Art Director Kate Madden assigned a series of cartoon Sasquatch illustrations, a variety of more realistic animal illustrations, and a full page map of the Mount St. Helens area. It was a lot of fun to work in different styles, and then to see them come together in such an interesting and good looking feature!
Squatch takes part in a variety of outdoor activities, navigating the area, observing and photgraphing the unique landscape, and teaching us about it’s history.
Animals populate the map and field guide. You can find out what these critters are up to here: Life Goes On: Mount St. Helen’s Flora and Fauna.
If you don’t get your hands on the magazine, read the full story here: The Essential Guide to Mount St. Helens
“Innocent Until Proven Guilty” mixed media shadow-box 18″ x 12″ x 6.” Created for the invitational exhibition “Gun Control” at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in Detroit, MI.
Here’s a photo of the final piece before the glass and frame went on. I’ll show you some of the steps along the way.
An early sketch before I’d decided on the line-up and redrew the character in the ski mask.
After adding color to the characters, cutting them out, and inking all of their edges, I added some paper armature to the backs to keep them rigid. This also gave me more material to tie into for the paper ‘posts’ attaching them to the background.
I pulled out an old trick for the numbers. I wanted them clean and well spaced, and done by hand. The matte board was too thick for a light box, so I printed out the numbers and made a carbon-transfer with pencil; shading in the reverse of the print and drawing the contours on to the board.
I made a digital version (from the hand-drawn characters) and there are prints for sale!
Thanks for checking out my work, and check out what they’re up to at 555!
They’re here! The lovely folks at Sock it to Me have added some dang socks to their offerings. Check them out!
“Sock it to Me is a sock company based out of Portland Oregon that designs amazing, funky, and affordable knee socks and crew socks for both men and women.”
Spot illustrations for Portland Monthly’s March 2012 issue “Hot Breakfast Spots.”
Black and white prints and shirts are available on Society6.
Here’s a Haiku about getting ready to live in a temporary city in the middle of the Nevada desert:
you can smell the dust
on your hands and all over
packing up the car
The last time I found myself in that situation I was pleased to have already contributed some dang art to Burning Man 2011.
Black Rock City’s “Least Best” Newspaper The Shroom asked me to work up DJ Passive Aggressive for the two on-playa issues:
My partner and I had fun painting two side panels and a stair riser for Portland’s ThunderBridge; one of 22 regional collaborations for Burning Man’s Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE), and with all of them burning together, one of the largest fires I have ever seen.
Last but not least, it was an honor to design Black Rock Spatial Delivery’s shwag for the “Rites of Passage” theme:
I’m happy to have provided some dang art to so many of my favorite people and groups that have been throwing down in the desert for years. Thanks to the Portland C.O.R.E. crew for doing most of the work and letting me steal three panels for thier bridge. Thanks to ARTery for the excuse to chat up artists and for letting the new guy draw their logo. Thanks to The Shroom for my first published comic strip. Thanks to BRSD for being the best camp on the playa, and huge thanks to k8 for all of her patience, help and visual expertise.