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I’m on vacation

August 26th, 2011

I’ve been away from the studio and running around Northwest Oregon with my family for the last week. We’ve been standing on windy beaches and hiking up volcanoes as Philadelphia experiences an earthquake and now braces for an oncoming hurricane. Go figure!
Something I’ve noticed about vacations for me over the last few years is that I’ve not much interest in drawing while I’m on them. In the past I’d take watercolors and brushes and inks on trips, and make time to sit and stare at cathedrals and mountains and boats while I record these sights into a sketchbook. Lately, however, I’m loathe to break out the journal or anything more than making packing lists or travel notes; and I’m much happier to play around on the ukulele or read or merely look out a window than draw.
I figure this could be due to the fact that for the last five years I do nothing but draw while I’m at work, while in the past I also taught and did graphic design among other tasks. Furthermore I’m working on these very dense, heavily detailed Everything Goes books right now which, as fun as they are, is real work and taking a break from working means taking a break from drawing. It could also be that now I’m traveling with kids. That doesn’t hold up, however, since even when Sacha and travel together sans little-Biggses I still don’t want to draw pictures.

In any case, I do love taking pictures of the places we go and the things that we do. So rather than sketches of my journeys, I’ll share a few photos.

Cannon Beach Oregon
Wilson and Elliot getting their feet wet in the Pacific for the first time at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

it was a seagull
A seagull on Cannon Beach.

Smugglers Cove, Oregon
Hiking to Smugglers Cove, just north of Manzanita, Oregon.

Smugglers Cove, Oregon
Huge driftwood trunks on the beach just north of Manzanita, Oregon.

Smugglers Cove, Oregon
The beach at Smugglers Cove.

surfing Smugglers Cove with the "good" camera
Surfers on the beach at Smugglers Cove.

paddle-boarding on the Columbia River
My daughter Elliot paddle-boarding at Hood River, Oregon.

Looking up at Mt Hood
Looking up at Mt. Hood.

magic mile
Taking the Magic Mile up high on Mt Hood from Timberline Lodge.

More to come. Enjoy the hurricane.

Space Vacation for Nickelodeon

May 7th, 2009

Last week I made this illustration for the July 2009 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine. The story is something along the lines of questions people wanted to ask. The question illustrated herein is “when will we take vacations in space?”
The answer, as we all know, is the year 2023. Probably sometime around late April.
And if you haven’t tried it already, you should spend a couple of days drawing rocket ships and planets like I did. It’s way fun.

Space Vacation

Update: here is the illustration in the magazine.

Space Vacations illustration in Nick Mag

my tan hurts

April 9th, 2008

I just returned from a two-week hiatus from the studio. It was hard work, but I had to go to Hawaii for eleven days. Sacha and I spent six days in Oahu and five in Kauai. I’ve traveled a lot, with museums and culture and learning and whatnot, but I think this is the first real vacation I’ve taken as an adult. I drew maybe one sketch in my notebook, so it was a true vacation from work as well. Instead, I spent my time driving around the islands with Sacha, cooking seafood on the bbq grill, practicing my new ukuleles, and taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Here are some. You can find more on my Flickr page.

the calm before palms on Kauai's north shore Ke'e Beach Hanalei Valley

Now I’m back in the studio, in Philadelphia, and facing a daunting schedule that includes several children’s books and a number of other illustration projects. Stay tuned here for all that. Aloha.