I’m happy to announce that my entry was accepted into Emerald City Comicon’s Monsters and Dames art book. This year’s entry also includes a cast of three compared to my last couple of entries.  I will also be tabling at the ECCC artists alley again Mar 1-4, so if you plan on purchasing the art book, come see at Table J4 so I can sign your book. You can read more about the details and other artists in the book on ECCC’s Monsters and Dames page.

It took a while for me to land on a concept. I knew I was going to do something with northern lights, so my first concept had glowing fish flying out of a lake and forming the lights in the sky. After trying out several compositions, I felt like the idea wasn’t working for me. I was also starting to run out of time to work on the piece, so I decided instead to go with a different idea for the figure in the sky.

I also doodled a bit with the colors to figure out what the end result could look like. Another reason for abandoning the fish concept was because I didn’t want to make this piece feel like a continuation from last year’s entry which was also on a lake.

I started playing around with the lines of the northern lights and ended up with a stag-like creature. Northern lights have a flowing quality to them, and it felt like the stag was a good solution.

Lastly, I gave the Panda Courier a winter makeover and included the red panda just because I feel like it’s about time he gets included in one of these pieces.

Oh, and one more thing. Next week, I might be taking over a certain Instagram account. You’ve been warned.

Lately, I’ve been writing and working on some story-based projects. One of those stories I’ve been exploring has to do with the Panda Courier and one of the Punching Pandas. It’s still pretty early in the process, but in the meantime, I made this concept piece to explore the style of the characters. I’ll be posting more about my stories, and hopefully I’ll be able to finish something in the near future.

I just submitted my piece for next year’s Emerald City Comicon’s “Monsters and Dames” art book benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital. I decided to make an update to the girl character from last year’s piece. One of these days I’d like to do some stories with this character, for now her working title is the “Panda Courier” who transports baby pandas.

In the meantime, I’ll have to wait and see if this piece gets accepted. I’ll update this post once I hear back from organizers, but for now, I’m gonna sit here and twiddle my thumbs.