More from the texture library

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Spent some more time in the Lab this weekend beefing up my texture library. I painted with acrylic and gouache on acetate, gessoed illustration board, butcher paper and cardboard. The coolest results were painting right onto acetate with gouache. Always fun to get messy and experimental. I scanned these in at 600dpi @ 100%. Having a bunch of these files lying around has been invaluable to me as I strive to add more texture to my digitally painted illustrations. Nothing worse than a flat, paint-bucketed expanse.
One illustrator who has really mastered the art of balancing the real paint texture look with crisp digital illustration is Linzie Hunter of the UK. She also started the fabulous On My Desk blog, full of photographs of illustrators and designers’ workspaces. Check it out!

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Tennis Magazine: Game, Set, Friendship

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This illustration for Tennis Magazine’s “The Complete Player” column continues the story of the author of this piece which I illustrated for them back in August of 2005. Recalling the tennis-filled days of his youth, the author describes how he ultimately lost a cherished friendship, thanks to his hubris and his gossiping about winning a friendly practice match. This of course, is totally based on Norman Rockwell’s classic “Gossips” Saturday Evening Post cover from 1948. Apologies to Mr. Rockwell!
I was reading a good Rockwell book while researching this illo, and I’m convinced that he would have embraced the advent of the computer and digital photography with open arms.

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Show & Tell @ Monkeytown in Brooklyn

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Our invisiblepal Leejone Wong has collected all the pieces, hunkered down and completed the re-animation process of her amazing Show & Tell sessions…and they are back, and badder than ever.
Moving on from the fabled 184 Kent in Williamsburg, Leejone has moved Show & Tell to the super-cool Monkeytown. This is a very cool performance space, in the back of a great restaurant…Truly a cozy and intimate place to hear about people’s cool projects. For your modest $10 ticket, you get a delicious appetizer to munch on and a free drink to enjoy while taking in some fascinating creative people share their work and stories (make sure to call ahead and book a reservation).
Leejone has been running Show & Tell’s for quite some time now, and they are fascinating, fun and inspiring sessions you won’t soon forget. Read on to see this week’s line-up…

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NYT Illo: Parents as Matchmakers

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This ran in the Thursday Styles section of The New York Times. The story is about how today’s young singles are finding frustration in their endless searches for a mate online, and turning to the age-old tradition of letting their parents help find them a match. You can view some of my other illustrations for The New York Times here on my site.

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Electric Cowboy

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I just completed two illustrations for The American Society for Engineering Education which will be running in their flagship magazine PRISM. Above are details of the cover image (left) and the accompanying interior full-page illo. The story is about how Texas is using an innovative partnership between the state and the high tech industry to lure (and better retain) college students into engineering studies. Continue reading to see the full drawings….

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Caught in the Scribble Swarm

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Piercing Gaze / Art Highlights

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I had a nice art-filled weekend, despite the torrential rains. I logged some serious time welded to my drafting table just playing around with some different materials that I don’t often work with in my normal course of business. Really felt a nice loose freedom with a super-fat graphite pencil on vellum, which produced the above image, among many, many others…
Also, I saw some amazing art…

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Full Moon on Dean Street

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Amazing full moon tonight…While out walking the dog very late, I was inspired to record a rough little nocturnal cityscape…this is (very) loosely based on my view looking out over Dean Street onto Bergen. I have been wanting to do some paintings of the city at night…this has whet my appetite.

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Illo for The New York Times

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Just finished this drawing for The New York Times’ Thursday Styles Section (June 8, 2006). The story was about how younger workers in their 20’s and 30’s are often passing on the standard two week vacations, in favor of longer vacations, in-between their frequent job-hopping.
Read on to see my sketch and my reference photo.

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Memorial Day in Prospect Park

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Today was a perfect steamy summer day to take a stroll in Prospect Park. The pooch and I went for a nice long walk, with a few stops for some sketching. You first walk out onto the open lawn, and the wave of moist grassy air laced with sweet barbecue washes over you. EVERYONE is out enjoying the best spot in Brooklyn. I am still finding cool little paths to walk through. You can actually get lost in there. Since I am still obsessed with Google Earth ( Click here to download ), here are the placemarks of exactly where these sketches were drawn:
Top Sketch: ProsParkSketch1.kmz – Google Earth Placemark
Bottom Sketch: ProsParkSketch2.kmz – Google Earth Placemark

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