I studied Illustration before I got into Graphic Design. I mostly do digital nowadays, but love watercolor, inks and acrylics as well as other mix media.
I've always been intrigued (and saddened) by the iconic image of a circus seal balancing a ball on it's nose. It's aesthetically appealing to me, yet morally abhorrent. Starting with that in mind, I began to play around with icons and emojis. Click the images to enlarge them.
I have a slight obsession with bears that stems from some reoccurring nightmares and from some real-life encounters. The first nightmare I remember having was a bear breaking through the front door of our house. With that in mind and always a bit of inspiration along with a dark sense of humor, I asked myself: There is a knock at the door…what is the scariest [silliest] thing you can think of being there when you open it?
Upon arriving in Portland in 2013, I volunteered at The Friendly House, a local organization that worked with the elderly – specifically but not exclusively the LGBTQ senior community. I stuffed envelopes, met with some of our neighborhood seniors, and offered my illustration services.