In February, I had the great pleasure to work with The Writer’s Chronicle for a second time. I created a cover illustration for an article titled “The Master Craftsman” which was about Henry James and how he crafted The Portrait of a Lady. As you can see, I chose to depict James as a literal craftsman, carving the novel out of wood.
The second illustration accompanied an article titled “Three Quick Studies of the Image” and discussed the role of the image in poetry. This was particularly challenging given the abstract nature of trying to illustrate “the image.” I decided to explore a concept using ancient stone carvings and hieroglyphs as they related to language and communication.
The folks at The Writer’s Chronicle are always so great to work with and they have typically given me a lot of freedom with the illustrations. And this issue was especially well-timed because it came out during the annual AWP Conference & Book Fair so hopefully a few extra eyes were on the issue.
You can see the cover and interior illustrations I did for them in 2013 here.
I had the distinct pleasure of being asked to create an image for my alma mater’s Christmas card from the President this year. Hastings College has been doing a lot of renovations around the campus, including the interior of the Taylor Hall dormitory. They were looking for a festive, wintry scene featuring the front steps of the building. This is the dorm that I lived in for two years and it’s where I met my best friends, so it certainly has a special place in my heart. I haven’t seen mock-ups for the actual card yet, but I will share it when I receive it. Thanks to Camille for working with me on this!
For my fellow HC alums, or for those that simply like the painting, it is available as a print here.
For your viewing pleasure today, I am posting my latest editorial illustration. I’m really excited about this piece for a few reasons. I’m quite pleased at how it turned out and I also feel that it marks a discovery for me as far as what works best for my work and concepts. That discovery is thanks to some fellow illustrators over at The Mighty Pencil (if you’re not familiar with this illustration collective, I suggest you check us out).
The piece was created for an article about a woman who leaves the city for a much more affordable small town. It all looked great on paper, but when it came to actually living in a small town where she had no real roots the town just didn’t cut it. After an isolating winter, she made the decision to move back to a large city.
The painting is available as a print here and I have also made cards (and other products) available here – seems like the perfect holiday/winter greeting, yes?
A new gouache painting for an article about museums around the world that have started offering before-hours and after-hours tours and events.
Don’t ever tell yourself that painting a disco ball will be easy!
And just for fun: