As Small as a Hummingbird

Living in California I have the pleasure of seeing hummingbirds everyday. I keep a feeder close to a window for a good view as they come up to feed. It cracks me up watching turf wars between these little birds over who gets to feed and who is breaking in on our main male’s territory.

The hummingbirds most commonly seen in our area are Annas. The Males have full red heads and the females have a little spot of red under their chin. You can only see this red when they flash these scale like feathers at the sun. Otherwise the areas look black.

I loved the idea of a dinosaur like hummingbird.


This page was sadly neglected in my sketchbook. I drew this image out early in my sketchbook planning. However, because I had left so many pages to complete close to deadline I put all of my focus into developing and completeing ideas for those. Then I ran out of time to go back and finish this image. In part because, I have complicated plans for this page and I didn’t want to develop it in a rush and leaving it potentially looking weird. To me it made more sense to leave it as a sketch with the promise of something to come. I am hoping to finish the image separately in the coming months.

This Dinosaur is the Spinosaurus. It is the size of a Tyrannosaurus Rex but, more like an alligator/crocodile with a giant fin on it’s back. I’m sure those of you that follow my blog understand why I love this dinosaur. Crocodile mixed into Dinosaur? Yes please!

It’s a fairly classic image idea. At the water line with a crocodile but, instead it’s a Spinosaurus. Nothing I have read suggests they swim like this but, I decided they must. It’s going to be fun to finish up this image.


Now the next few pages in the sketchbook have already been online.

However, since you all were so patient waiting to get your third sketchbook page I will show you an update to one of those earlier seen Dinos.

In December, as I made my Octopusnowflakes, I acquired a new and more amazing white pen. With it I was able to add white highlights to bring out the edges.

From here I plan to release my sketchbook pages on Tuesdays. I am setting up a more automatic system so you don’t have to wait. With a preschooler in the house between sickness and events we aren’t always consistent with free time. As I do this it makes me feel like I’m growing up. Getting more responsible with the blog, planning it advance.

A Sketchbook Welcome

Welcoming you to my sketchbook is this pink little T Rex, giving you the biggest smile he can.

Something compels me to make Dinosaurs pink or magenta. I don’t know what it is. I especially liked the idea of a Pink Tyrannosaurus Rex since they are the kings of the jungle. —I heard at one point that the T Rex may have actually been a scavenger. Even though it’s legs were strong, given it’s small arms, it may have only been an eating machine of the already deceased dinosaurs. This claim said they were the vultures of the dinosaurs.  I only heard that once and I’m pretty sure current thoughts do not go along with that now. —

Everybody has their sweet side.

Sketchbook Project 2013 Delivered!

January 15, the day the 2013 Sketchbook Project had to be postmarked, came upon me so quickly; it was almost as bad as the eminently approaching Christmas Time. As passing years have gotten me used to properly planning for Christmas I am still not used to a looming deadline just two weeks after it. My son has his birthday in the middle of January. Every year, so far, I have neglected to do any planning for a party until the day before New Years, when everything is closed. So I have to wait until January 2nd when they give you a dirty look for making plans at their establishment so close to when you want to have the event. So, as Matt and I scrambled to prepare a birthday party, get decorations, a guest list, and make a cake from scratch (because we don’t do many things the easy way) my sketchbook almost did not get finished.

Some of you may remember how I got an early start on my Sketchbook Project and was smartly working through my spreads in July and August. When there were no other looming personal deadlines. Once October got here the last half of the book was postponed until December and January. Additionally, to make all of this more fun, I got so sick I could hardly get out of bed for the first week of January.

From bed, while watching Doctor Who in the background(yes I have finally starting watching the show! I started with the 2005 seasons), I sketched up the remaining pages of my sketchbook. Even with the obstacles, I am incredibly happy with my results. This is my third book and it was the hardest to mail away to the Brooklyn Art Library. I will miss not being able to show it in hand to friends. So, I hope you will all go look for it when it visits your cities! It should be hard to miss, I decided to go ahead and attach glitter paper to the cover. You know Tony DiTerlizzi kept showing off all his glitter for his Christmas window, I felt we still needed more glitter.

The goal was reached!

I am so glad I got this sketchbook done. I hope you are able to spend some time with it and flip through all of the pages. For today I am only posting one spread. I think I will continuing posting one spread a week for a while and eventually, once it is digitized, link you to the Sketchbook Project’s official page for it. I think it is a nicer experience for seeing all of the pages together.

And as I post this I will tweet it and it will be my 6,000th tweet! Making it a big one. Let’s rock 2013!

Sketchbook Project 2012

Okay time to make the longest scrolling post I can today! I finished my sketchbook project just in time toget to the post office by the end of the day. It means my final product looks a bit more like a color comp but I’m happy with it. I didn’t compromise any page, no spread was simplified in the base drawing, I just did my watercolors REALLY fast. It’s a sketchbook right? It’s not supposed to be perfect. Unless you look at most of the other submissions, people take this project to an incredible level. Such as Emily Grandin or Alina Chau’s from 2011 or Gina Perry to name a few.
I didn’t procrastinate getting my book done this month, the procrastinated happened over the summer. I waited to finish it when I was scheduled to the max! I couldn’t let myself not complete my book. So, I didn’t sleep last night and missed a few meals today but it’s done! This is how it looked as it went out the door.

Monochromatic: Where did the other colors go?!

I do realize a couple of my animals aren’t the appropriate sizing in comparison to each other but, I wasn’t trying to be perfectly accurate.

Monochromatic – 7

Here is the line art for page 7! Things have been so busy my sketchbook project has been languishing in the sidelines. I decided to warm up by drawing this page. I will add in the monotone later.

It has been a wild 5 days. On Friday I was featured on Behance Network’s front page! As of today I am on page 2 of their featured projects. I am beside myself with the recognition my Animals in Alphabet has received. Since then a few other websites have picked up my project, Plog(they actually posted a couple days before the Behance release),, chuk*num, blogyst, and Don Serifa. I have been doing my best to keep up sending thanks you and responding to questions. Thank you everyone for sharing my work. I appreciate all of the comments. The response is so encouraging. I want to get to work making more art.

If you have popped over here and are wondering, the X is missing but, is planned to be completed in February. That is when I will have time to finish it.

Thank you!

I’m head over heals!