This was a series of illustrations I did for Living Bird magazine at the Cornell Ornithology Lab in the winter of 2018.
The article focuses on 5 birds that have adapted to withstand the conditions of winter rather than migrating. The birds of focus are Corvids (Common ravens, in this case), Black-capped Chickadees, Ruffed Grouse, Pileated Woodpeckers and Golden-crowned Kinglets.
There are at least 3-4 illustrations done for each bird, which were then composited together in photoshop to create a full scene. 14-15 illustrations were created in total, all of which were done on clay-board.
Color was added in digitally using Adobe Photoshop
White clay board medium.
Black scratch board medium
This piece was done for the Cornell Ornithology Membership Mug. The piece is meant to represent a well known west and east coast bird. They’re both standing on white oak, which occurs on both coasts.
Stipple study of Lobaria spp.
Lichens are one of my favorite subjects to study. Inconspicuous as they may be, they are abundant and often hiding in plain sight. I aim to share the oddity of lichens with others and encourage them to go out there and observe these interesting, intricate organisms in person.
The Cornell Ornithology lab sends out a set of three illustrated cards to its members to thank them on a bi-yearly basis. During my time at the lab I focused on three western birds, the Cactus Wren, Western Tanager and my personal favorite, the Western Grebe.
All Illustrations were done on white clayboard (a type of scratch board) and then digitally colored in Adobe Photoshop
Pencil on coquille paper
Micron & Hybrid Technica Pen
After graduating I had so much time on my hands and needed to wind down from the stressed of academia, which is when I did this series of engines. It was incredibly therapeutic and I hope to do more in the future. I love the intricacy of engines and take a lot of joy in rendering them.
This illustration was for a satsuma rum label, but the distillery decided to go in a different direction so it never got used.
Still love this guy though.
Illustrations of the skeleton were first done on page and then brought into Adobe Illustrator.
Grebes have a peculiar anatomy to them that make them very different to other water fowl. Their feet are so far behind their body that makes it very difficult for them to walk on solid ground. However, this anatomical feature is what allows them to perform one of the most unique mating dances. Having feet that are far behind their body with large blade-like toes, they are able to run across water, making them the largest vertebrate in the world to do so.
Digitally illustrated on Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
This glow-through depicts how the sickle-billed hummingbird’s beak has co-evolved with the floral shape of the lobster plant, Heliconia rostrata.
Colored pencil on vellum
Color study of the Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis.
Bryophytes are a wonderful group of non-vascular plants that play a significant roll in many ecosystems. Unfortunately many California bryophytes are at risk due to human encroachment, climate change and the introduction of invasive species. This project aims to bring these micro-forests to a macro level and inform individuals on what they can do to help protect them.
Watercolor & Gouache on 300lb hot-press paper
This assignment aimed to depict microhabitats in a macro manner.
This series of graphic grebes was part of an animation I did depicting the whereabouts of each extant and extinct grebe in the world. Inspired by the Scientific American article 'Plight of the Flightless Grebe'.
Illustrations made with Adobe Illustrator