I've always loved sketching. As a kid I would spend hours with pencil in hand and whatever paper I could find coping images from books or trying to capture what I saw in my mind's eye. As an illustrator not much has changed. I still love to doodle. The challenge has become converting sketches into colorful illustrations while still maintaining the playfulness, energy and line quality of the original drawing. Below are sketches taken from my notebooks with characters that are waiting for stories.