Friday Night.

I have been working on a couple of projects this week - one of them being my upcoming show at Faye's in SF! Here's one that was just finished! It's called Finding a Way Out, 11x14" Gouache and Colored Pencil on paper. 

More to come! xoxo

Spring

It's been so long since I've made a post! This Spring has been full of changes and new directions.

After the mural was finished in Phoenix, I headed off to LA where I spent the month of March working on building miniature sets and puppets for some animation sequences for LINK for a feature length documentary they're releasing this year. The project was quite intense, I learned so much about building puppets, new materials, working in a group, and I got a chance to learn more about North Korea, and how LINK works. The film will be out later this summer, and I will be sure to share. For now, here is a peek of one of the puppets I worked on. 

Right after I got back, I headed to Texas for a lecture and puppet workshop at UTA. Everyone there was so welcoming, and I had an amazing week. I have to thank Ginnie Hsu for bringing me there, putting me up, and showing me Arlington's best Mediterranean restaurant. There were about 12 students in the workshop, and we created puppets from armature wire, foam, clay, and cloth. It was so great to see everyone's unique vision for their character come to life. 

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Here's me and Ginnie - I met her during the last twenty minutes at ICON8 in Portland last summer and we became instant friends. She's a seriously talented illustrator, app designer and interactive genius. And she's goofy which I like. 

Here are some of the process shots from my own puppet making. 

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Woohoo!

 

Up Next:

If you're in San Francisco, I have a show opening next month at Faye's Video! I am sad I won't be making the opening but if you make it, tag me on IG so I can see it! The opening reception is May 28 from 6-8:30. 

Here is one of the pieces for the show. I have been working more intuitively, with a focus on narrative work, which I am excited about. Having a show that is about stories untold is a perfect opportunity to illustrate - to illuminate - even if the stories they depict were never written. 

I'm really excited to be making new work, and soon hopefully I can give you a story - not only in pictures, but in words as well…..

 

Until next time, 

xo

Mural Process!

Last week I was in Phoenix painting a mural in the sun! The mural is called The Painted Desert, and was painted on the wall of The Lodge Art Studio (where I used to work when I lived in Phoenix.)

The mural was planned prior to painting, with a rough sketch as well as a full painting (which was reproduced as prints and postcards for donors.)

When I got to Phx, I primed the wall with a tinted primer and that night we used an old school projector to project the image onto the wall. The three folks helping me made the whole thing possible, and I could not have done this on my own. Abbey Messmer and Rafael Navarro helped project, and Amy Decaussin helped me paint the lines onto the wall. Below, you can witness these weirdos. <3

The next day after the lines were in, I started filling in the blue/grey values. 

Photo by Amy Decaussin

Photo by Amy Decaussin

We got scaffolding donated to us, which was a tremendous help, and meant we could add more detail to the top part of the mural. Amy also helped me lay in the first values. 

After most of the grey values were down, we started to add the colors. The colored paint was also donated, so it was a bit tricky to mix the colors I thought would go well. I generally use quite muted colors but have been trying to open myself up to brighter hues. The mural definitely needed to be bright since it was set on such a monochromatic background. 

 

 

 

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I also have to mention that this mural could not have been painted in a better spot, as there is a vegan diner RIGHT NEXT DOOR. They were so kind! They brought me a strawberry basil cookie, some lemonade, and invited Amy and I over for Blueberry Almond Pie. And I ate my breakfasts there throughout the week. It was bliss. If you live in Phoenix, go to Braggs. I love them. 

BACK TO WORK! No more pie talk! So we laid in the color, and I had my lovely helpers filling in the painted paddles. Since the javelina is painting with a roller, Abbey filled the yellow paddles in with a tiny roller! She and Amy helped me that morning, and my bud and fellow KCAD alum, Britteny Young stopped by, apron in tow, to help paint too!  

Photo by Jessica Jaskiewicz

Photo by Jessica Jaskiewicz

And then all of a sudden, I was putting the finishing lines on the piece! With a cool pack strapped to my head because my Michigan blood was boiling in the sun...

Photo by Abbey Messmer

Photo by Abbey Messmer

And here is the finished mural!! 

Photo by Rafael Navarro

Photo by Rafael Navarro

And here is a lovely photo my friend Marcelle took the night of the funder's party! It was the only one of me where I'm not paint covered with bags under my eyes, so I thought I would share it. It's a perfect rendition of how I felt when the whole project was finished: Thankful. Thankful for friends, thankful for Phoenix, thankful for the sun, and thankful to each and every one of you who shared the project, donated, and generously supported.

Photo by Lisa Marcelle Novitz

Photo by Lisa Marcelle Novitz

If you'd like to find out more about the mural, check out the article the New Times did on the project - they did such a thorough and amazing job, and I am so grateful they shared our story! 

 

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Mural Design

It's already February! That means in a week I'll be in Phoenix laying down paint at The Lodge! I finished the final mural painting, which will be used as a guide, but also as a print! 

And here are some delightful details...

This little bat came out of his cave to paint!

This little bat came out of his cave to paint!

Jack Rabbits are not the best painters.

Jack Rabbits are not the best painters.

After this, the quail went to file for workmen's comp. 

After this, the quail went to file for workmen's comp. 

If you'd like to snag a signed 8x10 of this little scene, you can do so by donating to The Lodge's fundraiser! If you're in Phoenix, you'll also get an invite to the Funder's Party the night of the completion, on Feb 16! (details coming soon). Until then, I'll keep you posted with more updates. 

Happiest Monday! 

Thank You's

The design is underway for the new mural going up at The Lodge! Meanwhile, I had a couple of Sonoran Desert friends who wanted to express their sincere gratitude for everyone who has donated so far, and for everyone who has shared our fundraising request…I told them I'd share their thank you's with you. 

If you would like to learn more about The Painted Desert mural, or to donate, check out our fundraising site here! 

The Painted Desert

GUYS! Next month I am heading to Phoenix to paint a mural at The Lodge, which is my old studio. I painted a mural there in 2013, but sadly I moved away before I complete it fully, and now I am just going to do an entire overhaul on the wall. I am not a mural artist at all but making anything is fun so here's to giving it your all!

Here's some images of the mural process in 2013 by Sarah Rhodes, (aka Arrow&Apple)

The new mural going up will be called The Painted Desert, and includes a whole slew of Sonoran Desert friends. They might be….painting the desert. I'll share the final design soon! For now, here's a peek!

 

The Lodge is raising funds right now for the mural to help with travel, material cost, and time, and they've set up a fundraiser. If you'd like to donate, you can gets some goodies! Depending on the amount donated, you get an invite to the Funder's Party at the completion of the mural, a little pack of painted desert postcards, (illustrated by yours truly), an 8x10 signed print of the final mural design, or a little original painting of your very own Painted Desert Cactus. Thank you to everyone who has already given so generously.  I really love the community in Phoenix, and this particular area is growing and becoming more vibrant everyday. I can't wait to come back and liven it up even more. 

Happy weekend my cherubs. 

 

Style

Who's got style? We all do. 

However, this is a question I get all the time. Budding illustrators (I fall into this group - maybe we all do) ask me that question repeatedly: How do you develop your style and how can I find mine? This is the wrong question to ask. This shouldn't be an end goal, it shouldn't be fixated and maybe it shouldn't even be verbalized. It should be explored. 

All I know is my own personal experience, but when people mention my style as if it was a predetermined choice, it can make me feel stuck. We cannot create in a box, we must always be growing. I wanted to share my progression to visually share with you how I've found my 'style'. 

Here's some early work from 1990, when I used the pseudonym, eccRBeb, which unfortunately didn't stick with me. 

In college, our program was very heavily based on realism. It gave me a good start and a great point of departure as well. This was from 2008, Oil on Board.

Shortly after this was painted, I jumped off the realistic bridge and never finished anything realistic ever again. I did have some classes that were geared towards stylized work too, and I preferred those, only because I felt as though I could finally find what it was that I had to offer the world. Freshly graduated, I worked like a horse because I felt really free about what I was making. A lot of weird and sometimes terrible art got made:

Though this work is different and old and it makes me cringe, some of it reminds me of that really fresh love for making things. 


Figuring out how to actually make a client happy was new as well. It's an interesting give and take, being an illustrator. 

Then I went through this weird Elizabethan collar phase. My characters started to get sweeter. I also started layering paint a bit more and started getting heavy into commercial work. 

And I guess that leads us here. To today. Where I continue to find what it is I need to be making. Below is a piece that in not quite finished, gouache and collage on paper. 

Here is my style advice: Make things you want to make and your style will find you. There's nothing worse than finding excellent illustrators wasting their talent on a style someone has already manifested. Be inspired, steal, and borrow but find what you have to offer. 

Signing out. Until next time, xoxo.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy January!

It's my favorite month! Only selfishly because it's my birthday this month. I'll be 92 at heart. 

This month I have excited things coming up that you can see or be part of. 

This Thursday, a fellow illustrator, Neil Yarnal and I, along with my studio mate, Sarah, will be hosting Denver's first Social Sketch. SS started in San Francisco, and we are opening up a chapter here in CO because we too, love community, sketching, and collaborating. If you're in town, head over the Laundry on Lawrence Building Thursday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 pm. If you're not local, check back for photos of the event, or check it out on our IG's > @rebeccagreenillustration, @neilyarnal, @flyokayillustration, #socialsketch. Here's the flyer for more info..

Also this month, Society of Illustrators is hosting the first part of their annual exhibition, which features work in the category of Advertising, Uncommissioned, and Institutional. Ol' BG (that's me) got a piece in the show, and am very honored and grateful. This is the first time I've gotten work in at the professional stage, aside from the student show which I participated in as a student. If you're in New York, stop by the Museum of American Illustration this Friday,  Jan 9. for the Opening Reception and have a beer for me, would you? The piece in the show is: 

The Sea Saw and So Did I, 24x36, Acrylic and Oil on Clayboard, 2014. 

Annnnnnnd this month I am busy working on an upcoming show that I am stoked about. MILDFIRE, opens Feb 21 at Svper Ordinary. I will be showing alongside the painter and tattoo extraordinaire, Sandi Calistro.  The show will feature all new work and is not one to be missed - according me anyway, but I'm biased. I want you to come so I can shake your hand and give you a beer! It will be great! An official flyer is coming soon but for now….

Time to PAINT. 

Holiday Happiness

This summer I had the opportunity to create a gift card for Meijer, which is a store in the Midwest. It's a store that I love, and I miss, now that I live very far away from one. It was kind of crazy making such a cozy holiday illustration in the heat of July, but that's the way the world works. They did a beautiful job printing it, and to keep the look of the painting, the card is printed with a matte coating. Here's the sketch, the final and the card!!

Warmest Wishes for your Holiday Season. I hope you find the time to cherish the day, be with people that lift you up, and find some magic in ordinary places. 

There are Colors in my Head: A Print Extravaganza

This fall, I was invited to collaborate with a sweet little print shop around the corner from my studio called Banshee Press.  The owners/printers, Ava and Britt, collaborated with five local artists to create three prints each: A large 2/3 color letterpress print, and two smaller single color letterpress prints, each one in an edition of 25.

The prints will be available for sale at the show, and will also be available for purchase online through Banshee's site. 

Here are my smaller pieces! 

Girl in a Patterned Blouse, 8x10" single color letterpress, hand detailed with colored pencil, gouache, and gold acrylic. Edition of 25, signed and numbered. $45 ea. 

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A Boy and his Cephalopod, 8x10" single color letterpress, hand detailed with colored pencil and gold acrylic. Edition of 25, signed and numbered. $45 ea. 

I will share the large print with you on Friday! If you're in Denver, I hope to see you at the opening - as there is going to be some serious talent there. 

xoxo

Writing Fast Ruby

Here is a piece I worked on this Fall, called Writing Fast Ruby. I created it for Erik Michaels-Ober who used the illustrations in a presentation at Tech Conferences, this specific presentation being on Ruby, the computer programming language. 

This was an interesting project, as I was originally clueless about computer programming. I still am clueless, but now when I think of programming, I'll be thinking of a little red head surrounded by lots of friends who come out of the forest to write code. 

Here are some sketches and some of the finals combined. 

 Happy Saturday my cherubs!

Royal Mail

Let me just say one thing. Receiving a large bag of Royal Mail all the way from Great Britain, on a morning when you're not feeling particularly magical, is almost as astounding as what it might feel like to get your Hogwarts letter in the mail. This was my morning. 

Nothing is Royal in America! Who can I talk to at the USPS about getting bags that are magic? Please let me know. 

In this bag, was something even more exciting, even more royal: Fresh, crisp, beautifully bound Little Women books from The Folio Society. From the box that it came in to the tissue paper that covered these beauties…it was like a ceremony when Mori and I opened them. 

It feels like Christmas this morning. If you would like to order your own copy of Little Women, you can do so here

Thank you again to The Folio Society for the opportunity, and for the brilliant and royal gift.

 

Hortense and The Leaf Bug

This month while juggling commercial and gallery work, I found some time to squeeze in a project, one my friend Toby would call, SoulCraft.

Let me back up. 

I want to make props and small things for stop motion films, and am still trying to figure out how that realistically fits into my life. This summer at ICON, I got to have coffee with a former artist who worked for Laika (who produced Coraline, ParaNorman, and the latest Boxtrolls). It was incredibly inspiring and as soon as I came home I started planning a little scene. It went through a number of changes, but in the end, I chose to base the theme on science. And while doing so, I dreamed up about a dozen different scientists working in their labs or fields. This is the first, called Hortense and The Leaf Bug, and she comes complete with her own poem, as botanists should. 

By nature and for nature
Hortense studied plants. 
She was a bright young botanist, 
With brown eyes that enchant. 

A thumb was never greener
Nor an eye so sharply keen
To examine all the flora
Not half the world had seen. 

Microscopes and old field notes
Beakers burst with growth
Brimming stacks of plant presses
Sealed Hortense’s oath. 

A nameless plant, unclassified
She devotionally sought.
To find rare life and give it life
To catch what wasn’t caught. 

Her discoveries, she would find
Were those already found.
Some other botanist triumphed,
Now sitting, smiling, crowned. 

Traditional plant taxonomy 
Hard to articulate, 
Words like Lacrosoma Goopulus
And Finnitrungulate.

Glorypsum Matatooshodom
Quental Floridome
Raznapapa Guzenfilme
Trandoopus Rectisome

The words were all ridiculous
So Hortense planned a plan: 
To name a plant after her dog
Whose name was simply, Stan.

One night she found a little leaf 
On a stick inside her lab.
It hadn’t been collected,
It wasn’t organized or tabbed. 

Upon closer inspection
The leaf looked rare indeed. 
It had a lump upon it’s point
She couldn’t pin it’s breed. 

Could this be the very day
Her dreams would blossom true?
She opened up her notebook 
And her hand, it fiercely flew. 

An oval leaf patterned with veins, 
And a knot with two dark spots.
Two shoots protruded from the tip
Of the pointed little knot. 

Strange that this plant should have
Not just one stem, but six. 
And they all seemed bent in unison, 
each one resembled sticks. 

‘It’s Stan!’ she thought, ecstatically,
‘I’ve classified a plant!’
It seems that entomology 
had missed her by a slant. 

To report her new discovery, 
She phoned The Institute, 
But the woman on the other end
Laughed into a dispute. 

This specimen you’ve got on hand
Is not a plant but thief.
It’s stolen the identity  
Of a green and veiny leaf. 

Hortense was rightly mortified, 
Ambition caused her blind. 
She’d been so focused on her plants
No room for bugs in mind. 

She looked upon the leaf bug, 
Who didn’t have a name.
“I’ll still name you Stan,” she said, 
And so her triumph came.


instruments

The instruments were made from from doll house fish bowls and kitchen containers. I don't know how to make my own glass. Yet. The tray is a copper plumbing piece, and the beakers are cut from a hairspray bottle tube. The beaker holders were found at a salvage place. The microscope is made of a super glue cap, nails, weird hanging devices, and a couple of old earrings I cut up and repurposed. The little jars are tubing with gold tacks, and the instrument in the back is a bulb sitting on a lightbulb end, which was rusted and painted gold. 

The plants! The cactus is made from clay and actual wire pieces which makes it very prickly. The queen anne's lace is made from some weird cotton bally thing I had, paint, and the leaves are cut paper. The pink plant is made from a stick and clay, and painted in acrylic and is sitting in a copper plumbing piece. In the back is a wooden vase with paper leaves. 

Botanical Posters! The one on the left is fashioned with toothpicks and string. They are both done in acrylic. 

I got to use my skills from Mr. Dorman's 9th grade biology class here (which I LOVED) and I made a teeny drawing of plant cells. But this leaf is not a plant! So these cells would be organic. None of this matters.  Ok. The book was made from paper and cardboard and the little pencil is made from a carved match and tinfoil and acrylic paint. 

Hortense is made from grey firm sculpey and painted in acrylic. Her body is made from tin foil, tape, and fabric - I know - super professional. I am still figuring out how to sew clothes, so I did the best I could with the shirt, and my dear mother sewed the lab coat because she's a genius AND a sweetheart. 

My next goal is to figure out better armatures and learn how to sew on a small scale. It'd be great to animate these but I have to figure out how to actually make the puppet stable. 

Here you can see the size of Hortense. You can probably also see that I hadn't showered and had hardly slept that week. The piece was all set on some old metal tins and drawers I had laying around. It was a shotty set up and I knocked over things multiple times. I do dream of actually working in a studio someday with secured sets and puppets that don't fall over. *sigh*

I would love to get to these projects more often - it's been a whole year since my last little set. Ah well. Dreams. SoulCrafts. We need them. If I can find the time, more scientists will be coming your way. 

<3

 

Little Women

This year I had the opportunity to illustrate the classic, Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott. Published by The Folio Society in London, this book is a hard cover edition bound in buckram cloth and blocked with gold foil on the cover. It includes one frontispiece and nine interior full color illustrations. It's quite a beauty, and I am beyond grateful to Sheri Gee, and the team at Folio Society for trusting me with such a project. You can buy the book here and see more illustrations here.

All images copyright through The Folio Society. 

Little Women  was also chosen as the Holiday advertisement that The Folio Society created for the most recent issue of the New Yorker which is extremely exciting. If you read the New Yorker today, you might have see this! They have so many brilliant books available and would make amazing gifts for readers of all ages. 

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Many thanks to you for reading, and a huge thank you to The Folio Society for an incredible project.