My buddy Shane regularly posts videos of him playing songs up on Facebook and a while ago I asked if I could use his music in conjunction with my art and he said sure. Collaborating in this manner is really fun. The music is inspiring and really effects the outcome of a piece. I hope to do more of these in the future as it’s a fun exercise and seeing how a piece comes together has always been fascinating to me. I did these a couple of months ago, but I just kind of put them up on youtube and didn’t say much about them. I built a little rig that holds my phone and I’m getting better about how to shoot the movies. Hopefully I’ll have more of these in the coming months. Just need a little more music…
“Izzy’s Crossing” took approximately 6 months of on again, off again production and illustration work to complete before being sent off to the publisher. This includes research, collection of reference materials, character design, sketches, thumbnails, comps, final drawings, and paintings. I thought it’d be fun to post some of the sketches from the planning stages as well as the actual cover concept art that, for whatever reason, wasn’t utilized. I actually have a whole sketchbook full of sketches, character designs, and concepts as well as an extensive file of swampland and animal pictures on my computer I constantly use for reference. It’s quite the process, but it’s all worth it in the end! Enjoy!
Here’s a link for places to purchase the book.
Last year I illustrated my third children’s book, and this past week “Izzy’s Crossing” was released to the world! This is the follow up to a book I illustrated three or four years ago entitled “What Kind of Turtle Am I?” The newest book follows the main character Izzy on an adventure trough the brackish marshland to the coast to lay her eggs, where she answers that age-old question; How did the turtle cross the road? The answer, of course, being through interpretive modern dance. Yep, interpretive modern dance. It’s available in hardcover, paperback, and now for the modern world, a handy e-book format for all those i-Pad and Kindle toting children out there. 24 Full color pages (or screens) of illustrated fun!
I’m hoping to keep up the same level of effort I’ve been putting into my artwork in the coming year, but I have to say it’s not going to be easy especially with a new job and a little one who demands more and more attention by the day. Not that either of those things are bad, but to continue to find the time and thereby the peace that comes to me with creation will be a challenge to say the least. I make sure I do at least one little sketch every day and that alone is something. Managed so far this year to get one commission from a friend, get to Hipbone Studios a few times, and I hope so much to continue with the Dr. Sketchy sessions when possible. Here’s a little of what I’ve pumped out to date.
As you can see I’m still trying to get figure and portrait drawing practice in by visiting Hipbone Studios as well as photo references and friends who will patiently linger while I draw them. Experimenting with ink as well and a couple of new surfaces including watercolor illustration board and yupo.
To put the pieces together to get my art show together, which is currently hanging at The Blue Monk on Belmont in SE Portland I had to really buckle down and put in some serious work and I think for my first solo effort it’s pretty cool. It feels good to have it hanging. The 24 piece show is hanging for another couple of weeks and there is a reception on Sunday January 12th from 5-8pm. I’d love to have you there and if you can’t make it then, stop by the bar some other time and just peruse the art. The bartenders will make it worth your while.
Come See these beuts in person at the Blue Monk and definitely come this Sunday January 12th from 5-8p for my reception! See you there!
The past three months have found me a man possessed, inspired, and obsessed. I have been non-stop, working on my craft, developing new skills, exploring concepts, and trying to move forward as an artist. I’ve taken a couple of commissions in that time, sold some original works, and started selling prints in my new e-store. Be it in the form of pen or pencil sketches, watercolor or oil paintings, mixed media pieces, on canvas, paper or board, I have just been relentlessly laying it down as of late. Not every piece is a success and not every stroke comes easily, but I’m doing what I love every day and sharing it with the world. In the coming month, I’ll be showing my work at The Blue Monk, a quaint little bar and music venue, which is exciting as it’ll be my first event of this nature. If you get a chance stop on by. Follow me on Instagram to stay abreast of my everyday work, and check out what’s available for purchase in my Big Cartel store.
Hunched over my desk feverishly scribbling, pacing and dancing in front of a canvas, the night wears on. At a near frantic pace I attempt to get ideas and inspiration into the sketchbooks. Obsessed with lines, form, value, and hue. There is never enough time.
I’ve been diligently plugging away as of late. Finished kids book number three, and have been trying to learn how to paint flowers in watercolor, and always always always, putting work in trying to get better at portraits and figures. If you want to see more of my work or see what I’ve been up to on a more regular basis, check me out on Instagram. It’s my way to be lazy and post my art as it’s finished. It never looks as good as scanned art, but it is what it is. Follow me even_sketchier