VISUAL ART
 
 
 
 

This is a (very) short animation I made with the 2D annimation application Pencil:

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

I started a Tumblr account for older work, new sketchbook drawings, and works in progress. To check it out, just click dem faces below:

 
 

 

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Drawings for On This Day

 
 

Here are 14 drawings that I made while writing my novel On This Day. (There are 26 drawings in all, but posting them all here would probably be too much.) In the beginning stages of writing the book, the drawings were like a set of training wheels for me--I'd drawn all my life, but I'd never written anything as long or ambitious as a novel, so it was helpful to have a discipline I felt familiar with while exploring the story. The act of visually capturing the non-linear narrative allowed me to order events, images, and characters on a single page, which alleviated (somewhat) the daunting task of piecing the story together. The process of writing and drawing occurred simultaneously: sometimes I drew from what I'd written, and sometimes I wrote from what I'd drawn; the two evolved in tandem

 

 
   
 

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For the most part, you can directly follow the book's narrative by looking at the drawings--in that way, they were a great editing tool when the bulk of the book became unwieldy. At one point it was almost 600 pages long, and when I was deciding what to keep and what to scrap, I often turned to the drawings to see what I'd chosen to create visually. This made me more aware of what was important to me--what I cared about depicting.

 

 
 

 
 
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I had no expectations for the drawings when the book was accepted for publication. As you can see, they're rough, and often unfinished, done mostly with a Sharpie in a plain lined notebook--nothing fancy, and nothing too serious. (They've been called "doodles" by more than one person, which...yeah, maybe.) It was only after the book was in production, in a discussion of the book's design that I decided to mention them, because I liked the idea of illustrated endpapers, and was hoping such a thing would be possible for the hardcover. In the end, we did use four of them, but most of these drawings haven't seen the light of day, and since they were such an essential part of writing the book, I figured they should be shown somewhere.

 

 
 
 
 

Recent Work

 
 

Here's some of my (relatively) recent work--mostly collage-type, assembled drawings, on paper using mixed media: pencils, ballpoint pen, Sharpie, liquid water color, guache, magic marker, dyed papers, charcoal, etc. The first three images in the second row are from a large piece that I couldn't completely scan. (I have many large pieces that pose this problem.) The first three images in the third row are from a series called "Unknown Narratives," which are illustrations for stories that don't exist.

 

 
 

 


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  I do sell these pieces, if you're interested. The * symbol means that the piece is already sold. (I have more work I'll be putting up soon. Also, feel free to get in touch about additional pieces.)      
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