Coloring Videos

I don’t get to do standalone illustration pieces too often anymore because I spend most of my time working on comics. With comic panels, the focus is usually focused on the characters and the dialog, so it’s refreshing to do an illustration where I can spend more time on the background and really have an attention to detail. With that in mind, I decided to set aside some time to color this piece in one sitting so I could make a video capturing the process and highlighting some of the smaller details of the piece. The original video is about 4 hours long… but I sped it up quite a bit to upload, because no one wants to see 4 hours of me being indecisive about what color to make a blanket.

I’m working in photoshop. The main tools I use are the pencil tool, the magic wand, the eyedropper, and the paint bucket. In these videos you’ll see me referencing another piece, which is the opposite side of the promotional postcard that I had finished first. Since they’re a pair, I wanted them to have similar colors. I also reference a character sheet for skin and hair colors. I don’t do anything too fancy, but I’m always open to answering questions anyone might have about my process! I know it can be confusing watching someone else work, especially when it’s in a time-lapse video.

If you like any of the songs from the videos, the Soundcloud links are in the video descriptions on Youtube. Thanks to the artists (Mild Wild, CSUS, and Vetash) for letting people use their music for videos!

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Scholastic Book Fairs

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I have very fond memories of going to Scholastic Book Fairs when I was a student. What could be better than seeing your school library transformed into a kids-only bookstore?! I grew up in a small town (and before ordering books off of the internet was as easy as it is now), so it always felt like a treat to be able to discover new books and make purchasing decisions for myself. I never imagined that when I was older I’d see my own work on those familiar shelves and in the Scholastic catalog.

I was so excited to see these pictures from the Book Fair at my cousin’s school and when my partner’s mom texted me that my book was in Arrow… right next to a Goosebumps book, no less! It’s a huge honor to see CLICK in such good company and hopefully becoming part of a new generation of readers’ fond memories.

CAMP - it's almost here!

I got some advanced copies of CAMP in the mail today! I practically tackled the delivery guy when I saw the HMH logo on the packages he was carrying.

This is my first time seeing the finished book in person and it’s really exciting. Having a physical copy of the book feels so different from looking at the files on my computer screen. I can’t wait until next month when I can share Olive and Willow’s adventure with everyone!