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I gave Rapunzel a facelift.

Alright, so I didn’t really. But I did update my take on her most famous moment. About a year or so ago, I created the illustration on the left. Pretty happy with it. But as my style has evolved and I’m using more artful/organic textures, I new this piece needed a lot of work. 

"…let down your hair."

Lion gets a makeover.
A very wise (and impeccably dressed) art agent, Kirsten Hall, gave me some advice yesterday. I took it and am loving the results. Still a lot more exploration to go. But the lion on the right (with his more expressive eyes and softer, more artful edges) is much more in the space and category I’m after.
Keep an eye out. Miss BirdieBird’s getting a makeover too. Of course, she doesn’t think she needs it. ssshhhh!

Lion gets a makeover.

A very wise (and impeccably dressed) art agent, Kirsten Hall, gave me some advice yesterday. I took it and am loving the results. Still a lot more exploration to go. But the lion on the right (with his more expressive eyes and softer, more artful edges) is much more in the space and category I’m after.

Keep an eye out. Miss BirdieBird’s getting a makeover too. Of course, she doesn’t think she needs it. ssshhhh!

File under: right place, right time

File under: right place, right time

We love Irma!
Hey! I’m designing a calendar! On the heels of the Irma Harding Cookbook, Octane Press asked me to jump in and work on the calendar. Ummm, yes! The agency that creates the Irma illustrations has me so inspired on these projects. They could not be more fun to work on. Aside from the insanely charming art, the very brand makes me so nostalgic for the trips to Greenfield, Massachusetts to visit my grandparents when I was a kid.
Keep an eye out. the pages of the calendar are coming together. More to show soon!

We love Irma!

Hey! I’m designing a calendar! On the heels of the Irma Harding Cookbook, Octane Press asked me to jump in and work on the calendar. Ummm, yes! The agency that creates the Irma illustrations has me so inspired on these projects. They could not be more fun to work on. Aside from the insanely charming art, the very brand makes me so nostalgic for the trips to Greenfield, Massachusetts to visit my grandparents when I was a kid.

Keep an eye out. the pages of the calendar are coming together. More to show soon!

Birdie Bird!

So, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been messing about with illustration lately. I’m growing the TPC empire. Ha! But really, it’s time to bring illustration into the fold.

Not only has this been an amazing time of exploration professionally, I can tell you that this period of creating images has been nostalgic and wonderful. I’d forgotten what it was like to sink into the couch with a sketch pad and play…and play…and play…and play. To put on paper (then into photoshop) what’s in you brain is so gratifying. And sometimes, things hit the paper before they hit your brain. That’s where the real magic is. 

I didn’t sit down with plans to sketch Birdie Bird, she just showed up in front of me. Showed up unannounced on my sketchpad. She didn’t call or anything. Rude, yes. But, how can you be angry with a plump little beauty with feathers like hers?!

Anyway, stay tuned! There’s a lot more to come!

Breathtaking moments between the moments

I just finished watching the documentary Brief Encounters about photographer Gregory Crewdson. Not really sure why I hadn’t seen his work before, but I find it completely mesmerizing…for a lot of reasons, Chief among these reasons is probably that most of the work is created in VERY suburban (almost rural) Western Massachusetts. (He’s not from there, but visited there often as a young person.) Some of the his shooting locations reminded me of the areas I’d drive through as a kid with my parents. I grew up in Eastern Mass., but they’re from Greenfield…Turners Falls. What I always found so hauntingly beautiful is the way that some of the towns feel a bit stuck. Stuck in time. Stuck in some sort of socioeconomic slide. I don’t know. It feels sad and beautiful and surreal, but accessible at the same time. 

The documentary focused on Crewdson’s journey while he created his Beneath the Roses project. Real locations, VERY real subjects. Very possibly real scenarios. But that’s the best part. He, himself, said he tries to capture the moment between moments. He’s definitely telling a story, but not the whole story. Who knows, maybe HE doesn’t even know the story.

One of the other aspects of the work that I find fantastic is the scale. These photo shoots, sometimes taking a few days to capture one image, could easily be mistaken for the filming of a big budget movie. Often these images encompass a 1/4 mile of these sleepy towns. Huge in scale, but still feel so small and personal. It’s this scale that creates my first and favorite impression of his work. There’s so much emotion and mood in the images…in the people in the images, but you can’t get close to them. It’s this amazing balance between the big picture and the tiniest moment.

It’s also wild the way he’s lighting these huge scenes. He admits that shooting on this scale is kind of a response to the excitement of pulling off such big lighting.

There are a million things I’d want to say about these images, But you should really see the doc and his work. Here’s the trailer.

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