Okay. So I’m pretty excited about this. The first friday of every month, the Saint Louis Science Center hosts a sci-fi/fantasy pop culture event. I’ve been participating in about six of them every year for the last four or five years now. The themes vary, but center around specific movies or fandoms. I have a love/hate relationship with fan art, so it’s an interesting challenge to play in someone else’s universe while still keeping my voice in the work.
This year, they’ve asked for pitch proposals for what we’ll be making and bringing to the event. One of the things that I really like about that is that it’s forced me to plan ahead, but also it’s allowing me to take a step back from the artwork and treat it for a minute like I’m doing a larger project. Each project has a hard deadline on the show date, but my plan is to focus on them for the next eight weeks so most of them will be done early and I can work on some things that I’ve had on the back-burner during the summer months.
The Dark Crystal – April 6, 2018
The art of Brian Froud and the Henson’s puppetry had a profound impact on me as a kid. As a working illustrator and storyteller, I can trace my inspiration almost directly back to them. For the Dark Crystal First Friday, I will have a set of three limited edition illustrations featuring each of the three major character groups. The story deals with themes of science, education, politics, responsible resource usage, and apathy. My hope is that I can explore these themes as they relate to each character group.
Movie Magic – May 4, 2018
As a child of the 80’s and a lover of Science Fiction and Fantasy, movies filled with practical special effects, models and puppets have always been a part of the fabric of my life. With modern tools and apps, as well as resources online, many of the road-blocks for creating movies have been removed. I’m excited to talk about my creative process for projects that seem huge and out of the scope of a home studio or living room. I am currently working on a stop motion set, and small cast of characters as part of a personal project. For the Movie Magic First Friday, I will bring in my models and puppets, as well as my visual development and production notes for the project.
Arthurian Legends – August 3, 2018
The Sword in the Stone, The Green Night, The Quest for the Holy Grail…The stories of King Arthur lend themselves very well to illustration. I’m really excited to mind an excuse (like I really need one) to draw knights, ladies-in-waiting, and castles. For the Arthurian Legends First Friday, I will choose three of the stories in the Arthurian cycle to illustrate and possibly compile into a mini book.
Harry Potter – September 7, 2018
My family loves the world of Harry Potter, and when the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” came out we fell in love all over again. Newt Scamander is a wizard naturalist, conservationist, and Hufflepuff (represent) and quickly became a favorite character. I will make a set of print reproductions of pages from his field guide with illustrated notes and annotations on magical creatures.
As an additional element and enrichment activity, I will have on hand some real objects from my studio’s “Discovery Box” that I’ve picked up on walks in the woods or around my neighborhood. This can serve as a spring board for discussing nature journaling as we observe and draw these objects together.
The Goonies – October 5, 2018
The Goonies is one of my all-time favorite movies. I was one of those kids who would hop on my bike and go anywhere, exploring my town and city. So of course I related to Mikey and his friends! The movies can be broken up into four different adventure experiences that I will make a set of four posters for which fit together to form one larger image centered around the pirate One-Eyed Willy
My day job has been bonkers lately, but there’s still a lot of space in my day that I could be using better right now. This week, I’ll start posting the progress on these projects in my exclusive process portal.
Thanks for stopping in, I’m really excited to share this with you! Until next time, take care and be good.