This page serves as a collector for a small handful of illustration series I’ve been playing along with throughout the pandemic. I draw for an hour or 90 minutes most nights. The lines add up. In fact, they add up so much that I’ve started a Redbubble page, https://www.redbubble.com/people/derekmueller/shop, where some of them are available for purchase. Half of the proceeds go to the Native Wellness Institute.
Pandemic Bestiary Series
After several months of playing around in Procreate, I developed a series of twelve drawings in between April 5 and April 24, SMSing one every other day or so to Ph. and Is. as a pandemic good-morninggram. Each drawing is named with a verb and its number in the series (e.g., Protect #1). The initial goal was to create a set of twelve. I continued beyond that though with no particularly clear exigence or goal. At the end of 2020, there are 30 in the set.
As Summer 2020 surrendered to ridiculous and unprecedented work demands, I began to miss time in the water. I remained in Virginia, away from Michigan’s lakes, and reduced significantly the number of swims I might’ve enjoyed otherwise. Made it to Claytor Lake twice. 😪 That’s it. The series carries over the bestiary into a pool view, aerially surveilled not unlike the pool at the Michigan condo made unavailable by the pandemic. This series is slightly off pace, not quite caught up with the 30 in the first series–not yet.
Fasciashed Mesh Series
The masked-unmasked figures in this series conjured themselves as expressions of the everyday–work pressures, a shooting and standoff near to where I was staying in Michigan in September 2020, toggled themes exploring absurdities, grotesques, and (dis)symmetries. 🎭 These continued throughout the the fall months. By year’s end, there were 20 pairs in the set.
Institutional Service Tarot (IST) Deck
Institutional Service Tarot (IST) is a lampoon gift deck rendered from markerboard drawings I made in my Pray-Harrold Hall office at Eastern Michigan University between 2011-2013. They are meant as good humored reminders to pre-tenure and teaching faculty to let others carry a fair measure of the water, so to speak. They are available for purchase at https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/ewm. I’m very early in learning how the purchasing portal works, but as soon as I have a handle on that, I will update with a note about where the proceeds from this experiment will go (likely a rhet/comp-related fund).
Here I’ve collected a few one-offs, sketches, mock-ups of tattoos, digressions.