As you might already know, I’ve jumped into The 100 Day Project inspired by Elle Luna, attempting to tackle #100daysofdrawingonphotos. At the time of writing I’ve made it to day 10 and have been posting drawings each day on my Instagram account @thereul (and cross-posting on Facebook) – here are a few favorites so far:


More info on the project in my recent Writer’s Rumpus Post: Instagram & #the100dayproject.

If you’re doing 100 days of something, let me know! I’d love to check out your work.

New post on writers’ rumpus

Wrote up a new post on observation for animation illustration & writing on Writers’ Rumpus – the final installment of the 3-part series. Includes notes on how I use reference from Pinterest, like this pinboard – one of my favorites:


Portfolio update


Just updated my illustration portfolio – check it out here! Sneak peek at some fun new projects, mostly still under wraps…

Museum of Science Mural project

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a super neat project for the Discovery Center at the Museum of Science, working with the staff members to develop a 16 – foot – long mural of New England Forest Animals.  Here’s a bunch of the progress work, with some color comps, one linework variation (we’re still moving some stuff around, so the final won’t look quite like this), an early rough sketch and super rough early thumbnail. MOS_thumbnail_forest_sunset_v1 MOS_thumbnail_forest_sunset_v2 MOS_thumbnail_forest_sunset_v3MOS_thumbnail_forest_colorlinework_2-1-16MOS_thumbnail_forest_linework MOS_forest_animals_panel_thumbnail

Bonus: some fun animal studies I did in preparation for the final linework – if you follow me on Instagram (@thereul) you might have seen some of them already. Hoping to finish up the project in the next couple months – will try to post final photos when it’s all up!
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Writers’ Rumpus


Writers’ Rumpus, a great blog for writers & illustrators of children’s books, recently invited me to join. Part one of my three part series, Animation, Illustration and Writing just went live this morning!  It includes lots of process pieces on development work for “Monster of Lake Quannapowitt”- check it out here:

Animation, Illustration and Writing – Part 1: Iterations

UPDATE: Also posted Part 2: Planning & Part 3: Observation. Lots of fun spreadsheets & photo ref, my favorite!


flower ritual


Another gif for loopdeloop.org a couple months back, for the theme “ritual”.

Little Red


“She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him.”

Just finished up a new piece, “Little Red”, for submission to the SCBWI Tomie dePaola 2015 illustrator award.   The goal was to illustrate a line from Philip Pullman’s version of the tale – the rest of the excerpt can be read on the prompt page.

I started off with pencil sketches, then re-did the sketches, experimented with the lines and painted the piece all in photoshop – here’s a little process gif!