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series of four ink drawings i made for an event a couple months ago, but just got around to scanning. they're supposed to be sad, but somehow in the (frantic, last minute) process they ended up bright pink, which i realize sort of undermines the haunting, mournful mood i was going for. oh well. i really like pink a lot. =)

thumbnail links to the images (and accompanying emo-poem about the conflict between origin and destination) at my website gallery.

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also, i live there.

i'm not personally underwater, and am incredibly fortunate that none of my stuff got wet, but the damage in other areas of the city is kind of horrifying.


image via tennessean.com



the Opry House, Opryland Hotel, Schermerhorn symphony hall, whole blocks of downtown up to 2nd avenue, Soundcheck rehearsal complex, and many residential areas have all flooded. homes in east nashville were under as much as 11ft of water last sunday, and almost no one has flood insurance because this doesn't happen.

we're landlocked, for fuck's sake, and the cumberland river that runs through nashville isn't like the mississippi, which you kind of expect to throw a tantrum from time to time; the cumberland is tiny. it's like a joke river. ...except, apparently, when 18 inches of rain falls in a 48hr period. when that happens, it rises 12 feet over flood level and destroys things. ditto all the other tiny creeks and dry riverbeds winding through the city's suburbs.



image via tennessean.com


there are still thousands of residences without electricty, major streets still closed down, and whole neighborhoods being told to empty their soggy houses out onto the curb for pickup. one of the two water treatment centers serving nashville was flooded, and we're all being told not to shower, or use water for anything but essential cooking/drinking purposes.

if you want more destruction porn, you can find startling images of the floods and aftermath here:
Flooding in Tennessee @ boston.com
Flood Slideshow @ nashvillecene.com
Day By Day Photo Coverage @ tennessean.com

because nashville is awesome and full of nice people, there has already been a huge volunteer effort to assist friends/neighbors/strangers. I encourage anyone living here to sign up with Hands On Nashville for a shift handing out bottled water or hauling flood-contaminated keepsakes out of old ladies' garages. it's fun! i went out with a group yesterday afternoon- some streets were still under a foot of water, four days after the inital flood. the bus made a wake.

List of Ways Locals Can Help, at nashvillescene.com

for anyone not living in Nashville who wants to help, you can donate to any of the following:
Middle Tennessee Red Cross
The Community Foundation
Graceworks Ministries
Nashville Salvation Army
Hands On Nashville




image via tennessean.com
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just restocked my etsy shop with more blank books. buy them! they're ridiculous, and good for writing and drawing in. =)

also, 50% of each sale this month is going to flood relief efforts in nashville.

each book is made with my own special blend of whimsy and obsessive attention to detail, using a variety of fine decorative papers, 4ply linen thread, 50lb acid-free canson sketch paper, and the covers of ridiculous old paperbacks from the bargain bins at the library used booksale.

peruse the books in my ETSY shop

--any friends of mine living in nashville, just contact me directly if you see one you want. we can settle up outside the bounds of etsy.
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as a present to myself for finishing a couple commissions, i spent an afternoon designing and building a hard case for my kindle. also my first attempt at an elastic strap closure, which seems to have been successful (so far... i'll need to road test the technique a bit longer before i start using it for projects that aren't for me).

...and no, i didn't notice the irony of using old-school binding techniques to make a cover for an electronic book until i had already done it. =) not quite that self-aware.



hardbound electronic book under here )
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For the last few months i've been sitting in on the interview tapings for the radio show American Country Countdown, then doing pen-and-ink drawings from my on-site sketches. Here's a new batch!



nine ink drawings behind cut )
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in march i had the exciting opportunity to participate in Page Turner, an exhibition of contemporary artist books at the Burien Art Gallery in Washington. i sent my ridiculous vikings box set, and also took the excuse to make something even more ridiculous involving frogs and home-surgery.

there are now installation photos at the exhibition's blog, HERE.

it's so cool to see all the work in the space, and mine in with the rest! i wish i could have gotten out to seattle to see everyone's amazing books in person, but from what i see in the pictures, i'm thoroughly flattered to have been included among the other artists!
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my little brother turned 21 this week! have i mentioned that? such an event calls for more than one present, clearly, so i didn't content myself with a little set of notebooks.

the OTHER present, that i had a ton of fun with and mostly decided to do because i knew i would, is this: an illustrated bilingual poem-book of edgar allan poe's The Raven. the english text and french translation are on the reverse sides of each page, and share cutout illustrations. thumbnail links to the project in the gallery on my website.



i also made a quicktime movie going through the book page by page- it should be embedded below...



Le Corbeau, a tour through (1:54)
bigger version of the movie (53mb)
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my little brother turned 21 this week! to commemorate this auspicious and whiskey-soaked occasion, i made him presents!

the darling boy wants to learn french, so i made him a set of small moleskine-ish notebooks with french phrases along the top of each recto, and the pronunciation and translation at the bottom.



brother books under here )
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sketches from a songwriters' circle i went to last night, featuring walt aldridge, kix brooks, and ricky ray rector.



guys with guitars under here )
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I've been making an effort to get better at likeness recently, in response to feedback from portfolio drop-offs. these are a few attempts at portraits. thumbnail images link to the illustrations at my website.

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just added a new batch of blank books to my etsy shop. buy them! they're purse-sized, and good for writing and drawing in. =)

each book is made with my own special blend of whimsy and obsessive attention to detail, using a variety of fine decorative papers, 4ply linen thread, 50lb acid-free canson sketch paper, and the covers of ridiculous old paperbacks from the bargain bins at the library used booksale.

peruse the books in my ETSY shop

--any friends of mine living in nashville, just contact me directly if you see one you want. we can settle up outside the bounds of etsy.
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last night i went to Dr. Sketchy's Nashville, a monthly event wherein burlesque models (in awesome costumes!) model for figure drawing sessions (in a bar!). it's super fun, and a good opportunity to practice drawing from life (while drinking beer!). this month's theme was 'Spring,' and featured Red Hot Annie down from Chicago. =)




scantily-clad women under here )
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last night i went to Dr. Sketchy's Nashville, a monthly event wherein burlesque models (in awesome costumes!) model for figure drawing sessions (in a bar!). it's super fun, and a good opportunity to practice drawing from life (while drinking beer!). this month's theme was 'Valentine’s Day,' so i broke out the pink markers. =)




scantily-clad women under here )
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random assortment of sketches from my current sketchbook- a lot of girls and monsters, as always.




sketchbook spreads under here )
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i made this for a show at the Burien Art Gallery in Washington. nine layered panels (sort of) tell a weird little original fairytale about a frog prince, and his sister's adventures in home-surgery. my current personal project is adapting it as a graphic novel =)

it's my second carousel book ever (the first being a loving tribute to doctor who). this time i sewed the various layers together at the foredges, rather than gluing them, and i think it worked better. the images are ink+brush and rapidograph pen directly onto the paper, bc i have limited access to printmaking equipment, and i've been using nib-pen for everything recently and am sick of it.

image links to the project at my website.

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i was recently hired by a private client to make a handbound and illustrated book of Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I'm really pleased with the way the book turned out. the client's color preferences led me to a palette and combination of materials that wouldn't have occurred to me if left to my own devices, but that i think work really well together. all the illustrations are variations on the rose pattern of the brocade bookcloth, done by hand with ink & brush.

thumbnail links to the project in the bookarts section of my website.




and the image below is a page from the initial proposal i sent to the client for approval. we ended up making some slight alterations to the original plan during construction, includind getting rid of the little window on the burgandy pages -- i'd thought it would be cute, but after doing the illustrations i realized it was unnecessary and would be distracting, visually.

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last night i went to Dr. Sketchy's Nashville, a monthly event wherein burlesque models (in awesome costumes!) model for figure drawing sessions (in a bar!). it's super fun, and a good opportunity to practice drawing from life (while drinking beer!). this month's theme was 'Broadway,' so the whole soundtrack was showtunes. =)




scantily-clad women under here )
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the village voice hired me for a spot a couple weeks ago! i was so excited! =)




sketches and final illustration under here )
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last night i went to Dr. Sketchy's Nashville, a monthly event wherein burlesque models (in awesome costumes!)
model for figure drawing sessions (in a bar!). it's super fun, and a good opportunity to practice drawing from life (while drinking beer!). this month's theme was japanese rope bondage (so keep that in mind before clicking the link).




semi-naked bound women under the cut )

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