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Illustration for the August '20 issue of DownEast, Maine's state magazine. Accompanied an essay about rediscovering family history in a remote part of Maine's coast. History, Lineage, Colonization, identity, pilgrimage, discovery, ancestry, wilderness, outdoors, kayaking, New England,

Brendan Totten

Brendan Totten

illustration of Editorial Illustration produced for Rhode Island Monthly, February 2019.

For an article about the tensions between the newly elected, largely female, reform caucus of the Rhode Island State House and the centrist incumbent Speaker of the House.

State politics, women, protest, social change, elections, voting, optimism, feminism, liberal, left-wing, democratic, government, legislation, activism
illustration of Editorial Illustration produced for Rhode Island Monthly, January 2019.

For an article about pension funds, their historical mismanagement and current recovery efforts.

Money, retirement accounts, financial crisis, nest egg, piggy bank, insecurity, social security, baby boomers, senior citizens, employee benefits,
illustration of Editorial Illustration for produced for Rhode Island Monthly, September 2018.

For an article about student debt and an experimental program funding community college for all high school graduates state wide for 2 years. 

Higher Education, struggle, achievement, weight, Sisyphus, books, study, graduation, university, degree, accomplishment, hurdles,
illustration of Editorial Illustration for the June '19 Issue of Rhode Island Monthly. Published accompanying an article about efforts to regulate building and development in coastal towns to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Global Warming, development, construction, mail carrier, stilts, flooding, green, family, beach front property, local government, regulation, business development.
illustration of Editorial Illustration produced for Rhode Island Monthly, May 2018. 

For an article about expanding Solar Power programs throughout the state of Rhode Island.

Futurism, Green Technology, Solar Panels, Environmentalism, Climate Change, clean energy, landscape, utopia
illustration of Personal Work, loosely based on lyrics by Tom Waits. Misery's The River of the World. Redemption, sorrow, alcohol, morality, mortality, misery, thimble, boat, good, evil, sinners, saints.
illustration of Wrap-around cover illustration for Margaret Atwood's
illustration of Cover illustration for Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel
illustration of Cover illustration for
illustration of Produced for AlphaOmega London for their podcast series about mental health and creativity.

Obsession, mania, manic, repetition, overwhelming, mental illness, anxiety, depression, originality, creation, work, drive, surrealism
illustration of Linoleum Block Print, Portrait of legendary musician/mythical figure Tom Waits. 

Portrait, relief print, black and white, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Legend, Mysticism, Voodoo Preacher.
illustration of Linoleum Block Relief Print.  Loosely based on Tom Waits lyrics. 

River, religion, morality, misery, desperation, aimless, depression, church, salvation, time.
illustration of Portrait of Vladimir Putin. Linoleum Block Print. 

Portraits, relief print, world leaders, politicians, bombs, halos, Syria, Russia,
illustration of Linoleum Block Print, part of a series of prints of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Biblical, Religious, Armageddon, End Times, War, Conquest, Soldiers. Napoleon, Jaques Louis David. Revelations.
illustration of Linoleum block print, to accompany an article about partisan political posturing around environmentalism.

Environment, Green, Climate Change, Global Warming, Politics, croquet, relief printing, block printing, black and white, partisanship.
illustration of Digital Painting Portrait. Male, man, sunglasses, bucket hat, pipe, pensive, anxious, contemplative, white, green,
illustration of Digital Painting Portrait.

Pink, curls, baseball cap, sunset, calm, pensive, african american,
illustration of Digital painting portrait. Female, woman, eating, fruit, soft, white, sensual, desire, lust, Eve, original sin, knowledge, eden.
illustration of Digital Painting Portrait. Woman, Female, Asian, Glasses, carnival lights, reflected light, awe, blue
illustration of Digital painting portrait. Male, Man, red, white, intense, staring, anxiety, anxious, ominous, scruffy,
illustration of Editorial Illustration for produced for Rhode Island Monthly, June 2018.

For an article about the legal battle over water rights and usage regulations, between local seafood farmers and recreational water users.

Aquaculture, regulation, water sports, farming, seafood, oysters, muscles, clams, locally grown food.
illustration of Editorial illustration produced for Rhode Island Monthly, August 2018.

For an article about the benefits and hazards of proposed bus lines utilizing autonomous driving technology.

Automated Driving, Automation, green technology, futurism, robotics, public transportation, utopia,
illustration of A limited edition screen print poster produced for, an online pop-up shop for affordable bike art.

Bicycle art, screenprint, invention, experiments, optimism, liberation, freedom, flying, trial and error, wings, Bike Icarus, Leonardo Da Vinci meets Calvin and Hobbes.
illustration of Limited Edition six color screen print.
Beach, reading, summer, books, sun, sunglasses, vacation, relaxing, tan, calm, heat, tranquility
illustration of A limited Edition screen print poster, produced for a pop-up show collaboration between Artcrank and REI, celebrating winter cycling. 

Bike Art, Bicycles, winter, cityscape, poster, dawn, fresh snow, new start, optimism, adventure, fortitude, resilience, perseverance, cold, tire tracks.


Brendan Totten is a Rube Goldberg machine that converts coffee into drawings, prints and illustrations. Originally cobbled together from spare parts in and around Washington D.C., his mechanisms were refined at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he now resides. When not whirring and clattering away on artwork, Brendan can be found in the company of crickets attempting to gain sentience. His work has been featured in American Illustration 35 and American Illustration 38. Select Clients · Artcrank · REI · Rhode Island Monthly · Seven Days Vermont · Harwich Junior Theater · Huntington News · IndieMedia ·


Black & White, Conceptual, Digital, Figurative, Gouache, Graphic, Line with Color, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Realism, Silhouette, Stylized, Woodcut, Whimsical, Film/Entertainment, Silk Prints


Adventure, Architecture, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Editorial, Education, Fantasy, Food, Futuristic, Health, Historical, Landscape, Leisure, Maps, Music, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Religious, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Americana, Agriculture, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Environmental, Financial, Urban