I got to do some branding for a super amazing friend of mine. This is just part of the illustration involved. The drawing is based off of the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountains you can see in Stanley, ID. I will share the rest of the branding as soon as she launches :)
A Cup of Salt Tears
Besides the fact that Irene Gallo being one of the best ADs, I am always excited to work onTor.com short story art there’s no way to tell what kind of subject matter will come along.
This piece accompanies Isabel Yep’s novelette A cup of Salt Tears - an eerie yet beautiful story. You can read it here. The audiobook of IQ84 by Murakami Haruki accompanied the working of this piece, it was quite the perfect track.
“Makino’s mother taught her caution, showed her how to carve her name into cucumbers, and insisted that she never let a kappa touch her. But when she grows up and her husband Tetsuya falls deathly ill, a kappa that claims to know her comes calling with a barbed promise. “A Cup of Salt Tears” is a dark fantasy leaning towards horror that asks how much someone should sacrifice for the one she loves.”
While I was doing research for this project, I learnt a lot of interesting facts about Kappa (河童 ”river-child”), including their obsession with shirikodama (尻子玉 "Small Anal Ball"). It’s believed that kappa lure their victims into the water and gain power by taking their shirikodama, a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus. Check out the amazing manga by Hokusai titled 同河童を釣るの法 (“How to fish for Kappa”).
Recently I was commissioned by Adobe to put together some header illustrations for their Creative Cloud video tutorial series. An interesting challenge in finding non-literal imagery to depict applying gradients in Edge Animate, keyframe animations in After Effects, photo touch up in Photoshop, Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver, and the History panel in Photoshop.
In the process of making these images, I learned a few new ways to flex creatively in Photoshop and the whole thing has me itching to experiment with new imagery. Stay tuned on that.
Thanks very much to Kendall Plant and the rest of the Adobe CC team for a lovely project!
Cover illustration for Future City Records 6th compilation titled VI.
Great music, check out the release here: http://futurecityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/compilation-vol-vi
Recently I was speaking to a friend about my work, and I had said “but my art doesn’t really feature relationships” and he had told me I was wrong. He reminded me that plenty of my works featured relationships. Relationships between people, people and animals and our relationship to nature. I was touched that he had seen something in, and remembered works that I had forgotten about.
It’s always wonderful hearing what other people have to say about your art, because as a creative you can get stuck in your own head.. This was one of his examples - ‘Fawn’ from the Wild Things collection.