Speaking the language of images
Illustration is a first love for me. The color, style, and composition of an image can tell a story, convey information, ignite a feeling. Rather than stick to a single aesthetic, I take an approach informed by meaning-making and the tone of content.
Projects here represent narrative-driven work for print and web, as well as personal commissions. Further illustrative work can be viewed in my self-publishing practice, Tenderly.
This is a selection of cover art and illustration in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s arts, culture, and politics journal. After my tenure as a designer and editor in grad school, I acted as a visiting designer and guest adviser on a handful of issues.
The award-winning monthly, distributed free across Chicago, is rich with chances to push creative content, design, and collaboration.
Quiltfolk is a quarterly print magazine that celebrates the people and the stories behind the stitches. Its contributors travel the country interviewing quilt shop owners, designers, and everyday quilters about their craft, photographing them and their work. With the pandemic, travel became limited, and I was invited to illustrate a piece about the Hands of Children, a quilting project for youth in St. Louis, and its coordinator Pamela Coaxum.
I interpreted snapshots through a muted palette, soft textures, and geometric shapes, motifs of quilting, as well as a sense of community.
Graze was a semiannual literary magazine, dedicated to the food on your mind and the thoughts on your plate. Its stories were accompanied by illustrations in black and Graze’s golden-green brand color.
I contributed illustrations to three issues and designed the cover for one.
Third Coast International Audio Festival
The Third Coast International Audio Festival is a nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago, serving a global community of sonic storytellers and makers of sound. Third Coast’s Conference brings together a community of over 800 audio producers, writers, artists, editors, and designers for talks, panels, and discussions over a weekend.
As the Illustrator of the 2017 Conference, I attended several events and captured moments of them in impromptu drawings that were shared with attendees via the Third Coast’s social media platforms. It was a uniquely exciting and challenging project.