Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Summer of the Rabbits, Coming Spring 2012

I am beyond excited to announce that my first picture book (written by Linda Martin) will be coming out in the Spring of 2012! More details coming soon, but for now here is a sneak peek at my cover design of Linda's first book, The Summer of the Rabbits. (Published by Gauthier Publications)

Chapel Hill Prints For Sale!

This post is for all of you UNC fans and fellow Tar Heels. Over the summer I created a map of Chapel Hill, NC for the amazing illustrated map competition @ hosted by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell. While I didn't win the competition we have teamed up with Great Big Canvas to sell prints and stretched canvas prints of my map. Purchase a print or canvas as a gift or for yourself at

Check back in to AFI soon to see some fun new projects coming out in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New kids promo hits the streets!

Over the past few months I have decided to take a stab at digital collage. This new promo designed for the children's market is one of my first attempts and I was pretty happy with the results. I would love to know what YOU think!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cousin Jack's Food Cart

After quite a bit of work (and time) Cousin Jack's new food cart is finally up and running. When we first discussed the project Kim and Dave (amazing people and owners of Cousin Jack's) were interested in redesigning the packaging for their yummy pasties but the gig quickly spiraled into this fun, but challenging food cart wrap (see photos below). The originals are about a quarter of the size of the actual cart and made completely of cut paper. The food cart will travel around Oregon to different events over the summer and eventually set up shop next to the U of O campus.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday School

I was recently asked to make a donation for an auction held by a non-profit preschool located in my hometown. Since I attended Tuesday School way, WAY back in the day I was excited to donate a print for the auction. I don't know what the print will bring in for the school but it was more than worth it to make the donation just to find a photo like the one below in my inbox this past weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cut Paper Collage Demo at the University of Oregon

Hi Friends!
Anyone following me in Eugene should come by the University of Oregon's students stores on Saturday, April 30th, from 2-4pm for a demo of my cut paper collage technique. For more details check out the link below.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Going to the Chapel

About a month ago I was commissioned to create a customized save the date by a bride-to-be who was looking for something unique. The illo. was a blast to develop because I recreated the location of their wedding and then placed the bride and groom in the scene. We went through a few sketches and changes before finally settling on the cut paper image below. I've included a few process pieces to give you a better idea of how I develop a cut paper illustration.

First Sketch...this was a little too informal so we began
to work more with photos of the wedding location.

Wedding Location

Second Sketch

Third Sketch
Final sketch. After working through a few options we combined elements from each sketch to come up with this image.

Once the final sketch is approved I create patterns of my
basic shapes and develop a color palette to work from.

After all of the details and the papers are glued down I use cardboard to raise figures and objects in the foreground. The type in the image is hand lettered and the type at the top and bottom was applied digitally after scanning the finished illo.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Accepted into SILA!!!

2011 started out at full speed and I've neglected the blog for a few weeks but I'm returning with some exciting news. My illustration, Oil Island was accepted into the 49th annual Society of Illustrators West (SILA) competition! The original is currently on display at Gallery Nucleus ( in LA and can also be found on the SILA website,

In addition to the SILA show I am happy to announce that some of my illustrations are now being sold through Oopsy Daisy as stretched canvas wall art for kids! To view the first set of illustrations that will be available online and in stores nationwide please visit