Tree of Stars

It’s no secret I love doodling, sketching, and painting stars and galaxies – at least my version of them anyways. I think they are sublime. Space is terrifying and beautiful at the same time, which feels like a perfect metaphor to embarking on a creative journey. In this video I had the challenge of creating a sketchbook cover. Instead of the …

4 Podcasts to Inspire + Motivate Your Creativity

Something I discovered is that being an illustrator – or a creative in general – means you have to be a business savvy person. Your creative work is really only one piece of the puzzle. It’s a very important piece but really, without doing the work to make your business viable, it will never matter how talented you are. I …

Paris 2016: Vlog + Time Lapse Painting

Last year I got to visit Paris for the fourth time in my life. Paris in the fall is brisk, bright and beautiful. It’s beautiful any time of the year but really, autumn holds its own special kind of magic. I fell in love with it so much that I took a job interview and nearly moved there. Of course every …

Our Deepest Fear

I was chatting with a friend about the hurdles one faces in a creative career. I talked about the struggles and the frustrations and the confusion; I kept saying, “Oh I don’t know if I can do that. I’m not sure I’m brave enough or have the right voice/look/style/experience….” etc. etc. etc. It was then and there that she interrupted …

6 Useful Resources for Illustrators

If you are just starting out, I know it can be completely be overwhelming to decide where to begin (I really know that feeling all too well). On top of that, if you have no one else in your life that has been where you are now (I know about that too), who do you go to answer those big …

Creative Compendium 05.02.17

As I sit next to the window in my castle in the sky (I live really high up and it’s way more fun to imagine living in a floating castle), I’m thinking: what is this Creative Compendium? I’m sure it will evolve and this format may change but for now, it’s a time to reflect back on the week and note moments and …

Edmonia Lewis – Master Study

In university, I was fortunate enough to study something I really loved: art history (although it took me a while to get there from engineering; but that’s a story for another time). It was a fabulous degree to have taken. More recently, I was inspired by a video Minnie Small made on master studies for your sketchbook. In an effort to …

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