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K is for Kookaburra

This little bird flew into the animal alphabet via a children’s clothing boutique in Seattle. I got commissioned to design a logo for Rhea’s new boutique Kookaburra Kids. While the final logo turned out quite a bit more abstract (scroll down), this bird wanted to become part of the Animal Alphabet and so I abandoned my original intent to draw a Koala and welcomed in another Aussie friend.

If you love fashionably new and gently worn children’s clothing, toys and books check out the Kookaburra Kids Facebook page or stop by the boutique near U Village in Seattle.


Here’s the final Kookaburra Kids logo:


A baby cheetah for Ellie

A good friend of mine commissioned me to create an illustration for her niece Ellie’s 5th birthday. She said that Ellie LOVES animals and one day she wants to grow up to be a Princess Veterinarian.

Ellie’s favorite animals are:
- A baby cheetah (current favorite)
- A unicorn
- A German Sheppard

How could I say no to such a project!

I mounted the printed illustration on a 6x6x2 inch wooden panel so that Ellie can hang it on a wall or play with it during an animal tea party.



Wrapping paper

Today is the birthday of a good friend of mine. Since the presents I bought for him are small enough, I was able to print one of my patterns on an 8.5×11 piece of paper and make my own wrapping paper. For some reason this pattern reminds me of old Egypt and the Nile. I hope he’ll like what’s inside as much as the outside.



J is for Jellyfish

On today’s spring equinox I am adding the next letter in my animal alphabet.
Happy spring everyone!!


You can see all animal alphabet images on this Pinterest board.


A brand new logo for Mama Bear

One of my User Experience clients asked me to draw a bear and her cub for their logo. It was fun to mix and match my software design and illustration skills for this project. Thank you Mama Bear for letting me be part of your vision!


Two new animals for the alphabet







Animal Alphabet E-G

A few weeks ago I started an Animal Alphabet. You can read my story how I got inspired to start drawing the alphabet, and see my illustrations for the first 4 animals A-D in this post. As of today I completed the alphabet through G for Grasshopper.



How I decided to start drawing an Animal Alphabet

I’m a HUGE fan of Charley Harper and his animal illustrations. His work is just wonderful! He made an adorable book for children called ABCs. About 4 weeks ago, I started practicing illustrating again and decided to share one new drawing every day to my facebook page

Besides my commitment to dedicate 2+ hours a day to this craft, it’s actually really difficult to come up with new things to draw. This time I didn’t want to go back to my sketch books, but instead draw new things. So when I recently looked at Charlie’s ABCs book, I figured I’ll do my own animal alphabet series for a total of 26 new illustrations – it seemed like a no-brainer.

For the most part I am using different animals than Charley did for his book and I am taking requests from people as they ask me to draw specific animals for upcoming letters. But I did make some exceptions where I am just so much in love with the animals Charley picked that I decided to draw a few of the same ones but in my own style.

It’s been really fun so far and I thoroughly enjoy the process!

Charley’s wonderful illustrations:

And below is my alphabet – so far I am at D for Dolphin.


Listen… this bird is tweeting a love song!