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.
Last day of ☀️/ First day of 🍁 This Friday’s #thebeautifulmonstersproject: Name: Judge Dread Description: That feeling of total dread inside your gut. Whether it be something small like the upcoming holiday season—watching xmas items slowly creep into stores while your head's still in summer vacation—or much larger like impending decisions to repeal the #ACA. Whatever it may be for you, something that fills you up with dread. Ugh! #art #illustration #popsicle #animation #gifs #fallequinox #happyfallyall
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.
This Friday's #thebeautifulmonstersproject: Expect the unexpected. This week I ran out of the house and left my sketchbook near an open window before a big ☔️ storm (slide right). Deep down I knew what to expect yet I didn't move it. This is the monster that doesn't save you from yourself when you know better. #art #illustration
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.
This Friday’s #thebeautifulmonstersproject quick sketch: Monster: The Gills of Summer ⚡️ The only reason to not wear "white jeans after Labor Day” is because you hate wearing white jeans. Or maybe you have your period. Whatever the reason, question arbitrary rules and make sure it's your own path. Am I doing this because I truly believe it, or am I following someone else’s narrative? Wear those "white jeans" any day, week, month, or year as you wish. Be your own badass 🤘 #gilly #art #illustration #whitejeans #fashion #laborday #labordayweekend