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. 



TONIGHT

If you are in Denver, there is an opening at Helikon Gallery, called Muses of Mount Helikon II. It's one of the coolest shows I have been part of, and I am so happy to be showing alongside some seriously incredible artists. 


I have three pieces in the show - two paintings and a 3-D piece! I will post more on the 3d piece soon, with some progress shots and such. If you come to the show, you can see the image, along with some of the props for the shot! 

Here is a little more about the show! And here is a little interview I did with them!

Hope to see you there!!

 

 

 

 

WE ARE FEVER

This Friday if you are in Denver, come down to Love Gallery on Colfax and check out the show, 'We Are Fever', featuring the work of Tina Lugo, Tom Bond, and myself.

One of the pieces I finished for the show is called, 'The Sea Saw and So Did I'. It's 24x36, Acrylic and Oil on Clayboard. A small edition of the prints will be available at the show, and online afterwards as well. 

Hope to see you there!


ALSO. The FLOW 2015 Diary is out into the world, and though I haven't had time to take good photos of it, I did have the time to make a little video about it for Flow. A huge thanks to Matt who shot and helped me edit the video. The man's a damn genius. Anyway, hope you like it! To check out more about the diary, visit Flow! 

BACK TO WORK FOOLS.

FLOW DIARY

GUYS! A dream project came my way early this year and it just got released! I was invited by Flow Magazine to illustrate their 2015 Diary, including full pages, patterns, spots, and all of the typography in the book.  They gave me so much freedom to paint what I wanted, keeping within the theme of 'English Manor'.  Here is the sketch and the planning phase for the project.

Here are the finished images. The first block of the bunnies is a click through gallery, and the rest of the images show some larger pages and patterns in the book.


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Yay! I need to take some photos of the actual book and I will do that soon. I just got so excited to share. 

PRINTS

Guys!! The time has COME!

I have been mentioning larger prints for over a century and the time has come. 

Check out my new little page where you can see what paintings and prints are available! This is one of the originals listed on the page and available through Lafontsee Gallery.

I've got a handful of paintings available so I will try and post them within the next couple of days! 

New Scientist

Hooray! I worked on this piece last week and it's out today: New Scientist Magazine, for the article, "Trippy Tots: How to see the world as a baby". Now this piece wasn't to be printed that large, but for some hair brained reason, I thought - yeah I'll do that like 12x16" - way bigger than I needed to. Bigger means more time. Anyway. It was going smooth until I had to repaint the girl's face like eight times and it was two in the morning and everyone was sleeping but me. I almost had a meltdown. Those are the truths of illustrating.

Here is the sketch and the final!

The good thing is, my sanity was saved when my scanning guy gave me a couple more hours. And all was well. I had a pancake. I had some coffee. And then I set back to work because that's what you do.