January 20, 2018

As the year turned I was spending quality time with family and friends in Milwaukee, WI. Considering how short my holiday break was going to be I didn't see much of a point in bringing a large quantity of studio materials home with me. Luckily I still had Riverpoint paper, made at UWSP, stored at my mom's house and whipped up two small 4" x 6" sketchbooks which accompanied me in the hotel in Milwaukee over New Years weekend. Take a peek at the video below to see each page of the sketchbook and hear a short narration about the inspiration behind the imagery. Enjoy!

I enjoyed these small sketches so much I've been making new illustrations before bed since. Here are a few examples:

If you're interested in collecting these illustrations I've listed them on Etsy under a new shop just for illustrations : etsy.com/shop/joojoobeee 

I chose the name JooJooBeee because it was a nickname my family had for me when I was kid and I always liked the way it sounds. I'm a junior so that's where it started...

January 14, 2018

Back to the grind here at Michigan State! I'm looking forward to this semester for a few reasons: my schedule, teaching drawing a second time, and new work in my studio!


Last semester I had a challenge maintaining a productive schedule because of a late Monday class and early teaching time. Riding the bus seems to add an extra hour of travel throughout the day so I would be getting home really late Monday nights and up really early to teach my 8AM drawing course. Therefore the rest of my Tuesdays and Thursdays were lived in a daze following my office hours. This semester I teach Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:50 PM with my office hour from 2-3. The only other class I have is my Baroque Art History course Tuesday and Thursday from 12:40 to 2:30. I'm very excited to have so much time in between to read, study, and paint in the studio!


I had a wonderful time teaching Drawing 110 last semester and felt blessed by the students I taught. Many of them came to class ea...

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