I am back from the dead.
How perfect for this spooky week! I was zombie eyed in Michigan helping my friend, Greg Oberle, on his awesome Faberge Egg Project for the Detroit Institute of Art. Greg flew me back to help out for a week, so I took of a break from my normal life and chalked from dawn til dusk. There were five 6' tall eggs, each based on a different aspect of the economy in MI - Timber, Agriculture, Auto, Mining, and the Great Lakes.
Here are some process shots - I have to wait to get the finished images from Greg, but I will share them with you.
I also have a bunch of things to catch up on now that I am home. First was to snuggle my Junie, and now that I have ruffled her fur, I am back to work.
This week, I am participating in the Ten Paces and Draw sketch swap, and this week's topic is 'Cocktails'. When I think of cocktails, I see middle aged women in high heels sipping out of these disgustingly modern glasses and talking about their sex lives and what animal print is on their clutch. Perfectly adorable but not the kind of thing I like to draw. (I like beer and I like for animals to wear their own prints). So I looked up the history of the cocktail, and it's exact history is blurry. It started sometime in the last years of the 18th century in Europe and is mentioned for the first time in America in 1803. The first recipe in 1835 called for spirits, water, sugar and nutmeg. Here is a detail of the sketch - I am excited to take on someone else's sketch to do the finished drawing.
Also! Some super exciting news! My illustrations were featured on Dynise Balcavage's Urban Vegan Blog. This summer, I created illustrations based off her incredible recipes, and she posted them to her blog, with some very sweet words to boot. I was stoked! If you're not familiar, she has written a handful of vegan cookbooks, and I believe has one on the way! Check it out! And while you're there, try a recipe or two! Here's one of the recipes I illustrated for her!
OK! I am off to work, have a perfect Monday, where ever your beautiful life finds you.