Less is more except in this case more eyes seemed to be better...
My sequencial contribution to the final printed issue of The Village Voice. Special thanks to Ashley Smestad Vélez for the invitation.
The printed Village Voice has been around through many changes, and now folks will have to cope with the change of the printed version not being there. On the cover is Martha the last known living passenger pigeon who passed away in September 1, 1914.
Roughs and final along with some details of a commission for Irene Gallo of TOR Books. Irene is a treat to work for, her enthusiasm truly helps my work grow every time. Full credit to Matthew Bright for the story full of lights, darks and the many textures that i enjoy working with.
from tor.com -> "The Library of Lost Things, by Matthew Bright
Welcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks-from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost. They're all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled on by the rats. Filed away, never to be read. At least, until Thomas, a boy with a secret, comes to the Library.
Here are the rough sketches submitted for the story. I couldn't shake the character of the Librarian. The way Mr. Bright describes the character's, motions, sounds and smells created a very vivid image for me that i enjoyed exploring.
the rats play a vital role here too, it took several tries to find out how to best render these little guys.
the Librarian puppet is available over in the puppets section.
Last fall I was asked to contribute images to help launch the opening of a 'Living Alley' here in my hometown of Greenfield.
The goal of the Living Alley is to create a public gathering space that fosters community events such as live music performances, food markets and a general place to meet the characters in your neighborhood. Eventually the alley will lead to a connection with our public bike trail and other areas of interest in our downtown.
we love adding to the character of Greenfield!!