Hurricane Florence Relief Fundraiser

Earlier this year, I tried to make a habit of doing “5 minute doodles” every day after I got off work. Working a full-time job in a creative field, I find it easy to burn out and was hoping this exercise would produce some fun ideas for personal projects.

I was scrolling Instagram one day and saw an aerial shot of a beach by an ocean photographer I follow, and I noticed that the different distances the waves had come in caused this squiggly effect in the sand. It reminded me of the layered shapes mountains make when you’re looking at them from a distance.

That evening, my doodle was inspired by the state I call home, and I drew out a mountain range turning into the ocean as seen from above.

A couple of weeks ago, when Hurricane Florence was expected to hit the coast of North Carolina as a category 4, I posted the image on my social media. I had a big response from people saying they would wear it as a shirt or would love a sticker version of it. After a few more coffees it clicked in my mind that I could raise money for hurricane relief if I sold the design.

The quickest and most cost-effective way I could manage at the time was to make stickers. I made an initial order of 100 and sold out within a week. Not thinking I would sell another 100, I made another order of 50 and sold out of those as well.

I was able to raise over $650 in this initial fundraising effort. I will be donating the money to The Red Cross and to The Rescue Ranch in Statesville, NC who is dedicated to helping rebuild shelters damaged by the hurricane.

If you’d like more information on how you can order a sticker, please fill out the form on my contact page.

Dipping my toes into illustration!

I had the pleasure of working with my friends in Rocky Mount at Station Square Records. They're a brand new record shop in downtown Rocky Mount and they wanted a fun illustration and logo for their business. I collaborated with a friend, Will Elsen, to fulfill their vision.

I have experience in hand drawing, and also in logo design, but I have never done any digital illustration before. So when they came to me with their idea, it was a welcome challenge! Their storefront is located right off of Main Street which features a train track right down the middle of the street, so they knew they wanted to incorporate a train into their design. 

Admittedly, I know very little about trains. This is where I enlisted the help of my friend Will. After a while of brainstorming and discussion, he drew by pencil the perfect train for this project. I then took his drawing to the computer to create a digital illustration. incorporating the color scheme of the store.

I had a ton of fun working on this project and learned a lot about digital illustration along the way. Starting with the literal bones/outlines of the train, I then layered colors and textures to build up what the illustration became. I definitely can't wait to do more work like this!

To view the project, click here!