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Doors Close, Doors Open

April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

After over 15 years and approximately 160 (mostly) monthly illustrations for a company that produces media for workplace subscription services, the illustration you see above is probably the last one. The main art director retired earlier this year, and now it’s been months since I have gotten a call from the company. I was sort of warned this might be coming by some of the people I usually worked with there… the new folks in charge want to move in a “different direction”. I’m sad to see it end because I loved working with the art department there, and it was a very long association.… READ MORE

Latest for Sports Illustrated Kids…

November 1st, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

I only do a couple of pieces a year for SI Kids but they are usually really fun ones. This “Athlete’s Thanksgiving” scene is becoming a tradition for me. You’ll find it in the November issue that just hit the stands last week. READ MORE

From the Freelance Files: Storyboarding

September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

I know a lot of artists who make a great living doing storyboards, which for those who do not know is a kind of comic-book style way of visually mapping out a live action or animated sequence. Movies, TV shows, animation, commercials… anything that ends up on a screen usually uses storyboards as the visual translation of the script. Storyboards can range from very rough drawings to what looks like finished comicbook art, color and all. I haven’t done a lot of storyboard work. I did a few storyboard jobs for commercials for a local Twin Cities studio many years ago, and for a couple… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 9/1/16

September 1st, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

Here’s what’s piled up on the drawing board right now: Just finished the cover of HITS Magazine Three page gag article for MAD “Z People” Comic Product Illustration job for Jeff Dunham Assorted personal projects Marlin poster Illustration Speaking of that last, above is the final art for the illustration that is in print this month for Marlin. Sketch below. READ MORE

Another Marlin Poster

June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

Swamped playing catch-up right now, so here is a look at another fairly recent Marlin Co. workplace poster illustration. This one ran in April I think. I did this one digitally… roughs (below), inks and color. READ MORE

Recent Marlin Poster

May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

Kinda busy right now so here’s a look at a recent Marlin Co. workplace poster illustration, one that should be running this month for their subscribers. The concept was to show a few big, football player type athletes in a camp setting eating not your typical snack/camp foods but healthy stuff. I wanted to show the coaches with trays of hot dogs and chips, but that idea got nixed. Not sure the concept is imparted well without the counter-argument. Pencil sketches below. READ MORE

Recent Freelance Illustration

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

This full page illustration is in the latest issue of Risk Management magazine, a publication for the insurance industry. The artcile is about medical marijuana and worker’s compensation claims. Final above, rough sketch below. READ MORE

Latest for SI Kids

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

I did this illustration that is the the May issue of Sports Illustrated Kids. It illustrates some of the funniest (and oddest) sports injuries ever. For example, the Baltimore Orioles’ Marty Cordova once fell asleep in a tanning bed and sunburned his face so badly he missed playing time. READ MORE

Illustrations That Weren’t

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

I did this artwork for a job earlier this year for a major national magazine (which shall remain nameless), who then decided not to run the illustrations. The story was about “brothers”, both fictional and in real life. They say they loved the work I did and I did all that was asked of me, but their chief editor could not make up his/her mind about the visuals. I was told they actually contracted four different illustrators to do the art for this article. I am not sure they used any of the art from the four of us. I was paid my full fee,… READ MORE

Election Year Caricatures

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

If you do caricatures as part of your illustration arsenal, election years become a busy time. I expect I’ll see quite a few political jobs for various clients over the next several months. Here’s a few images I did earlier this year for a client’s pitch of a 3D animated web series. READ MORE

Sneak Peek…

February 25th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

… from an illustration project coming soon to a magazine near you! This is an extreme close up of a full(ish) page illustration using my “colored line” technique. It’s sort of half way between colored line art (ala MAD) and a full painting. I ink it like I would comic book style work then isolate the line and color it rather than leaving it black. It makes for a softer look at more mainstream magazine art directors go for that as opposed to colored line art, which has an inescapably “comic book” look. READ MORE

Latest for Marlin

January 29th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

Here is February’s Marlin Co. illustration. READ MORE

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