I only went out for a walk

I only went out for a walk

While camping, in addition to trying to get back to good old pen-and-pencil-on-paper illustration, I also brought along John Muir book to read. I can’t imagine a better place to read through his real-life adventures that in an area not too far from where he lived and explored. His book, compiled from his personal notes and journals, is full of quotes that really stuck with me. One of the more famous ones that’s making the rounds now is “The mountains are calling, and I must go,” typically overlaid a picturesque mountain shot, or some otherworldly beautiful location. Just do a Google image search with that phrase and see how many come up. At any rate, I thought I’d try to illustrate one of the other quotes that really stuck with me: “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” A photo posted by aaron thomason (@aaron_t) on Jun 21, 2015 at 3:03pm PDT By the way, those folks who do hand-lettering really know their stuff. My version turned out pretty lame, but considering I was using pen and a sketchbook while laying in a hammock, I guess its okay. It’s definitely going to take some more practice to get that skill where I would like it to be. Also on Relatively Average: Feeling patriotic Alien pods or harmless pine cone? Pabst Blue Ribbon can design...
Alien pods or harmless pine cone?

Alien pods or harmless pine cone?

My father and I went camping this summer, just like we try to do every summer. We set up camp in an area that, in addition to the normal Ponderosa pines and aspen trees, it also had trees with these really interesting pinecones on them. I’d never seen them before, so I thought I’d sketch them and look them up when I got back someplace that had a signal. A photo posted by aaron thomason (@aaron_t) on Jun 21, 2015 at 11:54am PDT Turns out the trees were Douglas Fir trees, and this is what their cones look like. Apparently the only other Douglas Firs I’ve ever seen were chopped down and and bundled in Christmas tree lots. Also on Relatively Average: The Whining Pig Feeling patriotic Pabst Blue Ribbon can design...
It’s bike-riding time

It’s bike-riding time

Finally, with the cooler weather and fading Monsoon season, bike-riding time has come to Phoenix. And none too soon. Making-of video Also on Relatively Average: Phoenix DinoCon Hanging out with the full moon Dinosaur...

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