What’s in My Bag?
January 2017
Illustration of myself for the “what’s in my bag?” challenge.
Drawing has always been a more personal interest of mine, and I’ve loved being part of the online art community since middle school. I’ve sold my work at conventions and through Redbubble (over 3,500 sales! whoa!), Storenvy, Society6, and Etsy. I’m currently interested in the storytelling potential of illustration, especially narrative comics! I adore bold colors and shapes, and my favorite things to draw are people and food. I’d love to hone my craft further, and have a pipe dream of making a graphic novel or memoir. My inspirations include Alison Bechdel, Sachin Teng, Sara Kipin, Choo, Jillian Tamaki, Sara Wong, Koyamori, Comilla Paddock (millionfish), Noelle Stevenson, and Joaquín Sorolla.
To start a piece, I almost always begin sketching on paper for a sense of composition and posing, then scan those onto my computer. I use lots of reference photos and draw with the same Wacom Intuos tablet I’ve had since middle school on my drawing program of choice, Clip Studio Paint (I used Paint Tool SAI when I still had a Windows PC).
The Loved
December 2019
A final class project responding to the prompt “The Loved.”
Ursa’s Nite Life
Fall 2018, Spring 2019
Event posters for my previous job as a Design Manager at Ursa’s Nite Life, Washington University’s late-night and substance-free programming board.
Nursery Rhymes Re-Imagined
September 2019
A set of illustrations using a randomly generated 5-color palette. The process involved a lot of sketching of our default image of a pie (and other objects) to create the most recognizable pie (or other object). I still have a ways to go in mixing illustration with type. A year later, I still know the “Wee Willie Winkie” rhyme by heart.
HAIR
September 2020
“HAIR” is a short, intimate zine answering the questions “how are you?” and “where are you?” It follows the narrative of me getting my hair cut by my mom for the first time in 5-ish years due to the pandemic. I used black and white digital illustrations to mimic the materiality of my black hair. Looking back, I wish I’d explored using ink on paper instead. Regardless, I’m glad that I was able to illustrate my own nonfiction writing. You can read the whole thing on issuu here.
Personal Work
2017 to present
Works for fanzines and personal projects. Characters are not my own. You can view my process in this speedpaint.
Sweet Dreams
Summer 2019
A comic titled “Sweet Dreams” published in Volume 8 of Lilies Anthology, a women’s romance magazine. The prompt was “dreams.” You can view my process in this speedpaint.
Ain’t I a Woman?
Fall 2019
An illustrated book of transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, which I was fortunate to see in person as a high school sophomore. View the whole book here.
Attribution
Mentorship provided by the wonderful Jeff PikeShreyas R. KrishnanJude Agboada, and Becca Leffell-Koren.
Characters featured in personal work from Haikyuu!!, Boku no Hero Academia, Hunter X Hunter, She-Ra, and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.

More Work

DrawBot Explorations
Experimental coding in Python made visual with DrawBot
Creative coding, DrawBot, Python / Spring 2020 to present
Pink in the Night
Visualizing lyrics from Mitski’s “Pink in the Night” utilizing repetition and DrawBot
Creative coding, postcards, DrawBot, Python / Winter 2021
Datamatch Publicity Campaign
Engaging half of WashU’s student body in America’s oldest collegiate matchmaker
Apparel, flyers, social media, Figma, Illustrator, InDesign / 2019 to 2021
Past, Present, and Future
Finding my visual voice guided by what fixates me and what I long for
Cards, postcards, poster, tabloid, packaging, branding, Photoshop, InDesign / Fall 2020
Out and Open
A layered book applying metaphors of concealment to Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”
Coptic-bound book, Layout Design, Book Design, Literary Analysis, InDesign / Fall 2020
SQSH Background Generator
An easy-to-use programmed background generator for SQSH PR materials
Creative coding, responsive layout, Python, DrawBot / Spring 2020
Sketchbook and Studies
Selection of observational studies and sketches from my foundation year and beyond
Pencil, ink, cardboard, pastel, acrylic, oil / 2017 to present
Birthday Zoomers
Celebrating birthdays in the pandemic using machine learning with audio
HTML, CSS, p5.js, Google’s Teachable Machine, Zoom / Spring 2020
Switch
A modular and dynamic typeface inspired by The Matrix (1999, dir Lily and Lana Wachowski)
Website, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Figma, Glitch / Fall 2020
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