Lets Get Conceptual

November 18, 2017

Often I’m lost in my own little mental world – my friends refer to this as “Coreyland.” Sometimes Coreyland is a good place where I can explore new ideas and be creative, but other times it distracts from my immediate life. The image of the boy in the castle is about this idea of being entrenched in your imagination. The other two images address this from the angle of smart-phones and how we’re often unable to enjoy the reality surrounding us because we’re lost in our work or the distractions of social media. Imagination and technology are both good things, but I think we should always seek balance and prioritize our friends and family over our accomplishments. In the words of Thomas S. Monson, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

Where We Live

September 27, 2017

I recently did a series of work inspired by the town I live in — Buena Vista, Virginia. Buena Vista isn’t necessarily a big tourist attraction, but it has a small-town charm and history and I think its a really beautiful place. I look at Instagram a lot and people posting photos of their exotic vacations, but often we don’t see what their day-to-day lives are really like. As I was walking to work one day, I felt inspired to do a series focusing on the mundane but intriguing things I see every day. Using the hashtag #mytowndaily, I posted every day for a few weeks, and I learned a lot and grew as an artist through the process. The series will be going on exhibition at Southern Virginia University soon — dates TBA. Here’s a selection of the pieces:

To see more, check out my Instagram.

Instagram Quotes

July 5, 2017

These are quotes I’ve designed/illustrated for my personal Instagram and also for Southern Virginia University.

“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

Final Exams

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Everything essential is invisible to the eyes.” – The Little Prince

“Trust your instincts. Unless your instincts are terrible.” – Vitruvius from the Lego Movie

“Becoming is better than being.” – Carol S. Dweck

“Action Expresses Priorities” Poster

May 8, 2017

Sometimes at work I’m given the task of illustrating/designing a quote for our weekly Monday Motivation post on social media. This one was simply “Action expresses priorities,” from Gandhi, which gave me a lot of free rein. I looked at some medieval paintings of builders for inspiration and came up with this sketch on my iPad.

I refined it to this.

I then took the sketch into Illustrator to build the architectural elements.

After that I brought it all back into Procreate on my iPad Pro to create the final artwork. I decided on doing a two color palette with orange and blue overlapping using multiply. Here are the two color layers separated.

And this is the final artwork. It was a really fun piece to work on and it kind of felt like a stylistic breakthrough for me. I’m really pleased with how the shapes, colors and textures turned out.