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.

Art Show and Book Signing

February 14, 2017

On Thursday, Southern Virginia University hosted me at the opening of an exhibition of the illustrations for “If Dinosaurs Could Talk for Me.” I gave a presentation and then signed books. It was very gratifying being able to share that moment with all my friends and family at Southern Virginia. The university means a lot to me as my alma mater and as a designer and teacher here. Thanks to everyone who was able to come.

Photos by Colin Bigelow for Southern Virginia University Communications.