My work involves using a variety of traditional media to design characters and to illustrate the stories, metaphors, and concepts that they embody. For example, I have been exploring how a fictional ecosystem of sentient ink beasts could exist within the world. These creatures, collectively called “Inkfolk”, have become a central muse in my work. Some Inkfolk could be malevolent monsters destined to forever remain at odds with humans for their strange looks or sometimes odious behaviors. Others may be gentle creatures simply trying to enjoy their enigmatic lives. While their appearances tend to be whimsical and wild, I include some familiar physical traits, emotions, and habits that animals and people display when I design them.
I use ink as my primary drawing medium when I want to render specific textures, dark values, or attain a graphic style of drawing. I paint in a surreal style to explore color interaction and consider how my creatures would blend into their surrounding environments. By sculpting them, I capture more details, movements, and expressions that I would not otherwise be able to depict in a two-dimensional illustration.
Hide-and-Seek in the Brushswine's Den
17" x 22.125" x .75" ballpoint pen and permanent marker on illustration board 2021
The Tiny Campsite, Discovered
11" x 14" x .5" acrylic paint on stretched canvas 2020
30" x 30" x .5" acrylic paint on stretched canvas 2020
26.125" x 20.125" x .75" ballpoint pen, graphite, permanent marker, and acrylic paint on paper 202
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