4 Hearts - Book Cover Design

4 Hearts - Book Cover Design

This design had to represent an intercontinental story traversing WWII and four separate lives intertwined. Using a canvas duffle as a backdrop, I worked the title to appear as if stamped on, military style. Next I included the photo (edited to appear old), the stamp (edited to appear as if directly stamped on the canvas and aged with it), the patch (edited to appear sewn on) and the pin (a photo edited to appear as one) to represent the four lives within the story. The photo of the aircraft also features a tiny logo I worked onto it. The playing card of the 4 of Hearts was also instrumental to the story, so that takes the spotlight on the back cover.

Haunted Marshall - Book Cover Design

Haunted Marshall - Book Cover Design

The author provided the two photos of Marshall, Michigan, on the original idea that those would feature as the overall cover with titles etc. added in. The photos were far too small to print clearly, so I came up with the idea to feature them as framed photos within a haunted room. Shadows and lighting played a large part in directing the look and feel of this design, and the title font tied it all together for me.

Corrupted Justice - Book Cover

Corrupted Justice - Book Cover

This design evokes empathy for those fighting a corrupted political/judicial system. With stark white as a background, lightly blurred scales show distance while balancing out the gavel as the primary object, without taking away from it. Blood drips and pools to give an air of fear and tension, while stark black and red lines block you in and trap you into reading the tale. Composite of 6 stock images.

A Deadly Peace - Book Cover

A Deadly Peace - Book Cover

This design is composited of 2 stock images, with the necklace designed from scratch. The candle and books give mystical presence to the image, while the necklace lightly reflects the candle almost as an afterthought, yet not one to be ignored. Light and dark balance each other to create an atmosphere of hidden secrets. 

Bicycles and Bare Feet - Cover Design for Author

Bicycles and Bare Feet - Cover Design for Author

Remember running through the field on a warm day, bare feet taking in the feel of the grass, the wind on your face, not a care in the world? Well, even if you didn't do that as a kid, this image was created to make it feel like you had. With little other than the title and a request for an older pickup truck, I could smell the open air and recall these feelings of childhood freedom, resulting in this design. Composite of 3 images.

2016 Newsletter - Mission of Hope Cancer Fund

2016 Newsletter - Mission of Hope Cancer Fund

My goal for this piece was to bring the Mission of Hope Cancer Fund (MHCF) out of Jackson, MI into legitimacy in print. The previous newsletter was very 1990s webpage style, with blocks of color in uneven layouts, blocked in white space, and zero imagination. Using current magazine styles as inspiration, I went with a small font size for the body text. This allowed me to maneuver it easily around larger, highlighted portions used to draw the eye. Even the more subtle parts, such as a recipe I added in to help sell the Fund's cookbook, are designed specifically to be inviting and intriguing. On the original piece, the cover was completely taken over by the logo. I understood the importance of it being seen, but it didn't need to be so intrusive. So I redesigned the header to include the logo and newsletter title all in one, both highlighting the Fund and giving the newsletter a new, more current look.

2014 Annual Report - Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan

2014 Annual Report - Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan

My goal was to create something with bold colors, keeping with the Goodwill blues and offsetting those with bright oranges to catch the eye. To create more interest I used curvilinear layouts meshed within, framing photos and infographics nicely to set them off. I also choreographed the same blue swoop and Goodwill logo graphic within the front and back pages to tie the whole document together.

As you can see with phrases like "Caption Title" in places, this was not the finished product as my internship ended before we could get final approval to go ahead (this was printed about 2 weeks later). There were a few minor changes made, but the original is very much apparent in the final product.

Savor Filipino - Flyer Design

Savor Filipino - Flyer Design

To promote an event called Savor Filipino, I chose to feature classic Filipino style food (chicken adobo), with spaces allowing for content to show the where and when. Sponsorship also needed to be visible, so to tie it in I created a soft wood background with a title separator to get it all feeling like one complete piece.

Safety Focus of the Month Flyer - XPO Logistics

Safety Focus of the Month Flyer - XPO Logistics

The background image I chose specifically relates to the idea of following too closely on the road. I placed a fading white gradient over that from left to right to create a background which text could stand out against, leaving the car's bumper as a focal point. 

A timer stamped down the idea of 4 seconds, while banners throughout highlight important points to remember. To keep the 'safety-focused' portion of the design in while still making it stand out, a tab-like format made it sort of the afterthought of the poster, something that gets noticed and catches your eye without being intrusive. 

Guardians of the Galaxy - Homepage Banner Design

Guardians of the Galaxy - Homepage Banner Design

DiscountPartySupplies.com needed to promote their new Guardians of the Galaxy tableware and party decorations. Using the images emblazoned on the tableware, I was able to create a background featuring the lead and supporting characters, leaving just enough space to effectively show the products themselves. The bottom sections were set based on where this would show within the slideshow on their homepage.

Studio Angelico Promotional Poster, Photoshop, 11" x 17"

Studio Angelico Promotional Poster, Photoshop, 11" x 17"

Studio Angelico of Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, needed a promotional poster. This combination of photography and Photoshop is the inside poster of an accordion-style booklet, delivering on the concept that at Studio Angelico, an artist is not just a creator of art, but becomes the art through the process of creation. From simple paint spatters on her cheeks to a blossoming of ideas in a rainbow of colors, the subject of this work modeled for me with a look on her face suggesting that even among all her other 'ideas', a new one develops even now. This represents an artist's ever-evolving need to learn, grow, and create new works, as expressed within Studio Angelico.

Casting - Photoshop

Casting - Photoshop

The idea came to me at about 2 a.m., and after a quick perusal through Adobe Stock for 2 stock images (the swamp and the girl), I created this. This is the first fantasy piece I've created out of Photoshop purely out of my imagination. I named it "Casting" both in respect to the magic being created and because it features a sculpture coming to life to create that magic.

Paint Dancers, Photoshop, 8.25" x 10.25"

Paint Dancers, Photoshop, 8.25" x 10.25"

With a combination of various clipart and photoshop brushes, this piece literally has paint evolving into the personalities of the people who might use it to add color to their lives. While each color expresses a different personality, all three express life, excitement, beauty, and thrill, all the ideas a person might want to bring out in his or her home environment. 

Self Portrait, Illustrator

Self Portrait, Illustrator

Through a series of photos broken down into their barest forms, this self portrait is a compilation of different personalities. Some pieces of each photo stayed, some were cut out, resulting in this patchwork version of myself. It is very much a representation of who I am in real life, full of color and energy, but also with space yet to learn and continue growing.

Just Evil, Photoshop, 10.25" x 8.25"

Just Evil, Photoshop, 10.25" x 8.25"

This portrait started as a normal studio model, and became a lesson in how adjustment levels, shading, and a variety of strokes in Photoshop could combine to result in the fearsome creature now before you. We all have a little darkness in us, but this piece is more like my darkness removed. I'm really mostly light in life, buoyant even. This piece allowed me to give that bit of dark and gloomy a little 'light', as it were.

Grunge Painting, Photoshop, 8.25" x 10.25"

Grunge Painting, Photoshop, 8.25" x 10.25"

Have you ever felt like you just wanted to go grunge for once? This 'painting' allowed me to do just that. Starting with a normal studio-shot model and breaking it down to its barest forms and outlines, I used a variety of coffee stain brushes and displacement to allow the burlap background to breathe through. This girl is the freedom I don't feel I have in everyday life, or at least didn't feel I had. Time has changed quite a bit since I created this. Perhaps it opened a door for me.

Grim & Daisy, Illustrator

Grim & Daisy, Illustrator

This is a simplistic representation of an argument I had with my other half. He's a pessimist and I'm an optimist, and the argument ended with me calling him a grim reaper, and him calling me a daisy-headed flower-child. At which point we both broke down laughing our butts off. Needless to say, inspiration struck, and this illustration now represents how incredibly much we still love each other, my Grim, and his Daisy. We balance each other. 

Clock - Charcoal - 22 x 30 inches

Clock - Charcoal - 22 x 30 inches

My personality is largely based on the clock, always keeping track of time and always arriving at appointments early, sometimes detrimentally so. This piece is a reflection of my reliance on always needing to know what time it is. 2015

Movement - Powdered Charcoal - 11 x 14 inches

Movement - Powdered Charcoal - 11 x 14 inches

Every time I see this piece again, it brings to mind a cross between a storm and a pleasant breeze, perhaps a field blowing in the wind. I left it purposefully abstract so it could be open to interpretation, and I hope it gives you the same feeling of freedom it gives me. 2015

Life - Charcoal - 22 x 30 inches

Life - Charcoal - 22 x 30 inches

In all situations, and my own experience, life always finds a way. In an old, decrepit prison long ago torn down, life grew through the concrete and started taking over the remaining fences. My husband took a photo, and I was inspired to draw my interpretation of it. It still inspires me to this day. 2015