Saturday, January 3, 2015

Out With the Old, In With the New (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park, and other musings)

First things first, I hope all of you kicked off the new year on a positive note. Let's make 2015 really count for something, alright?

I ended 2014 by putting my Groot & Rocket screenprint up for sale. The outpouring of love and support that was shared throughout the project was more than I had ever anticipated, especially considering it started out as nothing more than a semi-intoxicated excuse to procrastinate on studying. I am grateful to those who purchased one of the limited edition prints and apologize to those who didn't get the chance to. Variants may very well be printed one of these days, but for now these Guardians of the Galaxy will be incognito and limited to just 30 copies, 2 AP's, and one original that is hanging in the home of the very special person it was gifted to.

"Groot & Rocket", 14"x17"
Ink on bristol

This year my first completed project was a commission for a (very patient) friend across the pond. He suggested a Jurassic Park-themed piece and I jumped on the idea. Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite films for so many reasons. It encapsulates so many of the themes that I study academically and then attempt to communicate in my own work. Notably, the extraordinary possibilities that science, reason, and critical thinking can bring to society, the destruction humans are so good at wreaking on nature, and how in the face of massive adversity, "life," in all of its resilience, "finds a way".  From a scientific standpoint the story answers virtually no questions but instead raises a vast amount of new ones which, in science, is exactly what we want. How would we progress if there were no questions to research? How do you learn without questioning why things are a certain way? Give the film another watch and consider the questions it poses to us as a species.

"Living Fossils" measures 14" by 17" and was rendered with a single .08 micron pen on bristol paper. Information about prints will be available soon.

"Living Fossils", 9"x15"
Ink on bristol

I loved every second I spent with both of these illustrations but for now, as they say, it's back to the drawing board. There is one exciting project in particular that is "evolving" on my desk at the moment...and another in the works that will soon enslave humanity. Is that mysterious or what?

Take care of yourselves, and don't forget to go make something.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Grand Opening

The Specimen Illustrations shop is now open for business for the first time ever. The prints you'll find there were chosen to be the inaugural pieces because they marked special milestones for me during Specimen Illustrations' first year up and running. To celebrate, my first bird, one of my first commissions, and my most recent commission are all available to purchase. Snag yours while you can! The first 5 orders will receive a one-of-a-kind, never before seen mini sketch taken from the Specimen archives.

Thank you thank you thank you for sticking around this past year everybody. It's completely mind-blowing to know that others are as passionate about nature and as curious about the world as I am. I truly couldn't be more humbled by the experience.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Come one, come all.

Prints are here! Real-life screenprints!


It only took me, what? A year? I was never very satisfied with the screenprinters I encountered, and I was lucky enough to recently have found a great one based right here in Portland. You can find his contact information and samples of projects at Pen & Screen Printing.

I have three medium-sized prints of my favorite pieces that will be going up for sale on Saturday morning (tomorrow at 10AM PST). Descriptions and details of each print can be found in the Specimen Illustrations shop, just follow the link at the top right of this page.

Ravenwood, 11"x14"

The Understanding, 11"x14"
Aphelocoma californica, 9"x12"

This is my first series of prints ever made, and there are only 40 editions of each image**. Once they're gone, they're gone forever. As always, my work is hand drawn/printed with high quality, archival materials.

**(feathers and dead things not included)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Corvus & Cornus (ravens & dogwoods)

Good morning! I hope that all of you had a safe and happy holiday this week. I got to spend time with my lovely family while they visited me up in the land of trees and rain for the very first time this Thanksgiving. A few days of constant eating, laughing, and movies/nature documentaries with my favorite people in the world? No complaints here.

The time off from school and work this week (plus the opportunity to lounge around) gave me a chance to be a little bit productive and complete this commission that's been on my board for a quite obscene amount of time now (have I ever told you how much I adore/love patient people? Really. Thank you for putting up with the rest of us). I'm beyond happy to have had the opportunity to work on this piece. Ravens and dogwood trees are two of the most fun things I can think of to study and illustrate, and it's even more rewarding knowing these two are going to be flying off to a great new home soon.

Ravenwood, 2014
Ink on bristol

Take care everyone. I can't express how in awe I am of the amount of support you guys continually show for me, my work, and art/creators/innovators in general. It genuinely warms my heart. Now go make something!