Hi. LoLo here. Cat lady, poly-sci nerd, bookworm, lover of good and bad action flicks.

In 2013, I embarked on a rigorous, self-taught course of art instruction, inspired by some of the photorealism pencil work I was seeing on Instagram. I had the feeling that I could also produce that level of work if I trained hard enough. And the challenge was enticing.

So I began to put in my 10,000 hours of practice. (It has been postulated that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a craft. I think this theory has merit.) It was hard work, but I found it enjoyable since the task of creating photorealism suits my exacting and ambitious nature.

In the fall of 2015, I received a small business grant from Mercy Corps NW, which enabled me to buy a Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop. This powerful little device enabled me to start drawing directly into Photoshop, and a love of digital painting was born! 

A few months later, armed with my new digital capabilities, I started looking for freelance work on Upwork.com. It started slowly, and I learned a few things the hard way. But in 5 months, I had earned a Top Rated ranking on the site! My glowing client reviews warm my heart and keep the wind at my back.

I currently illustrate things like articles for lifestyle websites, stories for blogs, cartoons for business resources, and educational materials. I specialize in portrait/character drawing, and photorealism is still my go-to style. Though recently I’ve been surprising myself with an aptitude for cartooning as well. Looks like all those years reading Calvin & Hobbes and Foxtrot have had a lasting influence. You can see all my projects in the portfolio section.

My dream job would be to illustrate for some of my favorite news publications. To combine my poly-sci degree (and passion) with my illustration skills. Maybe when I next update this, it will be to announce just such a success!

Feel free to follow my freelancing adventures on Instagram (@lolo_ology) where I like to vandalize my professional work with cat doodles.