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The San Diego Zoo Centennial Book is Out!!!
Monday, January 11, 2016
Book Cover
The book I illustrated for the San Diego Zoo for their Centennial Celebration is out! It was an amazing project to work on and the author, Shari Lyon is wonderful.

Here are a couple spreads:


It is about a Galapagos turtle named Speed and a baby orangutan named Pongo who travel through the zoo at night reminiscing about the first animals brought there.

Here it is on display at the zoo. I hope to do a signing there soon. You can buy it here: http://shopsandiegozoo.com/collections/centennial/products/childrens-book-cd-paws-hoofs-and-wings

Surrounded by hero plushes!
Shari with a couple fans...



Holiday Wishes!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
2015 has been a crazy year; wonderful in so many ways! The biggest is I have my hearing back thanks to Dr. CaJacob's skilled hands! I also have tiny titanium implants in my ears, which is way cool! I have otosclerosis, a hereditary hearing loss which causes the ear bones to calcify and preventing the sound waves from getting to the cochleas. Now I can hear normally; it is amazing and no more hearing aids!


It looks like it will be another crazy year in 2016. I have a lot of great things lined up and am kicking things off with a trip to Costa Rica with some friends and a university group.

I plan to do a lot of sketching and painting while there.

Here is a sketch from recent trip to the Krohn Conservatory with a group of fabulous ladies. Their holiday display is extraordinary and they add to it every year.


Final sketch...

On location
Sarah, me, Amy, Anisha, and Vanessa




Camus and Sage is Available!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Bison in winter...
Camus and Sage is out! Order it signed from the link to the left.

It was written by amazing non-fiction writer Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.

Here is a nice mention from the CBC website in their Hot off the Press feature:  http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc_book/camas-sage-a-story-of-bison-life-on-the-prairie/#.VmnWcL-odWV






Live Art at AASL
Monday, November 30, 2015
Final Painting
Arbordale Publishing asked me to do a signing at their booth at AASL in November.

I did a little live painting in the booth. It was a fun day!

I am currently sinking my teeth into another book for them out next fall. Details soon!

The Arbordale Crew



Travel Fever and Zoo Sketches
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Adorable, shell shocked baby fox
I went to the Cincinnati Zoo with Amy Bogard and Robin Ewers Carnes Friday to get some live sketching in on a beautiful day!

The animals were delightfully active and it was a good day to be out in peak fall color.

I was particularly obsessed with the baby gray fox above. He looked so new and vulnerable. He eventually curled up and had the pose my cat has when he is settling down with his ears in the owl position.

Our other favorites were the merekats, the lions, the African painted dogs and the Visayan warty pigs.

A composite of my sketches from my mini-sketchbook
We also saw the Sumatran Rhino before he leaves this Thursday for Indonesia.

He was pretty chill and enjoying a spa day in his mud bath...


Farewell Harry!
See all of our artwork here on the Cincinnati Illustrators Blog!


Wrestling lion cubs-too cute!


In other news, I am planning to go to Costa Rica the beginning of January. I am still playing the airfare chess game, so hopefully I can get a good deal. It would better be described as a shell game. I think the artificial intelligence that puts together these flight legs is some kind of sadist. It is a system designed to give you kind of what you are looking for but deliberately not.

I look forward to sketching there!









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