Sunday, February 20, 2022

 Since I'm blogging again I thought I would do a new Meet the Artist! It's a fun way to get to know other artists. I looked back at some of the MTA's I've done before and they were all before the pandemic. It was interesting to see what my likes and dislikes were before. For example,"Parking in LA" was a dislike of mine but I don't have to park anywhere much these days because I'm mostly home. 

Some things never change though! Still love hockey and museums. I try not to get too heavy with the dislikes because I start getting mad when I think about all the things I don't like, haha. 

I hope you enjoy my Meet the Artist, it's nice to meet you! 

Friday, February 18, 2022

first words


Excited to share First Words Primeras Palabras written by Rosie Pajaro, illustrated by me! It's a fun lift-a-flap book for babies and toddlers with words in English and Spanish. It's the first bilingual book I've illustrated. 

When Cottage Door Press approached me to work on this book, I had to say yes. They encouraged me to draw from my own experiences and culture. I designed the grandpa and grandma after my own parents. The grandma has a different hairstyle than my mom, but the grandpa looks just like my dad! 

If I could go back in time and tell little Erendida that she would be illustrating pan dulce in a children's book one day, she wouldn't believe me!

Another great thing I love about illustrating books is how I get to draw diversity! I try to illustrate as many different skin tones as I can. For the wheelchair, I did a little research to make sure the representation was accurate. I also love that I got to draw a street vendor! 

I really love how the colors came out and the photos aren't actually that great at capturing it, haha! Sometimes figuring out the colors for a spread can be difficult. There has to be a good balance of warm and cool colors. The story drives the choice of colors of course, and for this book all the pages are fun and vibrant. I change my mind about colors a lot as I'm working on a spread. The rug in the photo above for example, was probably pink, yellow, purple, or blue at some point. I change the colors until everything feels right and balanced. It's challenging, but when it all comes together it's a great feeling! 

I'm so happy I got to work on this book, it's one of my favorites! 

Monday, February 14, 2022


Happy Valentine's Day! I made a valentine you can send to that special scruffy looking nerf herder in your life. :)

Tuesday, February 08, 2022


It's been a while since I've posted here on blogger! I've been inspired by friends who are blogging again. I'm excited to update this space with new art and share my thoughts with you all. Hope you'll follow along and start blogging too!