Most of my illustrations and comic narratives are based on scientific research, and in the past few years I’ve had the pleasure to work with a narwhal biologist, a flu virologist, a marine ecologist, and neon sign artisans to create informational and engaging comics that disseminates their work in a unique and creative way.
North of Birkeland
"North of Birkeland" is a continuing comic series about the life and work of Kristian Birkeland, the Norwegian astrophysicist who pioneered the theory of solar magnetism to explain the Northern Lights. First issue self-published in November of 2012; a revised and updated issue with PART II published in November of 2016.
In 2016 I completed the University of Washington's certificate program in Natural Science Illustration. This wonderful program allowed me to refine my skills in a variety of mediums such as watercolor, pen & ink, and colored pencil, and draw an array of interesting subjects including walrus skulls, exotic ferns, trilobite fossils, horseshoe crabs, and pangolins. The most valuable part of my learning experience may have been the newfound ability to translate information about the natural world into a drawing; every organism has a story to tell about its life processes, and as I refine my skills I hope to become better and better at telling those stories in a concise and attractive way.
Editorial comics that have appeared in the Seattle Weekly and other independent news publications. See more of my Seattle Weekly comics here.