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Thanks, WHAM-Goers!

‘Tis the season to get out there and support your local artists and craftspeople and boy, did you! Last weekend was my fourth year participating in Fresh Arts’ 11th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market, and I had a blast getting to meet my fellow art-lovers. If you didn’t get a chance to swing by, check out the official Fresh Arts photo album highlighting the event.

Here I am, animatedly discussing who-knows-what with a friend who stopped by the Friday preview party…WHAM 2016

I was pretty happy with how this year’s setup turned out. Thank GOD for those Ikea shelves! They were certainly more work on the front-end (positioning, measuring, re-positioning, running to Target to buy a longer extension cord, drilling) but super convenient any time a framed piece was sold. Or you know, any time I had an OCD moment and felt the urge to rearrange… and rearrange again. Yay for enabling indecision!

After WHAM, I immediately flew to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with the fam (and the cactus-fam)…img_0345

…don’t you think my cactus-brother and I look alike?

This week it’s back to the grind, working on more original illustrations and trying to organize for the holiday rush. If you still want to see me to do some holiday shopping, I’ll have a booth at AIGA Houston’s DesignCraft at Market Square Park this weekend! And for all you vinyl lovers out there, rumor has it I’ll be sharing a spot with my fellow design comrade, Tim, where he’ll be promoting Record Props (check it out to support his kickstarter!)

Hope to see you this weekend!

Animals for People — From Concept to Completion

Dog Sketch

Over the past few months, I have ventured out into unknown territory: the territory of solo art shows (gaaaah!!!) Unsurprisingly, it’s been a learning experience. I initially felt overwhelmed by the prospect of creating all new works of art with no real outside direction placed upon me — Anyone with a background in graphic design will understand the comfort associated with having project constraints. But a blank page (or really, 15 blank pages), 3 months, and no requirements for media type, dimensions, or theme? Terrifying.

Luckily, I am a list-maker, which means I had a plethora of concepts to choose from, some of which had been stewing in my brain for years. I narrowed it down to two possibilities and eventually settled on the one that I thought was realistically doable in the amount of time I had available. The result is Animals for People.

In a nutshell, the concept for Animals for People is relatively simple: animals, doing people things. But (and forgive me for getting all art-school-critiquey for a moment), for me the concept is slightly deeper than that. Yes, I wanted to draw animals in clothing, but I also wanted to allude to our human feelings of discomfort, inadequacy, and feeling troubled by what is expected of us. I think we can relate to the beaver who knows it’s in his nature to cut down the tree, but feels ashamed by his own destruction. We can relate to the hippopotamus who feels the pressure to “be fit” and reluctantly laces up his sneakers, despite a body type less suited for running.Refined Dog Sketch

Throughout, I struggled with balancing imagery of cute furry creatures with more serious topics. And now that the pieces are complete, there are perhaps changes I would have made here and there. But my hope is that in the end, the work reflects life: fun, playful, and humorous with just the tiiiiiiniest inkling of sadness hidden beneath.

Animals for People: A Solo Art Show by fuzzy grapefruit
Saturday October 4th, 7-10pm
Space Montrose, 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Free Admission & Open to the Public
Music, drinks and nibbles provided
*First 25 attendees will receive a limited edition fuzzy grapefruit print!*  Bodie Looks for a Job

Winter Holiday Art Market — THIS WEEKEND!

2013 WHAM
Okay, so I’m freaking out about everything I have to get done before this thing, but it’s going to be awesome!!! I have three entirely new holiday-themed notecards, a slew of new art prints and a new running animal! (I’ll give you a big hint… he’s known as the king of the jungle.) Stop by to see my new work, grab some beautiful handmade gifts before the holiday rush, and rock out to sweet tunes. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

Winter Holiday Art Market
Winter Street Studios – 2nd Floor, 2101 Winter Street, Houston TX 77007
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  ($10 general admission/Free for Fresh Arts members)
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free admission)
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free admission)