Here’s a little digital piece I whipped up for “Garden on the Go,” an initiative aimed at teaching Detroit youth about healthy eating habits and the importance of home grown food.
This summer, founders Claire and Serena have been bringing smiles, sunshine, and their portable garden to various Detroit day camps.
To learn more about the project, read updates on their adventures or find information on how to get involved, check out their blog at gardenonthegodetroit.com/
[P.S. Click through for the full resolution!] High-res

Here’s a little digital piece I whipped up for “Garden on the Go,” an initiative aimed at teaching Detroit youth about healthy eating habits and the importance of home grown food.

This summer, founders Claire and Serena have been bringing smiles, sunshine, and their portable garden to various Detroit day camps.

To learn more about the project, read updates on their adventures or find information on how to get involved, check out their blog at gardenonthegodetroit.com/

[P.S. Click through for the full resolution!]

The Giver by Lois Lowry
For my American Adolescence class we were asked to select from a number of topics for a presentation on one of our books for the semester. I jumped on the art option (since how often do you get to make art for English courses?) for my presentation on The Giver and made a paper illustration featuring a number of important passages from the text. Each element of the illustration went along with an aspect of my presentation and specific themes I touched upon in my analysis.
Overall, this was one of my quicker pieces and I only spent 7 hours on the design and execution (including a lot of procrastination breaks!)
Bonus points for anyone who can identify the specific scenes included in the image! High-res

The Giver by Lois Lowry

For my American Adolescence class we were asked to select from a number of topics for a presentation on one of our books for the semester. I jumped on the art option (since how often do you get to make art for English courses?) for my presentation on The Giver and made a paper illustration featuring a number of important passages from the text. Each element of the illustration went along with an aspect of my presentation and specific themes I touched upon in my analysis.

Overall, this was one of my quicker pieces and I only spent 7 hours on the design and execution (including a lot of procrastination breaks!)

Bonus points for anyone who can identify the specific scenes included in the image!

Sorry for the lack of updates — this vacation has been much busier than I thought it would be!
A few of you asked for more details about my work methods, so here’s a sneak peak at another work-in-progress I have going at the moment. I’m trying a slightly different process for this one, starting with a sketch and then using my new Wacom tablet to clean up the design and lay down preliminary colors and details for the final paper version. 
I hope to have the whole sketch version posted in the next couple of days and then start on the paper version!

Sorry for the lack of updates — this vacation has been much busier than I thought it would be!

A few of you asked for more details about my work methods, so here’s a sneak peak at another work-in-progress I have going at the moment. I’m trying a slightly different process for this one, starting with a sketch and then using my new Wacom tablet to clean up the design and lay down preliminary colors and details for the final paper version. 

I hope to have the whole sketch version posted in the next couple of days and then start on the paper version!

Gronk by Katie Cook.
Paper and watercolor. 12x12 inches.
Around Christmas time last year, one of my wonderful coworkers commissioned me to make a piece for his über talented wife, Katie, based on her web comic, Gronk. It was a very fun project to work on, even though I had to pull 3 all-nighters during finals to get it done on time. It is still one of the largest pieces I’ve worked on and the final piece included approximately 70 hand-cut and painted pieces of watercolor paper.
You can see more Gronk on the Gronk site or Katie’s other work on her website, tumblr, or deviantART. High-res

Gronk by Katie Cook.

Paper and watercolor. 12x12 inches.

Around Christmas time last year, one of my wonderful coworkers commissioned me to make a piece for his über talented wife, Katie, based on her web comic, Gronk. It was a very fun project to work on, even though I had to pull 3 all-nighters during finals to get it done on time. It is still one of the largest pieces I’ve worked on and the final piece included approximately 70 hand-cut and painted pieces of watercolor paper.

You can see more Gronk on the Gronk site or Katie’s other work on her website, tumblr, or deviantART.

Tableau Vivant from Isabel Talsma on Vimeo.

For my final project in my Introduction to Animation course at school, I chose to work with some of my paper pieces and attempt to animate them. Eventually, I will turn these into gifs or looping flash videos, but for now they’re compiled into a single video. Let me know what you think!

My One Direction silhouette designs are now available as t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers on RedBubble! You can check them out here.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a product with a specific member of the band, I can upload the designs per request. Just leave a note in my ask!
And, as always, the original paper silhouettes are available in my Etsy shop. High-res

My One Direction silhouette designs are now available as t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers on RedBubble! You can check them out here.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a product with a specific member of the band, I can upload the designs per request. Just leave a note in my ask!

And, as always, the original paper silhouettes are available in my Etsy shop.

Happy Hunger Games!
"The Girl Who Was on Fire" is the 4th part in the series of Hunger Games silhouettes I’m working on. See the rest on my blog, here!
Hand cut from acid-free cardstock with red and yellow vellum details.
The original is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. High-res

Happy Hunger Games!

"The Girl Who Was on Fire" is the 4th part in the series of Hunger Games silhouettes I’m working on. See the rest on my blog, here!

Hand cut from acid-free cardstock with red and yellow vellum details.

The original is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.