Stranger Things

July 27, 2016

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My wife and I just finished watching Stranger Things. It was creepy, nostalgic, funny, heartbreaking, and just really well made. Highly recommended!

This is my drawing of Eleven.

Three new pieces, and a bit about my creative process

July 24, 2016

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I made these three personal drawings as creative exercises. When I’m drawing, there’s a constant internal dialogue. It starts with an idea that gets me excited – a spark in my mind that I try and hold onto. I sometimes hold this spark for days until I have time to work on it. As I work to capture it, I analyze the mood and the aesthetic. Does it live up to my idea? Was it a good idea? Does it feel right? Is it pleasing to my eye? I think about the elements of design – things like balance, composition, value, color, etc. I try to curate myself as well – keeping in mind the personal “brand” I’m creating as an artist. Then I’m thinking of the artists that inspire me like Matisse or De Chirico (among many many others). To me, it’s an exhilarating process that keeps me picking up the pencil.

Parisian Dreamin’

June 30, 2016

As mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to go on a crowd-funded trip to Paris. As thank you gifts, I have made three drawings that my amazingly generous contributors can choose from. These were all inspired by sights I saw and photos I took in Paris. It was an incredibly inspiring trip and I’m so thankful to to the friends and family who made it possible.

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This was inspired by a building on a corner near the Pantheon.

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This is one of the oldest churches in Paris, Saint Germain des Prés. I loved exploring the less known, less crowded churches in Paris and seeing locals really worshipping there, unlike Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur which were very beautiful but crowded with tourists.

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This bunch of buildings was across the Seine from Notre Dame. I love all the vertically sandwiched buildings and chimney stacks that filled Paris. It is a gorgeous city that seemingly never ends.

Here are the real places that inspired these drawings:

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Monuments

June 22, 2016

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We just returned from a trip to Utah for my sisters wedding. It was great to see all my family again, and also have a little down time to make these two drawings. I did the castle at my Dad’s house and the one with the boy and dog on our red-eye flight back. Yeah, I didn’t get any sleep (but I never can sleep on planes anyways). My son however slept through take-off and landing like the pro traveler he is.

Paris

June 19, 2016

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This photo sums up my experience in Paris. Sheer wow-ness.

I went in March with some friends and co-workers at Southern Virginia University (my current workplace as a graphic designer and my alma-mater), and it was a truly inspiring experience. The art, architecture, food… gosh, I’m really missing it just thinking about it.

To fund my trip, I started a GoFundMe campaign, and I was really overwhelmed by the support people showed me. I promised everyone some original art as thank you gifts, which I will be sending soon (I know, its now June and I need to get on the ball). A special thank-you to all the generous people who helped make my trip possible.

Here are some photos from my trip.
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