The Acorns Promise
Watercolor painting of oak leaves and acorns
I created illustrations for a work book published by George Washington University. The book is based on an essay written by Jim Robinson, the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at George Washington. The essay is organized into principles that can be learned from the metaphor of an acorn as a way of realizing one’s potential - inspiring bountiful thinking and optimism, and strength to pursue through challenges. I created an illustration for each of Robinson’s principles.
Cover of "The Acorn's Promise"
Cover of "The Acorn's Promise"
A hand holding three acorns
A hand holding three acorns
An acorn with the image of a tree inside it
An acorn with the image of a tree inside it
A person looks up at a bird singing while an acorn sprouts within them
A person looks up at a bird singing while an acorn sprouts within them
A person mediates inside of an acorn shape
A person mediates inside of an acorn shape
Hands work the soil around an oak sapling
Hands work the soil around an oak sapling
A person approaches an oak tree growing along the hills
A person approaches an oak tree growing along the hills
An adult and children plant an oak tree together
An adult and children plant an oak tree together
Sketches
Foraging for Natural Ornaments
I illustrated a field guide that acquaints readers with looking for natural materials such as seed pods, cones and berries, with the eye of a creative crafter, ready to turn these treasures into festive ornaments: creatures, animals and characters. In this guide there is an illustration of each craft material, short descriptions of where to find each plant and a brief explanation of how we (Nick and I) make use of each finding.
Cover of the field guide
Cover of the field guide
Interior page featuring seed bearing structures (cones)
Interior page featuring seed bearing structures (cones)
Interior page featuring more seed structures (cattails and alder)
Interior page featuring more seed structures (cattails and alder)
Black Walnut
Black Walnut
Butternut
Butternut
Hemlock cones
Hemlock cones
Milkweed seedpods
Milkweed seedpods
Privet berries
Privet berries
Rosehips
Rosehips
Spruce cone
Spruce cone
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