Electoral College Petition


I created this illustration in support of the Electoral College Petition and their efforts to enlist electors to vote their conscience on December 19th.  Happy to see it heading their Change.org post today!  I hope terribly that posterity considers my take hysterically dystopian and not sickeningly prescient.  Time and our actions will tell.



Designing this has been a long journey - sparked by my deep interest in a family history that spans centuries, and yet was unknown through my childhood.  The Beckwith's were landowners and martial lords from Yorkshire (via the Norman invasion of C.E. 1066) and emigrants to Connecticut in C.E. 1635.  Their exploits and conquests earned them hereditary arms which have been recorded since the 12th century.  I wanted to create an image to use in my personal and business life that reflects both the history of the men bearing my surname and my own aesthetic values.  Rather than simply display my full heraldic achievement, I decided to create an icon that visually rhymes with the standard born by my ancestors, yet means not just "Beckwith" but "Ryan D. Beckwith".  The effort took me deep into my family history, and into an exploration of technique and picture making that challenged my habits and assumptions about what kind of "art" I make.

Here are a selection of flavors that emerged.  I'm very proud of this first step and look forward to evolving the design over time:

Spring Cleaning

Greetings!I've done a bit of spring cleaning here on the blog and will likely keep it in a holding pattern for the time being while I carry out some big plans. In the meantime here are a few places I'd like to point your attention:

starship detritus

Starship Detritus Starship Detritus is web based animation series I'm involved with as illustrator and co-creator. We're currrently finishing up our pilot episode and will soon be shopping it around for funding to complete the series. Check out the blog for info and updates!

jmitw poster

Jessie Murphy in the Woods JMITW is an excellent up and coming indie/folk band near and dear to my heart. They're a New York based band comprised of public school music teachers and I've been working with them to provide artwork for their album "Eight Belles." Their album release party is Friday April 16th at 8:00pm at The Studio at Webster Hall (see an exclusive gig poster above - we went another direction for the final version). Check out their site to hear their new album and find upcoming tour dates in NYC, LA and the UK.


The War in Heaven A comic I illustrated for Will Kenton in 2007 based on Milton's "Paradise Lost." Still available on lulu