Hallooo blog-readers. Thesis show prep is in full swing; we're actually starting to hang the show today. (Sneaky peaks to come.) But it's been a while since I posted any art, so I thought I'd interrupt the regularly scheduled thesis-related whatnot to post some images I did in my drawing on location class. Last Friday we went up to Kykuit, the old Rockefeller estate on the Hudson. It was beautiful and a much needed trip outside of the city. While I love New York, it was wonderful to take a break from thesis-crazy and abandon the concrete jungle for birds and flowers.
The estate is amazing, but my favorite bits were the details... lots of wrought iron and fountains and gargoyles...
Most of you out there in blogland are well aware that I am, by nature, a very silly person. Other than general goofballitude, word play has a tendency to invade all parts of my life, extending well into my work world.
A little background... In order to keep track of all of my projects, I always give them a one word name/title (for file-prepping, list-making, etc). At my least creative, I use the name of the main character. At best, it's a play on words, a pun, or a mash-up of other words in the title. One of the projects that I've been working on and talking about on the blog (here and here), as I've mentioned before, has two main characters, a penguin and a flamingo. I actually gave this project two different titles - "flamenguin" and "penguingo". Ridiculous, I know. But seriously, flamenguin! It was just too good to keep to myself. So if you can make it to the thesis show, you may find that it is actually prominently featured in another one of my books.
Show day is fast approaching, and I'm in the process of wrapping up the books - working on a couple paintings, last minute edits, typography, text design, endpaper design - before I print and bind them. This part of the process is exciting, but I find much of this bit (from the finished painted product to output) exhausting.
However, in the process of working out the endpapers for one of the books, I actually ended up getting to do a little bit more painting. For the book I described in a previous post, I designed a set of endpapers made up of postage stamps (as the book prominently features two characters who send letters and postcards to one another.) At first, I thought that I would just do the stamps as line drawings, but after a bit of down time and some scrap watercolor paper, I ended up with thirteen painted stamps.
Eventually, I'm going to print them up as stickers to send out with my promotional materials.
Once upon a time, a flamingo (one, Aloysius T. Pinkerton) and a penguin (the indomitable Birgitta Le Blanc), conducted a most extraordinary correspondence. Penpals and best friends, the two sent letters between the Caribbean and the Antarctic. Their friendship resulted in unexpected travel, marvelous days in the snow, warm afternoons on the beach, fancy tropical cocktails, frozen feathers, unfortunate sunburns...
I could go on, but alas, there is work waiting for me on the drawing table.
If you want to find out the rest of the story, you'll just have to come to the thesis show. (I know, shameless plug... but seriously, thesis show! The opening is May 5th, 6-8pm. Additional dates and details to come.)