It has been awhile since I last posted. No excuses, but I have been very busy working on Talons, Tails and Tusks; my creature book. I am getting ready to launch a Kickstarter in the next few days to help fund it. Tons of work has been poured into it getting me a grant to partially fund it this past spring!
It has been an invigorating process to see my creations turn into this full fledged project…BOOK! Whaaaat!? It is a bit surreal still, but I will be showing work from it not only at the Weisman Exhibit in September for the grant winners but also at ArtPrize in my hometown of Grand Rapids! Big things are happening and it has been a wild ride but so exciting!!!
That’s all for now. I will write again soon to announce the Kickstarter launch in case anyone is interested, but I’ll leave you with a creature from Talons, Tails and Tusks:
This week I had the opportunity to talk with some local elementary kids about voting. For a project in my Graphic Design class my group designed a coloring book to get kids excited about the voting process. We actually got to visit them on election day and have a mini vote within the classroom. The kids loved it! They all got very excited about the whole thing; it was great to see such excitement about something I created. I did all of the illustrations (except the finger on the last page) and had a blast designing the monsters.
After the kids voted, they cut out and colored Vote Monster finger puppets while we counted the ballots.
I hope they keep this same enthusiasm in a decade or so when they are actually eligible to vote for president!
Here is the original flyer I used to pitch the idea to my classmates. After their feedback is when it turned into a coloring book for kids! I am very happy with how it turned out.
Here is the first set of figure drawings this fall. I am going to be posting a few every week to document my progress. I feel that figure drawing, especially from a live model, is one of those things that … Continue reading →