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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

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Mural Process!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Mural Design

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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.&nbsp;

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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. 

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