Collaboration

Collaboration brings with it a sort of accountability and need to push forward with things. I started a collaborative sketchbook with Casey over a year ago, and I’d been sitting on my end of the book for way too long. It’s strange how sometimes something looks really good, or feels intimidating, or inspiration just seems…

Earth Dragon

Working on commissions is a weird thing. There’s the thing the client asked for, and then there’s the ideas I have about it in my head, and then the ideas that come out on paper. My whole goal as an artist is to take the thing I “see” in my mind’s eye and put it…

Sharpie Bags

If you’ve hung out with me at events since I’ve lived in Somerville you may have caught some of my sharpie tattoos. I have fun doing them, and making a wash of color on skin is pretty rewarding in its own right. I can’t remember who it was, but someone suggested I should try out…

Inktober Week 1: where’s my pencil?

Recently I stumbled across Inktober: an invitation to all artists to create 1 ink piece per day during the month of October. It’s a great challenge and for me a way to get just a little bit more confident. I prefer straight up grey pencils to just about anything else if you give me the choice….

Sketchbook Exchange

Eons ago my friend Casey told me about the Sketchbook Project. I took part in 2010 and it was a pretty good time. Here’s a link to my sketchbook, of just check out the little sketch below. Since then Casey’s taken off to the west coast with her family, and I’ve missed our late night drawing…

Sharing Space

The fabulous Nate Greenslit holds an event called the Lost Marbles Salon. It’s a great collection of thoughtful people, thinkers, researchers, and artists who come together on a specific theme. There are a small handful of presenters who do their thing, whatever that may be, and then there’s time for some questions. It is one…

Pumpkins

I love pumpkin, and not just in a fall “give me all the pumpkin spice latte!” kind of way. The lovely orange gourd can go anywhere and do anything. Curry, cookies, stir fries, candy, and I have made more than a few beers revelling in pumpkin. I’m not talking about some trumped up cinnamon bomb,…

Colored Pencils

I love working in pencils (just greys) and ink. Those are my favorite materials. I’d probably say sharpies on any surface is my follow-up favorite medium, then watercolors. I can have some fun with acrylics, though it can be intimidating. I picked up a small set of colored pencils to stick in my bag to…

Half Baked Ideas

Brainstorming is a way to throw down a bunch of ideas and see what sticks. In my sketchbook sometimes I just explore an idea and see what happens with it. I don’t know why an animal hospital sketch seemed quite like the thing to do, but bandaging a snake is just the kind of thing…

Waiting

Spring is almost done and summer is on its way, which sometimes feels surprising and uncertain here in the northeast. I felt off time-wise from fall 2014 on through to now, and I don’t quite know why. It seemed like fall came too late, and when winter finally showed up it was brutal. There’s something…