Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Peace Corps Poster

Read the article in UConn Today at:

Learn more about the Peace Corps at:


Thursday, December 16, 2010


oil on 36"x32" or something like that

Friday, December 10, 2010

Classical Greek Philosophy and Rocking Out

In 1598 Michel de Montaigne wrote:

"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent."

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Swanky Studio

 This is a different kind of post.  No artwork here, but I wanted to take the time to show off the groovy studio I've been working in for the past month (and will have until May).  Okay, so it isn't MY studio; it's a cube I share it with fellow illustrators Adam and Sarah.  We have 2 photographers in the one adjacent cube and 2 sculptors in the other adjacent cube.

*Please note: I didn't do anything special to get this studio, I have impeccable timing and happen to be comfortable stalking all the right authority figures in order to get what I want.*

Outside view at night.  For those of you that know UConn, it's the ceramic barn; our studios are upstairs.  See those doors in the middle on top (they aren't real doors, that would be dangerous)?  That's our/my space!  See that totally cute purple car in the foreground?  That's my car!

Door to get into the studios (I have the key!)
Big Sink.

For when we make a giant mess (see my desk in the upper right corner?  Isn't is adorable?)

There is paint and crayon on the ceiling.  How does that even happen?

 We have 3 clocks.  None of them work though, because that would just make sense.  Time is irrelevant anyway.

Please note the painting of the fisherman.   I don't know what's up with that either.

The closer desk is mine.  This was in the beginning when it was so clean and beautiful.

Another picture of my desks when I first moved in.

 My filthy hot mess.
Am I bad at stretching canvases that look like squares instead of diamonds?  I gesso.
Hahahahahahaha I'm a riot.

 My stash.
View from the super clean window.

This is what I saw when I I turned around from my desk before Sarah moved in.  Now I see the same thing except Sarah has a real desk instead of that school chair/desk thing.

This is what my face looks like after 14 straight hours of artworking.  Please note the bloodshot eyes, psycho hair, dirty makeupless face, and overall lack of adorableness.

It's worth it though.

Friday, November 19, 2010

World War I

11/11/11... World War I ends on this day, in 1918. "At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month..."

This may not be the most appropriate way to honor this day, but this is my all-time favorite propaganda poster from WWI.

This poster was featured in LAVA's (Launching Activism Via Art) show, Arts for Action, in the UConn Student Union Art Gallery in Storrs, CT in February 2011.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Helen Sleeping

Super fast single class pose (and not even, because the model wasn't feeling well and had to stop early)

36"x26" (?) oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quick Sketch of a Pregnant Stranger

On the train home from NYC this weekend, I sketched this young woman sitting diagonally across from me.  She caught me and I was very embarrassed, but she was really sweet about it so it was okay.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Costume/Fashion Rendering

For my "Drawing and Painting for the Theater" class, we had to find a photo of a model and a photo of an outfit and paint the model wearing the outfit.

about 18" tall
watercolor on cold press

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Palette Knife Woman

16"x20" oil

I painted this with a palette knife... If that wasn't clear from the title...

Monday, November 1, 2010


Do you remember that Jane Yolen poem I (and my class) illustrated last year? It's that time of year again. This time the poem is about chickens. 2 page spread, text on top on the rooster's tail. Target audience age: 6-10-year-olds. Gouache.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Italian Cuisine

Eating and Drinking

The region that is home to Florence has one of the most versatile and varied-form cooking traditions in Italy, that we have already mentioned in our tourists’ guide to Tuscany. We are going to try and provide a more specific view, limiting ourselves to the city of Florence and the area immediately around it.

Florentine cooking is linked to a tradition of simple dishes prepared with genuine, tasty but plain ingredients, which has recently been reconsidered by the world of more sophisticated cuisine. Cereals, bread, vegetable and oil (which must be extra-virgin) are the basis of many recipes that just have to be tried in one of the many restaurants in Florence.

Simple foo
d, such as cannellini beans and other vaguely repulsive ingredients such as tripe and livers are transformed into ple
asant, tasty dishes, served on both stalls and in local inns and also in luxury restaurants. We can therefore find: fagioli all'uccelletto (beans), boiled and then fried in oil and tomato sauce; trippa alla fiorentina, (tripe) covered in tomato and grated parmesan cheese; lampredotto, the darkest part of tripe, used for soups and risottos, but also liked by many locals as a filling for a sandwich; crostini toscani with liver paté. And the unforgettable "fiorentina" a cut of meat from the Chianina cow, famous worldwide, to be tried in any restaurant in Florence.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Late is better than never, right?

by Vernon Scannell

That one small boy with a face like pallid cheese
And burnt-out little eyes could make a blaze
As brazen, fierce and huge, as red and gold
And zany yellow as the one that spoiled
Three thousand guineas' worth of property
And crops at Godwin's Farm on Saturday
Is frightening---as fact and metaphor:
An ordinary match intended for
The lighting of a pipe or kitchen fire
Misused may set a whole menagerie
Of flame-fanged tigers roaring hungrily.
And frightening, too, that one small boy should set
The sky on fire and choke the stars to heat
Such skinny limbs and such a little heart
Which would have been content with one warm kiss
Had there been anyone to offer this.

(sharpie & highlighter)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hat Portrait

This is Jen wearing her silly hat in the children's section of the Homer Babbidge Library.
Oil paint on 14x20" (maybe?) gessoed mat board

Brief commercial message: If you are at UConn October 3-10, the illustration majors will have these portraits, along with our hats displayed in the Arena Gallery at the Art Building ("the pit" for you locals). Check us out!

Friday, October 1, 2010

I have a thing for 19th century cynics with mutton chops.

"Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own."

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Visitor Rebuilt EP

This is Visitor Rebuilt's EP. The front is gouache, colored pencil, ink, & digital.

For the back I just took Bella's photo and played around in Photoshop.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Chemistry Book

I love working in the chemistry department and being surrounded by ridiculously smart people. A while ago, a chemist in the department needed a cover for his book; just something to send to publishers so they knew what he had in mind, and then they could have their artists make the real thing. He knew exactly what he wanted but couldn't navigate around photoshop, so I stepped in and helped him out (this is exactly what an illustrator does, right? We climb inside your head and pull the image out and put it in front of you). What do you know, the publishers went with my design and the book is now in print!;jsessionid

(sorry this is all one link, but I had to break it in the middle because blogger kept cutting it off)

If you click "google preview" you can see scroll to the first page and see my name.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Figuring Out How Color Works

Tonight in class I had an epic bloody battle with color. There were many casualties. But in the end I learned one important thing: COLOR

And it must be defeated. Oil paint is my weapon and the battle will go until December.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucy Grew Up

"Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use."

-Charles Schulz

hand drawn + Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Morning Sketch

This semester I managed to sneak into the Freshman "Drawing and Painting for the Theater" class, much like a ninja. This morning we sketched by Mirror Lake for a little while. This is charcoal on 9"x12" (I think) paper.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Princess Hat

This is the hat for my illustration class. Photos compliments of Rishi.

This was featured in my Illustration class's "Hat Portrait" show in the UConn Arena Gallery in October 2010 along with this painting

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Free Concert

RUF is hosting a free concert on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8pm in von der Mehden featuring Visitor Rebuilt and Paint the Shore. There will be a short presentation from Nea Zoi. Donations to Nea Zoi ("New Life" in English) accepted.

Check out my handmade flyer. Photo of VR (the boys on the left) courtesy of my friend Bella. The photo of PtS I stole off their website. But the other photos are mine!

Go to show. Do it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monochromatic Figure Study

I'm taking figure painting this semester with Blake. This is the result from the first class: a value study.
Oil: Raw Umber and titanium white
11"x14" canvas board
The goal is to get a billion times better than this by the end of the semester.

Monday, July 19, 2010


10.5"x14.5" cold press watercolor paper

charcoal, conte crayon, graphite, Prismacolor pencil, gouache, & watercolor

Monday, July 12, 2010

Today I...

More sketchbook doodles.
Acrylic, charcoal, chalk, graphite.

Both photos are kinda bad. I figure 2 bad photos makes a good photo.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fooling Around

Normally I'm opposed to showing anything from my sketchbook, or even letting other people open it unless I know them really well (would you let someone read your diary?), but for the sake of keeping an updated blog here's a little something I did the other day.
charcoal and conte crayon. and fixatif. take that, planet earth!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010