Beer is something that I’ve tried to educate myself about over the past few years – learning about the many styles, processes and traditions – and I’m in a great place for it. Philadelphia has an outstanding beer culture that includes top notch breweries, amazing bars and wonderfully knowledgable people within both. Over the years, I’ve read a lot about the subject and tried to relate what I’m reading to what I’m tasting. And after all, isn’t that the fun part? With all that in mind, I wanted to represent something of the history behind these different styles. The finishes may wind up being printed as labels and photographed as a group (super exciting idea), but for now I hope you guys dig the sketches.
Archive for August, 2011
Here’s the finished piece for the Dead & Dreaming show. I had a difficult time trying to get what I liked from my rough, quick sketch into the finish, but thankfully think I wrapped it up to my liking. I’ll be posting more about this show later, as the actual opening isn’t for a few months but in the meantime there will be a great book put together by curator Sam Heimer.
Last month I moved my workspace from a spare room in my South Philadelphia home to a shared space in North Philly called Indoor Rooftop Studio. I’m sharing a space with awesome comicer and illustrator Christine Larsen, whom I’ve collaborated with on several comics. Christine approached me with the idea roughly 2 months ago and when I finally decided to do it we started the search with Christine scouting out lots of areas in the city. It was a decision that made me a bit nervous since it meant adding a commute, second rent and losing constant access to my work, but I hoped added productivity and a saner home life would be the trade off. So far so good!
There was a good deal of work done when we finally found a place. Our room was painted dark grey on 3 walls with the 4th a bright, alarming orange-yellow. There was some minimal construction as well. Christine had the great idea of building a wall to wall desk for our digital stations which involved using a large flat file, sanding/coating 2×4’s and mounting them into the wall.
I spend fewer hours working overall, but mainly because the ability to focus on that work is so much better. Now I can’t get frustrated with work and go do the dishes, hang out with the cats or watch an episode (or two) of Dr. Who in my living room. Instead, I’m jumping from one project to another when I hit a wall with a piece and doing more spontaneous sketching as well.
I’ll be participating in the next PCS show later this year called Dead and Dreaming. The theme is Lovecraft’s stories and curator Sam Heimer is doing a great job of setting up and managing the show. He’s also putting together a book of all the artists’ pieces to have for the opening.
I chose “The Tomb” for my story and the above image is my final sketch. Looking forward to getting to work on this one.