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Wednesday January 23, 2013, at 9:59 am

Coat of arms

Coat of Arms

Here is a family coat of arms that I designed for a friend and client.  He is a fan of medieval history and was very specific about all of the elements that went into this. He seemed very happy with the results.

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Tuesday January 22, 2013, at 5:44 pm

Anita Brownbag books

Anita Brownbag- Book 1 Anita Brownbag- Book 2

Anita Brownbag- Book 3 Anita Brownbag- Book 4

Here are the four children’s books that I did for The Amazing Adventures of Anita Brownbag series by author A.C. Brown.  (You can find more information, including how to order a copy right here.)  Working on these books was a really great experience and helped me get a consistent, creative workflow down which has helped on many projects since then.

Here are some of the interior pages!

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Thursday January 17, 2013, at 7:10 am

More Junior Ranger work

Junior Ranger animals

Here are a few more spot illustrations from that Junior Ranger booklet.  It was great being right there in Glacier and being able to literally step out of the door and take some reference photos for these!

Junior Ranger squirrel

Junior Ranger woodpecker

Junior Ranger horse

Junior Ranger vehicles

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Wednesday January 16, 2013, at 1:05 pm

Junior Ranger booklet preview

Junior Ranger Cover

Here is some of the actual artwork that I created for Glacier National Park during my time there.  My job was to completely redo the illustrations for the Junior Ranger booklet.  Above you can see the cover and below is a mock-up (not final) of one of the interior pages.  These won’t be completely finalized and printed until sometime in spring. Those of you near Glacier will be able to get one at any of the visitor centers.

Junior Ranger booklet page

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Tuesday January 15, 2013, at 6:54 am

Grace painting

Grace in Glacier

One of the best parts of my time in Glacier Park was the fact that I got to share it with my family.  My daughter in particular really loved spending time up there, exploring the woods and lakes.  She started her training in the family tradition of skipping rocks on the lake.

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Monday January 14, 2013, at 10:26 am

Glacier cabin

Cabin 1104 in Glacier National Park

This is the Artist-In-Residence cabin that I was fortunate enough to stay in for the whole month of June in Glacier National Park.  I might have to throw some color or tones on this eventually.

Talk about relaxing… it doesn’t get much better than having Lake McDonald at your back, coffee at your side, and tons of time to spend on a drawing like this.  I really miss this place, even though it’s probably buried in snow right now…

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Thursday July 19, 2012, at 10:17 am

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 4 (Around the Park)

Lake McDonald Lodge and one of the park's "Jammer" buses.

Once Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened up (about halfway through my stay in Glacier), we were able to fully explore both the west and east sides of this massive park.  The cabin I stayed in was very near Lake McDonald Lodge, so that’s why there’s so many pictures of that place.  The crazy thing about Glacier is that even if only the area around Lake McDonald was open, it would still be considered a great park.  But when you take the road all the way up to the pass and down the other side… it becomes mind-blowing.

Lanterns in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Dad pointing at a topographical park map inside the Lodge.

Mt. Gould

Jammer next to one of the snow drifts on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bridge over Sunrift Gorge.

Bird Woman Falls.

Mt. Clements

Huckleberry cobbler and ice cream at the Isaak Walton Inn.  Amazing!

The huge lodge at East Glacier.

Two Medicine Lake and surrounding mountains.

Moon over Red Eagle Mountain.

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Monday July 16, 2012, at 11:52 am

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 3 (Flora/Fauna)

Tree leaves silhouetted by Lake McDonald.

Obviously, Glacier Park is full of huge, majestic landscapes, but I was surprised with how much fun I had shooting the more close-up world of plants and animals found there.  You could easily fill a book with just a study of the huge variety of mosses and lichen.  In addition to the animals pictured here, we also saw two black bears (both from the road) but unfortunately did not get any shots of them.

The ever-present ground squirrel.

Moss sprouts?

A red fungus (?) attacking some leaves.

Butterfly on a trail.

Moss is awesome.

Marmot relaxing from a safe spot above our hike.

My dad thinks this moss looks like a jungle when close-up.

Twisted mutant tree we found on a trail.

Snowshoe hare joining us on the trail.

Beargrass.

Chipmunk.

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Friday July 13, 2012, at 3:16 pm

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 2 (Trails)

I was fortunate enough to get to hike around the park a decent amount during my stay there.  Waiting for Logan Pass to open and for the rain to stop kind of limited things, but I still got to go to some great spots.  Trail of the Cedars is one of my favorite areas of the park, a quiet and intimate walk through towering trees and mossy rock walls.  My dad and I also went on a couple of short hikes, to Johns Lake and to Virginia Falls, that were full of great views the whole way…

Mossy rocks on the Trail of the Cedars

Avalanche Creek on Trail of the Cedars

On the trail to Johns Lake

Dad enjoying the view over McDonald Creek

I love the rock patterns here at McDonald Creek.

Geometric rock patterns that appear man-made, but aren't.

Bridge over McDonald Creek.

Tunnel to McDonald Creek under Going-to-the-Sun Road.

St. Mary's Falls

On the trail between St. Mary's and Virginia Falls.

Virginia Falls.

More to come..!

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Wednesday July 11, 2012, at 4:40 pm

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 1 (The Cabin)

The Artist-In-Residence cabin on Lake McDonald

Well, I recently returned from an incredible month in my native Montana.  As mentioned previously, I was chosen to be one of the Artists-In-Residence for Glacier National Park this year.  This meant I got to stay in a private cabin on Lake McDonald in the park for the whole month of June.  Having grown up near there, Glacier is basically my favorite spot on the planet, so this was a huge honor!

My job was to help them update the activity book for their Junior Ranger program by creating new illustrations for it.  As part of this, I went around the park taking a lot of photos (both for reference and for fun… this place is a photographer’s paradise).  I thought I would share some of those here so you can get a sense of what it is like up there.

The living room with the huge window overlooking the lake.

Dining room/work table

Sunset of my first day in the cabin.

Workspace essentials: Music, supplies, coffee, and awesome scenery.

My first bat visitor.

My daughter and her cousins did some light painting one night.

Log cabin ceiling.

My dad reading the journal from former artists in the program.

Working outside!

My daughter and I drawing together.

Park Service hat I received as a volunteer.

Much, much more to come..!

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