July 10, 2012

March 16, 2012

Tri-Beta Crest

I was approached by a client wanting to purchase an old design I did a couple years back, but I didn't feel comfortable selling that design because it no longer represented my illustrating abilities (the old design is still on my account from the Emptees days, but it's definitely not up to Mintees standards). So, I took the opportunity to revisit the scientific symbolism of Tri-Beta, a biological honors society of which I was a member in college. The client went for a one-color print to keep costs low, but I like this two-color option.

February 12, 2012

Crest of Ignatius

This is an unused design for my medical school. They took a different design that was more marketable a wider age range.

It's a re-interpretation of their logo, the crest of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He was a 15th century Spanish knight-turned-priest who founded the Jesuits. He was known for his prosperity and generosity, including sharing his food with wild animals after his family and workers were fed.

January 18, 2012


I painted a little watercolor for my father-in-law's birthday. He's an avid hunter. And he often emphatically describes things as "phe-NOM-enal."

January 5, 2012

December 14, 2011

Heart and Stethoscope

I did a little medical school themed watercolor for a Secrete Santa gift at school.

December 7, 2011

Loyola Medicine

I designed a shirt for my medical school last month, and now it's getting printed. It was a fun one to draw. I did the individual drawings by inking them up on tracing paper on X-ray machines at the med school.

November 19, 2011

Lock and Key

I had a little fun experimenting with gradients and watercolor textures on simpler designs this week while procrastinating for my anatomy tests. Somehow, I still couldn't shake the influence of anatomy in my life right now. It's omnipresent.

June 10, 2011

Art Disturbs, Science Reassures

In all of the bountiful spare time I found amongst graduating, preparing for medical school, packing to move to Chicago, and planning a wedding, I decided to write a book! Well, that's a part-lie. I assembled and printed a collection of shorter pieces that I did for a creative writing class this last semester. My entire undergraduate experience was a mashup of science and art. This last semester was the first time that I didn't take a lab science course, and thinking about the divisions and unions of science and art intrigued me. Georges Braque's quote, "Art is meant to disturb. Science reassures," circled my brain for weeks after I happened a cross it. While most of the work in the book does not deal directly with the title's theme, I thought it would be a satisfying culmination to four years of studying art and science. The book includes two fiction short stories, one short drama script, one creative nonfiction short story, and four poems. I also drew small illustrations for each piece. I did a very small printing (only six copies), but if you want to see some of it, shoot me an email.

May 21, 2011

Bookmaking, the Telling Image

I just finished one of my favorite classes of my undergraduate career, The Telling Image: The Art of Bookmaking. I learned about binding, printing, layout, illustration, characters, and plot. I made a canvas hardcover sketchbook (complete with sketches on the outside), a stab-bound book with Japanese paper with a custom black slide box, a few full color spreads for my book on Revelation (unfortunately, I didn't have time to finish the entire thing), an illustrated version of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "A Dream Within a Dream," an according book with two short stories that I wrote, and a couple small projects.