I was invited to be the Artist-In-Residence this year for AC Moore Elementary. This includes a fun commission to create two 40+ feet murals for their school library. Each grade developed an idea for a character and I worked them into the overall design. There are also family of Bobcats (school mascot) hiding in the mural for the kids to find. I drew all the pictures by hand, scanned them, collaged them on the computer and redrew each mural using a Cintiq tablet. Color was added digitally. The final art will be printed and mounted on the library walls above the book shelves. In addition, we will be making stand alone cut outs of the different animals that will go around the school. Here are some images from the mural in progress. We hope to install and have an opening reception in December. Click on each image below.
The Richland Library Project was selected as a runner-up for Creative Quarterly Magazine's illustration competition.
My work for the Richland Library Doodle Freely Mural was selected to appear in the upcoming American Illustration 37 annual award hardcover book. From over 8,000 submissions, the jury selected, by a majority vote or better, only 367 images to appear in the book and represent the best illustrations from 2017.
This year’s distinguished jury included: Damien Correll, Google; Jim Datz, The New York Times Op-Ed; Phoebe Flynn Rich, Rachel Ray Everyday; Alison Forner, Simon and Schuster; Na Kim, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Michael Mrak, Scientific American; and Ivylise Simones, WIRED
The American Illustration 37 winning collection will be presented in print and digital media for maximum visibility. There will be an event for the winner sin New York in November. Count me in!
One of the most exciting projects I have worked on was the Richland Library Bookmark Wall located in the newly renovated main branch on Assembly Street on the Garden level. The wall contains almost 2000 hand drawn bookmarks. Half were created by myself while the other half was produced by the community including library patrons and several local schools. The hand drawn bookmarks were collected and scanned by my team of USC design student interns. We assembled them into a 53 x 9 foot collage. Digital color was added and printed on vinyl. The project took over a year to complete start to finish but was worth it. Stop by and check it out.
I was invited to be the 1st Visual Artist-In-Residence for The Richland Library this past year. This library won an award that ranks them as one of the top 5 libraries in the country. They have spent millions of dollars renovating every single branch and building a few new ones as well. They have pledged 1% of their budget to promoting the the Arts. I love libraries and it was a joy to work there for a year. I am almost finished with a huge mural that will be installed in their new kid and teen area this January 2018. More on that later. But these are just a few pics from my time there in a beautiful studio space.
I had a three month show at the main branch of The Richland Library in their beautiful newly renovated space. This marked the end of my 1 year residency there and it was a wonderful experience.
I illustrated and designed this for the Richland Library Bookmark Art Project.
Check out his new Lending Library Machine I covered in doodles. It will be on Main Street in downtown Columbia. Take a book or leave a book.
Another year, another InShow cube to add to the collection. The AIGA InShow Awards were held at SOCO this year and it was a great party to celebrate the best design in SC for 2017. A bunch of my students won too!
It was another fun year at Crafty Feast. This year we went small with only mini canvases and original drawings. As always, we had a great time meeting people and slinging art.
I had a great time meeting tons of people and selling lots of art this year at the always well-run Crafty Feast. The people have spoken and the little canvases are a hit! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and take home some original art.
Valdes Art picked up 3 AIGA InShow Awards including a Judges' Best of Show for the Secret Species Project Exhibition. It was a great surprise. The Secret Species children's book also won. Just as nice was seeing my former students winning lots of awards too. The awards are a different form of cube every year. This year they went with the woodsy-outdoor vibe.
VALDES ART SALES
DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
Richland Library on Assembly
Artist in Residence Studio, 2nd Floor
E-mail me for open studio times starting now!
Main Street, Columbia, SC (Located in Free Times Building)
Opening reception on First Thursday of December (December 1)
All month of December
Richland Library on Assembly
Story time in the Children’s Room with drawing activity after.
1st 50 kids will receive a free Secret Species figure.
Saturday, December 2
Nest on Main
Main Street, Columbia, SC (Located next to Marriott)
New work will be rotated during the month of December
Columbia Convention Center
Sunday, December 11
E-Mail me with any other questions. I will reopen my Etsy store on December 13.
Richland Library’s main branch on Assembly is one of my favorite places in Columbia so I am excited to announce I will be their Artist-in-Residence starting today through May.
That means you can check out my work in my new studio space on the newly renovated 2nd floor. There is a whole team of friendly and creative people devoted to helping people make stuff in brand new creative spaces.
Things kick off tonight at 7 with 3 bands, cash bar, and open studios. I’ll be there making something. Starting next week, I’ll have some open studio hours when you can drop by and check out my work or talk about creative stuff.
I was thrilled to be invited to contribute a piece to a show curated by Leo Espinosa. Each invited artist was sent either a model water tower or mailbox by BoundlessBrooklyn.com and asked to make an original piece. The show is filled with some of my illustration heroes and my piece ended up next to the work of Calef Brown, one of my favorite artists. I share his work in my illustration classes often. You can see all the pieces and even buy them here. I chose to do a take on the idea of a snail mail mailbox.
Having shown his work in six solo exhibitions and 13 group exhibitions, Valdes understands what it’s like to have artwork criticized and he implements this into his classroom environment. He said that he would always remember what a professor once told him, that every time someone makes art, it’s a very brave act. “When you guys bring stuff in I never take it lightly because it’s hard, and I always tell people it’s hard,” Valdes said, “If it was easy, everyone would be a design major.”Read More
I was invited to talk about my work back home at Refresh Charleston. To make it even more familiar and fun the event was held at Blue Ion who are old friends. I spoke about my fine art and Secret Species Project. I talked to some old and new friends afterwards and caught up with a couple of my talented former students.