v is for victory

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The super talented, super lovely Carson Ellis has organized an online auction in support of Victory Academy … the only non profit, private school in Oregon that serves kids on the Autism Spectrum.  Pieces in the auction come from many many many talented children’s book illustrators, including originals, prints and even a custom pet portrait by Laura Park.

I’ve donated a piece from Little Hoot … it’s extremely rare that I ever let a book piece go, so now’s your chance to up and grab one.

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Please consider supporting this amazing institution.

In Carson’s words, here is why Victory Academy is so important to her and her family.  Here is a link to the auction itself.  And here is a link to more information about Victory Academy’s Capital Campaign.

Best!

freshen up

news update

So, I’ve spent most of my day prepping files and updating this here website just for you!  Okay … I did it a little bit for myself as well.  It’s the gift that gives both ways.  There’s artwork for I Hatched (I’ll post a sketch process over on my Tumblr soon), images from Lords and Ladies, and some new freelance, gallery and personal pieces.

I recently had a studio visit from The Crooked Cottage.  A pop-in!  If you have any curiosity about what my creative cave looks like take a hop over.  There are also several other studio visits you can check out.  Good, peeping Tom times.

 

back from the dead

Child in Red Apron

 

And by “the dead” I mean the holidays.  For folks who may not know I help organize Craftland … a DIY, handmade gift store in Providence.  We start gearing up for December in August and then become completely in over our heads by December 24th.  It’s a mighty experience.  One that takes until the end of the January to feel fully recuperated.

I am alive and well.

Today I spent part of my day at the RISD Museum as a part of a program that records local designers and artists’ insights on assigned pieces in the museum’s collection.  The interesting part of this experience is that we were asked to not do any research on the work or the artist, but to give our first impressions … completely fresh, unrehearsed and spontaneous.  It was a great half hour talking about the above painting, “Child In A Red Apron.”  At some point in the future all the recordings will be up online at the RISD Museum site … I’ll let you all know when that goes live.

Last week, on the 23rd, my most recent book, I Hatched by Jill Esbaum, was released.  It’s out on bookshelves now.  And the week before that I turned in the work for my next book, Telephone with Mac Barnett.  They are both exciting books about birds.  Different kinds of birds.  Different kinds of excitement.

I have two solo shows this year … in the summer … dates soon soon soon.

For the holidays I got you all proper capitalization in my posts.  Yay!  Okay, that’s all I have for now … but I will be posting more often now that we are ankle deep in the new year.

 

time out, time in

happy house

whew.

kickstarter kicked my ass a little bit.  in an awesome way but also in the way where operating two different social media identities and creating content for the web is tiring.  soooo tiring.  but, like i said, awesome as well.  but i had to take an internet time out.

the campaign wrapped up wonderfully.  we made the Foreign Affairs expansion deck.  we made new internet friends.  and now the gears are cranking to finish the game art and move everything, including rewards, into production.

in the world of new news … ornaments that i designed for Crate & Barrel are now available.  i cannot express how excited i am to have done work for the ol C&B and to have that work be ornaments.  two of my favorite things coming together.

quirky house ornaments

there are two sets of ornaments … the house set seen above and then a set of six circular ornaments … and one individual, “happy house” ornament.  part of the proceeds raised by the sale of “happy house” will benefit Rebuilding Together, a non profit organization whose work help renovate and repair the homes of low income home owners.

SUPER.

there will be more things and more things and more things … but right now i need a sandwich.

 

 

the end is near

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thirty seven hours from now our Kickstarter campaign for Lords and Ladies comes to an end.  it’s been a heck of a month … an amazing month of amazing supporters, new internet friends and a greater appreciation for anyone that has to socially network as more than one entity.

we are so close to funding our second stretch goal … the Foreign Affairs expansion deck … which will feature unique art for eight new, non-English suitors by a select group of artists:

grid smaller(left to right, top to bottom:  marci washington, evah fan, carson ellis, alec thibodeau, eleanor davis, vivienne strauss, cw roelle, matte stephens)

i am hoping that we reach this goal because i am so curious as to where these artists will take the game.  and if you are just coming across this project you can follow our progress at the Kickstarter page, the Lords and Ladies website, our Twitter feed, our Pinterest board and our Facebook page.

happy weekend and high fives y’all!

 

introducing … lords & ladies!!!

legacyfor the past year my brother and I have been working on Lords & Ladies.  Lords & Ladies is a strategy card game based on Edwardian era societal rules.  There’s a lot of marriage, servant hiring, baby having, baby not having and gossip, gossip, gossip.  even if i wasn’t involved, i’d love this game.

today we launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the production of Lords & Ladies.  we want it in the real world and we want it in people’s homes.  there are a lot of good rewards and even more excellent stretch goals.

so, please, check out Lords & Ladies.  it would make me the happiest illustrator in the world.

(also:  high fives to myself for not spilling the beans ahead of time)

letterpress … choo! choo!

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so, in and amongst everything that is going on (finishing a book, middling a book, making work for group shows, working on super secret projects that should peek their head up sometime soon … … … [super exciting]) i managed to take a class on letterpress printing.  it was awesome!  AWESOME.

i am not entirely sure what purpose the letterpress process will play in my life … i have friends that are certainly more gifted and faster and on point than me, who could make projects happen for me … but i am excited to figure that out.

i really enjoy typesetting and i really love working in old image blocks with new type.  i imagine that prints will make their way into my shop.  super prints!  in the meantime, i offer my letterpress doodles/sketches/bursts of productive inspiration.

looking to the near future, i will have work that will be a part of two group shows in Portland, OR.  More details to come.

happy week everyone!

shop update!

The Where, The What & The How: 75 Artists Illustrate the Wondrous Mysteries of the Universe, Beached Whales

hey!  guess what!  i made a print!

i chose the piece i did from The Where, The Why and The How:  75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science.  beached whales!  who DOESN’T want to hang them on their walls and think about the earth’s magnetic field and sonar technologies.

anyhow, you can find it over in the ye olde shoppe.

and if you haven’t done so already, sign up for the mailing list … you can find out about these such things sooner.

have the best weekend!