Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Studio

 Starting at the beginning of this month, I was inducted in as a member of the McGuffey Art Center's Incubator program, in Charlottesville.  This comes with a third of a studio (you can see one of my neighbors to the left) and a year of reduced studio space rent. I view it as a job and attempt to spend at least 7 hours a day there, not including lunch, when I bring it.

To keep a schedule of good habits, I'm working on doing one sketch every day, and at least one painting a week, in the hopes that eventually some of them will be commercially viable.

I've also started working on daily social media updates on my art.  I'm now on Twitter and Instagram, @phostetlerart.
 I'm also committed to drawing one enormously fat man every two days.

And as a member of the McGuffey Artists collective, I'm designing their ad for the upcoming "Best of C-Ville" annual magazine thing, too.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ICON9: the Post Report

So, from July 6 through 11, I was not in Virginia, nor in Washington DC, or Maryland, or the Hague, or any of the other places people generally find me, if they're looking.  No, I was in Austin, Texas, for The Illustration Conference: ICON9 (the 9 signifying that this is the ninth conference to be held on Earth).
Held every two years in a different city, under the direction of a different President and Board, ICON is probably the one place I can strike up a conversation with anyone I like and be interested in what they have to say.  I met illustrators from around the world, I met art directors from... mostly New York, I met the friendly and professional waitstaff at the Austin Hilton, where the entire thing was held.



Not only that, but I got to walk around the city of Austin, which is itself not unlike walking around tethered to an open pizza oven: hot as hell, but also much available pizza.  The final closing party was held at Stubb's which is one of those local institutions that makes barbecue so good that I recognized the name immediately, despite never having heard of it before.

But I'm glad to be back home.  I have a pound of business cards to sift through, and I have to remember what I was talking about with Martin Gee, art director at TIME magazine, that ended with him saying I should email him.

Are you into clogging?

A new piece about clogging in the newest Virginia Living magazine.

I did the illustration for this piece, which is why I'm posting it.  And also because I'm quite familiar with taking up dance classes.

Kudos to art director Sonda Andersson Pappan.

Monday, June 27, 2016


New piece in the new Experience Life magazine!
This one, as best as I can remember, is about how the author's children's guinea pigs eat healthier than her children, and if they teamed up, they could flank him!
Kudos to AD Lydia Anderson.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Unfinished work

Sometimes I'll spend hours on a piece, look at the result, and decide I don't like it enough to finish it properly.

Usually this is due to not enough planning and sketching.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Honestly, Dara!

What we have here are the June and May illustrations for Experience Life's Honestly, Dara column.  Kudos to AD Lydia Anderson, and no ice cream for me for forgetting to post May's illustration when it was on stands!

Entropy by Night Flight

A new piece in the June edition of Whurk!

Turns out huge swaths of dark colors don't reproduce well on newsprint.  Something to keep in mind if I ever have to illustrate a poem about night or unlit rooms, or large black birds.

Kudos to my AD, Seth Casana.