Years ago I created a series of simple cat illustrations to accompany some writing I had done. Looking back at them now, I still appreciate the writing and simplicity of the cat designs.
While I am a big recycler, this blog is in reference to my art. I recently created two new t-shirts, that are available here. But both recycle art from years ago. I guess it speaks to my love of the art and that I want to see it live on.
I created the tadpole art back around 2005 and since then it has shown up several times. They have been in both Dragon Kid illustrations and in my book, the Boy with the Big, Blue Hair.
The Star Girl art was created by my Uncle Nick, back in the 1960s or 70s. I have always loved it and turned the pencil sketch into vector art for the shirt. It felt nice to be able to collaborate with him on this.
In May 2017 I had my first art exhibit. What made it so special was not only that it was my first, but that it was at the Watertown Public Library, where I worked during my high school and college years. I spent most of my time in the children's department, so this venue was very appropriate, since my illustrations are largely inspired by those picture books, I used to shelve.
I don't think any of the librarians I worked with are still there. But if one had come by and told me to get to work, it really would have felt like home.
Despite working digitally, I always start my drawing with a sketch. Below are some recent ones.
2016 was an odd year. Difficult personally, but very fruitful creatively. Maybe one fueled the other? Without taking on the challenge of producing a picture book, or any other large scale project, I was able to have the most productive year of my life. I created a lot of illustrations, started a blog and will have my first art exhibit in April, at the Watertown Free Public Library. I'm excited about the exhibit and what 2017 might hold. Thanks for reading!
The Little Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has always been a favorite book of mine. Even before I even read it (I can't remember if this was due to being too young, or too lazy), the illustrations really captured my imagination.
I just had the pleasure of watching the new animated film, based on the book, on Netflix. It's a beautiful film. And while I didn't enjoy the third act, which is new material, its a faithful, adaptation, that honors the spirit of the book.
One of the themes of The Little Prince is, it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. While I agree with this sentiment, the film version proves that there are some things worth seeing with both your heart and your eyes.
For as long as I can remember, I have always seen characters in the abstract patterns of a carpet, tile, or wall paper. I know that my brother does this too, so its not unique to me.
What I have never done, is to turn what I see into a drawing, until now. Recently, staring at a tiled floor, I saw a cute character and decided to take a photo and try bringing it to life.