Good afternoon. While more monster surprises are bubbling, I thought I'd show you a few photos from my trip to Seattle. I spent five days with the creative team at Starbucks as part of their creative retreat. I told them a little bit about what I do and led them in a fun monster workshop. They're a great group and they came up with brilliant stuff, both in my session and across the board. It was a pleasure to meet them.
As part of my talk I also gave a monster demonstration. I drew a monster before their very eyes, live and in full effect. Which I had never done before, so I was drawing with my fingers crossed. Especially since I suddenly found myself in front of an 18x24 drawing pad (vs my usual 8.5x11 sheets.) I'm a little bit scared of large formats, so I thought "OK. Let's see how this goes." But you can always count on the monsters to come through when they're really needed. Presenting the biggest monster yet:
I really like the way that one came out. The large format let me change my mind about the final shape a few times in the process, and that's fun. So... keep your eyes peeled for future large format creatures.
Until then, here are a few snapshots:
Beautiful Orcas Island:
Puget Sound and the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park:
Mount St. Helens, I presume:
On the way home, just before we touched down in Burbank, we descended through a few separate banks of clouds. Looking out the window I noticed our shadow on the lower layer, ringed by a perfect little rainbow that followed us for quite a few minutes. As you can see from the Orcas Island photos, nature is such a showoff sometimes --- a bit of a slut for attention, really --- but I enjoyed the subtlety of this one.
You can see more photos right here.
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