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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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New promotional mailer to hit the mailboxes this summer. It’s untitled, though I quite like Modern Postcard’s title: “Ladies in Red” (cue the 80′s song) for production reference.

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Don’t mind the pun, I couldn’t help myself. This piece was spawned from a tiny thumbnail I drew while waiting in the doctor’s office. I find I do my best work when I’m quarantined.

I wanted to play around with dimension, pattern/texture swatches, and mixed media. It will fit nicely within the larger collection of tiny islands I’m currently working on. More of that to come…

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Being the NPR nerd (enthusiast) that I am, I thought it would be a fun challenge to develop a concept for This American Life. I wanted the illustration to capture little pieces of America which come together in a folk-art inspired, stacked landscape.

These little pockets of life include a looming big city, a pancake flippin’ lumberjack cabin, a bustling apartment complex, a cookie cutter suburb, a bonafide hippie camp, and a black sheep farm.

Extra points if you can name that big city…
Fun Fact: Adventures in Babysitting used one of those buildings in a scene. (Imagine a miniature Elizabeth Shue).

Linework:

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Little Pockets:

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A fun and important update: Starting last summer, I’ve had the exciting opportunity of teaching illustration classes at Emily Car University of Art and Design instructing students in courses such as: Decorative Illustration, Surface Illustration, and Editorial Illustration. It’s an honor to be a part of a creative community which boasts a wildly creative crop of students and faculty. I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in a few exhibitions including an Illustrated Skate Deck show and a Velvet Painting Show. It’s been a new exploration of surfaces and materials.

My deck is on the left, happily hanging next to Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson’s Deck of (Perpetual Flights Studio). I took a more decorative approach, playing around with patterns and textures (*a good preview for some upcoming work I’ll be posting). I’ll post some better photos when I bring my PC back from the dead (*waving fist in air*).

My velvet painting – “Yeti’s Have Feelings Too” is nestled in between Baby Elvis and Baberaham Lincoln (by the talented Durwin Talon). Is it difficult to paint on Velvet you ask? Yes, for me it was the equivalent of dragging a dry brush over shag carpet and hoping to achieve any semblance of detail. Will you try it again? Not likely, but it was a really fun show! Everyone should try it at least once and appreciate your results with a monocle, cheap beer, and baloney sandwiches (that was our strategy anyway).

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