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Feature Friday Artist Jeffery Brunner of Hey Beast Studio
I’m so happy to present Jeffery Brunner of Hey Beast Studio. I came across Jeff’s work on Pinterest and Tumblr. Inspired by what I saw, I asked if I could feature him on my blog. He gave me a plethora of his work to choose from. Unable to pick just one, I combined my favorites into the montage you see above.
Jeff is based in Pittsburgh, PA. He lives with his partner and two dogs, both rescue pups. He is a librarian by day and a picture maker by night. Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked in museums and galleries, most notably The Andy Warhol Museum where he cataloged Warhol’s Time Capsules. In a pinch, Jeff bakes a pretty mean cake and constructs a decent 6’ tall puppet.
How Hey Beast Studio came to be:
In late 2009 I started to think about making a book for my newborn niece, Sophia. I wanted to create something inspired by her birth, her presence. It had to be unique, yet practical. I wanted something that she could enjoy as she figured out the basics – language, counting, colors – and cherish as she grew older.
After a few months of thinking and sketching, I came to a very simple concept: an animal alphabet book. Not groundbreaking, but it didn’t need to be. My only requirement was that the yet-to-be decided colors, shapes, and characters would please the eye of a child. I also wanted to be the most awesome uncle ever and figured publishing an alphabet book in her honor would seal the deal. About two years into the project, the self-published alphabet book Armadillo to Zebu: an Alphabet Book for You and Me Too is due out in late September / early October.
To help promote the book and get better when it comes to making art every day, I decided in March 2012 to start 365 Critters, or one year, 365 drawings of critters big and small mailed to family, friends, and strangers across the world. So far there are participants from every continent but Antarctica. Having completed day 146, I’m almost half way finished. All images are watercolor, liquid acrylic, and ink on paper.
You can learn more about Jeff at Hey Beast Studio . He’d also love for you to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and his blog. Jeff is open to commissions so be sure to contact him for your original art work soon!
If you are an independent pet related artist or small business, I’d like to feature you! To reserve your spot contact me!