For our second plein air outing, the Annual Margaret Walters Paint Out group met at the Green Valley Nursery; a beautiful sum of land featuring elegant greenery. I arrived a bit later than I had anticipated, but still had more than enough time to snap some great photos and do a 20 minute plein air study.
Last week I had a wonderful time hosting an Illustrative course called Sketch Story Monsters through the Walla Walla Public Library's media lab, Crew Space. The casual class roomed 10 students who went through the process of drawing, painting, and lastly, verbally shaping their characters. It was a delight!
This summer has been hitting off in all the right ways; yesterday was my first day plein air painting for the year! I'm participating in ArtWalla's Annual Margaret Walters Paint Out , a multi-date event encouraging artists to visit some of the most beautiful locations in the Walla Walla Valley for on-the-spot painting. The finished works will be presented in gallery format and a portion of proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Picture Lab, a non-profit organization that provides art education for elementary-school children in the Walla Walla Valley. Our first plein air location was the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm! Oh, and how beautiful it was.
I've been having a blast working with the nonprofit art educational group, Carnegie Picture Lab, to create a curriculum based children's book encompassing the Native American culture of the Walla Walla area. Though, there is much more work to be done, there is still even more preparatory work to share! Illustration is a field that has required more from me then simply creating a single image; I find my self doing extensive research on environments, historical figures, attire, customs, and the like to bring accuracy to each page. Problem solving is done with a multitude of composition sketches, value studies, and color renderings. Lastly, the back and forth of consistent client communication leads to greater creative solutions. I love it.
This love for the preliminary work is what I wish to share with you today. An individual illustration is comprised of numerous exploratory renderings in which undergo a client selection and alteration process from thumbnails, to comps, and line work.
Thumbnails, or tiny rough sketches, are the first step in my illustrative process. Thumbnails are kept small, about a few inches on each side (hence the name) to allow for quick gestural forms. Thumbnails are generally ratio to the final product. These gestural sketches help generate broad ideas and focus on the clients' compositional possibilities. Sometimes value structures are thrown into these small renderings to add more depth.
Thumbnail Gallery (click to enlarge)
Earlier this year, I received an anonymous tip through my Instagram account about the Walla Walla Farmers Market Foundation holding a design contest. Thanks to who ever you are! If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have rolled up my sleeves and started inking at two in the morning! I'm thankful to say that my last minute entry was actually considered; or more accurately put . . . selected! The illustration is now being featured through poster prints and t-shirts to spread awareness about our wonderful and local market. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to support a few of the things I love about my hometown; fresh produce and real people!
I had a wonderful time at the opening reception of Prompt & Response! The pieces that I displayed at Studio Articolore were specifically developed to answer a series of questions or 'prompts' provided by the gallery. I wanted to take the time in this entry to share and explain the imagery that was created for the exhibition. Enjoy!
Prompt & Response
Curatorial Statement: Prompt & Response represents a collective of illustrations by two Northwest artists, Lindsay Tebeck and Sarah Pierce. As the title suggests, each response, a culmination from premise to visual expression utilizes their means and styles indicative to each interpretation. Use of line, shading, and color, move the viewer through meaning whether narrative or full magnitude, connecting the prompt through uniqueness and similarities of two perceptions. Their diverse styles generate visual content far greater in understanding than a conversation using the parameters and mitigating concepts to fruition.
I am excited to announce that I finally have a date set for my upcoming exhibition, Prompt & Response! Come March 23rd of this year, I'll be showcasing some new works at Studio Articolore alongside another artist, Sarah Pierce. The show's title couldn't put the theme more forwardly; each illustrator is given multiple prompts or questions to answer via illustration. The gallery is set to showcase the differences and similarities between two illustrative artists location in Walla Walla WA.
"When is art finished? Or is it always in progress?" was one of the prompt questions I recieved. Above is my answer to that prompt. I felt that an Ouroboros, the mythological serpent creature whom eats its own tail, was an appropriate visual answer to this question as the Ouroboros symbolizes infinity. For me, art is always in progress; even if one piece seems finished, there is always the possibility for more work to be done and more images to be made.
Please mark your calendars and drop by, March 23, to see the many other "responses"!
I'm currently in the process of assembling sketches into a condensed draft for my Uroborous piece. It's a fun process that I find can be very helpful if lacking a light table or working on thick materials such as wood, canvas, etc.
Above is a quick step-by-step shot on how the graphite transfer process works. In my case, I did a rough sketch of the snake's body around the circular object. I know that I want my mythical serpent to have three sets of wings. To make sure that I'm following the anatomy of the serpent correctly, I've decided to try the transfer technique.
I realized there's so much to tell in our day to day lives and so much I wish I would personally share more often! So here I am, probably giving you a little bit more context about me then needed!
I've been working on a very exciting gallery show for this upcoming spring, 2017 at Studio Articolore. One of the pieces I am working on involves muddy footprints and a tangle of natural brush. What better place to go to snap some reference photos, I asked myself, than Walla Walla's Bennington Lake? Thus, my partner Jared and I set out on a small hike around the lake to stage some reference.
I am happy to finally present that I worked with Sygnifi Networks to create some very fun promotion material for North Bank Beer Week! The event, which took place earlier this year (Sept. 22nd - 30th, 2016), celebrated craft beers in the Southwest Washington region.
Below is the promotional flyer that was circulated to highlight the event details. It was defiantly quite the fun to make something up-beat and beer themed! (Because who doesn't want to draw beer bottles?) The logo on the top left features a beer bottle cap and the bottles to the right rack up as the steps do. The bridge featured in the background is drawn in reference to the Portland Oregon's Hawthorn Bridge.
See more design updates through Instagram!
There's so much I've been working on through my largest client and provider, Signifi Networks! But, being under contract kind of kills the ability to share it. . .So, here's a preview of a logo I've been working on through the City that sharing shouldn't get me in any trouble!
The Walla Walla Public Library has been providing a very exciting program, soon to be called Conversation Table or Conversación Table. The free program provides patrons with a fun, easy-going environment to practice their English or Spanish with other English and Spanish speakers. You can find dates and times for this program here. I have been throwing a few concepts together - and here are my favorite!
The top left focuses on the merging of the English word for Conversation and the Spanish form, Conversación. The second image to the right, combines the first logo concept with the Table aspect of the title, changing the circular logo into a table top surrounded by chairs - just as the real event might be!
Thanks for reading! You can find more progress works through Instagram.
You might have noticed, we have a Shop tab available now! Go ahead, give it a click! Though we've had a shop available for some time, we got an updated look and new inventory.
Right now we are featuring prints of Pomegranate Heart, Sacred Scarab, Venus Skull, and LSD in Space as well as releasing them on multiple different merchandise; you can find T shirts, clocks, ipod & iphone accessories, laptop covers, blankets and tapestry, leggings, totes, bags, pillows, cups, mugs, and more!
Go ahead and give it a go by either clicking the Shop tab on the top of this page, or click here.
I Had a wonderful time demonstrating some quick oil studies at the Walla Walla Farmers Market as a member of Artwalla the other day, I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for your interest and time to those of you who could make it! It was a blast being able to talk to creative minds and art lovers alike.
I was able to complete this pomegranete study (above) while I was there and intened to top it off with some hardlines similiar to the portrait study (below) sometime at home. These small oils on MDF board practices are simply paint "sketches", if you will, which will aid me in producing my final larger piece; keep checking in to get more on that soon!
I am delighted to announce that I will be participating in a paired artist showcase next spring at Studio Articolore!
The spring exhibition will consist of 18 prompt-in-response illustrations from each artist (that's a total of 36 never before seen pieces!) to highlight the similarities and differences of the two participants.
Though, this show is quite some time away, I couldn't bottle up my excitement any longer! I'm sure I will tease myself by posting many work-in-progress pictures on both here and my Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled! I hope to keep my responses to each prompt in a consistent medium; likely oils & inks.
In the mean time, take a look at these color studies created for my process book, The Birds & the Bees of Illustrating (2013), which I've been revisiting when thinking about the prompt-in-response questions for the year-away exhibit.
Cover color studies for The Birds & the Bees of Illustrating (2013)
Label Redesign Front & Back (Thus Far)
I had a wonderful time demonstrating a few oil studies for Artwalla the other day! We held a booth at the local Farmer's Market from 8am - 1pm informing artists and art-lovers alike of the Walla Walla artist community. The demonstration focused on preliminary oil painting for a larger personal piece in the works- more on that later! The process starts with a graphite sketch, followed by an acrylic undercoat, and finally is treated with oils. I prefer to use the Old Master's Pallet when working with oils, comprising of Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Indian Red, Titanium White, Mars Black or Ivory Black, and (sometimes) Paynes Grey. I plan on experimenting with the oil studies by applying hard lines with colored pencils after they have dried a bit. Luckily, working on MDF board allows for a quicker drying time when not Gessoed because the paint becomes easily soaked into the partical board, which I find to be perfect for oil studies since I plan on working quickly and am not concerned with the longevity of the studies.
Another demonstration is scheduled for July 30th, 8am - 1pm at the Walla Walla Farmer's Market.
Drop by and say hi! I would love to give you a big welcome from the Artwalla community!
Booth table featuring promotional items and a view of the oil studies in the works
These are just a few graphite preliminary sketches for a new personal project I'm putting together. I'll be transfering these ideas to a few MDF boards for further study! Come by to see my progress at the Walla Walla Farmers Market, if your feeling artsy. June 25th, 8am-1pm.
This summer, I've been crafting away at some custom skateboards! So far, the process has been quite the fun. I've been wondering lately if my favorite mediums might translate well on wood surfaces, It's been a learning experience! The piece to the right is my most current project, Flower Moon, an experimentation of mixed mediums (gesso, spray-paint, & Ink.)
Flower Moon is loosely based on the description of the full moon of May as noted by the Farmer's Almanac but mostly centers around the concept of death and rebirth - the classic notion of the ending of the old and starting of the new. It is nearing the final stages and will be receiving a thin gloss or matting coat before finally reaching completion.
(Right) Work in progress shot of Flower Moon
Check out more progress pics on Instagram!