Specimens for SF Bazaar at Maker Faire

Totally excited that I got into SF Bazaar at Maker Faire! Go here for details. It has meant that I am in deep production of many specimens. Here are some works in progress and I prepare them for full preservation. Taking pictures before the caps go on is nice because you get a little more light on their heads.

I’m working on making many small and mini specimens for the show. Here is the first batch. They are all of the amphibian and reptile creature variety.


I am introducing Hippopotamus Specimens to my repertoire. Here are two angles of one of the Hippos.

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I am playing with longer specimens within my regular jars. This is a long Diplodocus wrapped a bit around itself to fit into its jar.








Finally for this post of new, the new long vials. They will have amphibians, reptiles, and sharks.

long specimens

These are the new categories I have gotten to thus far. I have some other ideas I’m hoping to flesh out by May 20th. Now that this update is made, I’m going to get to it!

Biology Class Readying for Designer Con

Designer Con is just around the corner and I’m busy at work preserving and jarring specimens. This year I have Unicorn Fetuses. Unicorns like Rhinos aren’t born with a horn. They have a shaped patch where a horn will eventually grow.

Many specimens are being jarred up. I have dinosaurs, amphibians, fish, lizards and more.

Also, it is hoped that I will have ceramic specimens. This is still in-a-work in progress stage so, they may only come available after Designer Con. More will be known in the following weeks.

For now, if you want a specimen accessory for Halloween check out my etsy shop. I posted a couple necklaces, a set of earrings and a few specimens.




Happy Halloween!

Begging Dino



This isn’t any breed of dinosaur in particular. He just came to mind while I was sketching. He’s definitely a mixed breed, big human-like toes, puppy attitude and  feathery covering.

I feel like you can see a Seussian influence as well. Seuss was definitely the first children’s book illustrator I started mimicking when I was in my early drawing years. I’m not sure why I strayed so far from a cartoon style and went more realistic overall. College classes and influence at that time? My hope this year is to finalize addressing my focus and make a more solid and consistent portfolio.

Transition! It seems like this has been the moto of my life for over a year now. I look forward to a settled life for more than two years at a time. This includes moving house. Maybe this will be the year?

How big do you imagine this dinosaur to be? Is he human height or dog height or chicken height?

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!