Amplify ELA creates interactive core curriculum that inspires students to read more deeply, write more vividly, and think more critically.
I collaborated with curriculum creators and editors, to create all the illustrations for the M.C. Higgins unit to make reading and writing more fun.
This unit was built around M.C. Higgins, the Greatby Virginia Hamilton. I created all the illustrations for the banners and in-lesson assets. Drawing inspiration from the Appalachian Mountains, the main setting of the story, we wanted the illustrations to create a world within the interactive screen, where M.C. Higgins could exists.
Client: Amplify ELA
Additional Credits: Art Director: Shannon Sumner, Designer: Junko Bridston
Amplify creates interactive core curriculum that inspires students to learn in a fun, creative, and challenging way.
I collaborated with curriculum creators and editors, under the art direction of Julia Sverchuk to create all the illustrations for this 6th Grade Math unit on Proportional Relationships. We wanted to create a world where learning math is fun, through problem-centered challenge lessons and project-based learning activities. And we wanted the illustration to express this as well.
So for this unit, I created, staged, and photographed, all the 3 dimensional paper cutout illustrations for the lesson headers and in-lesson assets.
Client: Amplify Math
Additional Credits: Art Director: Julia Sverchuk
A collection of illustrations and concept art I did for various simulation apps for Amplify Science. To see how these illustrations are applied in the finished apps, go to their respective project pages: the Earth, Moon, & Sun simulation and the Matter & Energy in Ecosystem simulations. Those pages are password protected because the apps are still under-wraps until they're ready to be unveiled to the public in 2017. If you'd like to access those pages, you can shoot me an email and I can send you the password.
For APE 2014, I made a series of gouache paintings of places I have visited in the past or dream of visiting one day. They're all available to purchase as postcards or limited edition prints.
NY Cares Mural 2014
In October 2014, I got to design another mural for New York Cares Day. The school wanted an underwater themed mural. They had 6 cans of orange paint and only 1 can of blue. In retrospect, that wasn't such a bad thing, I’d never make an orange underwater scene otherwise.
On NY Cares Day, a bunch of volunteers showed up at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School to help paint the wall.
We pulled the entire thing together in the last 30 minutes. Thanks to all my friends who came and help. Also all the volunteers for working hard and not stopping when they told us to, even after they took our cans of paints away. I’m glad we kept working.
Don't Break The Chain
Supposedly Seinfeld said he bought a huge wall calendar that showed the whole year at once. And he made an X for each day he wrote comedy. His claim was that after a while you build up a nice streak of X’s, and it’s a strange incentive to keep moving forward to avoid breaking the chain. "Don’t break the chain!"
I didn’t know it was Seinfeld, but I was familiar with the concept. I’ve never been good at resolutions, most years I don’t usually set one. But I figure since this is something that’s important to me, I should give it a go.
So starting January of 2013, I've been posting one drawing every day. The point is not to make beautiful pieces of illustration everyday. It’s to make drawing part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth or going to the bathroom, so that it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.
So here are a few I’ve done up until now. Check out the entire series here!