Patterns

I've bee playing around with repeating patterns lately. Basically, these are little exercises to help me think more graphically because I have some future plans for my work (like illustrating a kids book) and I need to feel more comfortable with the transition, both visually and mentally.

Society of Illustrators 56

I just found out that a series of animal pieces I worked on for Prana have been accepted in the Society of Illustrators 56. Normally I don't get excited about stuff like this but SI has been undergoing some great changes in the past few years and I'm happy to help support them as they continue to help preserve the craft of Illustration.

 

New Territory

Well, I started writing a children's book recently. This is completely new territory for me and I'm really enjoying the challenges so far. I'll also admit that I have clue what I'm doing. I've been anxious to start expanding my work into new areas and I want to figure out what else I can bring to the table as I'm starting to feel stale in some areas. If you asked me 2 years ago if I would write & illustrate a children's book I would have said "no", but yet, here I am. It's not that I'm writing the book for my son, but it's because of him. Outside of adjusting to new routines and schedules I didn't realize fatherhood would have a direct impact on the actual artwork. This is just further evidence that supports my wife's theory that I'm equally clueless as I am astute. Either way, I'm excited about the new challenges it places on my work and it feels good knowing I may be starting a new chapter of my career.   

The Other Side of the Air

This spring I was asked by Jayme Stone to build a life-sized Calder-esque mobile that could be used as his album cover for The Other Side of the Air. The main challenge for me was figuring how to create my work on a large 3-dimensional scale AND have it be light weight so it could be hung and moved with ease. I didn't want to rely on something like a CNC machine to cut out the shapes because I was afraid they'd start to feel too mechanical. After some experiments I found the materials that I needed to use and started building. I'm really happy with the results and it's helped me open up other avenues in the way I work.