Saturday, August 1, 2020

New Book on the Way
By Ramon Shiloh 

I’ve just been tapped to Design and Illustrate a twenty page Pollination Activity Book for the Outreach Program of the Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside. Written by Erin Wilson Rankin (Associate Professor). 
Our book will describe the importance of urban, wild, and agricultural plant communities through fun pollinating activities for kids, K thru 6. 
As you can see, Erin was very happy with the result of her favorite study, and decided I should try a few more hundred pollinators for shits and giggles!
Take care everyone 🤜🤛
Book Release: Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


A tribute piece for a friend who lost her cat years back. 
Everyday we lose little beings with memories that will never be forgotten. 
May your spirit play forever in catnip field’s lil buddy.

Colored Pencil and Sumi Ink 
© Ramon Shiloh/2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

To my Elders in this difficult time. 
Thank you for your wisdom and strength. 
Thank you for fighting the fight you never could’ve imagined.
Thank you for all that you give. 
Thank you for your patience.

Titled: Salmon Say, I Hope One Day....
Colored Pencil, Rapidograph Technical Pen, KOH-I-NOOR Black, Iwata Airbrush
©Ramon Shiloh June-2020

For poster prints go to my....ETSY STORE

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

(Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls)
She was here.
But you still made this decision.
She walked for a better life.
But you still made this decision. 
She ran in a world of obstacles with very little.
But you still made this decision.
She didn’t know your intentions.
But you still made this decision.

Titled: “CoCreator of Life and Keeper of Time”
Medium: Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Rapidograph Technical Pen, Koh-I-Noor Red, White, Burnt Umber, Green, Yellow-Orange, Ink Ultra Draw, Sumi Ink, Iwata Airbrush and Stencil, Pantalic Paper

Image of “First Woman” repurposed from the award winning book, “The Otter, The Spotted Frog and The Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story” Written By Gerald Hausman, Illustrated By Ramon Shiloh 

 ©Ramon Shiloh/2020

For poster prints, go to my ETSY STORE

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DOB: June 16th 1970

By Ramon Shiloh

I would like to thank everyone for the Birthday shout-outs.
It was a reflective one, to say the least. 
I enjoyed the company of my amazing roommate with cool cats, and a garden I dig. 
My day was filled with what I enjoy 
I spent the day reminiscing over old photos my younger brother posted throughout the day, which was brilliant and cringeworthy. 
My day was humbling. 
And at 50, it’s difficult understanding where the time went, or where its going. But I’m still here. That’s good enough for me.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Boy With The Sun Tree Bow
By Ramon Shiloh

Since Lockdown measures were in place around the country, I was chipping away at unfinished work. The Boy With The Sun Tree Bow, written by Gerald Hausman was a lifelong adventure for me. 
I was aware of his work at the age of ten, when my mother and I discovered this story at a garage sale in Sunnyvale California. Who would have thought, I would go on to work with this amazing writer, illustrate one of his books, and consider him family. 

In 2006, when I was asked to be the Storytelling Consultant for The University of Washington Computer Animation/Computer Science & Engineering Department (Seattle WA), the joy animating my favorite story became a reality. Teamed with animators, and powerhouse professor Barbara Mones, I felt I was in good hands getting my message across.

Enjoy this video everyone. This story is a timeless reminder of how fragile we are. 
It’s time to wake up and be the solution to all things problematic in the world. 

Look forward to our new book, and read Geralds timeline of this extraordinary story (below).
Take care everyone 🌎

A Short Timeline for The Boy with the Sun Tree Bow 
By Gerald Hausman. Illustrated by Ramon Shiloh 

1973: The book is originally published by The Berkshire Traveller Press, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Illustrated by Bob Totten 

1974: The author creates a program whereby the book is presented
through interpretive dance. The author receives a Children's Protective Services Award
by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
for this performance piece.

1986: The story is anthologized in the collection Meditations with Animals,
Bear & Company, Santa Fe. It is also published as an audio book, presented at an international nuclear disarmament conference in Russia.

1986 -- 2014: Meditations with Animals goes through 7 printings. 30,000
copies of the book are sold in the U.S. The book is translated into French and Italian.

2006 --2007: Ramon Shiloh presents his storytelling of The Boy with the Sun Tree Bow
to graduate students in animation at the University of Washington Film School in Seattle. The book becomes an animated short created by students and aided by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with professional advisement from Pixar. Ramon Shiloh is the film's storyteller advisor; Barbara Mones is the producer. Narrated by Stewart Stern. Released on YouTube. 

2007: A coalition of teachers in Brazil ask for reprint rights to the story for use in a school-sponsored Save the Amazon project. The story is translated into Portuguese and re-released on YouTube by Marcia Lima.

2010: Alon Kaplan releases his orchestral version of the story produced by the Rimon School of Music, Israel. This is also presented on YouTube.
 — Gerald Hausman 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

This Pandemic Can Go (ahem!) Itself
By Ramon Shiloh 
Not gonna lie. This pandemic sucks. And slowly coming to an end (I hope).
It isn’t the "snap your fingers, we’re done at the end of the day" type of contagion. It’s here to stay until we find a vaccine, and it has drastically uprooted our lives.

I’m still kicking myself for leaving my job two weeks before lockdown orders. And Oregon's temporary unemployment benefits for freelancers are a joke. I was hit with a double punch when my storage unit was broken into shortly after. Lockdown orders crushed my hopes of getting my stuff back. So, like the rest of you, I’m having a grand ole time figuring shit out.

Unemployed, feeling violated, and the coronavirus looming over my city, I knew my happy place wasn't stewing on social media, contributing to the fake news as a conspiracy whore. I didn't need to spin the truth for personal gain or want to become a finger-wagging masked warrior. To be honest, there was no time for that shit. I needed to reevaluate my path very quickly and adapt to whatever else was coming my way. You can’t stop a tornado. 

That's when I was approached to paint a thirty-six foot mural for a Seattle restaurant. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed to feel whole again, and this artistic therapy paid off emotionally. It also gave me a couple months of financial stability. More good news rolled in as my partnership with the Skagit River Salmon Festival continues to grow. Not only did I illustrate the commemorative poster for the second year running, but the festival committee has named me as the permanent resident artist. 

For now, I'm smiling, but I know it is tenuous. I have a little monies before shit goes sideways. Let’s hope this mural and poster art will generate more work. Wish me luck you guys. Stay safe, and BTW, this pandemic can go fuck itself!

......the protests.....