Playful Mixed-Media Illustration

Safari Animal Parade, Graphite Pencil, 2016

a mini animal marching band featuring a giraffe as the conductor, an elephant playing the bass drum and a zebra playing the symbols

Wally & Flop, Prismacolor Marker, 2017

a dog named Wally and his big friend Flop the dragon laying on their backs and enjoying each others company Wally, a small dog, is growling at a big dog. Wally is being backed up by his big friend Flop the dragon
a dog named Wally and his big friend Flop the dragon laying on their backs and enjoying each others company Wally, a small dog, is growling at a big dog. Wally is being backed up by his big friend Flop the dragon

Piper, Wally & Flop, Prismacolor Marker, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Watercolor, 2018

Piper, a 4 year old girl, and her dog Wally, a beagle mix, are packing for a hike. Piper has laid out all the supplies on a yellow blanket. Wally is particularly interested in the bag of treats Piper and Wally are hiking. They've come upon a log and Piper is going over while Wally crawls under Piper and Wally have come upon a cave. They are debating whether to explore within. In the cave there is a large mysterious animal with his back to Piper and Wally. Piper and Wally are nervously peering around the cave wall to see who or what the mysterious animal is. It turns out to be a friendly dragon reading a book on a rock in front of a campfire. The dragon's name is Flop. He invites Piper and Wally to join him at his campfire. They roast marshmallows. Wally steals a marshmallow from Flop while he isn't looking. Piper, Wally and Flop are playing hide n' seek in Piper's living room. It is Piper's turn to search while Wally and Flop try to hide. Flop is trying to hide behind the curtains but he is so large its not working well. Wally is hiding behind a picture on top of a book shelf. Its a mystery how Wally got up there.
Piper, a 4 year old girl, and her dog Wally, a beagle mix, are packing for a hike. Piper has laid out all the supplies on a yellow blanket. Wally is particularly interested in the bag of treats Piper and Wally are hiking. They've come upon a log and Piper is going over while Wally crawls under Piper and Wally have come upon a cave. They are debating whether to explore within. In the cave there is a large mysterious animal with his back to Piper and Wally. Piper and Wally are nervously peering around the cave wall to see who or what the mysterious animal is. It turns out to be a friendly dragon reading a book on a rock in front of a campfire. The dragon's name is Flop. He invites Piper and Wally to join him at his campfire. They roast marshmallows. Wally steals a marshmallow from Flop while he isn't looking. Piper, Wally and Flop are playing hide n' seek in Piper's living room. It is Piper's turn to search while Wally and Flop try to hide. Flop is trying to hide behind the curtains but he is so large its not working well. Wally is hiding behind a picture on top of a book shelf. Its a mystery how Wally got up there.

Big Cat Pool Party, Watercolor, 2016

a lion, tiger, leopard, cougar and panther are lounging around and playing in a swimming pool

Ribbons of Wonder, Graphite, Watercolor, 2017-2018

a 7 year old girl leaps while twirling a ribbon behind her a 9 year old girl dances and twirls a ribbon around her a 6 year old boy leaps while spinning a ribbon around him
a 7 year old girl leaps while twirling a ribbon behind her a 9 year old girl dances and twirls a ribbon around her a 6 year old boy leaps while spinning a ribbon around him

Illustrations created for a book dummy called Ribbons of Wonder written by Ellen Moore. This is a work-in-progress. If you are interested in seeing the entire dummy, please contact Rachel Gozhansky at rachelgozhansky@gmail.com or using the contact field towards the bottom of the page.

Trucks at Work, Prismacolor Markers, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil, 2016

this scene depicts big trucks, including a dump truck, digger, fire truck and crane, at work within a town

Flying Monkey Pranks, Faber-Castell Polychromos, 2016

Winged Monkeys have played a prank on the town by filling the lake with blue paint

Children's picture book illustration of a scene from an original story about the Winged Monkeys from Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz. The Winged Monkeys are misunderstood pranksters who play a variety of pranks on the various people of Oz. The people of Oz feel they are being unjustly attacked, and attempt to retaliate and punish the monkeys. But the monkeys misunderstand and think the people of Oz are just joining in on the fun. The back and forth continues to escalate until it goes too far. The story arch follows the monkeys and people of Oz as they both learn the difference between fun pranks and mean spirited, harmful acts.

In this scene, the Winged Monkeys laugh after playing a prank on the Winkies (people of Oz whose country is characterized by yellow: yellow tinged skin, yellow clothes and yellowish surroundings) by dumping blue dye into the Winkies' lake on the hottest day of summer.

The Graveyard Book reimagined book cover, Watercolor, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil, 2018

a young boy and a dark man of shadows stand on top of a hill in a graveyard on a gloomy evening looking out over the town in the distance

Admiring the Storm, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, 2016

a boy sitting at the window watching the terrible storm in the distance of a tornado and hurricane

Safety Patrol, Graphite Pencil, 2017

an elementary school safety patrol looks both ways before allowing students to cross the street

Piñata, Prismacolor Marker, 2017

a blindfolded toddler is swinging a stick at a colorful pinata

Hockey Bear, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 2016

a lifesize teddy bear named Goz is playing hockey

Best Friends, Graphite, 2017

drawing of a 10 year old girl posting signs in search of her missing dog. You can also see another girl hiding in the bushes with the dog from the missing posters. This girl is holding a torn photo that says best friends drawing of a girl giving away a dog. In the background another girl is looking upset and running to stop the transaction drawing of a photo of two girls and their dog and all three are wearing a necklace that says Best Friends
drawing of a 10 year old girl posting signs in search of her missing dog. You can also see another girl hiding in the bushes with the dog from the missing posters. This girl is holding a torn photo that says best friends drawing of a girl giving away a dog. In the background another girl is looking upset and running to stop the transaction drawing of a photo of two girls and their dog and all three are wearing a necklace that says Best Friends

Foundation Communities Single Occupancy Room, Prismacolor Marker, Faber-Castell Polychromos, 2017

illustration of a single occupancy studio apartment in a Foundation Communities property photo of a wall signage that incorporates the previous illustration
illustration of a single occupancy studio apartment in a Foundation Communities property photo of a wall signage that incorporates the previous illustration

Teddy's Playground Playdate, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil, Faber-Castell Polychromos, 2016

a lifesize teddy bear named Goz is playing on the swingset with his young friend Raya
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