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The Intercept 

Publishing Date: 2020
Role: Illustrator






I worked with the editorial team at the Intercept to create an editorial illustration for their feature story: Letters from Eloy Prison. The letter was written by a detainee in Eloy Prison who took great risk to report on the conditions of the prison during lockdown.

The goal of the artwork was to achieve a tonal balance with the serious nature of the story, while at the same time feeling in line with the editorial design strategy of the Intercept.

To achieve this, I relayed heavily on the brand colors of the Intercept: blue, black, and green. The main character is heroed in red to draw attention of the eye as well as hit an emotional connection of alarm.






 

ACLU’s COVID STORY

Role: Co-Director, Art Director
Date: 2020
The ACLU video production team approached me to co-direct an animated film that highlighted the story of woman’s struggle for reproductive rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The process of creating the film involved planning to meet a number of milestones to complete the piece. The unique nature of this being tied to a court case meant that we needed to make sure the story was approved by the ACLU’s legal department.


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Storyboards

Style Frames






To see the animated film: ACLU’s COVID STORY



Followers Book Cover
Date: 2019
Role: Illustrator

FOLLOWERS is about the deep, profound relationships shared among women. The novel is set in New York City. Its backdrop is a futuristic, modern world, rich with complicated and dark twists.

We are introduced to Orla and Floss who are ambitious, young, and ruthless. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goals of megastardom. Their journey parallels the future of media consumption and the obsession with celebrity. In the end, it’s ultimately an optimistic story about love, friendship, and ambition.

The invitation to illustrate the cover of FOLLOWERS was somewhat unconventional. I was brought on to the project at the request of the author, Megan Angelo. Megan had found my work through my agency representation, Lindgren & Smith. Megan was attracted to my portfolio of work as it is primarily women-focused and depicted “femaleness” as bold, bright, and modern.

The production of the cover was a collaboration between myself and Erin Craig, the Creative Director of Trade Publishing at Harlequin in Toronto.  We faced a number of design challenges. We needed to find aclever, eye catching way to present the tone of the story without spoiling the plot.

We pulled inspiration in a number of themes: love, friendship, ambition, envy, image, celebrity, fame, technology, entertainment, consumption, media, etc.   


We decided on the sketch that would become the cover:  A woman’s face, repeating indefinitely into the distance. The repetition of the figures speaks to overlapping aspects of the narrative. It serves as an abstract depiction of a future of digital media, all while simultaneously nodding to society’s imitation of celebrity culture.


The next step in the design challenge was to solve for color. Our goal was to find a color pallet that would suite the narrative tone: modern, futuristic, and bright. The combination of colors would demand attention on a bookshelf, yet differentiate itself from other books in its genre. We decided on a striking analogous color set: blue, purple, and pink.



To wrap up the cover design, the title of the novel had to fit on the cover with the illustration. FOLLOWERS as a title is a single word with nine characters--It’s quite long for a single world title. We wouldn’t be able to break it up and still remain legible. I wrote the title out a number of ways using a variety of different pen types: ballpoint, felt tip, sharpie, marker, and white-board marker. In the end, we decided on a tight-knit script of the title.



The production of the cover came together in just about a week. A lighting fast turnaround that produced an exciting collaboration. There’s something special in the production of a book cover that will have a life of its own in the real world. It gives me a sense of accomplishment every time I see it in the wild.





The Secret of You and Me - Book Cover
Date: 2019
Role: Illustrator

The Secret of You and Me as a collaboration between myself and the creative director at Harliquin and Pengine Publishing.

We created a cover illustration that complimented the novel’s narrative structure, while at the same time, creating a bold visual to grab the attention of the viewer.


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The story follows two women who rekindle their love after the landmark decission of Obergefell v. Hodges gives them the courage to live their romantic lives in public. 

Although their romantic bond was kindled in youth, they were not able to continue their romantic relationship as they faced mounting discrimination against same-sex couples and gay women. 

The novel is a Juliet and Juliet type story, as two star-crossed lovers born 40 years too early. On one hand, their love was stolen by cultural bigotry, only to be able to restart their relationship as older women.

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International Women’s Day

Date: 2019
Role: Illustrator, Art Director


TODAY.com approached me to create an illustration for International Women‘s Day in 2019. I chose to focus on four freshmen congress woman of color who were elected to the house of represenatives.






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