Jordan Rhodes graduated with a Ph.D in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. In his leisure time, he creates art which primarily focuses on portraiture.
Jordan created the artwork featured on the cover of our 400 Series Recycled Sketch pads.
Here’s what he had to say about his piece:
This drawing was based on a reference photo of my lovely wife, Wilenny. I thought it was a cool photo and I liked her style and attitude on it. She is a big inspiration for me and was the reason I started posting my art online in the first place, which eventually led to this opportunity to work on the 400 series recycled sketch cover for Strathmore. As for the incorporation of the thistle logo, I admittedly didn’t take the most creative approach as I just replaced the original graphic on the shirt in the reference picture with the thistle logo, but it got the job done. I hope you enjoy the new cover and working on the Strathmore recycled series 400 sketch pads!
Side note – Strathmore’s iconic thistle symbol is incorporated into every 400 Series pad cover in some way, shape or form. It may resemble our circular thistle logo or it may be a literal interpretation of the thistle plant. Either way, you can be sure to find it represented some way!
To explore more Jordan’s art, visit his Instagram page at @jmr_art
Philece Roberts is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, whose work is most recognized for her strong and graceful representation of black women. With a unique fusion of traditional art with contemporary style, she explores the depths of inner beauty, firmly rooted in experiences and empowerment of women of color. With a body of work that is celebration of beauty and culture through realism fused with the textures of wood grain, tea stains, and line work and inspired by the multifaceted stories of women, she takes you on a journey through portraiture that is grounded in clean aesthetics and immersed in emotion.
Roberts has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She currently lives and works in her hometown of Nassau, Bahamas.
Shelly Kim, the artist behind Letters By Shells, is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, CA with an emphasis in lettering, DIY, loose watercolors and fun illustrations. She discovered the act of creating art as a creative outlet from her desire to release stress from her full-time job back in 2015. Shelly has turned her art hobby into a full-time career making it a mission for her artwork to express love and positivity!
Kim VanDerHoek is an American contemporary fine artist who creates vibrant, textural oil paintings of landscapes and urban scenes in her Southern California studio.
She believes it is essential to paint with commitment and fearlessly experiment. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, American
Art Collector, PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Artist. Recent awards include, Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist and an Honorable Mention in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.
Kim is represented by Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA., Charleston, SC., and Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA.
Joey Zeledón is an industrial designer and analog sketching advocate. He strives to design everyday objects that strike emotional chords with people. Joey believes that good design is like good music. It’s familiar, engaging and makes you feel. It’s something you want to play on repeat. Since graduating from RIT’s industrial design program in 2006, he has been creating iconic design for both young and established brands that make food, furniture, housewares, lighting, spaces, shoes and tech.