It’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but today I got to join in on class with my charming nephew Will for story-time! These kids got a sneak peak of the picture book I’ve been working on and the whole class was a great test audience! They had some good questions and I really enjoyed being able to show them my process video so that they could get a better understanding of how I used both my hands and my mouse when I made the illustrations for this book.
I was asked to do a mural installation in the Others Shop downtown Fargo to help welcome people into the door. This is my first post showing you the very beginning of the process. This awe inspiring blank wall is a whopping 8×32′ big! I’ve done some mural work before but this was the largest canvas I’ve ever had. I decided I didn’t want to do this one solo and so I convinced my artist friend Sam Gunderson to collaborate. And thank goodness I did. Not only did he bring another valuable perspective – he also brought an old projector. This project would have been infinitely more difficult without that lovely old projector. If you ever see one snatch it up – it’s gold, simply gold, my friends! In this post you can see the lines beginning to come together on the wall in pencil. This script font was entirely hand rendered and designed by yours truly. Stay tuned for more!
As an illustrator, it probably won’t come as a great surprise that I draw a lot more than I post online.I have a huge archive of sketches in various phases of completion. Today I was looking through my archive for the past couple of months and I founda few sketches to share with you. Sometimes I throw away a lot of my unfinished work, but there’s also a lot that I keep for myself. I kept each of these sketches for different reasons. And even though to my eye they’re not really finished, they each capture just a little something that I might want to come back to for inspiration. So this is a series of sketches straight out of the sketch book. I hope you find something inspiring in them too.