Isometric self-portrait statue bust. For the FB profile pic.
This was made with the great app Halftone. Download it now!
Yes, mazes are the best.
Another late night, coloring the City Sphere.
It's official! The book, From Here To There: A Book of Mazes to Wander and Explore, is on Amazon for pre-order! It will be out February 28, but you can ensure you get your copy!
Currently, the book is listed as a "hardcover", but it is not. That will be updated soon.
Check out the Amazon listing here.
I've finished inking the maze I showed off in August for the "Path Notation" entry. Here is a detail of the top of that same section. The working title is "Tall Rocks".
My working titles are kind of boring.
I've just scanned all my pencil layouts! Here I am "inking" in a spherical city maze. I'm wearing my new Threadless hoodie and listening to the audiobook Gone Girl on Overdirve.
Chronicle has given me a Release Date! The book: From Here To There: A Book of Mazes to Wander and Explore, will be on sale Feb. 28! I know that is FOREVER from now. The advance copies will be going out sooner, early January. That's so specialty stores can see it and know that it is cool enough to put on their shelves. This is also when INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE with fat Twitter accounts get their copies too. If you have tons of social media followers and want to hold this book before anyone else, drop me a line!
Inking the big spaceport maze. I don't add color until the black is done. I've noted some things that will need to be addressed.
Although the mazes are often free-form and doodle-like, I need to keep track of the paths. Here is an example of my notations tracking paths alongside the final pencil drawing. Arrows are typically the "hero" path that will lead to the end. O's are paths open on both ends that I will eventually attach to a hero or false path. Letters or numbers refer to a specific fork, usually close to the start, so I know where to reconnect looping false paths or eventual solution paths.
Concrete overhanging blocks. This should be fun to color.
This Richard Serra sculpture was installed for the 1985-86 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. I was an art school undergrad at the time. Serra is one of my faves. Every time I've been to the International, it's been great.
This very cool weed sprung up in the yard. Let's take a picture for later!
I'm working on a larger maze with lots of spaceships. here is a detail.
I chose to use START and END signs because arrows don't work well when the destinations are not along the perimeter. My publisher asked me to make the END box wider to allow for translation into other languages. That is so cool. I will post a translated version as soon as available!
Laying down guidelines for this large garden maze. Usually I let the perspective kind of wander, but I wanted to try something with a little more discipline. I hope it won't feel too uptight when done.
I draw mazes. I draw other stuff too, but the mazes are what I do for relaxation and meditation. I have been making them forever. For me, they are a sweet spot between puzzle creation and doodling. Sometimes I explore specific themes, other times design ideas or concepts.
I actually have so many completed, there will be a book available early 2017. More on that later.
Here I will document the creation process of my newer work, the final stages of publication, inspirations, and ideas.