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Fanciful Fox

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I used to be really apprehensive about digital drawing, but I learned it has been holding me back, especially with color. I drew this fox in the tablet app Procreate. I think I’m pulling from a few influences here, but this is a start.

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D93BBE35-CAF3-4FD3-9F5E-BF43BA18B684Drawing of an RBMS (Rare Book & Manuscripts) conference reception attendee.

Librarians are a diverse group of people with so many interests and backgrounds. However, there is something about library fashion that screams, “Hi! I’m super cool and I really love books.” It might be the vintage vibes, but a cardigan is also a giveaway.

a sign of the time

See the signs

I am beginning a new body of work that will be a branch of Boom Town, but smaller pieces that might turn into affordable reproductions!  My work is evolving slowly, but I am really liking these 5 x 7 pieces. The real goal is to be consistent about creating and finishing work I’ve started regardless of how I might feel about it during the process.  Smaller work makes that a little easier, it also makes me feel freer to experiment with new ideas.

This new body of work means a website re-vamp, and hopefully an online store of originals and/or prints in the near future.

The Living Book

One thing I love to do is collaborate with creative people on exhibits. For the Library Company’s most recent exhibition, The Living Book : New Perspectives on Form and Function, I was given a chance to stretch my creative muscles and really bring these books to life in the Library’s first film installation on display in the main gallery. In this reel, you’ll see books that transform, books that transport, and books that surprise. It shows that a book is more than something we read, but also a playful object, a record, a tool, or a keepsake.

The Living Book, curated by Jennifer Rosner, Andrea Krupp, and Alice Austin is now open through January 5, 2018 at The Library Company of Philadelphia. To check out more about the exhibit please visit thelivingbook.librarycompany.org.

This film is a collection of stop motion animation and videos I created to highlight rare book materials from The Library Company.

OPENING TOMORROW!!

 

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The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society is showing at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, New Jersey. I will have no less than EIGHT new pieces in the show and will be in the fine company of my fellow PCS members. Above is one of my new pieces.

If you can make it, please join us tomorrow for our opening reception :

PCS takes Millville!  // 6PM – 9PM // Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts // N High Street // Millville, NJ 08332

There will be refreshments and merchandise available at the opening. Hope to see you there!! Also, big thanks to Kyle Margiotta for spearheading this exhibit.

 

When in doubt, go to the library

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One of my favorite things about my [day] job is how it inspires my artwork. From maps, to printmaking techniques, to nature studies, they all manage to work their way into my pieces somehow. I am especially lucky when I can be creative at work. One of my jobs is managing our collections-based social media with my colleague and work-wife Arielle Middleman. Together we took a GIF workshop so we can bring some of our collections to life. Now we can do all sorts of fun things, and I hope animation makes it way into my creative digital life more in the future. I suggest to all, do as Hermione does, you might even find a monster book of monsters.

I first learned about the manticore as a kid, when I was obsessed with The Last Unicorn (think 1970s anime of the Hobbit era). I also think that movie influenced my drawing (all that intertwining and wild hair). Anyway, a manticore is a ancient monster said to be a head of man, body of a lion and tail of a scorpion. This illustration also shows that the manticore was a regular at his local barber.

Topsel, Edward. The history of four-footed beasts and serpants… . London : Printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge .. T. Williams .. and T. Johnson .., 1658. 

Hydepark and a new look

 

2015-05-07-hydepark-001When in London last year we took a walk in Hydepark and came across a lot of official looking horses running in formation, riders too, but I focused on the horses. I was lucky to get a couple shots, and they are some of my favorites from the trip.

In other news, cmbarbera.wordpress.com has a new look! I thought this was a more intuitive way to access my portfolio, and I love the simplicity. You can find this image and more from the UK trip altogether now here. More soon…