I was recently commissioned to do a chalkboard drawing for Reed College Reunions. If you’re back at Reed, you can see this in Kaul Auditorium. For everybody else, here’s what it looks like:
It was a real treat to work on such a large scale. (Note: to cartoonists, anything bigger than a 3″ by 3″ square is considered large scale.) So as not to become overwhelmed, I made a small collage and printed it on a transparency. I then borrowed an overhead projector (which was covered in dust; no one uses these brilliant contraptions anymore apparently) to project the collage onto the chalkboard. The chalk drawing was done with sidewalk chalk and wet-erase chalk markers for the lettering.
At the end of the academic year, Reed holds a special campuswide celebration called Renn Fayre. Don’t mistake it for a Renaissance Fair. It is a recognition of the seniors who have submitted their thesis and who will be graduating in a few short weeks. This weekend is the biggest single event on the Reed calendar.
I’ve been taking iPhone pictures around campus for the past couple months. This may have been the second sunny day so far. At least I can’t be accused of false advertizing.
Of all the photos I’ve taken at Reed, this is by far the most beautiful and breathtaking and I feel somewhat ashamed I hadn’t captured it yet.
Like Steven Spielberg and Schindler’s List, I had to wait until I honed my craft to take on a project of such importance and magnitude. Yesterday, a sunny spring day on campus, I felt my powers of photography had achieved their necessary peak. Thus I present the air intake for the basement level of Eliot Hall:
My latest post can be found on the Reed College blog, Voices From Reed.
It is an adventure concerning my search for the Reed otter.