Robson-inspired sketches

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Since I have been home taking care of Robson the last few months, AND trying to keep up with my full-time gig – doing any additional sketching seems like a pipe dream! BUT… once in a while, I am able to carve out a precious hour or two to do some art for myself.

Here are a few I have done so far:


Robson in the Woods admiring the trees as she does on our daily walks. 🙂 [digital]



Robson running around with multiple sweaters all day. Sometimes she wears 3 at a time. 🙂 [digital]



Robson and I go to the same park almost every day near our house. I love looking at this massive tree that reminds me of a mysterious cave. I finally drew it from memory. 🙂 [digital]


“Downside Up” book is for sale NOW!

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This is exciting news for me! The book that my friend Peter Walker wrote, “Downside Up”, and I have illustrated for almost two years is for sale on Amazon NOW! It is also available in Barnes & Noble bookstores in the States! You can buy it or 🙂 And if you like it, please feel free to leave a review!


This is the first project that I have worked on that I have fully been able to combine my art and my faith, and I am so excited it is available for purchase! It’s also the first published book I have illustrated 🙂

Feel free to like the Facebook page for more updates! Here is a synopsis of the book: “A picture book for grown-ups! Satire and humor in rhyme and verse about Jesus, the church, and what’s gone wrong! Is there any reason for hope?”

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A couple teaser illustrations:

The front and back covers:

Last sketches of 2015

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This October – December was the busiest on record, what with starting a new show at the studio, piles of freelance, and selling and buying a house…… so sadly my sketches took a backseat. I managed to squeak out a few, here they are!

For Inktober 2015:

A couple sketches in time for “Back to the Future” Day! [Brush pen on Moleskine sketchbook.]



A couple sketches of some of the regular dogs that frequent our studio 🙂 [Brush pen on Moleskine sketchbook.]




And of course a sketch of our cat Mowgli in his favourite position.


I managed to fit in two commissions done as Christmas gifts for clients. The first one was for a couple who had just gotten married and loved trees, hence the background. The second was for someone who is a composer. Both digital.




Winery-inspired commission

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A friend contacted me to do a commission for her and her hubby who were going to celebrate an anniversary. They share a love of visiting wineries, so she told me that she would love to have that incorporated somehow into it.

She also said that their phrase they always say to each other is “That’s amore!”, so I wanted to make sure I included that somewhere.

Here is what I came up with!

Rough sketch [digital]:

missi_andy_roughFinal colour version [digital]:



Character designs for unnamed project

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I was asked to do a few exploratory character designs for a project, and here is what I came up with! I tried a few different styles, and it was fun just to draw a few different versions of the character I had in my head.

Brush pen and pencil crayon:







Brush pen & pencil crayon:


Brush pen & colerase pencil:


Brush pen & pencil crayon:


Painting a Norma

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In doing my own sketch series for “Orange is the New Black”, I thought I would do Norma in a bit of a different media – watercolour. I need to get back into the real paints!! Here is how she turned out, step-by-step:

1 – Rough sketch:


2 – Blocking in the skin colour:


3 – Adding hair and shirt colour


4 – Final details with brush pen and pigma liner



OITNB’s Big Boo

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Up next in my Orange is the New Black series of sketches – Big Boo! She is tough to love but still loveable 🙂 [But don’t mess with her!]