I’ve long wanted to participate in Minted’s design challenges, as I absolutely love their beautiful collection of invitations, cards, and stationery. So I’ve finally submitted, and voting is open for the Wedding Suite Challenge! Here’s my design, very much inspired by the save-the-dates I created for my own wedding! Winners are picked to be sold on Minted.com, so please stop by and give a vote for me! Thanks!
I always love working with my old friends and colleagues at Penguin Books, so when AD Irene Vandervoort asked me to take on this fun middle-grade cover I jumped at the opportunity!
This is a funny and sweet middle-grade read about a southern girl, with a passion for cooking, who feels like a “leftover” from her divorced parents’ marriage but eventually comes to realize her very important place in her new blended family.
After exploring lots of concepts—including graphic, type-driven, and photographic approaches, we decided to play off the “leftovers” title and I created this fun typographic illustration. The book pubs next spring, but is available for pre-order now.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to create some hand-lettered branding for a middle grade series by celebrated authors Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. It’s always a pleasure to work with the creative folks at Random House, and was fun to work my lettering into the illustrations of Harry Potter artist, Mary Grand Pre. Both books available now on Amazon.
I always love working with the creative team at Sourcebooks, and this cover was no exception. I was asked to redesign the cover for Pippa Morgan’s Diary, the super-secret diary of a 10-year old girl with a BIG imagination who’s life is just not going well at all! This is an already established series in the UK, so I was required to create the art in a style that reflected the character and interior illustrations, and the AD had specific concepts to follow. But it’s a super fun format and a hilarious read, so dove right in and had a lot of fun with it! Available to pre-order now on Amazon.
I recently had the great opportunity to work with Sleeping Bear Press on a new middle-grade book series, “Stage Struck” by Anya Wallach. I designed and illustrated this cover for the first book, including the hand-lettered branding that will be carried over to future books in the series. The series is closely based on the real-life experience of Wallach, who began a summer theater “camp” in her parents’ basement when she was just sixteen years old and formed Random Farms, which has launched the careers of many of today’s youngest stars on Broadway.
Many thanks to AD, Jennifer Bacheller, for this fun project!
Very excited to finally get to share a big project I worked on earlier this year—a whimsical “Wonderlandiful Doodle Book” for Little Brown!
The 128-page activity book for tween girls tied into one of the publisher’s licensed properties—Mattel’s Ever After High. So I was to incorporate the style guide art into my design, but also create lots of original illustrations and hand-lettering, as well as concept each page—and write the entire text! Projects with this kind of integration of the entire package and so much creative freedom are absolutely my favorite, and it was my first time authoring, so I was thrilled to dive right in! Here’s the cover and some spreads from the book—all character illustrations, logos and some background elements are from Mattel, but all other artwork by yours truly. On sale now!
Many thanks to wonderful AD, Christina Quintero, for such a truly fun project!
Very excited that I can finally share a project I worked on last year—a book cover for Lindsay Eland’s new middle-grade novel for Egmont Books. I love projects like this, where I had the opportunity to create the whole package: design, illustration, and hand-lettering.
This is the story of Sunday Fowler, who’s feels she’s always overlooked in her family as the third of six kids. So she’s determined to spend the summer finding a way to make herself stand out, and may have just found it in the mysterious letters she finds in a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating. She’s determined to find out who wrote them, in hopes to unveil to the world what may be a lost novel—and become famous!
I tried several different approaches in the sketch rounds, but ultimately we decided to focus on conveying the sense of mystery as well as Sunday’s determination.
I previously worked on Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, Scones and Sensibility. It’s such a joy to work on her books—her writing is delightfully sweet & fun. A Summer of Sundays pubs in July and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
I spent this past weekend in New Orleans, one of my very very favorite places in the world! The city is defined by the diverse and eclectic mix found in it’s culture, history, people, food & music. And even though it was my 6th visit in the past 5 years, it always feels like the first time! It never fails to inspire me, re-energize me, amaze me and excite me in a way different from anywhere else I’ve been. The sights, sounds & tastes are always incredible, but this time I paid extra of attention to the visuals—especially the patterns and colors everywhere.
I also stumbled upon the Museum of Southern Food & Beverage in New Orleans this time, which included the History of the American Cocktail. So much amazing and beautiful vintage typography!
I took a ton of photos that I know will inspire some new work—wanted to share a sampling here!
Just wanted to share one of my recent cover designs that’s become one of my favorite book projects.
Let It Snow is a collection of interconnected romantic holiday stories by three top YA fiction authors. A few years back I designed this cover, and a few months ago my publisher decided to repackage it to give it a fresh new look. This allowed me a fun opportunity to try a new concept and actually make papercut typographic snowflakes featuring the author’s names. A coworker helped me set up a mini-photoshoot in my office so we could capture the lighting and depth I wanted, and we printed on a pearlized white paper to give it a shimmery “snowy” effect.
This edition is now available for order on Amazon.
A few months ago, I had a super fun YA book cover project with Sourcebooks for a villainous mermaid-adventure tale set in Coney Island. Given my love of Coney Island & it’s annual Mermaid Parade—plus anything generally creepy and/or scary—I can’t think of a project that could be more perfect for me! There were a ton of fun ideas to explore for this one, because the story is jam-packed full of amazing imagery. I worked with the art director to ultimately come up with this cover, which focused on the story’s evil predatory mermaid and includes hand-lettered title type.
This cover was well-received, but before it went to print, the publisher decided to change it to reflect more of the epic adventure aspect of the story & appeal more to boys (especially since the main character is a boy). The final cover that they developed is similar to one of the initial concepts I had submitted, and I think what they ended up with looks fantastic!
The book is a really great, super exciting read! I def. recommend checking it out!