For the last 3 years or so, I’ve been addicted to Field Notes books. They’re the perfect size to throw in your back pocket, their design is always really nice, and it’s made in the US. Every time they send out an e-mail blast with a new edition, I almost always cave and buy a pack.
Awhile ago, they had an "Expedition" edition that was supposed to be weatherized for adverse conditions, like arctic exploration or something. It’s kind of gimmicky, but I’m a sucker and picked a couple packs up.
It has this weird, synthetic paper that I thought was mineral paper at first, and it would always frustrate me because none of my pens would ever dry on it. I ended up just using Sharpies on it almost exclusively.
Then I randomly read the back, and it said they’re made with Yupo synthetic paper— this triggered something from back at the Academy where Ted Kinsella said he used Yupo and Nupastel a lot in his preliminaries. He liked it because it’s easy to get values down, and you can do transfers and all sorts of neat stuff with it.
So then I switched over to a drafting pencil that I never use, and bam, drawing in these things is just a joy now. These sketches from the Redbirds game and Otherlands today aren’t very good, but I like that sometimes you get a “huh” moment by simply just doing stuff differently.
I understand hand talkers
Memphians out doing their thing. At Otherlands and the Brewery.
Hi new followers! Thanks for looking! Right now I’m at a roller derby bout, but I’ll be back to posting drawings soon.
Memphians! And persons with private jets and/or mutant flight abilities:
The Memphis, Illustrated show at the Dixon Gallery is up! Come out to the official opening and reception on Thursday from 6-8pm. Say hello! It’s easy to spot illustrators: we’re the really beautiful ones with hunched backs and early onset arthritis.
Non-Memphians: the Dixon is one of the two big art museums here in town, so it’s really cool that they’re doing a show highlighting a small sampling of the illustration scene here. That includes these artists and friends:
Please check out their work since you can’t make it to the show! Yay, illustration!
In April, I’m going to be in two exhibitions that I’m pretty excited about!
The first is another show with the Light Grey Art Lab; it’s about animal myths and called, appropriately, Animystics. Considering I mostly draw either a) guardian lions or b) funerary horses anyway, this was right up my alley. It opens April 25th at the wonderful Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis.
The second show is at the Dixon Gallery here in Memphis. It’s called Memphis, Illustrated and features mostly poster work by local illustrators. It opens on Thursday, April 17th.
BASICALLY GUYS, it’s a show with all of my friends and me. They kicked the Sargent out of its frame and put one of my posters in it.
I’ll also be doing a little lunchtime lecture at the Dixon on April 23rd. It will be a short primer on the American illustration tradition, and how that relates to illustrators working today. I think there will be food too which, let’s be honest, is the only way I get anyone to listen to me.