Sarah Mensinga is an illustrator and concept artist living in Texas. The brief bio on her site indicates that she is a graduate of the Sheridan College classical animation program, and has worked on various animated TV shows and films, including The Ant Bully.
Mensinga has a stylized approach with lots of exaggerated thick to thin variation in her forms, giving her drawings a springy, cartoonlike energy well suited to animation concept design.
She is currently using the comics-like quality of that style on a children’s book called Dragon Girl (image above), for which you can see a preliminary version, realized in line and tone drawings, on her site. Her drawings for this have a nice feeling of classic fairy tale animation. Even though these are not intended to be final illustrations, I really enjoy both the loose, informal feel of the drawings and the underappreciated chram of monochromatic tone drawings.
Mensinga also has a blog called Sarah’s Sketches on which she writes about about progress on the book and posts sketches for other projects as well as drawings done just for fun.
[Link via the Flight blog]