I got the chance to create a piece for Spoke Art’s annual “Bad Dads”
show, a Wes Anderson tribute, and the work created for it this year is seriously, seriously awesome.
Rushmore is a perfect film to me, from the soundtrack to the velvet
curtains separating the story by months in a school year. Every main
character has a kind of heartbreak to live with and Max is at the center
of the chaos. With that being said, I HAD to do a Rushmore piece with
Max at the center of a swirling, chaotic aquarium.
Last weekend there was a Lil BUB meet and greet at Spoke Art in San
Francisco and a Lil BUB Art show! BUB and her Dude were there to sign
BUB’s wonderful book (mine came in the mail and I’ve already brought it
to work to show off) and my piece “Stars and BUBs Forever” was there
too, alongside some spectacular BUB pieces! A small, limited edition run
of my print sold out, and it’s pretty neat to think that people on the
other side of the U.S. now own it.
Happy Birthday to my sister, Carrie,
who turned 17 on September 13th! Because I worked all day and she went to
school, we had an early morning 2nd Birthday, which I think we have
discovered is the best way to celebrate a birthday.
Had a small emotional crisis in the car on the way home from work
yesterday. A fragile beige bug was exploring the inside of the driver’s
seat window. I blew at him to crawl around the outside of the window (I
don’t want a bug accompanying me on my drive). He went around the other
side and I saw the entrance to M-10 in plain view. I looked from the bug
to the freeway entrance. I thought, “I’ll be going over 60 mph soon and
miles away from where this bug came. He’s going to be flung off of the
window. He’ll never go home again."
And I drove the rest of the way hoping the bug would manage to make a
new band of friends and adopted family and maybe meet another bug like
himself. Was he anxious or afraid? Was he brave and prepared to meet
either death or new beginnings?
Perkins the precious cat for the same lovely client! This was the first
of two portraits she commissioned from me. The last photo is the piece
printed and framed in her home. Working on these pieces was an awesome
experience and I’m so happy I was able to do them!
I just started a full-time job in Downtown Detroit and I have SO MUCH to learn but I am SO EXCITED to be in the city again (since graduation), earning enough money to hopefully support myself in the near future, and working for a fantastic company that cares about its employees and the city from which it operates. While I'm in training taking notes, I try to throw a doodle in. I'm sure every Illustrator could attest that sketching while listening helps them learn.
During introductions at the new job, I described myself as an "undercover artist with job-world compatible people skills."