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New Stories for Newtown

I had the great pleasure of joining fellow illustrators for the wonderful New Stories for Newtown event in Newtown, Connecticut, to spend the day with the town’s children and create portraits of their stuffed animals. Many thanks to all of the parents and childrens for their enthusiasm and patience, and to the event organizers for their hospitality and help.


Drawing Natalie the seal, with her owner. PS: Apologies for writing the animal’s name with an “h” on the drawing, misguided by the name’s French spelling!

My model "Patterns" and I.

My model “Patterns” and I.


Kelly, “Moochipoo” and a young client.

The students joined in as well. Below, beautiful drawings of “Swoops” by Taylor (right) and “Trooper” (left), by her owner.


Mark Siegel at RISD

RISD students and I were honoured to greet Mark Siegel, pioneering editor of First Second Books and acclaimed author/illustrator of graphic novels and picture books (Sailor Twain, Boogie Knights, Sea Dogs, To Dance…). Mark held a workshop offering invaluable tools and insight to students for their creative life and presented a lecture at the RISD Museum’s Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium.


Mark, directing a workshop to the students of Paul Karasik’s CoMix class.


Poster for the lecture, adapted from the beautiful original cover of Sailor Twain designed by Colleen AF Venable.

Katherine Streeter Presentation at RISD

Today, the students of my Introduction to Illustration class and I had the special pleasure of welcoming the prolific and masterly illustrator Katherine Streeter. Katherine is traveling from New York to instruct a course about Collaged Images, in an adjoining classroom, and kindly took the time to drop by for a chat and presentation of her inspiring work. What luck to have such a talented neighbor this winter!

Katherine Streeter presenting or original artwork and tearsheets to students

PS: I just realized that, in a delightful coincidence, Katherine’s visit occurred precisely a year since Victo’s.

Victo Ngai Presentation at RISD

My RISD Introduction to Illustration class and I had the honour of receiving the visit of Victo Ngai, whose talent is rivaled only by her work ethic. Victo’s presentation was remarkably eloquent and insightful, prompting words of appreciation from the students every single week till the end of the term.


Above illustration © copyright Victo Ngai. All Rights Reserved.


A visit at RISD’s illustration summer course

Kelly Murphy and I had the pleasure of being invited by Lauren Minco to present artwork, meet and talk with her RISD illustration summer course’s students today. I was delighted by these young artists’ level of focus and astute questions regarding process and materials (if any of you happen upon this post and have any questions regarding technique or paper/art supply choices mentioned today, please feel free to send me an email). Kelly and I caught a quick glimpse of their assignments as we were exiting the classroom and everyone’s art showed great promise.

Many thanks for the opportunity, Lauren.

A presentation of my work at the Montserrat College of Art

Today I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Evan Larson‘s pen and ink illustration class at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, presenting originals including drawings created for Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?). The students’ work, created with crow pens, brushes and scratch board, is quite impressive; it was a great honour to be invited to meet them.