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Illustration for Facets

Illustration for the upcoming annual Boo! Bash celebration at Facets.

Boo! Bash is a multi-layered event for families and children, featuring costume competitions, carnival festivities, film screenings, and so on. It takes place in October.

I really enjoyed working on something so playful and for such an incredible place!

Facets is a Chicago-based media arts organization, providing education, conservation, and screenings of independent and international films.

Facets Boo Bash

Album cover for ada and rosalind

ada rosalind album cover

I was approached by pan y rosas discos to design the album cover for Rosalind Hall and Ada Rave’s new improvisational album, a trail, a texture. Pan y Rosas Discos (pyr), is a Chicago-based netlabel that focuses on experimentalal/noise/improvisational music and sound.

The cover is a composition of an ink drawing imposed on a monoprint, with addition of type.

learn more about pyr’s release of the album – http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/pyr158-rosalind-hall-ada-rave-a-trail-a-texture/

‘Nutcracker’ illustrations in the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature

Just received my contributor copies of the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature!  It is a large, bright anthology of classic children’s stories, adaptated by various contemporary artists and illustrators. Edited by Russ Kick, out now from Seven Stories Press.

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, cover

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, book

It was VERY hard to choose which story to adapt, but I finally decided to go with “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. I have always loved the Tchaikovsky ballet, the costumes and the characters. While researching, I learned that the ballet was actually based on the short story by Alexander Dumas, which was actually a re-write of an earlier version by E.T.A Hoffmann, a German writer and composer. The original, written in 1816, is much darker, stranger, and more interesting than the later Dumas version. So of course I had to illustrate the original :)

These began as brush and ink drawings, which were digitally colored for the publication. I later decided to make the images into screen prints. You can see the original handprinted editions on my etsy page

The Battle between Dolls and Mice, detail

The Nutcracker and Doll Kingdom, spread

Seven-Headed Mouse King and The Battle between Dolls and Mice, spread

The Capital

Cover for Newcity’s Year End Super Issue

Cover for Newcity’s Year End super guide to Chicago.

Had a lot of fun with this. The birds, letters and stars were actually cut out of black paper, which was then scanned.

With so much violence and chaos in the news, this was a quiet, personal response to the current state of things… Possibility and hope for tranquility and peace.

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