Sunday, July 3, 2016

This is a recent piece for The Baffler illustrating a story about a woman's fiance who was killed in the war and the night they spent before he was shipped off. I am really happy with how this one turned out and the mood reflects the article quite well.

 Here's a piece I did for the NY Times for an article about Hillary Clinton and women's progress. We went through many sketches and ideas for this one.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

 It's been quite a while since I posted anything. My appologies. Here are a couple pieces from last November.

This one was for Bust magazine about an ex-boyfriend who transitioned into a woman. We went through many sketches and ended up on this idea. An idea I had early on wasn't chosen but I have plans to still take it to finish.

This one was for the NY Times about psychological aid for the homeless in NY. My version is on the top but it was too specific so we decided to turn the couple into silhouettes. I like my little water tank which I added to give viewers a clue that it is NYC.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

 Here's a recent piece for the New York Times about melancholy. I loved the article, and really tried my best to capture the feel of being content in ones own melancholy. The author included many nature inspired visuals including fairy rings and moonlight which I've included. Thanks a bunch to AD Rodrigo Honeywell for the awesome assignment!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

I've been busy. Here's a few recent pieces for the lovely people over at the NY Times.

 This is a piece about trans deaths of people of color. The author's writing style was a bit staccato and gave examples of multiple killings, so I thought multiple portraits were in order. AD Matthew Dorfman.

 There needed to be an element of violence so I mocked up two sketches, one with fingerprints and crime scene smudges, and another with drips.

This one was about the Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra's ancient ruins. There needed to be an element of sadness, and that's where the crack/tear came in. AD Sarah Williamson.

Here are a couple of sketches, one that didn't make the cut, and one that did. I like them both.

 This one is a piece about the apprehension of the mastermind behind the 1996 Khobar Tower attack. I wanted to include the damage and rubble from the attack and also incorporate an idea of imprisonment. The blown out face of the tower and prison bars both had a geometry that screamed to be played with. AD Sarah Williamson

And here's my sketch.

This piece is a commentary on Europe's rail safety after the recent train attack in France. Here I meshed the idea of the security scan and passengers on their commute/trip. AD Sarah Williamson

Here's my sketches. Initially I wanted the scan to read like an x-ray, revealing a snake-like skull that implied danger. it was decided however that the skull was too harsh considering the tragedy and the skull changed to passengers.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

I'm cleaning house and selling some work!! Check out my new store at

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 Here's a piece from a while back for The New York Times Op-Ed about criminalizing fetal homicide and fetuses being granted personhood.  This was a really tough one to figure out but it turned out great thanks to the help of awesome AD Matt Dorfman.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 Here's a new piece for The New York Times Science section about cancer clusters in neighborhoods and how the findings might not be totally accurate. Thanks to Catherine Gilmore-Barnes for this one.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A month ago Le Monde in Paris asked me to contribute an illustration in memory of Charlie Hebdo and in response to the attacks on their office. We were all stunned by this attack. Whether we like or dislike the way Charlie uses their cartoons as commentary, I think we can agree that having the freedom to express your views is important and that any outside threats should not squelch that liberty. As someone who works in the industry of visualizing ideas and making social commentary through pictures, this attack felt like it hit too close to home. Therefore my illustration was meant to emote the sadness we were all feeling but at the same time to emphasize the power the written word and drawn images can have. Sometimes as artists and illustrators we forget the power of our images, and the attack on Charlie Hebdo acts as a reminder and should reinforce our commitment to making strong and purposeful imagery.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

 I came home today to find the newest American Illustration 33 on the doorstep! Yay! I am so honored to be included, and especially honored to be sharing the spread with the amazing Vivienne Flesher! What a serendipitous meeting of two pieces! Thanks to all the judges and congrats to all the selected.

 Here's a studio shot just as an example of how much I love this poster:

While I'm talking about books, my work is also included in the newest Illustration Now book published by Tashen. Yet another honor! This is looking to be a great year!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

 Here's a couple illustrations I worked on over the holidays for Matt Dorfman over at the NYT Op Ed.
The first one is about how abortion and anti-abortion campaigns continue to rely on caricatures of the others view. This was a really tough topic and struggled a bit with concepts until I succumbed to the idea of the cliched caricature. The line was to not offend anyone, but still hold true to the ridiculous stereotypes. I researched tons of old cartoons, and eventually ended up drawing them myself with the help of reference from Richie Rich and a hippie strip from the 70's. This was one of those rare times where frustration and mental block turn into a really fun and successful illustration. Yay!

The next piece was for an article about north east America's racial history. This was a really timely article, with multiple controversies concerning police behavior against black men. I thought the image should be powerful enough to reflect the frustrations in the black community. It was really fun to work on that smoke and collaborate to fit it onto the page.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

 Once again I've been included in Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson's post it show! This commemorates the 10th year of the show which opens tomorrow at Giant Robot here in LA. It's cash and carry and each original piece is only $25. Hope to see you there! Here's a few of my contributions:

I even tried some drawing this time around:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I am super excited to be the guest artist over at For a limited time I'll have tons of awesome prints for sale at multiple price and size ranges. Go get some now in time for the holidays!!