Lenny Letter, Ice Scream & Summer Wrap-up

One of the biggest highlights for me this summer was illustrating The Seductive Pleasures of Sybille Bedford for Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter.

I especially loved the challenge of there being only one photo of Sybille Bedford’s early life that I could find, so I needed to improvise. She was often hanging out on the French Riviera alongside the likes of Adolf Huxley (Brave New World) sipping wine with many other artists & writers of her time. I got to explore her world for a little bit in gouache and it was magical.

This summer is also where my project Beautiful Monsters began to feel like something more. I had started this project with an idea but it has since been taking a life of its own. I have pages of ideas to share, each one getting more exciting and pushing my interest in animated storytelling even further.

I couldn’t get an image of a screaming ice cream cone out of my head since Illustration Friday announced their June topic was ice creamEven though I didn’t make it in time for their site, I used this visual later to express my dread over summer’s end.

Let this be a warning, says the magpie to the morning, don't let this fading summer pass you by. (Neko Case)

All things fade at some point; seasons change, summer fades, even watercolor markers fade (when accidentally left by an open window before a downpour!) My illustration of that beach wasteland is how lonely it can feel inside my gut at the thought of holing up for wintertime.

I am looking forward to shifting gears with Beautiful Monsters. All October #thebeautifulmonstersproject posts will be Halloween & horror movie themed. I am also looking into the children’s book market (a pairing so fitting it’s actually maddening that I haven’t taken the plunge before), finding an agent, and setting up shop for prints & paintings. Despite years of experience, it was only until the very end of 2016 thru 2017 when I started finding my voice as an artist, even if it’s been right there under my nose all along.

“It’s not over until we say it’s over” (photo by timx13)