I was thrilled to contribute drawings to a local organization, Red Hook 10% Challenge. Their mission is to educate citizens about simple ways we can reduce personal energy consumption. In this program, home-owners sign a pledge to to reduce energy usage by 10% in a year's time. Participants are encouraged to take 10 steps to help achieve this goal. Examples include carpooling, hanging a clothes-line, or using a bicycle for local transportation. Consumers benefit from these actions by saving money, and putting less strain on our shared environment.
Group coordinator, Laurie Husted, initially asked me to create 10 B & W spots to illustrate these steps. The spot illustrations appeared on the organization's website, brochures and t-shirts. They were also the genesis for the drawings on display here.
To help publicize this program, a fabulous local cafe called Taste Budd's offered to exhibit larger color versions of these drawings. I liked the idea of working on a bigger scale, and for the opportunity to display my drawings in a great setting.
There has been discussion about utilizing these drawings in a calender. I can imagine each image acting as a monthly reminder of little things we can do to save money and reduce our energy dependence.
Here are examples of the original B & W drawings:
Every illustration starts with a simple thumbnail sketch...