Angrvadil, a fantasy book I recently illustrated, will be launched in Norway in April by the Norwegian publisher Saga Book. Adapted into modern Norwegian by Edvard Eikill, it is the epic story of a family of heroes who inherit a magic sword, battle sorcerers and monsters, and win fame, love, and fortune. It was a fascinating project to work on, and I wound up learning even more about Norse mythology, which is always a plus in my book.
Our local Pecha Kucha Night chapter displays local artwork at each event, usually three to six local artists in exhibition. Our most recent event was meant to be Bemidji-centric, so we put out a call for artists to produce work in tribute to our town's world-famous statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. If you have not heard of these, then man, you're missing out.
This blog has hit a minor lull recently, and aside from the usual holiday travels for which I take time off, there is another reason. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 I will be having an opening for a solo show – something I haven't really done in over 5 years. The show is called Visions of the Norse Myths, and it is comprised of artwork from a few different projects I've done over the last few years, all of which relate directly to Norse mythology.
One of the great things about having a wife who is a musician is that it provides an endless stream of fun project opportunities for me. Case in point: her school, Bemidji State University, recently formed two electronic music ensembles; one for faculty, one for students. The faculty are having a blast with their group, which should be evident by its name -- the Midiots. Electronic instruments (EWI, Malletkat, Wavedrum, etc.) are secondary instruments for all of them, and they've had to arrange most of their own music, so it's given them free rein to experiment and have fun. I tried to reflect this playfulness in my poster for their upcoming performance on campus. Also, I depicted the members of the faculty ensemble in 8-bit, so I should probably get some extra nerd points. See more poster design projects here.
I've been a pretty big band geek all my life. Now, I'm old, and the opportunities for band geekery are more limited. But my college friend Casey is now the Director of Athletic Bands at one of my alma maters, the University of New Hampshire, and as alumni ourselves, we recently conspired to create some new T-shirts for the annual Alumni Band members who perform at homecoming. I haven't been able to attend homecoming for 5 years or so, but this way I felt like I was there in spirit. The front of the shirt features the band's uniforms over the years, starting with the old ROTC band uniforms from the early 20th century, and progressing through to today (Casey and I once donned the white-jacketed uniform, second from right). The UNH logo recedes into the background like yard lines on a football field. The back of the shirt uses the final lyric fron the school's fight song. Sadly, it snowed, so the alumni were wearing winter coats, but the shirts were still well received!
You can order a print, framed print, or canvas print of this design here.
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