Illustrations

Way back in 2012, in my third blog post (which you can read here), I shared a few of the illustrations I made for author John Wawrzaszek’s Field Manual: Human Body zine. (You can read an excerpt from the hilariously surreal zine here.) I enjoyed the project, but I never expected to return to these illustrations I made so long ago….

John has also been organizing a long-running series of readings called Two Cookie Minimum. Last night was the 6th anniversary of the series, and John commemorated the occasion by presenting a couple of chapters from Human Body. He wanted to project some of the illustrations while he read, but he didn’t want to use the same black-and-white versions that everyone has already seen.

For this special anniversary, John asked me to colorize the drawings. I decided to make the coloration look like the printing techniques you see in old anatomy textbooks. (If you click on an image, you will get a closer look.) The result is fun and adds a new dimension to the drawings. You can see a photo from the reading here, taken by Alex Nall.

Ears in color

Head in colorEyes in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teeth with colorStomach in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin in colorBack in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muscles in colorFeet in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood in color
Reproductive System Female in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reproductive System Male in colorGenitals in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptance Letter

Acceptance LetterIn my previous post, I mentioned that I have been submitting my work for inclusion in various art shows. Today, I got a piece of great news in the mail: a letter informing me that I have been accepted to exhibit at the 15th Annual Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts! I have been trying to get into this show for the last couple of years, so this feels like a major victory.

The show will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. There will be a fancy dinner, live entertainment, cocktails, and — of course — the art show. 50% of all the art sales go to Catholic Charities and the many good causes they fund. Tickets for the event are $250, and you can order them here.

Recent Commissions

Regular visitors have probably noticed a drop-off in new art posting in 2016. Instead, I have been using this blog mainly to promote my art group, NIA, which is involved in a lot of activities throughout the year.

There is a good reason why my art-related postings have slowed down: I haven’t been making any new art, except for commissioned pieces. Instead, I have been putting my time and energy into applying for various art shows in Chicago. I am also gearing up for a group show with NIA in December called NIA Fine Art Friday.

The commissions have been wonderful experiences, because they remind me that there are still people who think of me and seek out my art. In addition to the Rafael Nadal painting I recently completed, I was commissioned to produce three cut-out collages in the style of the successful Urban Icons series.

Chicago Bull Market, 2016 - SOLD

Chicago Bull Market, 2016 – SOLD

I am posting two of the collages here: Chicago Bull Market (above) and New Orleans (below). The story behind the second pieces is actually pretty amazing. A client commissioned this for her nephew, who worked as a bicycle delivery person in New Orleans. When news of the impending Hurricane Katrina broke in 2005, he actually rode his bicycle out of the city, narrowly escaping the storm!

New Orleans, 2016 - SOLD

New Orleans, 2016 – SOLD

I love fulfilling commissions, because they are guaranteed sales; the client is already committed to the purchase. My previously-completed works, on the other hand, just sit in my studio, waiting to connect with their audience. I have a huge inventory of unsold art left over from any number of past shows, so I have been putting great effort into getting that work into new shows. My goal is to whittle down my inventory and create room for new works.

In the meantime, I am trying very hard not to generate any new inventory — which isn’t easy! I am also using this time to stand back and assess my artistic journey so far, determining what works best for me, and thus setting the stage for the next leg of my journey. When I am ready to start producing again, I will have a stronger vision and a better plan.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please leave a comment!