Friday, January 25, 2013

Roadyssey & The Sketchbook Project

After such a great experience participating in the Chronicle Project, I couldn't wait to color my hands dirty with the 2013 Sketchbook Project:
The Sketchbook Project is a collection of creative works in the form of sketchbooks that are contributed by individuals from around the world. Thousands of people are adding their voice to this project annually. Together, they have formed a library of over 22,000 sketchbooks from over 130 countries and growing.
My submission to the project, entitled ROADYSSEY, is an illustrated account of my cross country road trip, during which I drove 13,000 miles through the quiet routes and back roads of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California phew!
Take a look at the following pictures to see how it turned out, and visit a tour event near you!

Davis Avenue in Brookline Village, Massachusetts

Nation-Wide Wildlife Sightings / Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts / Acadia National Park, Maine
 White Mountains, New Hampshire / Ticonderoga VermontNew York

Upstate New York

 Detroit, Michigan / Cleveland, Ohio

Baraboo, Wisconsin & St. Paul, Minnesota / Commentary

Whiting, Indiana & Chicago, Illinois / The Mississippi River

Starved Rock & Matthiessen State Park, Illinois / 
Metropolis, Illinois

Nashville, Tennessee / The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Appalachian Trail / Washington, D.C.

New York City / North Carolina

Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina / St. Augustine, Florida

New Orleans, Louisiana / Houston, Texas

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Arizona / California

In Conclusion / Nation-Wide Road Kill Sightings

The End

Thanks to everyone at the Brooklyn Art House for their endless supply of creativity, patience, and organization.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Furry Hoppy Two Ears

...That was my attempt at a poor new years joke involving rabbits. I reckon I succeeded. In the poorness, I mean.

A long awaited hello to all!

When I left to see the country at the start of September, I had no idea how my trip was going to turn out, or really even how long it would last. It's amusing, now, to think back to the beginningdriving again for the first time in years, camping and hiking for the first time ever, and slowly getting used to the solitude—and know how little I had seen of what I was soon going to. 

Each of the three months I traveled feel like almost entirely different trips: split between the North, the Deep South, and the South West; the accents, the landscape, and the food. It was truly an experience of an "endless summer," and of a never ending sense of freedom on the open road (the cliche is in fact still alarmingly accurate). While, in reality, it was a brilliantly radiant endless autumn, as I followed the fair weather and changing foliage for the entire 13,000 miles. Most importantly, I had the luxury of time, so I chose to stay entirely off the interstate and see the country from the insidea decision I will be grateful for for the rest of my life.

In the end, I traveled for a total of one hundred days: through two countries and thirty-one states; through two family trees; through a (narrowly avoided) hurricane; through a presidential campaign and election; through every song ever played on public radio; and through every thought that ever popped into my head.




Now that I am back in (mostly) one place, I've been working on getting Warren Tales up and hopping on its new coast. Over the next six months I will be focusing on: purchasing a new design studio; developing a website; designing and producing a new streamlined catalog line; and working on bolstering a wholesale presence within some brick-and-mortar stores.

Being in a period of "construction" makes it difficult (right now) to do many of the digitally-based design components that I have utilized for the last year or two, but it does give me the opportunity to experiment, and develop some handmade products. For example, my two new map cuts!

An homage to the beautiful Coronado, California

And the wonderful Muswell Hill, London

After my work with the Boston scene for Small City, I was so happy to do more paper cutting, and especially for two more places I love. The Coronado cut is made with fine rice paper and measures 18 x 24", fitting in a standard frame size, and the Muswell Hill cut (8 x 14") is made with upcycled paper and highlights the many parks and train lines of the Northern London neighborhood.

I look forward to doing more and bigger cuts in the future, and hope I get a chance to make many more people happy by bringing their favorite and home towns to life.

Happy new year everyone, from one great adventure to the next!