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About Gregory T Nelson

I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would look forward to Saturday mornings when I would draw the characters from the cartoons I watched. My passion is and has always been drawing and painting so it only seemed natural to make this my life-long pursuit. My current illustration work consists of pen and ink and watercolor with an expressive line quality that is alive with variety and texture. My drawings have been described as “consistent, with great energy and very upbeat and fun” which fits right in with how they are made. My process starts with a great deal of research followed with rough pencil drawings. I work over the pencil drawings with pen and ink and complete them with varying levels of watercolor and washes. This process seems to make sense to me and I see a direct connection to some of the earlier work that I did while I was and undergrad student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the work I was doing when I entered the ISDP Master’s Program at Syracuse University. I also love to explore and to learn so teaching became a natural fit. I have been teaching college students since 1995 and have been fortunate to work at some impressive places and to work with even more impressive people. Currently, I teach Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a team of exciting faculty. The eclectic mix of friends that I have made along the way has enriched my life and every experience in a unique way. My editorial and greeting card illustrations have been created for clients including Charlotte Wedding Magazine, ABA Journal, P.S. Greetings, Orange Coast Magazine, K.L. Publications, and Midwest Home Magazine. I am also currently working on a self-initiated children’s book project as the writer and designer of a series of stories based on my own children. I am fortunate to have been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, to receive ADDY awards for my graphic design work, and to have my illustrations as a spotlight on the AltPick web site. My series of portrait drawings of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates has been featured on AltPick.com and in various off-line media outlets. I’m always looking for the next project so feel free to check out my work or get in touch.

Circus Clown Illustration

Clown on Unicycle

Clown on a Unicycle Illustration

Another detail of a clown from a larger vector illustration. This time he’s riding a unicycle. You can check out the full piece on my web site: gregorytnelson.com


Clown Girl Illustration

Clown Girl

I’m working on some new vector illustration material. This is a piece of a larger composition. I’m going back in to some of my past works and rendering them as vector illustrations. I’ll post the finished piece soon when it’s finished.


Chicken Chili Illustration

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Chicken Chili Recipe

I’m busy reworking many of my past illustrations done in watercolor and pen and ink as digital illustrations. I’m really liking how these are turning out even though I never thought that I would appreciate them as digital pieces.


Sea Otter Illustration

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Sea Otter Digital Illustration

I thought I’d try something new which is not that new for me but something different at least. I had a crazy dream about being attacked by a raging sea otter (don’t ask what that means and don’t tell me either. I don’t want to know) so I turned it into a drawing. I went about my usual process and was getting set to ink it and paint it and thought I’d give it a whirl as a digital piece. I’m quite happy with how it turned out and it was interesting to get back to the digital illustration.


Chicken Chili recipe detail 

Chicken Chili Illustration Detail. Here’s a finished version of the chicken for the Chili recipe. He’s a little surprised about the main ingredient!


Chicken Chili Recipe Sketch 

Here’s a preliminary sketch for a Chicken Chili recipe. Still working on the typography and hand lettering. 


Circus on Parade

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A Fun Circus Parade!
Watercolor with Pen and Ink

Here’s a recent image celebrating the day at the circus. With Ringling Bros. closing down after more than 100 years, it’s the end of an era. No animal abuse going on here just some clowns with their elephant friend.


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