New Illustration Deposit

My blogging has not been particularly regular this year, but I did want to share a bunch of new illustrations that I’ve got up in my portfolio.


Los-Angeles-Neighbors-Balcony-Watercolor-Illustration-Editorial-Michelle Kondrich


This first piece, in ink and watercolor, is based on an experience I had shortly after moving to LA when I finished college. I was working at the Getty Museum and made friends with a girl named Kristen. After being in orientation for a couple of weeks together I learned, by way of locking myself out of the apartment I was living in, that we we were not only neighbors but we shared a balcony in our apartment complex. We are still friends to this day even though we haven’t seen each other for a few years.









This series of illustrations went with an article written by a woman who went on several survival camping weekends.




And finally, this little spot editorial illustration was created as a reinterpretation of a recent New York Times OpEd piece called “Does My Virginity Have a Shelf-Life?” I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with my technique and I’m really pleased with the direction my work is taking. Editorial illustration is such a fun challenge and I hope to be adding more of that to my client work in the months to come.

The Good Lie – New York Times Magazine


A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were in New York visiting family, friends, and our old stomping grounds. The only thing I brought with me, in terms of my illustration work, was a sketchbook. I decided to take the opportunity to do lots of concept sketching for editorial illustration. I was able to read loads of the New York Times since my father-in-law gets the weekend paper (I just love reading a physical newspaper and relaxing over tea). I came across an article titled Living the Good Lie in the Times Magazine. The article explored a new trend in psychology with regards to people who are gay but who are also deeply Christian. They often struggle when their religious beliefs are equal to or more important than their sexual identity and some psychologists recommend that they stay in the closet in order to live the life that they want to live.