Illustration Throwback Thursday

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

Illustration Throwback Thursday #27

June 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

I did this piece for Airbrush Action magazine sometime in 1999. It was a step by step on creating an airbrushed caricature illustration, using newly elected Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura as the subject. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #26

June 9th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

These illustrations were for a novelty product that (I think) never got produced. It was called “Trunks and Asses” and the idea was that these were supposed to be part of a label that would wrap around a tin can, one for republicans and one for democrats. The two different cans were going to be called something like “Democratic Party Promises” and “Republican Party Promises”… the gag being the cans were empty. I’m not sure what happened to the product, but it’s not usual to do packaging or product illustration all the way to final and have it end up never seeing the light of… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #25

May 26th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Well, not really an illustration. This is a theme park sample from 1992 of Dana Carvey as “The Church Lady” from his serial SNL skit. This original had been missing for years and was found this spring behind another sample in an old frame at my Minnesota park operation. Gotta love the lumpy body. When I drew this sample I was 26 years old, had been doing “Married…with Children” for NOW Comics for about 2 years, had been doing live caricatures for about 7 years and had just started doing freelance illustration for a few clients. READ MORE

Throwback Illustration Thursday #24

May 5th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

With the news earlier this year that Penthouse is ceasing their print magazine, I thought I’d post some of the illustrations I’ve done for them over the years. Some time ago I did a post showing many of the Dave Navarro spot illustrations I did for his monthly column, you can see those here. This was my first job for them, a “timeline” of a typical office guy’s St. Patrick’s Day:     READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #23- GodHILLA!

April 14th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

With the New York primary coming up Tuesday, here’s a look back at my 1999 parody of 1998’s “Godzilla” for Cracked magazine, complete with a recognizable cameo at the end: Incidentally the original title of that parody was “God-Awful”, which makes more sense with the intro copy. However I actually only did the first 4 pages as a sample to show MAD, and they were not impressed. When I then showed it to Cracked they wanted to print it, so I had to finish it up. I came up with the Hillary Clinton joke and changed the title to “God-Hilla”. READ MORE

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