Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Friday, December 23, 2011

Raking With My Little Brother

This is not fiction.
It's always fun to discover differences.
I'm sorry that this is cutting off all awkwardly, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Guitar Mousepad

I was delighted when several people in my office requested samples of this guitar shaped mousepad to use at their desks.
I was even more excited when I saw that this custom designed product made it to the front of our 2012 catalog.
And then I patted myself on the back and was all like, "Upjohn, you're the greatest."


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Someday, I'm going to be a full time freelance illustrator and be super famous and have gazillions of dollars and monkey servants and also be a princess.

Until then, I must work a day job (which I like, so it works out).  I'm a production artist at a company that makes promotional products.  "Low art," if you will.

Here's a silicone wristband I designed for a client's client.  I believe it was for a sweet sixteen birthday party.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Judges 3

The death of King Eglon

14"x11" canvas

Imperfect Prose

(Pardon my photo skills, or lack thereof)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I recently had the opportunity to design a set of 4 brochures for my church.  Not having a lot of experience in print presentation, I've opted to just put a million tiny pictures on this post.

Also please dig the logo on this first brochure.


Thursday, October 27, 2011


I did this study last week for an upcoming painting, and here is another study for that same painting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Poor Starbucks Lady was just trying to do her job when some creepy customer came in and decided to make her a cartoon.

(It was me)

Thursday, October 20, 2011


This is a study for a larger painting I'm doing for a friend.

Monday, October 10, 2011


This weekend I had the opportunity to observe/assist in an interesting environmental engineering project.  Now I'm not ACTUALLY an engineer, and so some of these notes may not be completely accurate, but this is a basic diagram of what happened.
I drew this last night and I don't feel like cleaning it up digitally so there.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zombie Mermaid

She doesn't eat people though because that would give me nightmares.

Now cheer me on as I teach my computer skills and my traditional drawing skills to play nicely with each other.

Check out other zombies by Jake and Vic.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

High School

The other day I was fondly remembering the awkwardness that was adolescence.  (Okay let's be serious, I'm still pretty awkward)  
Anyway.  One key awkward thing about my teenage years was being one of the only public schooled kids at my church and youth group.   The rest either went to private school or were home schooled.

Although it was wonderful and some of those other kids became my closest friends, I sometimes felt out of place.  And I can remember a few instance when it was made very clear to me that individuals felt I was getting a poor education, and that they felt very sorry for me.

Linking up my imperfectness with Emily again.

*Fast forward to 2011:  I still regularly fist pump for the public school system.  However, I've come to the conclusion that there are pros and cons to every kind of education method, and that it is very important to respect families in whatever decision they make for their child/children.  And so I fist pump for everything.
Also, I am over the remarks that were made to me so many years ago (because we are all sinners and I cringe to the think of the damage I've caused with my own words in that hormonal time) but I needed to include them because they reinforced the cartoon.   At the end of the day, it's really all about the cartoon.  I don't even normally write this much.*

*And yes, I did have pink spiky hair and dress like that.  I was... finding myself...  I guess...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Absent-minded doodling while hanging out with friends.

Monday, August 22, 2011


This is my friend Tre from college.  I used to be a afraid of him until I talked to him and it turned out he was a good guy.

Hastily doodled and crudely edited in Adobe Illustrator.

But made with a lot of FEELING to make up for it.

VicJack, and Jacob also love Tre.  Check it out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Car Oil

I don't know why it took me 6 years of changing my car's oil to realize this, but last Saturday while watching the dirty oil spill into the pan, it occurred to me that there was something beautiful about it.

I saved a bottle of dirty motor oil and this is my first experiment with it.  I mixed a little black pigment in there and just fooled around.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


This is where I go for corporate worship on Sunday mornings.

In the process of designing brochures for my church, I needed to make a simple map so that people more or less can figure out how to get there.  (This would be like, the thing you look at before you get a chance to just google map it).
Of course this map was cropped so that it doesn't look like streets just disappear into nowhere.

And then I figured that the Imperfect Prose Community and other blog followers should all get to see where I go to church, even though some of them don't even live in the United States and so it means nothing.

But still, next time you're in Manchester, CT you should come visit!

Find out more at http://www.manchesterpca.org/

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Conversations in West Virginia

Mario and Sam at the wave pool.  Mario's daughter is directly in front of him, but I didn't draw her because, well, I couldn't see her.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


There's something about drawing things a little wonky that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stag on Corning Fountain

Almost everyday, I eat lunch in Bushnell Park in front of James Massey's beautiful Corning Fountain.
Yesterday I sketched the stag on top of the fountain and sang Alanis Morissette to myself.
For the record, I have not jumped in yet.  It's a daily temptation for me.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I needed a photo for a brochure I am creating but I couldn't find exactly what I needed online so I did my own photo shoot and editing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gaspee Book Cover

Steven Park needed a cover for his book, so I hooked him up.   Go find out all about him at: http://stevenpark.org

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pensak Tribute

My beloved campus minister and his wonderful family are about to move.  I like to think it's because I graduated and they realized they can't possibly do their ministry without me.  However, I secretly know it's because God has called them to serve in a new place.

Anyway, I made this doodle for them because I'm kind of a groupie.

Once again, linking up with Emily and the Imperfect Prose community.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


This Adobe Illustrator drawing was based off of a photo by Samantha, taken at my Senior Show.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mortar Board

 2 weeks ago I graduated from the University of Connecticut.

What graduation cap is complete without baby unicorns and a giant pink heart?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Part 4: Redemption

The last part of my senior project.  The bottom picture is how it looked in the gallery at Artspace Windham.  There were a lot of us, it was a bit of a squeeze.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Part 1: Creation

I'm hoping to share my Senior Project over the next few days by blogging each piece on a separate day.

40"x40" cold press

Those lumpy things scattered around the background are leaves.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Self Absorbed Video Final

Things to note: None of this was scripted.  I'm not sure if this is too sarcastic or silly for Imperfect Prose, but I'm linking up anyway.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Edwards Institute for Leadership Development

I recently designed a logo for a new ministry at my church using Adobe Illustrator.  Each of these six versions serves a separate purpose.

For more information about the Edwards Institute, please visit: http://www.edwardsinstitute.com/