New Etching Completed: 'Ghost Island'

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November 26, 2012

I finally have a full image of my completed 5 color etching that I made with White Wings Press here in Chicago. Teresa James, artist, master printer and owner of White Wings Press recently contacted me to tell me that they are currently in the process of printing the edition. Teresa and her team were going to debut the print at one of the New York print fairs, but hurricane Sandy changed everybody's plans. Each color is a separate copper plate, and each plate is roughly 9 x 20 inches, so making a single print is a laborious process. My background is in intaglio, and for some years I worked as a fine art printer. It was a great opportunity to revisit this medium that I love so much. 

The imagery in the etching is influenced by a number of different things: Hiyao Miyazaki movies, island biogeography, and the general sense of awe I have for the natural world. I don't want to say too much about it, as I like there to be room for other's imaginations and interpretations.  It's not an entirely accurate photo, as the paper it's being printed on is a bit warmer white, and you can't see those wonderful embossed plate edges in the paper that are so indicative of intaglio. Anyway, you get the idea. : )

Andrew Bird Gezelligheid Shows Poster and Black Friday Sale

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November 23, 2012


I've started work on a design for some screenprinted posters I will be making for Andrew Bird's annual Gezelligheid shows at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and the Riverside Church in New York City. I don't focus so much on making posters these days, but am always happy to make new ones for Andrew. They should be amazing shows. I'll post when the posters are complete. 

Also, like the rest of the planet, I am having a Black Friday sale that will last through the weekend. 
15% off of your entire order in both my Etsy and Big Cartel shops with this coupon code:

BLACK15

Have a wonderful weekend!


Work In Progress

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November 20, 2012


A gouache painting I started weeks ago, but haven't had the time to complete. I started working on it again today. I'll post when it's finished. It's inspired by an children's book illustration by Eloise Wilkin found in this book. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

New Prints!

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November 19, 2012

Hello. Happy Monday! A quick post to let you know I have a couple of new prints available in the shop: Harvest and Stately Grace. Hope to get another post in this week before the holiday, but if not, have a lovely Thanksgiving!


Feodor Rojankovsky and Vintage Children's Book Illustration

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November 14, 2012




Hello! I've been busy with illustration jobs, which is good for me, but bad as far as Tiny Aviary updates!

Following up on the last post, my good friend Rebecca lent me a fantastic book: 'Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way'. It's a beautiful anthology of the artists and writers of the Golden Books. It's been such an inspiring resource these last few weeks. There is a wonderful interview with the daughter of Feodor Rojankovsky, the artist of the Papa Bear illustration of the previous post.

Rojankovsky was born in Latvia. He lived in Paris until having to flee it in 1941 due to Nazi occupation of the city. His reputation as an artist was already established in Europe by the time he immigrated to the States. His lifelong passions were for painting and the study of nature. His love and keen observation of nature really shows in his illustration work. His daughter Tatiana said that they would often go to the zoo, and he was never without his sketchbook. I love this quote from her about her father:

"He was a firecracker - very quick and agile. He played the balalaika and love to dance and give parties. He was fifty-eight when I was born and even when I was in my teens he would start jumping up on tables, imitating a monkey!"

The bottom 2 illustration are by Rojankovsky. The top one is actually by another Golden Book artist, Leonard Weisgard. I think they're all incredible.

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