Notes Vol. 1 – Countdown Day 10!


There are just 10 DAYS until my nautical travel journal is available for pre-order! I’m celebrating by illustrating random sea facts! Today: GYROSCOPES Depending on the era in which you grew up, gyroscopes were a common toy: the center spins at a high velocity, causing the top-like toy to stay upright.

This same mechanism powers gyrocompasses. Used both at sea and on airplanes, the spinning motion combined with the rotation of the earth, cause the compass needle to point to True North, rather than magnetic North. The gyrocompass is one of a series of checks to create the most accurate navigation system possible.

Stay tuned for tomorrows factoid in this glorious countdown!




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A Bombastic Voyage

I am just getting back into the swing of things, after completing a two-week artists’ residency aboard the R/V Falkor, through the Schmidt Ocean Institute. During my time there, it was my task to create an illustrated map, celebrating the voyage. After a few iterations, this is what I came up with:

I, and others, wrote about the trip and our experiences on the Cruise Log: Read here

This was an incredibly fun journey, and the crew and staff on land make the residency nearly seemless. Even for me, who gets a bit anxious when traveling, and has a ton of mysterious food allergies. Everything was treated as no problem, even though one always feels like a diva when handing over your food list!

I won’t wax on about the trip itself, as you can read all about it in the cruise log posts, but I would encourage all artists to apply. You simply propose the project you would like to create aboard the ship and, if you are accepted, they match you to the cruise that seems to fit best with the goals you’d like to achieve. Everyone is extremely friendly, and as curious about how the work is progressing, as I was about how the cruise objective was progressing!

The application is here, whenever the next year’s submissions open: Artist at Sea Opportunities

Welcome. It’s good to see you.

My name is Abrian and I’m a visual storyteller. I love maps, comics and worlds full of wonder.

I’m glad you stopped by.

I’m building a world brick-by-brick. I want to explore flora and fauna. I want to explore and chart all the regions. I want to meet the people and record their stories. I want you to come along with me.

Mirin and Big Sheep Lines Web

The first story I’ve come across is one of a young girl named Mirin; a perfectionist weaver’s assistant. You see, even in this modern day and age, these people have kept hand-weaving alive. It’s the height of fashion, in fact, and Mirin is an up-and-coming Pattern Master.  Or she would be, if she didn’t keep over-committing herself just to one-up her rivals. When her latest over-achievement brings her face-to-face with a giant, mythical lightning sheep, her life starts to get a little crazy!

Over the next few months, I’d like to introduce you to Mirin’s corner of this world: the weavery, the myths, the workers. I’d also like to talk about world building and what goes into selling stories like these.

Sound good to you? Me too.