James Ryan

contributor to 1 poster

  • 2002 Poster: Fizz of Cicadas


    Fizz of Cicadas

    I liked the idea of illustrating Armory Square, so I went there to sketch my own impression. I've been taking a landscape class, and working on site, and I prefer that to working from photographs. There's something more authentic to being outside.

    Even when I go places, I'll do a sketch. It's more meaningful than a photograph. A photograph evokes a second in time. Whereas a sketch, you spend time absorbing the environment.

    Initially, I did a pen and ink drawing for the haiku. Then, for the landscaping painting class, I had to do some paintings on site. That's when I actually did the piece that was selected for the poster.