Recent Sketchbook Roundup



As many of you know, drawing in my sketchbook is how I spend a lot of my time outside of my job as an illustrator. Recently, I’ve begun working in THREE different sketchbooks, all of which have different purposes and different paper — something for every mood! I’ve got my regular square format sketchbook with regular paper, I’ve got my moleskine watercolor sketchbook (which is fairly large) and I’ve now also got my “messy” sketchbook, which is actually just a vintage book about Germany that I’m purposefully painting and collaging in as a way to practice being messier in my art-making. Today I wanted to share some of the sketchbooks I’ve made since December.

You can follow along with all of my sketchbook escapades by following me on Instagram and you can also view past sketchbooks here on my website.

Do you want ideas for drawing in your own sketchbook? I teach two different classes on Creativebug to get you started. The first is simply called Sketchbook Explorations. And the other is called More Sketchbook Explorations. I recommend taking the first and then diving into the second.

Drawing and a book in a book can be a very liberating experience because you are not focusing on making a “finished” piece of art for framing or display. When your book is filled, it’s a wonderful experience to flip through the pages!

Happy drawing. Have a great Friday!











The Joy of Swimming Website & Book Tour!




Lovers of swimming! Swimmers, young and old! I’m so excited to let you know that we’ve nailed down some dates for the book tour for my latest book: The Joy of Swimming. This book has been a labor of love, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are evolving as we near our April release date (April 17th!). I hope you will mark your calendars & join me for a book signing or Q&A if you are near any of these cities:

San Francisco, CAApril 26th, 7-9 pm California College of the Arts (San Francisco), Timken Hall // here I’ll be giving a talk on stage about the book and also having a conversation with stellar open water swimmer Kimberley Chambers (who is featured in the book), book signing to follow.
Manhattan, NY: May 8th, 2-4 pmStrand Books // I’ll be at Strand signing books from 2-4.
Brooklyn, NY: May 11th 7-9 pmPowerhouse Arena // here I’ll be giving a talk about the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Minneapolis, MNMay 13th 9-10:30 amCreative Mornings at Minneapolis Institute of Arts // here I’ll be giving a talk about the process of making The Joy of Swimming (and my process for making books in general), followed by a book signing.
Seattle, WAMay 24th 7-9 pmUniversity Bookstore // here I’ll be giving a short talk about the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Portland, OR: TBA

Also, today, I’m so excited to unveil The Joy of Swimming’s bright and shiny new website! Head on over for information about the book, sneak peek spreads, tour dates, to pre-order the book and more.

I leave you with a spread from the book — some tidbits about public swimming pools in Paris…


Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Join Me at Refocus Northwest!



Friends, I am so excited to let you know about a brand new creative retreat in the Pacific Northwest for people wanting to refocus, re-inspire, or revamp their creative careers. Refocus Northwest is a get-away designed to support your efforts to get serious about your creative next step. Join us for this weekend of learning, sharing, making and camping…in amazing vintage trailers at the infamous Sou’wester. You’ll learn from entrepreneurs who have built successful creative businesses, we’ll have fun creating some very cool projects and we’ll be inspired by the beauty of the NW coast. We’ll drink coffee, sit by the campfire and get to know each other.

I’ll be there and will be giving a talk on Saturday morning. I can’t wait!

The deets:
Dates: April 29 – May 2, 2016
Where: Sou’wester in Seaview Washington (cutest accommodations ever)
Register here.

Space is limited so register today.


Join Me for Skillshare’s #MonthofLearning!



Friends, I’m very excited to take part in the Skillshare #MonthOfLearning. Up your savvy as an illustrator with my class on Understanding and Executing a Creative Brief.  Join me for a 40-minute deep dive into a typical illustration assignment: understanding a creative brief, getting all the information you need to execute an assignment, working professionally and efficiently with clients through every phase, and balancing your personal style with proper execution of an assignment. This class will give you straightforward information that demystifies professional illustration with frameworks to help you understand each phase so that you can execute assignments with grace and ease.

If you are already registered with Skillshare, just head to class! Or sign up for a free trial (tons of amazing classes available with your subscription!).

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


My 31 Day Drawing Challenge Has Begun!



Friends, TODAY IS THE DAY! Join me for a 31 Day Drawing Challenge starting today!

This class is different from anything I’ve ever done with Creativebug, because this class is 31 days long! Before you say “NO WAY!” — let me explain: every day for the 31 days of the month of January, you draw for just a few minutes alongside me. Each day, I’ll show you how to draw an ordinary object or bit of nature a handful of different ways.

There’s nothing like starting off the new year with a big creative challenge. I’ve hand-picked 31 objects to draw, and I demonstrate several ways to render each object using just your imagination. This creative exercise is designed to help you embrace wonkiness and imperfections, all while learning to see everything around you—be it bird or bikini—as artistic fodder. Here’s a little trailer you can watch to get a better idea.

Learn how to draw 31 different objects in a variety of ways, embrace imperfections, create stylized drawings and explore different patterns and motifs. The class will be ongoing and available after January 31, so if you want to take it more slowly, that’s also fine! Want to get ready for the class now? Get a pad of 9×12 paper (though any old paper will do) and your favorite pens or pencils! We’re getting started today, January 1, but you can join in any time this month (the class remains up after January is over for you take at your own pace).

You can view the class page and register for Creativebug here  — just click on the START YOUR FREE TRIAL red button on the upper right of your screen if you are not already a member of Creativebug. The monthly membership after your free trial is just $4.95 a month — a steal for all the amazing content!

Want to take full advantage of your Creativebug subscription? There are tons of cool classes on the site! My Sketchbook Explorations classes was the top Creativebug class in 2015, and my Basic Line Drawing class was the top class of 2014! All of these classes and more are available on Creativebug! Watch the video of the top classes for 2015 here.

Hope to see you in class!