I’m delighted to share this punchy video my kick-ass video expert husband put together of my creative process. I love our creative partnership. Seriously though, watch me pen slingin’ and flingin’ some paint around as I complete a stylish drawing from scratch.
My favorite series to come out of this year has been my adventure partner series.
My husband and I grew up in the same neck of the woods geographically but wouldn’t meet each other until high school. But we’re convinced that had we known each other back in those days, we would’ve been inseparable. The first illustration I did in the adventure series imagines us exploring together in a slightly Wes Anderson style. I’m still in love with that illustration, and from what I’ve heard, so are many of you. So I was inspired to keep imagining our adventures and illustrating them. If you follow my work closely you’ve already seen some of this work. But I’m proud to wrap up this series as we wrap up this year.
In 2016 I look forward to creating more whimsical bodies of work that echo themes, characters, colors, or style. Creating sets of illustrations that are harmonious together is a goal I’m already striving for as we enter into the new year. But you know me, illustration is my passion. I’m always striving to push myself and my work.
And so we’ll close out the year with a set of meaningful quotes from 2015 that I hand painted in bubble-gum (or what I like to call) power pink.
I’m excited to share with you the branding I created
for Capitol Shakespeare‘s summer play:
The Comedy Of Errors. They decided to set the scene
for this production in one of my favorite eras, the roaring
1920s. So it was especially fun to dive into that era,
bringing a modern look to some really snazzy Art Deco
inspiration. If you’re in Bismarck ND, make sure to get
yourself to one of their free performances: July 22-26 7pm.
The Comedy of Errors is the story of not one but two sets
of twins who are separated at birth. One set ends up in
Syracuse and the other in Ephesus. The twins from Syracuse
set out on a journey to find their mother and brothers. Once
they arrive in Ephesus however, they are constantly mistaken
for their twin brothers and all sorts of hijinks ensue!
The Comedy of Errors is full of humor, wit, and of course
a happy ending.
Shane and I recently explored the Como Zoo & Conservatory. One of the first animals I saw, was a gorilla. As we watched him lumber his way down the side of the hill, I silently willed him to come closer. And to my astonishment, not only did he come closer, he came right up to our viewing area, sat down and looked out at us with thoughtful eyes, his chin in his hand. I waved shyly and then leaned over to Shane and said, “I hope he likes people watching.”
Speaking of Zoos, Radiolab did an interesting podcast episode about Zoos that you should listen to. I for one, will never look at a Gorilla the same way again.