February 17, 2020

What does it mean to be inclusive? As we fight for disability rights, do we think about the children? How do we support the children in our community? Do we think only about a need versus a want when we think about being inclusive? Clear cut - a need is the ability to...

August 20, 2018

The upper body may look complicated for the artist. As with everything choose a few things to understand and then build on that once the foundation has been set. In this article, the bones I am focusing on are the scapula, and clavicle.  Join my mailing list to get fre...

August 10, 2018

Understanding the hand
There are many different ways to see and understand how to draw the human hand. I started by creating the hand with clay and then diving into anatomy. Anatomy may seem overwhelming but once you remember the definition it is easier to remember the...

May 9, 2018

On March 8th, I got on the bus to Springfield to be part of the ERA rally.  The U.S. Constitution doesn’t explicitly give rights to women. Only in the case of the 19th amendment women have the right to vote. The ERA first passed the U.S. Congress in 1977 with a 1979 de...

April 27, 2018

Trust what you see, not what you know.

Our brain takes mental shortcuts. I don't think it is possible to look and judge everything every single second of our life. When you are looking at an object, take a minute to look at the shadow. This is especially important for a...

April 25, 2018

In another post, I wrote about seeing the planes of the nose by understanding anatomy.  If you understand these five basic shapes of the nose, you will have a basic understanding of anatomy and become a better artist.

1. cartilage of nasal septum
2. lateral nasal c...

April 25, 2018

You probably look at faces everyday. You may think because of this, you would be able to draw noses without too much trouble.  Noses, in my opinion are not intuitive to understand. Most references break down the shapes of the nose using triangles and circles. Instead -...

April 6, 2018

Back in November 2017 there was a call out to artists to help finish this comic book.  Ed Siemienkowicz sadly died before completing a graphic memoir. He passed away from cancer. 

I didn't know the artist even though we both live in Chicago and both are part...

March 26, 2018

Over 80,000 people came to the March For Our Lives in Chicago on March 24th. For those that cannot come to Chicago, people around their own towns protested and carried signs. I wanted to be part of the movement to protest for commonsense  gun laws.

The energy was hope...

March 6, 2018

I am a mom to two little girls in elementary school. Elizabeth Stone is quoted “Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”  

Two weeks ago, my girls' school had a lock d...

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