Illustrated Alphabet

THE SMALL PRINT invited 26 illustrators  from all over the globe that produced 52 original pieces (1 letter and 1 illustration based on the letter each) which are available to buy, digitally printed, in A2, A1 & AO formats. A huge variety of wonderful talents from Oliver Jeffers (A) to Chris Haughton (Z) make up this newly imagined alphabet.

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Artists include:

Alan Clarke/ Ben Newman/ Bjorn Lie / BRENB / Craig & Karl / Chris Haughton / Dick Hogg / Eduardo Recife / Emily Forgot / Genevieve Gauckler / Jonathan McHugh / Joven Kerekes / Kevin Waldron / Martin Haake / Michael Gillette / Nate Williams / Olaf Hajek / Oliver Jeffers / Rilla Alexander / Serge Seidlitz / Steeve Doogan / Steve Simpson / Tara McPhearson / Tomm Moore / Una Gildea


Science gone mad! A new design collection by Nate Williams.  Wacky illustrations filled with chemists in white jackets, short hair cuts, molecules, monsters, beakers, Bunsen burners, explosions, thick black standard issue glasses and more.  Available for licensing.

Learn more about Nate Williams art licensing collections.

Chemists or Monsters? Take your pick :)

The Art Institute of Boston shows Red Nose

The largest east coast showing of my work is currently on display at the –gallery of The Art Institute of Boston through Dec. 18th.

the last time i visited Boston was for the 2008 HOW design conference, and i have to admit that i am growing quite fond of Boston.

i was asked to give a talk about my creative process and my career path on the opening night of the show, and this lovely group of folks were kind enough to sit through 60 minutes of my talking and 220+ slides.

a HUGE thanks to AIB for being such a welcoming institution. I immediately felt right at home.

i apparently am inept at using a camera outside of the studio, but fortunately the school has a nice set of photos of the show and my visit on their illustration and animation blog.

here are a few pages from my sketchbook during my brief trip to Boston.

Greenfield and the elusive Interurban?

Not long after Bob Hunt of the Hancock County Arts and Cultural Council asked me to consider creating an image for a downtown mural on our humble Main Street, I recalled the historical recollections and photos of the Interurban Rail that used to run right by that location. Starting up in 1899 the Interurban Rail Line ran right down the center of Main Street and was the ‘rapid transit’ compared to the common horse and buggy of the day. With the wide horizontal format of the space, it seemed like a perfect fit to be able to see an almost full scale interurban car on Main Street 70 years after the last one ran in Indiana.

My goal was to have the mural honor the innovative past of Indiana and Greenfield, encouraging the community to ‘tip their hat’ to the past but also look forward to the future and the possibilities of where Greenfield can go.
There will be a public dedication at 2 West Main St on Saturday November 12, at 10am where the model used in the mural image will also be on display.

Special thanks to Nathan Bilger for his knowledge and guidance in gathering historical and pictorial reference for this mural.

here are some behind the scenes images of the project:



the build:

chipboard, wood, old bearings, old screen door hinges:

more wood, old springs, wire:

first coat of paint:

final coat of paint, patina, grime, chrome railings, bits of found objects for details

on set:

the final:

on location: 36′ wide!

The Right Way To Run With Scissors

Working for the formidable Creative Director SooJin Chun Buzelli of PlanSponsor magazine is always a pleasure. She has an amazing way of cutting through the muck and putting the heart of the content into a one or two line synopsis and asking the illustrator to do what they to best.

this particular article is about asking retirement industry professionals to look at “10 things your are (probably) doing wrong”

the piece was running on the cover and also being used on an interior spread, so i wanted to see if there was a way to do a bit of a reveal, where the spread unveils a bit more information then the covers allows.

here were the initial concepts:

these fellas are just plain wrong, my intention was that they made the number 10 but SooJin thought it best that these ‘gentlemen’ not be on the cover, completely understandable.

i know the empty pool concept isnt original, but i was drawn to the composition along with the confident and relaxed expression on the diver’s face.

this guy needs no explanation. this was the concept that was picked, but he looked to be skipping instead of running which of course is a bit more dangerous, so these sketches came next.

the 3″ scissors were custom built out of copper scrap:

Thanks to SooJin for a sharp project.

Rote Nase Studio for Der Spiegel

Being one of the widest circulated publications in Europe, Der Spiegel, has been on my radar even before I saw the art director Stefan Kiefer speak at ICON2 over 10 years ago. Needless to say, getting a call to do the October 17th cover for them was an honor.

The cover story is about over-scheduled kids. Being a father of 3 I am aware of this and sometimes catch slack and odd glances from parents when they find out that my kids aren’t in 5 afterschool activities. I am a firm believer in kids having time to be kids. Some folks see downtime as wasted time, but for me when I see what the kids can do when their imaginations are allowed to roam, I dont see it as wasted time at all.

Stefan was upfront with me that the editors are tough to please, and he was right. I love a good challenge and am delighted to add this cover to my resume.

here are a few of the sketches and progress shots of the piece:

the initial concept sent from Mr Kiefer

these are my versions of the concept:

the girl with the backpack turned out to be very close to a cover on the same subject 10 years ago, only that time it was a boy.

so I proposed that we illustrate the piece without all the stuff and focus on what the kid doesn’t have time to do:

they liked the concept, but felt it too sophisticated for the cover, understandable.

so the girl with her face down was the one we decided to run with.

once the final was complete, the girl appeared too injured, which was the wrong message, so I was asked to revise her face and head so as to look burdened but not hurt and to make her slightly more ‘realistic’

so here is a revised sketch to show the girl not hurt, but burdened.

and after a couple more revisions, and the fact that the cover was bumped a week because of a timely news story… the piece ran earlier this week.

thanks to Barbara and Stefan for a memorable project.

Blowing Smoke: legislatively speaking

this project for the October cover of The Progressive focused on the unseen, inter-workings of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference”How corporations hook up with your state legislators”

the art director, Nick Jehlen, told me that there were two ways that this piece could be approached. one was to focus on the fact that there is a heavy ‘being’ that controls how some legislators write particular legislation. sort of a master and puppet relationship. the other approach could be that the conference is described as a dating service that ‘connects’ corporations with legislators that can fit their needs.

here are the roughs i proposed:

Nick was drawn to the fourth idea, and it was the chosen one.

i think they look like they were meant to be together. i like how they both have one hand in their pocket. and the guy’s pinky finger sticking out, those details give me a kick!

thanks to Nick Jehlen for a delightfully dark and humorous subject.

**also, there is an interview with musician and activist Steve Earle in this issue.

i caved…

in a futile attempt to gain celebrity, i have joined the masses on twitter. you can find me @rednosestudio.
my musings are generally dull and lacking in wit, which will be sure to make you feel better about yourself.
AND!! i found a good use for this piece i made earlier this summer. sort of sums up my awkward presence on social networking.

a couple details:

Dig For Fire: an exhibit of Pixes inspired art

going to an art college in the early- 90′s how could i not hear the Pixies all the time? being a farm kid the Pixies were as new to me as the girls kissing each other in the halls… it was quite an eye opener. i admit that i never new the right words to the Pixies songs but they sure helped keep me up during the many all-nighters. when i was asked by the curator Kevin Titzer to be a part of the show, it gave me a chance to really look into the lyrics of the band. I am still amazed at the emotions and energy their songs have, even when they make less sense even after you know the words. it’s a gift this farm kid doesnt have.

the show opens tonight at C.A.V.E. Gallery at 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA

i picked Bailey’s Walk as inspiration for my image/ character.

Bailey on set:

this is the final image and the sculpture that are in the show.

if you are in LA come by and take a walk with Bailey and enjoy the show (lots of monkeys)

Personal Work/ “Bookplates”