Ryan started drawing animal portraits in April of 2006 for the first Crafty Wonderland art and craft show in Portland (www.craftywonderland.com). We decided to do an "ancestor theme" for our booth inspired by our love of animals and also 'old-timey' portraiture. The ancestor animals did so well at that first show that they've continued to evolve and multiply ever since.
All the art is hand-drawn by Ryan using markers and colored pencils. The only digitizing done is the background color on the animal portraits.
Ryan loves doing all kinds of illustration projects and has done work for clients including Nike, The Discovery Channel, Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod, Patagonia, Audubon Magazine, Crafty Wonderland, and various bands. His work has been featured in magazines (including Real Simple, Country Living, and Uppercase), a number of books and has done gallery shows all over the United States and internationally as well.