Cottony Creatures for Our State Magazine’s August issue! I’m really excited about this one. Our State is North Carolina’s magazine, and this issue focused on cotton. All three of these animals have cotton inspired names - the Cottonmouth Snake, the Cottontail Rabbit and the Hispid Cotton Rat. This was a dream job - thanks to my art director Jason!
For QuickDraw Collective's Art History theme -
When deciding what part of art history to focus on, I realized that a lot of the time periods I love use a lot of botanical decoration - and I didn’t want to just focus on one era - so, I used the same floral drawing for each pattern and applied different colors inspired by art history.
The first is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, particularly the work of William Morris.
The second is inspired by Delft Blauw pottery (and still kind of outside my color comfort zone!)
The third is a color scheme way outside my usual comfort zone - inspired by illuminated manuscripts and medieval art. I’m still deciding if I like this one..
Which is your favorite?
The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary is a fantastical creature that was once believed to grow sheep as fruit. The sheep was connected to the plant like an umbilical cord, feasting on the leaves around it. It’s a pretty cool / weird critter!
This is for the Fantasy in the City show at Ltd. Gallery, opening July 18th - you can see the vegetable lamb is growing right in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris!
I don’t often do portraits, but when I do, I include a lot of flowers. Here’s Plato in the Peonies for the summer issue of GreenPrints. It’s based on Ray Bradbury quote you can see below the second image.
Coming soon to a mailbox near you - my Save the Dates! I collaborated with Tuesday Bassen on these - she did the lettering, and I did the floral illustration. Nick and I are so pleased with these and we can’t wait for all our friends and family to get them in the mail.
Here’s an unfortunately killed assignment - the article was about growing larger quantities of wheat, rice and corn without genetically modifying the DNA of these crops. I’m pleased with this piece but sad it won’t see the daylight for its initial publication.
1. What do you think is the difference between art and illustration?I have been taught that illustration is commercial art, whereas fine art has more of an abstract purpose defined by the creator. I see a lot of overlap in today’s market - which is lovely,…
I did a short interview for Ania Asks 8 Questions! Give it a read if you’ve got the time!
You can download Magnolias and Good Omens as a wallpaper for your iPhone on Poolga! JC from Poolga reached out to me to put some work up for a free wallpaper download, and I gladly agreed. There’s lots of other cool wallpapers up, too!
Here are two small spots for the May issue of Charleston Magazine about the horse drawn carriage. Find a copy near you!
Earlier this month I painted a mural at the Tar Pit Coffee Shop in Brooklyn, NY. Alongside five other artists, we painted one garage door each with a motorcycle theme using only red, black and white paint. I had help from Patricia Thomasson (anticipatricia) and Paige Money (paige-money), two awesome artists who helped me execute my pink Vespa dream.
If you live in the area, you can see it at 135 Woodpoint Road in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I have a few pieces of art hanging inside the Tar Pit too, so grab a coffee and enjoy.
I’m selling a limited edition run of signed archival prints for $35, as well as the framed illustration above for $75. Its in a really cool vintage frame that captures the spirit of the elk. A portion of the proceeds are benefiting the Homeward Bound Dog rescue. Purchase prints here!
I thought today would be a great day to post this to celebrate Earth Day!
Here’s a reminder that Animystics is wrapping up soon! Only a few more days to get prints of Elk in Nature. Find them here! A portion of the proceeds benefit the Homeward Bound Dog Rescue, so get a print and donate to a great cause.
Here’s my submission for the Orange is the New Black Zine, Standing Still (oitnb-zine)
I helped curate things alongside Julia Lavigne and Reina Castellanos, two great illustrators and friends. It’s been all put together so the PDF will be up shortly for everyone to download, just in time for the new season!
Like Paige, I miss my home in the South while living in the big city. For When I Miss My Home is a collection of songs that help me get by. Take a listen here.
Until next time, QDC!
I get a lot of questions about what kind of music I listen to, so here’s a sample of what I like.