Some snippets of things I’m working on right now. All will be revealed in 2013! Let’s just say though it’s been fun to try and work on some pieces with simpler palettes and a little less texture and a little bit of offset, more akin to my screenprints. I want to try and flex my creative muscles next year and really experiment…
Back in early summer, my sister and I got invited to do a storyboard test for Adventure Time. She wrote and I drew it, and I must admit it was really fun and a great learning experience! We got some positive responses on it and then I forgot all about it til the other day, so I thought I’d share it with you.
The PDF is up here; hope you enjoy! Storyboarding is tough stuff— I’ve got deep respect and admiration for all my storyboarding peers now!
This summer I was invited by my dear Argentinean friends at Monoblock to design a 2013 journal for them. Their idea— encapsulate the spirit of El Valle Segrado/Macchu Picchu in notebook form! This was a seriously challenging project— the colors and spirit of the people and place were so vibrant, trying to distill it down felt a little tricky. In the end the people reigned supreme, so I decided to showcase the people of the land on the back cover (complete with colorfully embroidered costumes, llamitas and cabritos!) and showcase the grandeur of the landscape on the front (with a few more llamas for good measure!) So much fun, and so much color (just the way I like it!)
Monoblock has put up the journal for sale on their site and I should be getting some copies soon— more details to come!
One of twelve somethings. Okay, you got me— it’s a bird.
Been trying to figure out how to mesh all the different things I like together. Sometimes if I’m being honest, I get tired of the way I work (even though I know I’m learning stuff along the way). I break things down into layers when I draw lately; which in the end creates the image I want but it’s less satisfying than inking a full image. And sometimes I go so heavy on texture and color that I miss more unified palettes; but at the same time I’ve never been able to sort out a great way to replicate my screenprints in illustration form. Then again, I love certain other tools too- pencils, brush and ink, wash… the trouble is there’s just too many things to do! So this is a tiny step in the direction I’ve been missing. I carved rubylith for some of the layers; maybe a bit pointless for a digital piece but as messy as it can be, I really love the way it works and can’t quite emulate it in other mediums. So I used it as a mask of some colored paper texture to emulate screenprinted ink, and overlapped pencil and ink and color. I think I’d like things to get looser, get back to that overlapping quality of screenprinting— it happened some in this piece and that vibrating quality is something I really enjoy.
It’s funny how the process winds up informing what you are drawn to as a maker sometimes.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a ton of things— life, career, process, interests, and I never know the right place to really share them, if anywhere. Maybe here?