Ohioana Book Festival Poster
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I am so excited I got to work on the Ohioana Book Festival this year!

From the website: "The Ohioana Library Association was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians. By the early 1930s the Library had outgrown its space in the Governor’s Mansion and moved into the new State Office Building at 65 S. Front Street, where it remained until 2001. Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio then moved to the renovated Jeffrey Mining Corporate Center near downtown Columbus. Today the Library’s holdings include more than 45,000 books by or about Ohioans; 10,000 pieces of sheet music; biographical files on notable Ohioans; personal papers of Ohio authors and artists; and numerous scrapbooks created by Ohio civic and cultural organizations. The collection does not circulate, but is available for in-library use."

I saw their previous year's posters and loved how open the design requirements were.

I did five concepts:

 I flirted with two different directions. Ohio has always been very active in the space program and I thought that could be a possibility. I also came up with a couple weird animal ideas I did not think they would ever go for. I was super excited when they chose this idea.

Final concept sketch

Process gif
Final art:
Final poster art

Holiday Card 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! Let's make the world a better place in 2018...

The card features the triskelion, Celtic symbol for progress, personal growth and improvement.

I did not think I would get a card done this year but I got an urge to draw a unicorn!

Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant on NSTA Trade Book List and Best STEM Book of 2018 List
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
I am so excited that the book I illustrated for Arbordale Publishing, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant written by Songju Ma Daemicke is an NSTA Outstanding Trade Book, a list coordinated with the Children's Book Council and National Science Teachers Association.

The book was really a delight to illustrate. It is an engaging story and I loved researching costume and architecture for it's ancient Chinese setting.

UPDATE: Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was also selected as a Best STEM BOOK for 2018 by the NSTA and CBC in addition to best trade book! A double honor!


We made School Library Journal's

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books

Drawing Database: Marc Leone NKU
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Marc Leone interviewed me for the NKU Drawing Database. It was a lot of fun!

SCBWI and Books By the Banks
Monday, October 23, 2017
I am doing an SCBWI talk 7-8:30pm at Upper Arlington Main Library in Columbus tomorrow (October 24th). If you are in the area, stop by and say hi! It is open to the public!

I will also be at Books By the Banks Saturday. It is a wonderful book festival great for Christmas shopping! 

My 2011 poster
Tara Calahan King's 2017 poster

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