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Me and my open source software

When I was teaching art full-time, I was always on the lookout for open source software solutions for my students. Naturally, I like to experiment with them myself, so that I can answer basic questions. Here’s a little animation experiment I made with Pencil2D. The quote is from an Ellen Lupton typography text.

Christmas Cards Paper Dolls

Merry Lolita Christmas!

A fascination with Lolita fashion led to a Lolita-themed Christmas paper doll set. After researching the various Lolita styles, I made interpretations using holiday visual elements and colors. The final art was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Lolita Christmas doll and cover Red Kodona Lolita and Sweet Lolita costumes. Basic Lolita costume and green Kodona Lolita suit.

Christmas Cards Paper Dolls

Holly & Ivy

Holly & Ivy paper doll set dolls and text.

I had the idea of creating a holiday paper doll set based on the Christmas carol, “The Holly and the Ivy”. The resulting set has two mirror-imaged dolls: Holly and Ivy. Each has 3 costumes based on famous Holly and Ivy characters, either in film, television, or real life.

Holly has costumes previously worn by: Holly White (Breaking Bad), Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and Holly Hobbie (American Greetings character).

Ivy wears ensembles previously worn by: Ivy Stuart (Downton Abbey), Ivy Winters (RuPaul’s Drag Race), and Ivy Supersonic (American fashion designer).

In the way that 2016’s Talaxian Paper Doll set functioned, the costumes fit into the slit under the dolls’ chins.Holly paper doll costumes

Ivy costumes for Ivy in the "Holly & Ivy" paper doll set.

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Inktober 2017

Inspired by the work of Rob Draper on paper cups, plates, and napkins, I made my Inktober 2017 drawings on paper plates. I wanted to pay tribute to the drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as I have been watching that every season that it has been produced for television.

I used the most inexpensive paper plates I could find at the store. I like the way the fluted edges photographed. Granted, the images here were shot by me quickly, using my iPhone 5, late at night as I finished a drawing.


2017 Addy Awards

So, some work I entered in the Addys got noticed.

3 new Addy Awards came home with me from our local Addy event. The illustration series I created for my Talaxian paper doll received a Gold Addy and a Judges Choice Award.

Talaxian paper doll art

My design for the invitation to the opening of an exhibition of Osmo Visuri’s water color paintings received a Silver Addy.

The outside art and envelope for the 2016 Osmo Visuri art exhibition Inside of the Visuri invitation

Paper Dolls

Wild West Steampunk Pantins

The theme for our local ad club’s Addy Awards show was Wild West Steampunk. I created these pantins, which were included in the centerpieces on the tables. It was great fun watching the attendees play with the pantins, take selfies with the pantins, and ultimately, take the pantins home!

The work began as pencil sketches on paper, then inked on Grafix Dura-Lar film. The inked work was then scanned, and colored in Adobe Photoshop.


Osmo Visuri Invitation

I designed this invitation for an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Finnish artist, Osmo Visuri. The paintings had been held by a local collector and friend of the artist for almost 30 years, unseen by the public. It was my great pleasure to assist in bringing this beautiful work out, to be enjoyed by all.

This invitation received a Silver Addy Award in the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Coast AAF Addy Awards.

Osmo Visuri InvitationInside of the Visuri invitation

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While you were powered down . . .

Combine yarn-bombing with scratchboard art and add in a robot to get this piece I call While You Were Powered Down. I made this piece of scratchboard using the DIY instructions from this post on



Reef Ball Team Graphic 2015

My sister organized a scuba trip last year to place reef balls in the Bahamas to help rehabilitate the eco-system. I didn’t get to go to the Bahamas, but I did get to create a graphic for the team t-shirts.

reef ball team graphic