The Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors

April 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

A graphic designer-y tribute to all the Game of Throners eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s season premier.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

January 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

I took a recent trip to Rome in November to 1) visit my dear friend, Liz, from college 2) eat gelato 3) see the ruins between gelato consumption. As a gift to my hostess, I knew that bringing anything gastronomic from the US to Italy would be akin to giving a billionaire cash, so I opted to draw a portrait of her.

liz in rome_final_wallace west

On her delightful blog, Rome If You Want To, Liz gave an account of how we met, my visit and a much appreciated, glowing showcase of the portrait I drew. Be sure to check out her blog—and be sure to go to Gelateria del Teatro when you get to Roma.

A Sneeze

December 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

A Sneeze

Entry for the 2013 Tomie dePaola illustration contest. Fairly certain this happens to everyone on a subway train at least twice per winter.


June 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

As in Sweet Miscellany. As in the ever-tasty, all natural sweets and treats from my culinarily talented sister.

I designed a banner for her site as well as her booth at the Longview, Texas, farmer’s market (where she routinely sells out). Check out the unveiled-this-weekend banner below, then check out her Sweet Miscellany blog here and etsy shop here. Do your body good.

Illustrations For Reel

June 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Below is a reel of select pieces in my portfolio from picture book trade illustrations, educational publishing illustrations, to  editorial illustrations. I really wanted Courtney Love to perform an acoustic track for the background but she was unavailable so I went with vintage instrumentals.


Direct link to video is here:



Oh My Gouache

May 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Making the move from mainly using watercolor to mainly using gouache took a lot of thought. I felt like I was breaking up with a medium. And now that gouache and I are ready to update our relationship status on Facebook, I don’t know why I didn’t make the move sooner. Gouache and I are totally full on dating now. Here’s our first collaboration (a re-imagining of a piece I did a while back in watercolor).

dog running gouache


April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s shocking. NYC is sunny, warm and pleasant out there today. Before temperatures dip again and the sprung of spring becomes a sprang at the end of the week, it’s time to get out there and enjoy it. Some might be inclined to don fashionable boots and dive into horticultural madness like the kiddo below. I, however, am inclined to take my dog to the park and as he sniffs every tree in a 30 mile radius, I’ll absorb copious amounts of vitamin D like a snowbird in Boca.

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