when i grow up i want to be a tree

This is from last month. If you're wondering, "why so grainy?" it's because I drew the picture, photographed it with my phone, colored the photograph in photoshop. It just happened.



Scripty type gets the party going. Trying my hand at lettering lately. I chose this word because it was in a song I heard. Guess which song and you win the prize.



wake up little sparrow

This is a little unseasonal but I listened to this song tonight and, bam, I made a sad bird.



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I made an infographic about how I've spent my time over the last six years. This was mostly for my amusement but hopefully you can comprehend it somehow.

(Inspired by vizualize.me which I'm looking forward to utilizing.)


crown house

A crown house for #30daysofcreativity.

hockey team logo

Did you see Vancouver win tonight? I thought they dominated the whole game...but I wasn't watching that closely. With hockey on my mind I dug out an unused logo I made for my team and roughed it up a bit.


sometime, long ago

The sketchbook is making a comeback. Happy June.


nobody tells this to beginners

My time as a design student is coming to a close with our portfolio show on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's exciting and frightening. I'm proud of the progress I've made and things I've learned but I'm also constantly dissatisfied with my work. Earlier this week I came across this quote which gave me all sorts of peace and hope, etc.

From Ira Glass . . .
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Via Before & After Magazine


Portfolio Show

I have a month left of design school. The website for our portfolio show just went live. Go check it out and browse the design goodness. Then come to our show.


Where Trees Come From - Illustrated Storybook

Photo of cover for Where Trees Come From illustrated storybook

For my final project in drawing class last semester I chose to illustrate a charming little story that my friend Jeffrey James wrote. This was my first real attempt at illustrating a book and I look forward to making more. The requirements: at least 5.5x8", black & white, minimum of eight pages.

See the whole story below. Click to enlarge images:



4 x 6" watercolor, ink
Available on Etsy

A portrait of Minneapolis, more or less. It appears that I'm already thinking of springtime.


two big drawings

I had to take Drawing I as a part of my Graphic Design program. It was a pleasant experience that passed too quickly. Here are two drawings I made:

18 x 24" charcoal

This was a pretty speedy drawing. The assignment was to go out and take a landscape photo then interpret it in a charcoal drawing. We drew the same photo twice with a different interpretation in each drawing. In this one I exaggerated the size of the buildings and adjusted their placement. I also simplified and pushed the value contrast on the foreground industrial equipment.

18 x 24" ballpoint pen

This drawing probably took 12 times longer than the first drawing. The assignment was to draw an interior space at school: two point perspective with a ballpoint pen. We also had to add some imaginative content, hence the deer. Figuring out the angles on the stairs was the most difficult task. Adding value and texture to the bricks was the most fun. To the right of where I was sitting for this drawing I learned that there is a racquetball court that my school uses for storage.


winter boy

It's cold outside. I sketched this little guy at work and gave him some color with photoshop. Hope everyone had a warm thanksgiving.


Art opening for our show at The Beat

The opening for our show is happening this Thursday, November 11th from 7-11pm. Stop by, say hello, and look at art made by Jane Wunrow, Ryan Blauer, and myself. (Tip: bring your art and I'll trade you for it.) If you can't make it, be sure to stop by The Beat in the month of November to take a peek.

The Beat
1414 W 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408