Monday, March 19, 2007

call for entries!

Hi everyone!

The Richmond Illustration Club is putting on a juried mid-atlantic illustration show at Plant Zero []. Juriors include Andrea Wicklund, Kadir Nelson [illustrator of Spike Lee's "Please, Baby Please," and "Please Puppy Please," Jerdine Nolen's Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Thunder Rose," and Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us"], Tyler Darden [art director of Virginia Llving Magazine] and Steve Hedberg [art director of Richmond Magazine]. The deadline for entries is April 13.

I would suggest that everyone in the mid-atlantic or kinda-mid-atlantic area enter! We have great jurors and the more entries we get, the better the show will be. Tell your friends/students/teachers/strangers!

To download an entry form for the juried show, go to Feel free to email me with any questions.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

more cardboard

I finally got around to doing that celebrity portrait. I've been a busy bee with other things. I wanted this to be a caricature yet still keep an element of realism. He's pretty weird looking anyway, so it makes it really easy to get too out there with the caricature. I had to reign myself in. Even still, I had a hard time drawing him. I'm not thrilled with it but at least it's out of my system...for now.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Some Flowers

I finished these a while ago, but am just now getting to post them here. I decided to do some flowers because I'm applying to a show at the Dallas arboretum. Plus I get to paint more quickly and thickly which is fun. The gladiola one is about 4 feet tall, the tulip only about 2 feet tall.
I feel like so much has happened just since I got back from NY. I've paid to get professional scans of all of my shadow-boxes (mucho dinero :( . I got my first giclee print (from one of the scans) from the blue lady with the sunflower and it turned out great! I was so relieved the 3-dimensions translated well to a flat print. I've taken slides of all my work, and just sent off my first art festival application, which made me have a panic-attack sort of thing that required lots of chocolate to calm down from. And I've started a new piece. It's so exciting to get all this stuff rolling, but it's incredibly nerve-racking to be investing so much time and money into something I'm not sure will happen...I hope i hope...but nothing is certain. I find out in May if I got into that first show (I'm applying to 3 this season), so wish me luck.
On the new painting I'm starting I'm going to take pictures along the way and post them on my blog: Because when people where asking me how I did these, I think I did a really crappy job of explaining it, so hopefully pics. will do better.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The rooster made it!

I entered the Society of Illustrators student scholarship competition and got in!!! I was one of 16 Ringling students of about 120 total to get in. yay Ringling! (this was the show that we got the brochure pamphlet of at the Academy) The show is being held at SI, we were just there!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

NYC07 - recap

New York was fantastic. Me and Erika got to see David Cross at a comedy club called Comix. We saw a couple of cool galleries in SoHo. We saw Sterling, Holly Camp, Lisa Fields, and other people at the Society of Illustrators show, and Gary Kelley spilled red wine on my favorite sweater, but you can't hold a grudge against GK. We saw an amazing John Singer Sargeant gallery and then more amazing artwork than you can believe at the Met. We had a late night dinner in a tiny italian place in Alphabet City and camped out on the floor of Heather's aunt's East Village apartment. We saw the MoMA, a Klimt/Schiele gallery, and had delicious deserts at Serendipity. We saw a taping of Conan O'brian, got cupcakes at Magnolia, and got lost in SoHo before seeing a band play at a small bar called Corio. All in all, it was a really fun trip.

Being the nerd that I am, I already started an ING savings account dedicated to next years trip.

Here are some pictures I took - I don't know why I didn't take more. I think I was absorbing more than I was recording. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

MoMA poster

This assignment was an all text poster advertising a fictional upcoming show at the MoMA


This commission was for the Collier County Medical Association's 50th Anniversary gala event brochure.