Working on another batch of small wood block paintings.
Working on some paintings for a show at ZINC Art + Interiors in December. These pieces will tie in thematically to the Yellowstone book I'm working on. Here's one of the illustrations from the book that I've adjusted on the computer to translate to canvas. Sort of experimenting with a new style.
I thought it would be interesting to show the revision process for the children's book so far. Below are various rounds of revisions for one particular spread. Lots of repainting and reworking. Finally getting close to how I envisioned it. Phew!
I'm currently working on art for a skateboard deck that will be sold at a charity auction in December. The auction will raise money for an organization called Skateistan. This sounds like a very cool organization that seeks to provide education and a positive community for kids in Afghanistan. The skateboard decks will be auction off on December 6th in Seattle.
I'm going to start a new series of blog posts that are photos from my studio. Here are some tools on my desk. And yes, that's a wooden flute. Sometimes I like to take breaks and just play for a little bit.
I've been making a good bit of progress over the last few weeks on the Yellowstone book illustrations. Last week, I started scanning several of the paintings and laying out the book in InDesign. One realization I had as I started doing this was that the book needed more quiet space. Having spread after spread of full on painting was overwhelming. So I'm going to do finishing touches in Photoshop. Here's some of that process. Also turning on comments now! :)
my plan for the book is to illustrate it like i do all of my other paintings with acrylic paint on wood.
i have the main storyboard completed (not showing here to keep it a surprise!). over the last few weeks, i've been sketching the storyboard out on layout paper to create a roughly full size book dummy.
i also had a huge stack of red oak panels cut to be the canvases for my book paintings. these panels will be the book spreads.
the big project that i'm working on right now is a children's book that i plan on self publishing. it's about a bison in yellowstone. i'm in the sketch phase still but will move on to painting soon. here are some pics of some early development.