This is a post about the last three months. Most of my days have been spent travelling and making drawings all in the pursuit of digesting various daunting and seemingly indescribable life experiences. Trying to stay aware of time passing, constantly watching it move without looking away. Here's some news:
l. Travelling across the country, working on a book, travelling
The first two months of my summer were spent playing the train game, meeting strangers, and travelling across the North, Midwest, and Western United States. I worked on drawings along the way and have a full sketchbook along with many film photos in which I am in the process of organizing in hopes to make an art book dealing with trains and the stranger parts of our country. This is a big work in progress, here's a few photos and drawing previews.
ll. New York Times Illustration
In the short time before heading to Alaska, I was commisioned to do a fun illustration for New York Times Magazine. Here's the illustration along with a link
Here's the pencil sketch and prelim color study too.
lll. Wilderness and Katmai
I spent the last month working with the National Park Service on an artist residency in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Doing the residency was a wonderful pause from the intense concentration on the subject matter of the previous month's projects, yet equally purposeful in my eyes. I am pleased to playing a small role in park interpretation and find it peculiarly relevant to the other work I've been making as the work was all created in what most consider to be America's last frontier. I am in the process of organizing all the artwork and images to publish the full project on the site shortly. Until then, here's some previews of the drawings and film I've developed.
I've been cramming a lot into everyday, trying to not waste a minute. It's interesting to me that we are living in the middle of something with a distinct start and finish. We're in this playing field of middle ground, and knowing that its not going to be like this forever has convinced me to try to have a conversation about it while we still can. Going a little crazy, working hard.
Thanks everyone for the coninued interest and support. Happy to be making things and learning.