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Sketchbook Issue 2

Today I mailed out the first batch of Sketchbook – Issue Two! I’ll be dropping more off at the post office over the coming days, so subscribers, watch your mailboxes!!!

Potato Gothic

This issue features a number of situations that came to mind while listening to a radio program discussing the feasibility of growing potatoes on Mars.

Coots on Canals

There are also a few images of my experiences while living on a little canal boat in London.

You can see more of the first two issues here.

If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

 

 

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Sketchbook!

This past Autumn I launched a new illustration magazine! Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.

Cover: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, a streetscape in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Issue 1: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Summer in Italy is my first issue’s theme. My actual summer in Italy was over a decade ago, so this publication is a sort of nostalgic daydream Atlas of Italy.

Here I am in New York City, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

Here I am in New York, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

You can see more of the first issue here.

There are still a few copies of issue 1 left. Issue 2 will ship in 2017. If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

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Hello March!


New Work

At the beginning of 2014 I set a goal to revamp my entire portfolio. It was a very busy 12 months of drawing new food, patterns, typefaces… Excited to start sharing some of what I’ve been doing!

What I am most excited about is that I have returned to portrait work. It’s continuing to evolve and influence the rest of my work.

Playing around with colourful linework in this portrait of Gore Vidal

Playing around with colourful line work in this portrait of Gore Vidal

And here’s something new that came out of all the doodling I did in my notebook when I was traveling around the UK and Denmark last May:

    I started with a certain number of rules when I started with this new direction

I follow (and sometimes break) a few rules for this new look

I’ve also updated some of my older work and have a number of revamped maps (I love drawing maps):

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I love drawing maps and buildings too!

I’ll be updating my portfolio throughout the year. For more frequent updates and a look at my processes, follow me on Instagram!


Happy 40th, Sutro Tower!

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Love it or hate it, Happy Birthday, Sutro Tower!

Listen: The Story of Adolph Sutro


Patterns & Process: SURTEX 2013!!!

It’s official. I am excited to announce that my agency will be at SURTEX: The surface design show in New York, May 19-21st 2013. Come visit!!!

This is my simple three-step process for pattern making:

1. Inspiration

2. Scribbling in my sketchbook

3. Designing the final pattern

Here’s an example:

1. Recently I came across my friend Benjamin Nemerofsky Ramsay’s series of photographs of flowers:

Mimosa on Lausitzerplatz

2. I like the variety of vases he’s found for his Berlin flat’s windowsill. I googled “vintage glass milk vase” and found additional images for reference while scribbling in my sketchbook:

This is always my first step, scribbling on paper

3. The results:

One of the final designs

One of the final designs

One pattern leads to the next:

Something very different can come from a single element of the original design

Thanks for the inspiration, Benny!

 


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