It’s been a year since I went to San Francisco to see Wagner’s Ring Cycle with my family and friends. It’s also the last time I saw my father, conscious (he died the following October). This sequence has been in my head since the night I spent watching over him, as he was dying. I miss him every day, and terribly.
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I was very honored to help Reclaiming Futures, a Robert Wood Johnson-funded program to help teens in trouble, with their website redesign. The visual inspiration came from various print assets, and there were a lot of technical considerations (the site needed to be usable by folks on all levels of computers and devices). It’s an extremely large site, and it was a challenge to organize the complex navigation system so that the various audiences for the different sections could find their information easily. They’ve recently begun rebranding the site, so it’s changing, but the bones are still in use ;).
Just made it through my first Stumptown Comics Fest, and it was a LOT. A lot of fun, a lot of learning. I posted the art I did for it here.
This project was a great deal of fun. My Uncle Fred is a very well-known musician, who plays and teaches around the world. You can get the cd here.
One of my absolute favorite mystery series, Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January books, includes so many wonderful characters it’s hard to pick a pair, but for Mardi Gras I present Augustus and Madeleine, who wear masks that may not be obvious at first glance. The series is set in 1830s New Orleans, and has some of the best writing and historical detail I’ve come across.
For awhile I’ve wanted to do a series of drawings of my favorite love scenes from my favorite books. It’s also good practice drawing different body types, different faces, and so on. Jack Shaftoe (“Half-Cocked Jack”) is one of the most wonderful heroes ever, in my opinion, and his long suffering love affair with Eliza (who is wicked sharp) is well worth the read. This scene is from the winter they spend together in Bohemia, near a hot springs, after the Siege of Vienna (1683). As should be obvious, I highly recommend Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, which my Dad described as “a bodice-ripper about 18th century British monetary policy.” And no, I will not explain what she’s doing. Read it!
I got to help out with Little Hexes CD art–I did the hex illustrations and the cover art, with wonderful typography by Jen Kilcoyne (and amazing photos by Michael Zaugg).
I’d been wanting to do a drawing of Heather as an Indian goddess for about 10 years. More, actually, and had more recently wanted to have it be a multi-armed goddess. It just seemed to fit her. About a month ago she approached me with ideas for an identity for her new (and stunning) jewelry business–Durga Jewelry. She said she’d been identifying with the goddess Durga, and did I know who that was? So I looked her up and was stunned to find that Durga was indeed the goddess I wanted to draw Heather as. So I did.