*✧Gemstones*✧ for Nautilus Magazine
"Precious stones hold the stories of continents, oceans, and cultures"— Read the article online!
The article highlights 5 gemstones and weaves together their formation with cultural stories that have been created about the stones. For instance, did you know Middle Ages fables say that diamonds were “guarded by venomous creatures who wounded themselves on the stones’ sharp crystalline points, saturating them with venom” (WHAT?! Awesome.)
Many thanks to my AD Len Small for this super fun project!
Sidenote: I couldn’t resist the sparkles as a tiny tip of the hat to the Crystal Gems & all the inspiring artists in the Steven Universe crew☆
For Mental Floss. Man, I loved those books growing up. Besides the scary-adventure variety, there was also a nature photo series of CYOA books that I paged through obsessively at the library—like “Could You Be a Frog?” where you had to make life and death decisions like “There’s some geese over there: hide in the grass, or hop towards the river?”
Needless to say I was psyched to illustrate this.
Thanks to my AD Joshua Moore!
Seniors & ‘The Internet of Everything’, for a special edition supplement for WIRED readers. With thanks to my art director, Ryan Vulk.
My illustration accompanied info about advances in connectivity and technology that could benefit seniors—one of which may be cool helpful robots! As you can see, some bits and pieces got changed from the original sketch, and I also had the sudden realization that a table with ONE chair is infinitely sadder than a table with TWO chairs.
When it came time to figure out the final, I had no clue how the lighting would actually work. I searched the internet without success until I realized that my stupid hands could actually make a rough lighting model—way more efficient! My final isn’t 100% accurate, but the general idea is there.
My Fifth Element print, bird print, and SEED poster are all now available in my online store! Free shipping worldwide through sunday!!
The Fifth Element artbook is now also available for ordering.
Many thanks to everyone who came by at SPX! I had a blast talking to you all and I’m sad that it’s over! It’s a truly inspiring show, and I’m so, so proud of Sam for winning an Ignatz award this year. I’ll be putting my remaining Anime Boyfriends zines up for sale online in the next few weeks, and I’m hopeful that I’ll have a ~new~ zine/comic for next year! ☆
TIME FOR A CAT PARTY
HUMAN DANCE WITH US
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and a round up of sketchbook bears