School of Visual Arts Panel

On Tuesday, February 23rd, I will be part of a panel discussion at SVA. I am honored and sort of emotional for being asked to participate. It's been many years since I've been to SVA and being asked to be part of this so many years after my time there is like a homecoming. I look forward to being there and meeting new artists.

The panel is open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Communication Arts Feature

Earlier this year around March, I got an email from Susan Hodara, a writer for the New York Times Arts Section letting me know that Communication Arts was interested in doing a feature about me and my work for the September/October issue of the Design Annual.

Susan drove up from New York to Boston and we spent a wonderful day talking about...well, everything. From the beginning of where I started to where I am now. After she went through her notes and recordings, we had many follow up email conversations cleaning up the details about some of the information that she wanted to focus on. I had no access to the final feature and first read it when I got my issue from my subscription in the mail. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was terrified but very honored and pleased with the whole experience.

To read, you can click on this link which will open up a PDF of the feature.

Thank you Susan, Patrick Coyne and Communication Arts for the honor of being part of a legacy of amazing artist interviews.

Rob Dunlavey Profile

For the last few years, I've been occasionally working on personal film and photography projects. Each project lent itself to learning more about various equipment and how to use them.

I met Rob through our association on Drawger and quickly started a friendship sharing sketchbooks and even working on one together. It was a fun and eye-opening challenge to work on the same art together. A few years later, I ended up moving up to Boston and we became closer friends. Rob has always interested me as an artist. His sketchbook work being the hub but also how he approaches his art and work.

Through my film experimentation, I thought I would further explore the documentary format that I started with the Kristina Carroll Profile film I did among other pieces. It's helped me learn how to work with the equipment but also learn how to work on projects in real time with external issues out of my control - weather and so on. Of course, this also gave me the opportunity to talk deeper with Rob about his life and work which was incredibly inspiring.

For this film, I wanted to show a few snippets of three major points. HIs 'free' sketchbook work; his illustration and children's book work; and his observational life drawing.

Kristina Carroll Short Film

Over the course of the last year, I've been experimenting with filmmaking and photography and may start putting it out there in a real way at some point. I'm enjoying it for what it is right now which is mostly experimentation. Originally, this was supposed to be a test of some new equipment but after going through the footage, I thought there was enough to put together a short profile of Kristina Carroll. Since I was just asking her questions about what she was doing prior to deciding to go to School of Visual Arts, the film led to her describing how she eventually made her way to New York City from Montana via acting school prior to her decision to become an illustrator.

Kristina will have a table at the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! event in Kansas City from May 9th through the 11th and will also be on a panel called 'Fantastic Women' where they will be discussing what it means to be a woman in the male dominated Science Fiction and Fantasy Art illustration business. Here is also a recent interview she did about that same topic. 

If you visit SFAL, stop by the booth! We'll both be hanging out, drawing and chatting it up.