What an honor to be asked to do the watercolor renderings for the 2018 Coastal Living and Southern Living Idea Houses! The Coastal Living Idea House was designed by my friend and incredible architect, Eric Moser (Moser Design Group) in the Habersham community near Beaufort, SC. The Southern Living Idea House was a renovation in Austin, TX. I didn’t get to visit the Austin house, but I can attest that the Beaufort house is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend you go check it out - and the lovely neighborhood it’s in, Habersham. Check out more on Coastal Living’s website.
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The City of Yuma recently updated their landscape regulations to 1) emphasize the importance of trees to provide shade, reduce energy consumption, absorb stormwater runoff, and improve air quality; 2) to encourage xeriscape, low-water use landscape design; and 3) to improve aesthetics throughout the community. Landscape is an integral part of the community’s infrastructure. The changes to the regulations addressed common concerns that arose with the previous landscape regulations. Under the previous code, staff frequently reviewed landscape plans that specified plants not well adapted to Yuma’s climate, specified inappropriate groundcover materials, and oftentimes did not contain adequate information. The previous code’s standards were based on the area of the space, which required designs that filled the space with plants rather than designs that encouraged thoughtful, pedestrian-friendly locations for the landscape material. Furthermore, the area-based standards in the previous code did not make the purpose of the required landscape clear. The new code outlines the rationale behind each required landscape area and why certain types of plants are preferred. Overall, the goal of the new landscape regulations is to reduce the cost of landscape while increasing the landscape’s benefits to the community.
The most important change I recommended for the regulations was the introduction of a designated streetscape zone to emphasize trees along the street to provide shade to pedestrians and visual enclosure to the street to calm traffic speeds. Many studies have shown that tree-lined streets increase property values by making these areas more desirable places to live, work, and shop. Another key change was requiring single-family residential lots to plant one tree per lot, an increase in the number of trees required in parking lots, and a flexible point system to regulate landscape requirements for retention basins.
The effort started with the creation of the Recommended Plants List to identify and encourage appropriate, low-water use plants for Yuma’s desert climate. This list, created by Community Planning staff in conjunction with the Public Works Department, Yuma County Water Users’ Association, and APS, is now available to the public at City Hall and online. It is provided to designers and landowners as they develop their landscape plans, typically during the pre-development meeting process.
Very excited to share a design I completed a few months ago -- a logo for SnapHope, a non-profit on a mission to improve the lives of orphans around the world. I met the owner, Claudia, in Japan, although we have since both moved back stateside. She is one inspiring lady who is following her heart by starting this new endeavor. She says it best in her own words: "I ought to proactively, fearlessly, and relentlessly be the change I yearn to see in this world." That's pretty awesome, huh?
Claudia's organization needed an equally inspired logo. So that's what she got: there's a lot of symbolism wrapped up in this one little graphic. There's the camera of course, to symbolize the core purpose of the organization: celebrating hope and bringing attention to the poor and orphaned through the art of photography. Then there's the cross, to emphasize the Christian mission of the organization, which is in sharp focus in the center of the camera's shutter. And, finally, there's a little anchor tucked into the loop of the "S". Anchors are an ancient symbol of Christianity and they hold a particularly special personal meaning to Claudia.
The logo looks great in black & white, when layered over images, and in many different colors. It is also made up of versatile pieces; the font portion can be used independent from the camera form and the cross & shutter make a great icon. We also figured out a way to incorporate the organization's tag line, without making it feel too cluttered.
As always, I started brainstorming with some quick sketches. I played with the different symbols Claudia and I had identified in our initial meeting -- anchors, doves, cameras, and crosses. It was pretty clear from the beginning which concept was the winner -- we both gravitated toward Option 4 immediately!
One last Christmas present to unveil... a customized version of the Iwakuni map! The client wanted a unique gift for her special someone to remember all the good times here in Iwakuni. Small sketches of all the special places, foods, and things create a border around the map.
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It's been a few years since I've sat down to do a real oil painting, so when a friend commissioned me to do a painting of his dog, Delta, as a gift for his wife, I was a bit apprehensive. I started by sketching out a quick outline in pencil, and then waited a couple days before getting all my paints out to start the real work. Once I started, it came together much quicker than expected. Within a few hours, Delta had appeared on the canvas!
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A friend who is also stationed here in Japan had the wonderful idea for this illustration of her family as kokeshi dolls. Didn't it turn out cute?! Each member of the family is pictured wearing or holding something that represents their personality. The son who loves marine animals has a shark shirt, the daughter who loves dressing up like a princess is seen in her dress-up outfit, and the little guy who is always getting bumps and bruises has a Band-Aid on his knee. Mom has a home-schooling text in her arm, and dad is in his flight suit. What a sweet keepsake to remind them of their years in Japan!
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The photos below show a bit of my process, along with a few more of the final illustration. Happy New Year, everyone!
Happy Holidays from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni! The base commanding officer and his wife commissioned me to create their 2014 Christmas cards featuring a sketch of their house, known as Quarters One. In addition to a winter rendering of the home, we also included a brief history of MCAS Iwakuni. I created two versions of the sketch, the winter scene as well as an everyday scene for use on notecards.
A huge thank you to Julie - this was such a fun project to work on with you!
Okonomiyaki, a signature dish here in the Hiroshima area, is a savory pancake-like dish that includes a variety of ingredients like cabbage, onions, and meat or seafood. Warning: the "pancake" translation is a misleading one for most Westerners. It's nothing like the sweet breakfast treat that comes to mind. It's cooked on the griddle in front of you, always made to order, and watching the chefs at work is half the fun. First a thin layer of batter is poured on the grill, then an inordinate amount of shredded cabbage is piled on top, follow that with green onions, bacon, a scrambled egg, mayonnaise, seaweed flakes (aonori), bonito flakes (katsuobushi), and, if you're in Hiroshima, oysters. The final ingredient is the all-important sauce. The best is of course made by Otafuku, the client for this informative brochure about this special Japanese dish.
As it turns out, drawing people eating okonomiyaki is about as challenging as trying to explain the dish! Japanese people often eat okonomiyaki with a utensil called a hera, a small flat metal spatula. But since I've never actually used a hera, I was unfamiliar with the proper way to eat with one... so it took me a few (felt like hundreds!) drafts to get the hand position just right. I don't typically draw a lot of people, so this was a fun challenge to push myself out of my comfort zone and I'm pleased with the results!
The brochure outlines how okonomiyaki and related dishes, like monjayaki, yakisoba, and takoyaki, are made. Otafuku makes several types of sauces for all those various dishes. The brochure also highlights the distinct differences between the Hiroshima and Osaka styles of the dish. It's printed in English, Chinese, and Korean.
Thank you to the awesome graphic designers at NININBAORI for including me in this project!
For the December issue of MCAS Iwakuni's Preview magazine, I put together a fun little article about New Year traditions in Japan. Shogatsu (Japanese New Year) is one of the most important holidays of the year, and there are lots of customs surrounding the holiday. One of my favorites are the kadomatsu bamboo arrangements seen around town this time of year -- the landscape architect in me can't resist a creative mix of plants. Another great tradition, one similar to our Christmas cards, the Japanese send nengajo (New Year postcards) to family, friends, and business acquaintances to arrive before January 1. The traditional New Year meal is osechi, a mix of preserved cuisine prepared in advance to be eaten on the first few days of the new year. Read the entire article on ISSUU, click to page 14 to see the article.
What a wonderful surprise to see my World Map print featured on the Condé Nast Traveler website today! My world map was included as part of a list of "9 Travel-Inspired Gifts for Future World Travelers". Who's the aspiring young adventurer on your list this Christmas? Click the image below to see the full gift guide curated by Lauren Kilberg.