I wanted to let you know that I’m going to start doing more on this blog, including showing you more of my creative process.
I’m also going to get a bit more personal with you all. Starting. Now.
According to family legend, my family is related to Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
Creatives weave their way throughout my family tree. My Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Mom and Uncle were all artists. I guess you could say I come to this profession naturally.
So this pencil treasure chest is my ode to Robert.
Now on to some tips.
For this piece I used the Palomino Blackwing Pencil. If you don’t know about Blackwing pencils, now is the time to get on board. These pencils were first developed in the 1930’s and used by writers like John Steinbeck and Steven Sondheim and producers like Quincy jones. These pencils are very soft, a perfect weight and require about half the usual pressure to achieve your desired effect. Seriously check them out.
I use pencil when I want to do a lot of shadowing and/or need to do a piece that illustrates depth. Had a lot of fun working on this piece and using Blackwing Pencils.
I think Robert Louis Stevenson would have really liked these pencils.
Visiting Las Vegas is always amazing but coming back out to make 2 interactive art pieces for the grand opening of the shopping center Downtown Summerlin…was even more amazing. I’m so thankful I got to be a part of this project and even more thankful to have met so many great people in the city of Vegas.
The photos below may not be the most glamorous photos but they’re fun and they give a first hand look of how I make these murals. I love sharing behind the scenes photos with you guys. And I hope you enjoy these!
What an amazing week we recently had in Vegas. A lot of you know I was commissioned to do two pairs of interactive wings for Downtown Summerlin – a beautiful outdoor shopping experience with over 125 restaurants and shops. The space will take your breath away, they have great brands & restaurants in there and even more importantly the people were incredible. The entire team, from the maintenance workers to the management office, were all amazing.
It was such an honor to come out and be a part of it. Here are some behind the scenes pics of the opening night by Jake Klein Photography!
^^Loved meeting Governor Sandoval of Nevada!Z^^
To see more great pics, hashtag #whatliftsyou, #fashionmeetstherock and #downtownsummerlin