Dog Hotel Marketing Project

I created this series of illustrations to briefly summarize the scope of services this business provides. The assignment was to walk customers through “a day in the life” of a dog at their location. From that prompt I came up with the storyboard, characters, color palette, and overall design. I also wrote it, but I’ve covered the words here.

The turnaround on this was tight, so I kept colors minimal. Bare bones backgrounds and unfussy brushes kept it spontaneous without sacrificing neatness.

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Greyhound Paper Animation

I drew these frames from a video I took of a very happy dog I was walking.

I keep a sketch pad on my desk for when my computer hangs up, and this week it hung up quite a bit (I’ve been asking a lot of it lately). So I worked on this sporadically, since pencil and paper never hangs up or needs more RAM. Relaxing too, made the time pass quickly until I could get back to work! It’s 12 frames and the timing was all guesswork, as I’ve never made an animation on paper like this.

Not too bad for a first try, I think. :)

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Inktober 2017

This year, I finally did it! I made an ink drawing for every single day in October. Thirty-one unique drawings with my trusty crow-quill pen (and one in ball point). I’m so proud! I only fell behind twice during the very last week.

Using the “official prompt list” by Jake Parker, I [mostly] based each drawing on events and dogs I’ve seen at my various dog-related jobs. It was the structure I needed to stick with the challenge!

They’re all up on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’re reading this much later though, save yourself some scrolling and look below.

These are my top six favorites:

All thirty-one (in reverse chronological order):

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I even tried a little animatic. Be advised: do not watch this if you are eating!

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Opal and the Floating Cakes

Opal and Tiny Cow walk into the bakery one morning to find all the pastries levitating above their heads. This is highly unusual, if you didn’t know.

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A mystery in three parts! Dilemma, conflict, and resolution.

The fun: Creating a goofy mystery, experimenting with textures and light to convey distinct moods.

The challenge: isolating it down into just three images.

The result: I really want to have a tea party with aliens.

I look forward to making more stories with Opal and Tiny cow. I just love this duo!

Red Dot Auction – Ragtime Ruin

This year I had the pleasure of contributing to The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s annual fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. All the artists receive the same size square canvas to work with. It’s an anonymous silent auction, so nobody knows who they’re bidding on until after the fact!

My piece was called “Ragtime Ruin” and depicted the tragic aftermath of the classic cartoon, “One Froggy Evening.” Old Michigan J. is a little terrifying when you consider the implication of his immortality.

I had a lot of fun breaking out my oil paints and designing a deco-inspired poster. I normally work in a really high key, so it was fun to push myself with a darker color range.

The painting went home with Ben Olson of 3 Monkeys & Aardvark Studios in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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He Will Not Divide Us

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Watercolor and ink!

If you don’t know, Labeouf, Rönkkö & Turner started a live stream in New York on Inauguration Day, inviting the public to say “He Will Not Divide Us” into the camera and microphone. In under a week, I had collected several screenshots of things I found interesting or funny, and I knew I had to draw what I saw.

People come to the camera for all kinds of reasons. Some people sing, some people stay silent, some people shout vulgar things, and some people say the five words at the center of the project. Through it all there is bad weather, wild costumes, possums, dogs, and lots of food delivery. Just seeing the ebb and flow of this segment of 36th street has been fascinating.

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Centered on the Center 2017

I’m excited to be participating in one of my favorite shows again — this time with not one, but TWO pieces. I love this show because it showcases the incredible range of skill and imagination to be found in our own community [of hundreds of thousands of people.]

I hope you’ll join me (and much of Orange County’s artsy population) at the Huntington Beach Art Center on Main St this Saturday the 28th.  There’s sure to be something for everyone in this open-subject, open-medium show!

The exhibit will be up through March 4th.

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