Monday, September 29, 2008

New Illustration!

Here's the latest illustration for the agricultural magazine I work for. I spent this past weekend on it and just finished minutes ago. I must say that, within the context of my professional illustrations (which is to say, those commissioned by magazines and newspapers), the last three for "Programs and People" are three of my favorite. Now, how long that positive assessment will last, I have no idea. It will likely be only a matter of days before I can't stand to look at them. However, for the moment, I'm satisfied and that satisfaction I think speaks to the direct relationship between the amount of time I spend on a piece and its quality post-mortem (a term a former editor used to use in regards to an illustration after it's been printed). Perhaps the best piece of professional advice I've received came from an illustrator named Norman Felchle, who told me to give each project equal deference, regardless of how much or how little money you might make from it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Promotional Piece

Here's the latest promotional piece. It's based on the Richard Roundtree "Shaft" poster. Many ideas come about as the result of careful thought and consideration. This one came from me listening to the "Shaft" theme song in my 1991 Dodge Dakota. Awesome. It makes me laugh just about every time I look at it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

More Promotional Work

Here are the pages for the latest promotional piece (it's all work as it appears in the context of its publication). I posted the cover below, but I didn't really think to publish the pages. I'm not sure why. I like the way it turned out, but it will be a bit of a moot point if it doesn't drum up some business.


Here's the latest ballpoint drawing. It was inspired by the current market situation.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Promotional Book

Much to my chagrin, I've been illustrating a little less as of late in order to assemble some promotional pieces. Not that designing isn't interesting, it's just that I don't enjoy it as much as drawing. Also, I'm self-conscious of my designing abilities, mostly because of the high-caliber graphic designers I know. At any rate, here's the cover of one of the recent promo pieces.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Second AgMag Illustration

Here's the second of what I think will eventually be three illustrations for the agricultural magazine (the first being the Giant Palouse Earthworm illustration). This one is exponentially less complex, but I like the way it turned out.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Illustration

This is the latest illustration for an agricultural magazine. The story deals with, appropriately enough, the Giant Palouse Earthworm, which can grow up to three feet in length, spits, and smells like lillies. This piece the latest in a recent personal trend of 1950s-style homages.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Renewal Posters

I realized recently that, even though I've posted these illustrations in the past, I have never posted them in their final incarnations. These illustrations were both created with the intention of accompanying text and information (the UI Residence Hall Office commissioned both of these), and it seems unfair to present them autonomous from the poster design (the design, incidentally, was done by my friend Nick Hopkins). So, here, finally, are the fully-realized renewal posters...

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I always consider myself (and label myself) an illustrator rather than an artist, if for no other reason than I rarely try to sway opinion or provoke emotion with my work. This piece is an exception to that general rule for me. I'm going through a difficult situation at the moment and not expressing that through drawing seems ridiculous. So here it is. It occurs to me that the use of pre-made symbols presents any number of issues given that these symbols already have connotations, but nonetheless...

The latest

Here are a couple of fairly recent drawings. One is for the Boise Weekly (a story dealing with outdoor recreational gear designed specifically for women) and published last week. The other is a ballpoint drawing I did while out of town over the past several days. It's entitled "Some Like it Haute".

Monday, September 1, 2008


Here are a couple of drawings I did over Labor Day weekend (on a road trip, actually). Both are in ballpoint pen on cheap paper. I like the way the fish turned out, but the more I look at the hermit crab, the less I like it. I can't quite figure out why.