ICON8 Travel Sketchbook July 8-13th 2014

If I had to pick one sentence that best summarizes ICON8 I would pick Ellen Weinstein's slide from the opening ceremony:

I couldn't agree more, Ellen!  

I couldn't agree more, Ellen!  

The ICON8 podium blasting off into outer space in a "Magic School Bus" type of whimsical fashion.

The ICON8 podium blasting off into outer space in a "Magic School Bus" type of whimsical fashion.

ICON8 is now over and I am back in my studio filled with inspiration and with a full heart.
It was SO GREAT to see some of my illustration buddies again (here’s looking at you 
JessicaReina, KentonLena)
I also got to see my old roommate / brother / bff from school while I was in Portland so it was a really great week for catching up with old friends (and professors).
Meeting quite a few of my illustration crushes was also really cool <3  

Thanks again to all the ICON8 board members, sponsors, and presenters.  Everyone I met was (surprise!) super nice and awesome.  I was a big wallflower once I was away from my school security blanket, but I’m promising myself to not be so shy once ICON9 rolls around .

Also I tried not to mention ANYTHING from Portlandia while I was there, I didn’t want to piss off any locals. But after watching the show then visiting Portland myself I can tell you that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are doing a very accurate job ;)