You Are Brave, Little Joey Illustrations

You Are Brave, Little Joey is a children’s book written by Jessika Seppala and illustrated by Amber Thatcher. It follows Little Joey the kangaroo and his mama as they explore their world and discover what it truly means to be brave.

I started these illustrations for Jessika when she contacted me late summer in 2020. She had been refining her story for a few years and was ready to publish! I was honored that she approached me to do the illustrations. And now, as of June 2021, You Are Brave, Little Joey is available for purchase on Amazon! This is the second book I’ve had the honor to illustrate and I’m proud of what Jessika and I have made together. Here are a few of my favorite illustrations from the book and a few sketches from the planning process!

Prom 2017

Katie Lee – Sequin Party

Twirly skirt with pleats and faux crop-top jewel neckline bodice with a flyaway back in bronze and silver sequins. Semi-sheer skirt with shorts lining.

Taylor Smith- Light Blue Dream

Mermaid dress with beading and tulle in a sweet light blue. Halter top and open back.

Kindra LaValley- Lavender Princess

A-line princess dress with sweet heart neckline, low back, spaghetti straps, and beading on the bodice transitioning into the softest tulle skirt in ethereal lavender.


Striped Maxi Skirts

Maxi skirts for spring and summer! One for me and one for my lovely mother-in-law. Bright colors and bold stripes form chevron shapes to the floor.

Basic Tee

McCall’s M6964 views “B” and “D”

This was a really easy and quick pattern to sew! The floral long sleeve is the pattern as-is with no alterations aside from lengthening the sleeves and the hem. The white short sleeve shirt is view B with the sleeves lengthened by an inch or so and the neckline altered to be a scoop neck. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law love their new shirts!

The Bull and the Bear