animal myths

20 Feb

I’m still awaiting confirmation that my sketchbook project for 2013 has arrived safe and sound at the Brooklyn Art House Library, but I’m hopeful it will make it. I refuse to have another disappear in the post after the 2011 debacle. I hinted at what my project would consist of here; my Art House book was themed “Creatures” and upon its arrival last fall, I was reading a book by Warner Shedd called “Owls Aren’t Wise & Bats Aren’t Blind.” Although a naturalist, Shedd writes a very conversational book, proving wrong many of the fallacies society has created about the animal kingdom. Some of these myths I also had long believed to be true; even an avid animal lover like me was still duped by common misinformation! Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 11.48.38 AMNaturally this newly acquired knowledge had stuck with me, and it was impossible not to translate some of it to artwork. My sketchbook, titled Animal Myths, is a collection of black and white illustrations that feature some of the favorite fallacies I came across in this fantastic read written by Shedd. I hope you are both surprised by the information, and delighted by the illustrations. I used the original sketchbook pages and a black fine liner pen for the drawings. Covers were hand cut and bound with a grey suede leather. AnimalMyths1 AnimalMyths2 AnimalMyths3 AnimalMyths4 AnimalMyths5 AnimalMyths6 AnimalMyths7 AnimalMyths8 AnimalMyths9 AnimalMyths10 AnimalMyths11 AnimalMyths12 AnimalMyths13 AnimalMyths14 AnimalMyths15 AnimalMyths16And finally, a video of my sketchbook being read. (music by Grimes). Videos of my previous sketchbooks can be seen here and hereWant to see more of my Art House Co-op submissions?! SBP 2012 here,  SBP Limited Edition here, and a zine of my SBP 2011 here.  If you are lucky enough to visit one of the official exhibitions on tour soon, do take a picture of you holding my book in your pretty little paws. I’m thinking these new illustrations may be spawned into a zine like my other books, or perhaps even a new screenprint series? Please let me know your thoughts about Animal Myths; your feedback and comments mean a lot!

12 Responses to “animal myths”

  1. Jill Griffin 20/02/2013 at 15:10 #

    Love it!

  2. Deirdre McCormick 20/02/2013 at 17:10 #

    Jessica, you are SO talented. Your illustrations are simply amazing. What a lovely book they make, and such a cool and original idea. No doubt there will be a wait-list to check it out. Congratulations to you!!!!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:06 #

      You just stop that right now you ridiculously sweet thing you! THANKS!!!

  3. drawandshoot 20/02/2013 at 17:17 #

    Jessica, that is a terrific concept for a sketchbook and your drawings are wonderful.
    Nicely done!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:05 #

      Thanks Karen! I’m excited spring is around the corner: can’t wait to see your new photos as the earth re-awakens.

  4. Marcus 20/02/2013 at 17:34 #

    hi Jess I love seeing your work and love that you are sharing it with the world! how lucky we are!!! I think your sketchbook would make a great colouring book! hinthint I’d colour in it!
    Keep up the good work!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:05 #

      Hoping to make a zine of this… It could totally be marketed as a coloring zine! lol. Keep the mail art ideas coming.

  5. ejorpin 22/02/2013 at 00:00 #

    Wonderful concept and amazing, amazing work…as always! Would you ever publish something like this? I would love to have it on my bookshelf!

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:03 #

      Thanks emily! I was thinking of making a little zine of it like I have with my previous arthouse sketchbooks… I will keep you in the loops if something further develops with it.

  6. Jess Mayne 24/02/2013 at 10:35 #

    Love this!! :) I love the owl one and the moose one. So true, moose can haul ass if they want too! ;) Great work Jess, totally beautiful.

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:02 #

      Moose are HUGE and CRAZY fast. Same as Bears: it truly is shocking to see them go top speed.

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