriors #11. Great opportunity to work with text and incorporating the Bravest Warrior characters. I was granted a lot of artistic freedom with this project and I am really happy with the result. Bravest Warriors is a fun cartoon filled with lots of space-travel hijinks so enjoyed coming up with the concept of these characters getting tangled in a kind of made-up seaweed. Ink with digital color.
Art Director Whitney Leopard
House of Velour
A collection of various illustrations and projects done for Sasha Velour (Velour Magazine Issues 2 and 3) and House of Velour.
Painted Moth: Painting of Moth to be used as a prop (animal familiar) for one of Sasha’s looks for Drag Con 2018
Prop build: Katherine Heyl
Gown design: Diego Montoya
Velour Issue 2: Full-page illustration - Art direction Sasha and Johhny Velour
Velour Issue 3: One of 4 photographers/illustrators to create an image for the cover of Velour Issue 3: Sisters
Prop design for Sasha Velour’s one-woman performance of “Smoke and Mirrors”
Promotional work. Inspiration taken from when friends and I used to go out dancing when we were young and had the energy to do such things. Line work was done with ink and then colored digitally.