Ashley Walker - Art

Welcome to my sketchbook, a collection of art and thoughts about books in progress. All of my work—fiction, nonfiction, and comics—aims to encourage young readers to explore the world around them.

Once Upon a Tiger

While writing my middle-grade novel, I drew cats of all kinds: domestic and wild, native and exotic, small and large... and at large in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Isn't it amazing how they can both dominate a landscape and disappear into it?

The Queen's New Moves

I recently wandered into the world of chess—a male-dominated sphere, where, to my surprise, I found centuries of stories featuring  female players. And like pawns advancing toward queenship, women gained status through success on the board. I'm eager to share the herstory of chess with young readers.

The Big Idea

If positive thinking elevates you, could small, nagging fears cut you right down to size? Right before the big game?! This comic exploration of stature, created for a California College of Arts anthology, is a stretch for me as an artist-in-training. But I'm armed with a digital pencil, Procreate, and the challenge to think big.

Sometimes, a Liger

While writing my middle-grade novel, I drew cats of all kinds: domestic and wild, native and exotic, small and large... and at large in San Francisco. Isn't it amazing how cats can both dominate a landscape and disappear into it?

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The Queen's New Moves

I recently wandered into the world of chess—a male-dominated sphere, where, to my surprise, I found centuries of stories featuring  female players. And like pawns advancing toward queenship, women gained status through success on the board. I'm eager to share the herstory of chess with young readers.

The Big Idea

If positive thinking elevates you, could small, nagging fears cut you right down to size? Right before the big game?! This comic exploration of stature, created for a California College of Arts anthology, is a stretch for me as an artist-in-training. But I'm armed with a digital pencil, Procreate, and the challenge to think big.