My house is bustling with the last minute preparations for an epic picnic this weekend. My sister Joey will be getting hitched to my friend Byron, and the forecast for this exciting event is looking pretty good. I had the pleasure of working with them to create a this little story-book-invitation. Here is a peek at what we made:
Well it has been a busy few months, full of things like moving, cleaning, preparing for this wedding, gardening, hosting family, painting... And, most importantly, avoiding this blog.
Some serious catch-up is needed. A few really fun projects have been recently completed, which I am excited to share. Here is one:
There is this band, Steel Audrey. They just released this album of six really great tracks. Trust me, they're good.
Also, the album art is kind of wonderful, if I may say so myself.
Steel Audrey's songs have bold, narrative lyrics. Our character-driven approach to the artwork has a rough-around-the-edges kind of feel, and I think well reflects the spirit of their songs. Give them a listen and let me know what you think.
I was in Pennsylvania last week, and spent one rainy muggy afternoon at the Brandywine River Museum just outside of Philadelphia. The museum houses some incredible paintings and illustrations by the likes of Howard Pyle, N.C Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, etc. One exhibition showed all 16 original illustrations that N.C. Wyeth painted for R.L Stevenson's Treasure Island. You guys, these originals are huge 3' x 4'ish oil paintings, each one a masterpiece. Can you believe he completed them all in under four months, with apparently very few preliminary drawings?
I fell in love with this one, illustrated for the endpapers of the book. I could have gazed at it for hours.
Look what I got in the mail yesterday!
I can't tell you how excited I was to receive the assignment to illustrate a portrait of Harry. Not only was it an excuse to watch all the Harry Potter films in two days ("research"), but I just love painting faces. Especially faces with glasses. And Harry has such rad glasses.