The Devil in the Details. 15×22″ Ink on Paper. Watercolors to come.
This illustration is a based on this sketch I made in my book 4 months ago. I plan on creating an entire series of fine-art illustrations in this format, based on some of my favorite pieces from my sketchbook over the past years. I’ve got quite a few pieces to choose from, so this should a good show.
I’ve been carrying my trusty Canon DSLR camera around more frequently lately. I recently purchased an army surplus rucksack. A great investment at $25. I can throw a hoodie, an extra pair of vans, my sketchbook and camera inside its spacious green-canvas interior and I’m ready for any adventure. This saturday I found myself in Portland East Riverfront industrial area, home to the legendary Burnside Skatepark. I’d hardly call this area a neighborhood, its only residents being homeless drifters sleeping under the bridge on-ramps. One must always look where one steps around here, the second you don’t you’ll find yourself inevitably standing in some human fecal matter. I took the opportunity to collect some textures for my archive. There’s something so beautiful about these hundred year old surfaces, with their layers of peeling pain exposing the rotted timbers beneath. Such a harsh contrast to the sterile steel & glass constructs of the Pearl District across the river. All in all I ended up with 30 or so hi-resolution textures. Above are a few of my favorite shots.
Two weeks into the new decade and it’s feeling like it’s been here a long while already. Things tend to gear up business wise after everyone gets back from their December holidays. The rain comes down in buckets and I’m hard at work behind this portable window to the internet. One begins to feel a bit loopy not getting any sunlight for such an extended period of time. I crave large quantities of orange juice, for lack of vitamins. These dark days of winter fuel the best creative moments of the year. Fueled by coffee, loud music, a sketchbook and some pens are all that’s needed to beat back the Seasonal Affective Disorder. I draw at work, at the coffee shop, even at the bar. 2010 is the year of the sketchbook (and the blog for that matter).