I’ve done some sketching around town during this break in the storms that have been pummeling California these past couple weeks (El Niño I salute you). The top sketch was done on the patio of Old Soul here in Midtown Sac and the second sketch was drawn in the Leland Stanford Park which surrounds the Capitol building and has a wide array of cool trees.
Just sent this image off to Modern Postcard to have a batch of 5×7’s printed up. Been toiling away on this illo the last few weeks and I’m pretty happy with the final result. Lately I’ve made an efffort at getting my portfolio more geared towards the children’s illustration market and I wanted to push this one further than I usually go. Thanks to InvisibleMan Keegan for some great suggestions and prodding.
And while the resemblance is not striking I did base the cat off of Maru. Click on the image to view larger.
hi! it’s me again! Having a 9.5 month old certainly keeps me busy (in a great way!!) But i have begun to emerge from my shell and create some artwork again. (And… I am soon am taking an illustration class, taught by tim gough at uarts, and hopefully i will be making some great new work in the not-to-distant future!)
In the meantime, i have begun to design baby shower and wedding invitations for the two very popular websites tiny prints and wedding paper divas. The baby shower invitations are selling very well, and some wedding invitations just went up this week. (You can see the wedding designs on my website blog, here.)
Some new characters for this year’s Wall Street Journal college bowl game rundown. We went the throwback theme of electronic football for the animation this year which was a fun way to go. And you can’t go wrong illustrating a horned-toad either.
As some of you already know, I got married on September 19th in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The entire experience was incredibly fun! As wedding favors, Corrie and I created a set of cards of my original drawings of the four bridges to Brooklyn. The positive responses we received have inspired me to offer a “commercial” set for sale on Etsy.
You can see them here: The Brooklyn Bridges Card Set on Etsy.
A few months ago I’d had started this drawing for my ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ project and had completed about 75% of it. I was working on it right up until my wedding/honeymoon/move-to-California and had pretty much forgotten about it by the time we got set up and running out here. I had also given it a bland filename which wasn’t helping jog the memory. But I stumbled across it the other day and put a polish on it.
I’d initially had a different object atop the pedestal (a wooly mammoth with a castle-saddle) but it wasn’t really working for me. So instead I worked up this horse sculpture which I had sketched while viewing a show of ancient Chinese art within the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005:
This article for Time Out Chicago by Jason A. Heidemann was part of a package looking back at the history of Chicago’s Second City legendary comedy ensemble as it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. While many of the group’s alumni have gone on to become legends of comedy, just as many went on to live less famous lives (This is a slightly different version than the one that ran in the magazine). Art direction by Mike Novak.
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You can see more of my work for Time Out Chicago here.
We’re deep into autumn now so naturally my mind starts to linger on the ideas of Joseph Campbell, Hobbits, strong ales, falling leaves and the forest lairs of folkloric creatures. This drawing came out of the sketchbook and was finished off in photoshop and sorta captures my mood as of late.
I recently came along a 1972 Time-Life book entitled ‘The High Sierra’ while perusing a local junk shop. Among the many great images and graphics within is an amazing photo of Mount Whitney and the Alabama hills within Sequoia National Park. I did a quick pen drawing in my sketchbook and the illo’s above were derived from that sketch.
This was a commission from a guy who was interested in a winter scene
for his home upstate. It is sand and enamel on canvas 24″x 36.”