A Reader

A moment at the Wordstock 2017 author signing table. This is more or less what she said to Jon Mooallem. She was so excited.  I stole Steve Church’s ballpoint to get this down on my hand. Broke the pen. Couldn’t quite read the writing. Don’t think this is quite what Jon looks like. End of day and I was so fried. But she was so exited to be reading again and that is just so great.

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Baer and Scott

Baer and Scott

I did not realize how active the collaboration between April Baer and Aaron Scott of OPB’s State of Wonder was until I was accidentally dropped down next to them during a taping. I can’t share details with you, I was too busy to peek, but you should know that while one is onstage interviewing, the other is keeping everything flowing, typing furiously at something or other really important, but totally inaudible to what we experience on the radio. 

My drawing position was too dark, the mike angles too close to really see anything. I’ve had to draw and redraw the notes several times. However I remain very grateful to the Literary Arts usher for placing me down in radio HQ.

I’ll post further drawings from Wordstock 2017 as I wrap them up. 

 

George Saunders' Rising Fish

George Saunders recently spoke for the Literary Arts series at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Justin Hocking and I were in attendance. I was there to document what I could. however I could, on behalf of Literary Arts; Hocking because he, even after attending the craft discussion at the LitArts HQ earlier in the day, still had not had nearly enough Saunders time.

Literary Arts recorded the talk and will release a podcast in November. My notes were exhaustive, semi-legible, and barely scratched the surface. I've reconstructed what I could in the following images. 

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Portrait

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The youngest has, for months, been saying she will model for me. I draw her frequently, but always in action. Last night I took her up on the offer. Here the action is, "I am keeping still and steady so make damn sure you're paying attention to all the relationships between the light, my hair, the glasses, my expression and gaze; get it all and get it good because sitting still isn't quite so easy as it looks." 

The Horse Printer

The second scariest thing I've ever worked on. I'm sensitive and this story just terrified me. 

Which is probably a good reason to listen to it. But not if you're really sensitive about horses and dystopias (like me). 

The Horse Printer

 

Birds of America

The Patreon gave me an excuse to draw birds today. The dipper is stolen straight from JJ Audubon. The rest are a mix of memory and field guide reference. I've drawn each of these birds from life or taxidermy before, but who is to say on which page, in which notebook. 

 

Bushtit

Bushtit

Rocky Mountain Chickadee

Rocky Mountain Chickadee

Lewis's Woodpecker

Lewis's Woodpecker

Shagpoke (GBH)

Shagpoke (GBH)

American Dipper

American Dipper

A Time Lapse and a Plug

I'd love to go back and draw this two-platform tree house as it progresses. For now here is a drawing of the creator discussing it. 

And this is also to say, I've built a Patreon to encourage me to do even more documentary drawing, and to document more of the working process as time lapse and video. Here is a link to the Patreon

 

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Don't worry, there's a bridge to the platform.  

Gary As Max, 1 and 2

I've been shipping my blue book tiles at least since 2003 (did I ship any of the botanicals in 2001? I don't recall), so: hundreds, safely. The only damage or loss incurred was one tiny, easily repairable edge nick. This summer, however, the USPS finally lost one on its way to a client in Brooklyn. Fortunately, it was insured and so when I, after hours on the phone and online, determined the tile was truly lost and not just slow to arrive, I went back into the studio and painted a second. This one, to the client's relief and to my relief, actually made it all the way. 

I can  argue in either direction as to which I prefer. 

Gary as Max (1), acrylic on sanded, stitched, sealed book, 5.25" x 4.25" x .5"

Gary as Max (1), acrylic on sanded, stitched, sealed book, 5.25" x 4.25" x .5"

Gary As Max (2), acrylic on sanded, stitched, sealed book, 5.25" x 4.25" x .5"

Gary As Max (2), acrylic on sanded, stitched, sealed book, 5.25" x 4.25" x .5"

Wrong Era

Was gonna send the kid for beer because the kickstarter was wrapping up successfully (thank you!) but she talked me into going for my own beer. #trust #beer #vaccines

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Head/expression study for Nancy Washington

Julia Stoops wrote a novel about people trying to change shit. I'm illustrating it. Our Kickstarter campaign hit its goals (!!!), but folks can still get in on rewards (like the zine) until 9pm PST tonight. I'll keep posting these studies as fast as I draw them today.

 

Nancy Washington, Parts per Million

Nancy Washington, Parts per Million

What would you take photos of?

Another favorite exchange from the Parts per Million manuscript. If I take this one from rough to final, I'll need to be certain of the dome-light and steering wheel of the '85  Oldsmobile Toronado as well as this Toro's wi-fi-sweeping pringles can (which may or may not be visible behind Deirdre).

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Jen and Deirdre and Fetzer

Parts per Million

Author Julia Stoops handed me the galley of her new novel, Parts per Million, and asked if I would illustrate it. 

Of course I'm going to illustrate it! 

Check out the Kickstarter for those illustrations here.

Portland, Oregon, August 22, 2003, Parts per Million

Portland, Oregon, August 22, 2003, Parts per Million

This Is Not Chapman Square

I can't tell you everything you need to know about the rally against the nazis  Sunday, June 5, 2017 in downtown Portland, but let's start by saying everybody was there. And the PPB seemed to want everyone, young and old, non-violent and otherwise, in their kettle of flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullet-head shots. This guy thought, according to the police p.a., he could keep protesting nazis from his corner at the Portland building. He was mistaken.

This is where I tucked tail and ran home, so, chronologically, it's my last piece from Saturday. I'll post earlier items as I get them transcribed.

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https://medium.com/@gregoryrobertmckelvey/ted-wheeler-the-portland-police-bureau-and-white-supremacists-all-teamed-up-to-assault-the-people-66fcf8fb7670