Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ahh, June, where did the time go?

Ahh, well that might explain it.

A few more images for White Fang.  All images gouache on paper, 6.25"x9".

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oh look, it's a month's worth o' new work.

Ahh, highlights from the first three chapters of a Jack London classic, retold for an overseas English as a Second Language program; this requires an illustration for every 26 or so lines of text.

And like any good illustration gig, someone gets eaten. Gouache on paper, 6.25" x 9".

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Some new paintings

Swimmer 1, 2015. Oil on canvas, 18x24.

Swimmer 3 (granulation) 2015. Oil and wax on drafting film, 14x17. 

Swimmer 4 (teal), 2015. Oil on canvas, 16x20. 

Swimmer 5 (blue), 2015. Oil on canvas, 16x20. 

Swimmer 6 (night), 2015. Oil and wax on canvas, 18x24. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kirkus calls me "easy on the eyes," and other review news.

Hey, my upcoming book Dirty Rats? by Darrin Lunde (Charlesbridge) has garnered some friendly press worth sharing.

Gustavson joins the rescue operation with close-ups of rats rendered in naturalistic detail but looking more inquisitive than feral, sporting large pink ears and whiskery snouts. Some of the city settings are picturesquely grimy, but there are no dead creatures or images more disturbing than, in one scene, a white lab rat and a researcher in surgical garb locking eyes. On the contrary, another illustration even features a rat leaning in from the edge of the page to peer up at viewers, and a closing portrait gallery of selected rat species is equally fetching.


Few animals are as maligned as rats, something mammal specialist Lunde knows well. “Dirty rats. Their beady eyes and naked tails make us scream. Eek! Aargh! Yikes!” he writes as a frightened woman in hair curlers tries to sweep rats off her apartment’s fire escape...Gustavson’s typically lush oil paintings do their part to help sway opinions—his sewer rats come across as intelligent, curious, and even adorable. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recent Paintings

Galway Girl, 2014. Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"


 Mohor, 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Causeway, 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

 The Crooked Sisters, 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Untitled (Ireland), 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Untitled 2 (Ireland), 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

The Ancestral Tourist, 2014. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"