Category Archives: Real Life Adventures of an Illustrator

Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride

Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride

Summary: I recently participated in the California College of the Arts Biennial Illustration Alumni/Faculty Exhibition at the Hubbell Street Gallery on January 16 – February 02, 2018.

Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride

Here’s the write up about the show:

The title of the show is ILLUSTRATING RESISTANCE. In the era of Trump, artists everywhere are responding to the toxic political climate, the rise of hate groups, the dismantling of environmental protections, and the possibility of war. Racism, Misogyny, and Homophobia are being normalized by people in power. Your work might express outrage and defiance, or employ humor. The art might celebrate individuals working to restore social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship. We want to see your take on a subject which moves you.

The written description for my piece is as follows:

Powered by xenophobia, religiosity, and the interests of the 1%, Trump drives the GOP jalopy hard to the right. Swilling black gold, drunk on power, he salaciously leers at Lady Liberty, and she is having none of that! He remains unaware that the sword of Justice is swiftly catching up. #Resist.

And just for funs, here are some close-ups, and a sketch:

It is rare for me to attempt an editorial, or political piece of art. While this was fun to do, it was also a catharsis for all the existential angst that I am experiencing in this current political climate. I hope that you and your loved ones are faring well. 

Thank you for visiting!

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Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel

Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel

Summary: An illustration based on a recent trip to my old stomping grounds, San Francisco. The illustration MFA program that I am enrolled in is great and has us traveling around the country for different contact periods throughout the year. We meet three times a year, spring and fall, and we always go to Hartford Univeristy in Connecticut inContinue Reading

Inspiration in a Surprising Way

Inspiration in a Surprising Way

Summary: During three different school visits, I shared my work and talked books with 3rd graders. In the process I found joyful surprises on many different levels. I have been on the road quite a bit during February and March, visiting the Salinas School District on three different occasions to share my work and talkContinue Reading

5 Days in LA; Lessons from the 2012 SCBWI Conference

5 Days in LA; Lessons from the 2012 SCBWI Conference

Summary: Upon returning home from the Summer SCBWI International conference. My mind is totally a-washed with good ideas and information that is keeping me jazzed. In this post, “Who’s Bryan Collier anyway?!” Now, there’s no way that I could possibly cram a whole experience into a blog post, well there is but nobody wants to read theContinue Reading

Watercolor Process