Illustration Throwback Thursday

Illustration Throwback Thursday #39

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

A week or so ago I did the Wizard Word Chicago Comic Con, and when there my old pal Patrick Williams came by my booth with a surprise for me. Patrick was an art director, inker, letterer, and colorist for NOW Comics back in the day, and we worked together on the Married… with Children series among other things. He had run across a couple of old originals of mine among his piles of stuff, and bright them to give back to me. This one was a promo piece that appeared in other NOW titles, inked (I believe) by David Mowry. This was probably done… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #38

June 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Doing work in the advertising world can be weird. Often something you might have spent quite a lot of time working on, and which the client was happy with, never sees the light of day in print despite all involved being paid as agreed. That may seem outrageous but that is what sometimes happens in the advertising business. Companies often just burn up money producing images and designs for ad campaigns that never get off the ground. I’ll get paid full rates (and advertising generally pays a lot better than editorial) to do finished art that is only used as part of a pitch to… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #37

June 1st, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

I did this series of spot illustrations for Cleveland Magazine for their “Best of Cleveland 2011 Awards” feature back in… wait for it… 2011! Finals and pencil roughs: Best of Drink: The “Slap Shot”… Best of Food: Luxury Sunday Buffet Best of Entertainment: October “Dead Ride” zombie bike race A fun little project. They wanted bold and colorful… Here are the pencil sketches: READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #36

April 27th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

I did these animated character designs for a company that used them in both a film and for a series of commercials, as well as some TV show pilots, obviously political in nature. I thought I’d post them today since I am doing a new round of these for some new pilot projects that same company is doing. No shortage of political “characters” these days: READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #35

April 13th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Sorry for the poor scan, but this is the only image I have of this piece. This was a spot illustration for Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine back in 1995 of some of the stars of the stage musical “Victor/Victoria”, pictured are Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri and Rachel York. The Broadway show premiered in a test run here in the Twin Cities in the summer of ’95, and then had a couple of years on Broadway. This was done in ink and watercolor on illustration board. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #34

February 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

This job is another example of the occasional one where the artwork never ends up being used. That’s rare in publication work but not to rare in advertising. Ad agencies will often work up multiple campaigns for the same product to a final or almost final level and then the client decides which one to use. This was one of those jobs. This project was for Hardee’s restaurants circa 2009, and was art for an ad promotion for their newest sandwich offering… the “Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger”. It is a giant hamburger topped with cheesesteak fixings on one bun… not for a light lunch. The ad… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #33

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

These were a series of gag spot illustrations I did in 2005 for National Geographic World magazine to accompany a story about well-known “bad luck” superstitions. The idea was to show someone doing (or about to do) that “bad luck” thing and the impending consequences. I’ll let you guess which superstitions each refer to… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #32

January 5th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

These are two images I did for an advertising campaign for a “car storage” company on the west coast in 2007. They were selling a service where they stored and pampered expensive cars for people. This is a good example of the type of bread and butter jobs freelancers do that are far from sexy but help pay the bills. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #31

November 17th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Spot illustration of Whoopi Goldberg for Access magazine, circa 2000. Airbrush and watercolor. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday- Star Warped!

October 27th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Back in the late 90’s a company called Parroty Interactive contracted me to do art for a series of spoof computer games. This was back when such games came on these shiny disks called “CD ROMS”. I did varying amounts of art for different games with titles like “The X-Fools” and “Winblows 98”. The project I did the most work for was a game called “Star Warped”, which was obviously a take on Star Wars. A lot of the art I did was just in black and white, as they had some color artists that were doing the colors and formatting the images for the… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #29

September 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Back in 2006 a company that wanted to market a series of drinking mugs featuring the caricatured heads of celebrity athletes called “Mugheads” called me to do some caricatures for some prototypes. The idea was they would pitch these to pro sports teams as stadium giveaways, etc. The product never got off the ground but they did produce a couple of prototype “mugheads”, including one of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. I discovered early that it was going to be tough to do these designs because they 1) had to conform to a general mug shape in order to work with the product and 2)… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #28

September 15th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Back in late 2008 and early 2009 I did a series of spot illustrations for a small newspaper in (I think) North or South Carolina called “The Independent”. They accompanied a weekly feature with stories on local politicians/business people and other local “color”. Some were caricatures of the locals and some were just cartoons. They were quick turnaround jobs, and just black and white. Pen and ink with digital grays. READ MORE

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