Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mandala Monday!

I love doodling! And doodling in the form of Mandalas is something I've been doing a lot lately- just for fun! It's very relaxing and meditative to me. And sometimes I work in a quote that I like! So I am devoting every Monday's blog post to sharing some of my mandalas! The quote below is from the Baha'i Writings.

And this quote is also from the Baha'i Writings!

The marks at the left are a record of the type of lines I used in this Mandala.

Happy Drawing!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Picture Book by Phyllis Ring, Illustrated By Me Coming Soon From Bellwood Press!

Cover Art by Leona Hosack
The cover art for Jamilla Does Not Want A Bat In Her House soon to be available from

So excited that soon (hopefully in time for the Baha'i winter holiday called Ayyam-i-ha, in February) the picture book Jamilla Does Not Want A Bat In Her House, written by Phyllis Ring and illustrated by me, will be released by Bellwood Press!

This is the first sketch I came up with for page 3 of the book.
I ended up changing the format when I learned more of what the editors wanted in terms of size and shape.

Jamila watching her parents trying to catch the bat!
In the text it mentions Jamila getting dizzy watching the bat fly, so I decided to add some lines and stars to show the dizziness!
Art by Leona Hosack
The color version of page 3!
And how do you go about developing a character for a children's book anyway? Below is a great video by my favorite illustration teacher Will Terry on how to do just that!

Happy Drawing!