Whitney Wasson / @soberrabbit / comics & comedy
Hi! I'm Whitney. I'm a working, self-taught cartoonist/artist who is based in Chicago. I love working with recycled paper and cardboard, but am just as comfortable with digital media, too.
I've worked with individuals who have their whole project planned out, who aren't sure where to start, or just want a quick turnaround on a single illustration. I've worked with musicians, podcasts, comedians, and people wanting gifts (such as portraits, comics, short books) for their loved ones. I've drawn some tattoos, as well! Check out some highlights from recent work below, sorted into a few categories. If you'd like to hire me or collaborate, please email me!
Small Works on Cardboard
My current obsession is soft-looking, mixed media drawings on recycled cardboard. Once cereal and oatmeal boxes, these little squares and rectangles have now been transformed into beautiful rabbits and pigeons. I use a combination of Derwent watercolor pencils, Copic and Prismacolor markers, with Sharpie, black ink, and Wite-Out highlights. Visit my store to buy an original!
Family and Pet Portraits
I have done many illustrations for friends and acquaintances, working to fit their budget and working digitally so that high quality prints can be printed on their own time and fit to their specific framing needs. Here are some highlights:
Coloring Book Commissions
I designed (and had professionally printed) the Sober Rabbit Coloring Book for Anxious Adults, a 20 page adult coloring book! I have also contributed coloring pages to two coloring books, The Chicago Reader Coloring Book (the Music Box coloring page) and the Entertainment Fort Smith Landmarks Coloring Book, where I contributed the Miss Laura's cover image and a detail from the Park at West End.
Comedy & Theatre Posters
I've designed many a poster and flyer for comedy, theatre, and arts festivals. Here are some highlights! I've also recently designed some illustrations to be used in podcast marketing. Unless I'm designing for a one time event, I enjoy creating evergreen illustrations that indie producers can repurpose and use again and again.
This was a fun commission by my friend Pat, who wanted to celebrate his unique rescue dog, Tucker. I implemented some of Pat and Tucker's favorite things in this fantastical portrait -- very different from my more fine art style pet portraits!
My incredibly talented muralist/scenic artist friend Steph wanted a new profile photo so I took a great picture of her painting and transformed it into this colorful homage to all of the gorgeous work she does for theatre, small businesses, and more!
I did this space lizard backdrop for a music promo for QwillA, a mustachioed musician out of Texarkana who delves into a psychedelic landscape of neuro-hop and glitchy, squiggly, funky bass music. I'm always down to collaborate with artists!
Film Poster Concepts
These are some Criterion Collection-inspired covers for some of my favorite movies.