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i was super honored to be asked to to design a "whimsical and slightly edgy" baby announcement for little elliot! final result was a 5x7 card + envelope. click link below for close-ups.



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i recently drew a series of diagrams for a short manual on elephant foot care for Elephant Aid International. another fun exercise in drawing things i know nothing about! see below for a sampling of the finished diagrams.

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in the latest of a series of landing-gigs-drawing-things-i-know-nothing-about (see also, diagrams on elephant footcare, instructional jiujitsu poster) i've recently been doing illustrations for web-based BudLight commercials that apply football maneuvers to everyday situations. if anyone on this earth knows less about football than i do, i would love to meet that person because we could probably have some awesome chats about stuff that has nothing to do with football. but it's been fun to learn what a 'juke' is, and what referee socks look like-- and the animation makes my drawings look way cooler than they actually are!

you can see all the animations that have been posted so far at the BudLight Facebook Page. there's a new one every week!


a couple of the illustrations )
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i made my first pop up book! it was something of an adventure (bc i had zero idea what i was doing) but i'm actually kind of pleased with the way it turned out! i've found that it's easier to motivate myself into semi-scary learning experiences like this when i have some sort of concrete deadline or goal, so i've been finding calls-for-entries to make new work for. last month's masks and naked women tangle is another example of me doing this sort of thing to myself.


(links to the project at my website gallery)

this is a picture book of pen-and-ink drawings with two pop up spreads, three cutouts, and a central 3D box structure with moving layers. it tells the story of a little girl who gets kidnapped by rats after her father's death. the concept of the Rattenk├Ânig (a group of rats who get knotted together at the tail while burrowed together underground) is used as a visual metaphor for the grief experience and the search for connectedness out of absence.

keen observers will notice i'm still attempting to use pink as a "gloomy" color, with questionable effectiveness. but this project marks the most ambitious palette i've attempted yet (four whole colors! and none of them black!) so maybe i can be forgiven for keeping my favorite around as a security blanket as i tiptoe out of monochrome.

...and just in case i tricked anyone for a second into thinking i know what i'm doing, i'm including some sketchbook scans to show my design process in all its baffled panic. the first half is me thinking way too deeply into the conceptual structure of the narrative, and the second half is mostly me realizing i haven't the first clue how to build the thing i've just designed. i learned so much in the last 48hrs of this project.

9 sketchbok spreads under here )
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i made this book a while ago as a present for a friend, but only got around to making the box and actually giving it to her last week.

it's a bilingual (English/German) editon of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis/Die Verwandlung (spellchecking a language i don't speak was hilarious, btw), with a double-spine variation on the tape binding from the massive tutorial i recently posted. each bookblock is illustrated with six beetles (under the cut) printed onto fiber paper. it's technically part of an edition of three, but so far this is the only copy that actually exists.

thumbnail links to the project at my website gallery.



beetles under here )
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last week i designed and made a double-sided accordion book with illustrations in ink-and-brush. it's about the codependency and combination of anonymity and self-exposure that are encouraged by emerging social media. because this is me, that's all expressed visually by tangly hair and oodles of naked women.

thumbnail links to the project at my website gallery, along with a longer explanation of my thought process.

this project has naked chicks in it.
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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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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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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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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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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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a local dojo hired me to design t-shirts, and later a related, semi-instructional poster. i had fun drawing the little karate men. yay first t-shirt design!



poster and t-shirt under here )
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a couple illustrations i did to practice working with colored ink. one is of the decemberists sailing on umbrellas, and one is of greek-myth-knitting-with-hair.

the thumbnails link to the full images in the gallery on my website.

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For the last few weeks 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 the first batch!



eight ink drawings behind cut )
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Title: Meat Locker
Subject: project for my editorial illustration class- we all did rollingstone-album-review-format portraits of bands/albums. i got metallica/death magnetic, and somehow my sketch of the band walking across the ceiling wearing magnet boots turned into them hanging upside down in a meat locker. idk. G

also, i drew raw meat. )

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