Just returned from the Illustration Conference – ICON 8 in Portland, Oregon this past week! It was my first time attending and what an incredible experience it was! I highly recommend this conference to any illustrator at any stage of their career. I’ve left with a refreshed and inspired approach to illustration and enjoyed meeting so many illustrators, art directors, and creatives. I find it’s so important to emerge from your creative cave every now and then and commune with your fellow illustrators. I could talk about ICON all day…

In addition to the conference, I was honored to have a piece featured in the ICON 8 Work + Play group show at The Land Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I have been a big fan of The Land Gallery for years. If you are in Portland, go check em out! This show will be up until August 24th. They also function as a shop joining forces with the sister site: Buy Olympia. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this Laserbeam Blanket Island, you can buy it here!: http://www.buyolympia.com/q/Item=icon8-jaime-anderson-print

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Welcome to Cave Tribe Island where Southwest meets the Stone Age in this blanketed, chocolate paradise. Mind the snakes and charm the dwellers, you’ll do just fine. That sun is a scorcher, make friends or grab a blanket! The idea for this island came about after a trip to Sedona this Spring, a welcome change from the polar vortex. Could have curled up in that sun forever.

More to come…
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Welcome to Pyramid Island! Recently completed piece for my Tiny Island series. I am in the process of wrapping this little project up. Stay tuned for more posts and introductions to these invented places I call home.

Visit this tiny island and you will be welcomed by friendly locals, wise pyramids, and home cooked rattler. The only trick is finding a way to get there…

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“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein.

Just finished this illustration for my spring promotional mailer. It’s based off the mysterious phenomenon called the Colony Collapse Disorder – in which researchers estimate that nearly one-third of all honeybee colonies in the country have disappeared. The cause of their disappearance is still unclear, though scientists are looking to pathogens, pesticides, and beekeeping practices as a potential strain on their fragile immune systems. Honeybees are essential to our ecosystem and responsible for nearly a third of our food supply including almonds, avocados, broccoli, cherries and strawberries to name a few. Read more about it here.

Hug a Honeybee today!

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I recently had the opportunity to work on a very exciting, collaborative project with the friendly folks at Impossible – a highly creative production company in Denver, CO. They were working on a commercial spot for the DISH Network and looking for an illustrator to create some illustrations for a large storybook which would be used in production. The book is read by Atlanta Falcons NFL future hall-of-famer, Tony Gonzalez and tells the story of an evil football fairy who tricks people into paying more money to watch football games. Clearly, the “kids” (adult NFL fans) are very upset, but the evil fairy cannot outsmart Tony Gonzalez (thanks to the DISH Network)!

I was thrilled to be a part of this project:

The creative process included character designs, storybook and storyboard reference, many roughs, and color studies.

Character sketches:

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The smushed fairy (who meets an unfortunate demise), was also printed and mailed out as a bookmark promotion for DISH customers.

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I’m happy to have received my Mail Me Art Short & Sweet book in the mail last week! It’s a very well designed compilation featuring a wide range of illustrations. It would appear that my piece was the only one that got bar-coded (*deflated trombone sound*), but I suppose that was one of the key objectives for this project. What happens (besides fear and anticipation) to an unprotected piece of artwork that boldly travels through the postal service? Soiled, ripped, or missing, you definitely take your chances!

It’s a beautifully printed book. If you’d like to get your mitts on one, visit the Mail Me Art site. All of the original art is for sale, with Animal AidWaterAid and the Teenage Cancer Trust each getting a percentage of the sales. Shop the Mail Me Art: Short and Sweet site.

Artists and Illustrators, if you’d like to participate in this project for next year, submissions will start September 2013. Check it out here!

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This project is now on its third showing. If you happen to be in the Market Harborough area (UK), swing on by and check it out!

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Here are a few photos of the first exhibition at the Framer’s Gallery. Wish I could’ve gone!

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Poster and exhibition photos courtesy of Mail Me Art.

Here are a few more print and pattern pieces I’ve been developing the past few weeks. I wanted to play around with color, hand illustrated text, line, and texture. At some point I’m going to bring to life my sketch of the asparagus chorus line, kicking their long, green legs in synch. For now, they are pretty little un-animated bouquets.

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In crazy repeat. I envision this pattern on an apron or kitchen print.

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