Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Who's Feeling Young Now?

It's almost the end of 2014! Where did the year go? The past few months I've been getting out and about at least once a week to hit the woods here in Portland. I've started more trail running and hiking, which is one of those things I've always said I need to do more often, and never did! It's been a true pleasure. This is from a snowy hike up at Eagle's Creek in November.
I finished up an album cover/stickers project this past November. I'm really pleased with how everything turned out. The circular illustrations are for stickers on the middle of blood red records!

This is the full exterior jacket illustration. I can't wait to see it in print!

I did a couple of commissions for holiday gifts this year, and each one was a pleasure. Below, an old friend from Rochester and her fiance;

An old co-worker from Borders' dog, Neela (what a cutie!);
Finally, a camel with gold leaf, because camels with gold leaf.

I had a huge dream come true this month when I entered the Nutcase Helmets artist series' design contest, and was chosen as one of the winners! We are currently working on a helmet design together (the design below, though swell, is not the final design for the helmet). In late August, I'll be traveling with the Nutcasers to Germany for Eurobike, where I'll be doing live painting, and then to Interbike in Las Vegas for some more live painting! This is a huge dream come true for a bike nerd like me.

Speaking of traveling, my trip to NY is coming up VERY SOON! On January 8th, I'll be having an art closing event at Discovery Wines in Manhattan. I'm excited to see old friends and family in my first trip back to the East Coast in over a year. I'll have these posters for sale there, a recycled image from a previously rejected poster.
Speaking of rejection, I'll finish out with a few rejected sketches that I've done recently that I think are pretty good. Being an illustrator means tons of rejected sketches, but there's something to be said about the ones that are rejected too!

Cheers! to 2015! My resolutions are to travel abroad more and see more live bluegrass music.