Fall/Winter Fashion Inspiration Board

The collage directly above was the first one I made. Reminiscent of the 80s and 90s tomboy style, channeling Katie Holmes’ character Joey Potter from “Dawson’s Creek”.

Color Palette: Masculine, red, blues, orange/gold/yellow, grey, cream, and tan/camel

Patterns: Stripes and plaids


Character Sketches

The character is for a short story are wrote a couple years ago. She’s a modern teenager with retro (1950s/60s) fashion sense. I sort of modeled her after myself and gave her glasses, but unlike my own her’s have the cateye frames.

Girl Boatneck

Girl BunGirl Window Sill






New Art & Art Shows

I’ve been slacking from blogging a bit, but have been working on trying to get my work out there more this year (and in the future). Here are some finished pieces I’ve done (2012-2013). The majority were done in graphite and ink, with the exception of “Home” (which has color created with a colored pencil) and “Secret Garden (which was done in crayon). I submitted the first one (below) and the work titled (House in the Mountains” for the Lawndale Big Show, but was not accepted. The other pieces where  featured in the JoMar Visions Group Show last month. I will also be submitting works for the 17th Annual Citywide African American Artists Exhibition sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Last year my work titled “Thomas & Janie” was accepted. Wish me luck!


"House on the Mountains"

Close up: "House in the Mountains"


Close up: "Castle"


Close up; Crepe Myrtle trees in "Home"

"Secret Garden"

Close up: "Secret Garden"

My Graduation Invites

I’m finally graduating college! I am very much ready for it to be over so I can transition to the next chapter in my life.

The first round of printing didn’t go well, so I’ll be reprinting them after graduation. I decided to make postcards. The front is a photograph of an illustration to achieve the illusion of being 3D. The back lists the details of the event in a hand drawn font I created. This is the actual photo and not the photo of the print (which doesn’t look so well). I hope that makes sense….

I used tape instead of glue to adhere it to the paper. I wanted it to “pop” up and have great shadow.

UPDATE: A Work in Progress, Almost Done!

I continued working on the project from my last post. I’ve finished coloring the little boy, and the flowers on his side yesterday. Today I finished drawing and coloring his sister. Next I have to finished the flowers and mount it. I’m thinking of using a light grey matte board. I took some photos with my cell phone, so they might not be the best quality. I’ll definitely use my camera to take photos of the finished product.


What I’ve been working on…

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on. This is the first of a set of illustrations of two children. I want to call the girl Janie, but I don’t have a name for the boy yet. I’m working on another of the two, from a different angle and enlarged a little.

colored pencil, pen


I’ll take some more photos, plus I’ll take some of the art I painted on a canvas bag over the summer. I’ve been using it to carry my class stuff during summer school and I’ve washed it a few times, so hopefully the work looks as awesome as the day I painted it.

Stumbled on: Children’s Books Illustrations

Vintage children’s book illustration are a passion of mine. The colors, layering, and textures are what usually pop out to me. With this book it was the cute, little, black girls on the cover…something I didn’t see much of in my books as a child.

I found this randomly in the library, and I loved the cover so much that I decided to scan and blog about the cover illustration. I love the details, the hair, clothes, faces, and especially the girls’ loafers. Adorable!

Illustration by Louis Glanzman, words by Mary Stolz

New Projects: Illustrations

I’m working on several things right now. Outside of trying to find a new job, I’ve also been drawing. I finally finished my Texas hill country illustration.

I’m also writing another short story and I’ve been thinking about the characters. Here’s some sketches of the one of the main characters. I’m in the process of getting her a “look” down.

I started this poster, of sort, after a failed attempt at another poster. I’m thinking of making a series of these.

The other day I had a dream I was visiting someone in a beautiful room. This was a sketch of what I remember about the room.


My New Illustrations

I finally finished this last night. I was inspired by the story about the Little Engine That Could.

“¡Lo Puedes Hacer!”

paper, colored pencil, water-soluble pastels, ink

“Groovy Black Girl”

paper, water-soluble pastel

I love vintage children’s books illustrations. I found these two books, Upside Down Day (1968), words by Julian Scheer, pictures by Kelly Oechsli and Just like David (1951) by Marguerite De Angeli, in the library.

The color combinations of blues and greens with the black are beautiful in the right illustration. The left illustration is just a beautiful scene. I’m really drawn to the 60s Modern decor and architecture. I love the long lines of the windows and the landscape outside. The entire color pallet of this book is a funky, 60s, retro, themed colors that seem to be in discord, a little.

I was first drawn to the cover and it’s color scheme. The illustration on the right has great black and white, soft drawing lines. It has a beautiful texture. There are a few scenes done in color. I think they were made using watercolor, but I’m not positive. The ones in color are equally as wonderful as the black and white ones.


Others books I checked out are: When We Were Young: Two Centuries of Children’s Book Illustrations (1977) by Williams Feaver, 101 Alphbets (1958) by W. Ben. Hunt…Ed. C. Hunt, and An Animated Alphabet by Marie Angel.

The second illustrations is by Arthur Rackham, a favorite of mine. He did a series of Alice in Wonderland illustrations that I loves. I really like his use of lines and elongated forms and figures.


An Animated Alphabet has the best intricate, detailed illustrations ever. They’re very realistic. I think the butterflies are my favorite.