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Drawing from history

field 2013 calandar A-5

This project came about from a request from my rep to create a piece for our yearly calendar project. We were partnering with the Field Museum in Chicago to develop imagery that honors the immense fossil collection at the museum. One of my favorite things about the Field Museum has always been the mural paintings by the artist Charles Knight. He worked with many of the archaeologists of his day to develop all of the mural work he did in New York and Chicago. His great fascination with all of these artifacts and the animal kingdom, We’re quite evident in his paintings. My goal with this piece was to honor some of that fascination he obviously had in this work. I also have been inspired by the work of M.C. Escher. I know this has been done before but I thought it might be a fun exercise. It certainly is different for me to use photography, but I thought it might be good to show the contrast between the imagined illustration of a fern and a real photo. It certainly was a challenge to draw the fern in this imagined view from the obscure photo reference I was able to get. It had to be made up entirely. But I guess that’s just the point Charles Knight was trying to imagine things that were a mere shadow of what they were, and bring them to life.fern ℗

Sweet Savannah

Sweet Savannah

I made a trip to Savannah Georgia and was impressed at every turn. The public squares every 3 blocks or so with lovely live oak trees, victorian brick architecture, & magnolia trees. I have also admired Martin Heade’s Magnolia painting’s for sometime and thought I would try my hand at painting them.

A dream job for me

My wife would always hold up a Celestial Seasonings tea package and say, “honey you should be doing work for them”. I would say, “yep, that would be the coolest”. Thank God He heard my prayer and they called me and said they had wanted to work with me for years. The opportunity came when they rebranded the package design and needed a less narrative and more flavor driven illustration.

The narrative part was still very much a part of the look they were after. Hibiscus is a main ingredient in the tea, so I came up with this hibiscus island concept. The background was to be universal to all of the flavors.

This was the first pencil drawing I did and simplified it a little in the final.