One of my clients in California recently welcomed a second baby into his family. To commemorate the moment, he commissioned me to create a family portrait. I documented the month-long process of creating the 10″x15″ paper collage by taking snapshots along the way.
Some thumbnails as I played with different arrangements of the four figures
For the setting I took inspiration from Grand View Park in San Francisco. Foreground looks a bit empty here though…
I remember all these poppies from my San Francisco visit: big red ones, small warm yellow ones. Kinda took artistic license, mixing them up and putting them next to a great shady tree—I don’t think they’d grow together in real life, and believe they thrive in open fields.
First thing I created was the tree because I love the marble print and amate bark paper.
As I cut and glue together small pieces, I have to keep them in a box or else they get lost among ALL the papers I often have on my work table.
This part was fun, assembling a patchwork of greens.
This was the part I dreaded the most. Itty bitty bits and sloppy perspective. Took me days 😑
Ooooo finally coming together…
Itsy bitsy bridge. Don’t sneeze.
I changed the shirts a few times on the family before deciding on the final patterns. I had to be sure that they contrasted each other so you could easily read each family member, and that they complemented the environment, and that I just liked them period.
Gluing the pieces together. Look how tiny her fingers are next to mine.
my table buddy, Victoria Cossack, illustrator/writer of GUS AND THE GREATEST CATCH OF ALL
So this is what our table looked like at the end of yesterday. Some of our characters slipped out of our books. At center, Turtle Gobugi met some of Fisherman Gus’s piscine friends (as well as a dog, some sharks, unicorns and other fish and turtles who were in town for the day)
Back row: Brian Floca, John Parra, Tim Miller, Mike Curato, Cecilia Ruiz, Mika Song, Paul O. Zelinsky. Front row: Stephanie Graegin, Isabel Roxas, Colleen Kong-Savage, Aram Kim, Gilbert Ford, Victoria Cossack, David Ezra Stein.
How often does a fledgling kidlit illustrator get to commute back to the city with this many kidlit stars ALL in the SAME TRAIN CAR??? Swoon!
Sip ‘n’ Snip: Collage Workshop (age 21+) October 25, Fri 7-8:30pm
Nassau Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
Enjoy a glass of wine or a pint from local Garvies Point Brewery while I share the illustration process for my debut picture book, The Turtle Ship (written by Helena Ku Rhee). See how the artwork of this Freeman Honor book evolved from rough sketches to “striking, precise paper-collage” (Publishers Weekly). I’ll demonstrate my picture-making technique, and then we’ll all pick up papers and scissors to create our own images. Tickets are available through the following link (first drink is complimentary): https://28249.blackbaudhosting.com/28249/Sip–Sketch-with-an-Artist
Those city pigeons that were loitering about St. Agnes NYPL at the tail end of summer have migrated north to the Bronx, where they will live from now on. Pizza Rat too. I’m pleased to announce that a more compact version of my art show “Penchant for Paper” is on display at the Bronx Library Center. I spent a whole morning hammering a ruckus in the library and being understandably shushed by a two-year-old in order to hang 12 framed pieces (two previously unseen), which will be there from now through November 30.
PENCHANT FOR PAPER
October 2 – November 30, 2019
Bronx Library Center
310 E Kingsbridge Rd.
Among the original paper collage works I am exhibiting are images from my debut children’s book The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku Rhee, designs for Greeting Card Universe, and favorite images from my personal portfolio. I am also creatingsite-specific work for the occasion. Some pigeons will be coming to roost in the St. Agnes library stairwell for this August.
Illustrations are meant for mass reproduction in print or on screen, but this show allows illustrations to be seen in their singular original form. It allows the viewer to appreciate the textures of the images’ materials, their imperfections, and their craft.
Most artwork in the exhibit is available for purchase. Here is a link to the price list. Half of all sales proceeds from this show will be donated to NYPL. If you would like to buy or have questions about the artwork, please send me a message through my contact page.
With so much happening around the legalization of marijuana, I was excited to create artwork for Atlantic WeedBoard’s landing page. The WeedBoard hosts a selection of shops selling legal cannabis products and also offers local cannabis-related news and information in different states in the Northeast. Atlantic WeedBoard continues to grow as the news develops. This September they unveiled their animated site to the public.
Parantha Alley ventured into Manhattan for a few months before ultimately deciding to focus on its three stations in Brooklyn and Queens food fairs. While my clients occupied The Bowery Market, they commissioned me to paint this bright colored mural, riffing off everyday Indian culture: autorickshaws, monkeys, crooked politicians, cricket, etc. Murals are not in my regular scope of work, but when it’s April and the sunshine is returning to NYC, it’s a real treat to spend your days outside with a brush in your hand.