I am very excited to have an upcoming show at the SPUR Gallery here in Baltimore. I approached Dave about doing a show a few months back and he graciously agreed. Some of you have been to the space for the Hundred Heads for Haiti exhibit and benefit. My opening is November 9th, a Saturday that falls at the end of Illustration Week in NY.
There will be numerous framed prints as well as matted Giclees. I will also be hand printing a couple screen printed posters, including this show announcement. The Posters will be 19 x 25.
Getting back into screen printing or anything hand done has been on my mind for quite some time, so I'm really excited to get down to it. We have a place here called Baltimore Print Studios where I've played around a bit, they're fully equipped.
This piece recently ran in the New Yorker, a full page illustration to accompany an article by Atul Gawande. I tend to have a hard time illustrating these new Yorker articles, solutions can be ellusive, the pieces are often long and touch on many ideas. this piece was on how some ideas are slow to catch on, but when they catch they spread quickly, such as the use of anasthesia and antiseptics in medicine. The most recent example has to do with pre natal care in India, women givingbirth in clinics as opposed to at home and how infant mortality drops and the mothers health is spared.
I quickly fixated on the idea of using an infant and some sort of elaborate Indian fabric pattern, possibly a baby wrapped in the fabric, suspended, a very subtle concept of something tenuous.
Working the way I do with vector line I am still discovering how to work with more natural forms, like babies, plants, natural elements as opposed to architectural right angled imagery. I'm still working on it.
So I did several roughs of the baby. I kind of liked the idea of the baby being sort af tattoed, painted.
The first roughs were all rejected and I was asked to explore some new directions. So I kind of went with tried and true, illustrating the ideas of anathesia and antiseptic. These were kind of catch all illustrations but I sort of liked them.
In the end, which happens pretty often, the client came back to the first round of roughs.
These were alternate roughs in the first round. The idea of an Indian woman waiting to be taken to the hospital/clinic.
This is the first time I've had the pleasure to submit to Jim Burke's Frog Calendar. I would wait a bit longer as the calendar is just about to be released, but the image has already been in a show, shown on Facebook etc. Jim gave me his blessing. I ran into Jim at ICON in Providence, in the bar, where art directors and illustrators should meet. He asked me then if I would like to contribute, I had seen great work done in years past by many of my friends and so of course I would like to be a part.
This year, or I should say the past ten to twelve months have been I think more about personal work, pro bono work. I have commercial work, and I enjoy it, but personal work has been more a laboratory of sorts, a place to try new things.
With the frog piece I went to a process that I had played with a bit but wanted to do more of, actual hand drawing as opposed to my direct vector approach. All of my illustrations are drawn directly on screen, no sketch, I just start to connect dots. But what I've found is that for the more organic shapes I need to go back to hand drawing, more fluid, working out problems, then using that sketch as a base.
So I simply drew a few frogs (that looked more like toads) directly on tracing paper, picked the one I liked and scanned it. As you can see from the sketch there is a lot more detail in the final. The sketch was basically just to get the frog shape down. I still like winging details straight in vector.
Once scanned I can begin to draw in vector, but at some point I just hide the sketch and begin going about what I usually do, direct line, no guide.
I was happy that the piece was selected for best of show at the Illustrator's Club of D.C. And many thanks to Jim for inviting me to participate.
I added these two other pieces that I did for SooJin at Plan Sponsor because they kind of demonstrate a similar approach, more organic, that color masking on black, etc. Thanks to SooJin for letting me play, I always come away with something new to take forward.
Rowan and I dropped off my work yesterday in D.C for the upcoming Illustrator's Club of D.C. show. The opening is this Thursday June 13th 6-9 pm.
If you're in the D.C area- the gallery is right behind the National Portrait Gallery. This is a regional show so you won't see that many familiar faces, but what you do see is a diverse body of work, some beautifully rendered medical illustration, naturalist type stuff, as well as editorial, book, advertising, etc. I have best in show as well as a few medals. I don't think it's at all like th Society of Illustrators in NY where medal winners make speeches etc. But I'll be there.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW Washington, DC 20068, right in the backyard of the National Portrait Gallery.