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

Latest for Penthouse

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Freelancing

Spot illustration for a health article on, you guessed it, skipping leg day. February issue. READ MORE

The Narrative of Illustration

November 13th, 2015 | Posted in Freelancing

In the art world “illustrators” sometimes get dismissed as nothing but image making machines for other people’s ideas or concepts. According to that point of view, we draw and paint nicely but we have no original ideas of our own, and only draw what people tell us to draw. I remember in college, the fine arts majors called the illustration majors “wrists”, since the considered us little more than human copy machines with art filters. To be fair, I think I might have referred to a few of the fine arts majors as “future baristas”, since 99% would never manage to make a living with… READ MORE

Workplace Poster Animated

October 30th, 2015 | Posted in Freelancing

I have mentioned before that after over 12 years of doing print poster illustrations for The Marlin Company’s workplace subscription program, they recently moved over to full digital content including doing some limited animation on my artwork. They recently posted an example of what they do on their FaceBook page, with the above illustration as the sample. This was the first time I ever saw any of the results as well. Sorry, I have no way of embedding the video here. You’ll have to visit the Facebook link above if you want to see the animation. READ MORE

SI Kids Thanksgiving Illustration

October 29th, 2015 | Posted in Freelancing

The November issue of Sports Illustrated Kids (now on news stands) features this two page spread illustration by moi depicting some popular athletes enjoying (or not) Thanksgiving. See how many you recognize. Clicky to embiggen… READ MORE

Latest Workplace Poster Art…

September 25th, 2015 | Posted in Freelancing

The drawing board really became supercharged this week with a quick turnaround job for Sport Illustrated Kids and a new project for Jeff Dunham, on top of what I already had going. Posting may be light for the next week or so. Above is the art for my latest monthly workplace poster… you can always tell what time of year is on the horizon by the theme of the image. Below is the rough sketch, done digitally. In fact, I’m now doing all these workplace poster illustrations completely digitally, because they are no longer being printed. They are now 100% digital, and get some animation… READ MORE

Some Recent Jeff Dunham Stuff

August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Freelancing

Jeff started doing a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas late last year, and he had me do a bunch of different pieces for him for various merchandise. Some of that stuff is finally showing up in his online store (I think it had been exclusive to the Vegas gift store until recently) so I think it’s safe to show them here. He has another set of playing card illustrations as well, so I am not sure where these last few images are being used. READ MORE

Library Journal Illustration

December 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Freelancing

I occasionally get the opportunity to do work for Library Journal and School Library Journal magazines, and earlier this fall I did a quick piece for them featuring a caricature of Travis Jonker, a well-known book reviewer and librarian who is very social-media saavy (and very tall and lanky). Travis did an article on social media in a recent issue of Library Journal, and I did the above illustration for it (set in the layout here, thus the greek text). Here’s a rough comp and one of the initial sketches as well:   READ MORE

Drive for Show, Putt for Dough

December 4th, 2014 | Posted in Freelancing

  The other day writer extraordinaire Mark Evanier posted an interesting article on his must-read blog about making a living as a writer. Some of the post is about how people you might think are rolling in money are actually struggling to get by, but the gist of his message is that in order to make a living as a writer (or anyone in the creative field), you need to write (or do whatever your creative skill is). That sometimes means you take on jobs that others looking from the outside in might think to be “selling out” your artistic integrity. Mark tells a story… READ MORE

The Times They Are A’Changing

November 6th, 2014 | Posted in Freelancing

It’s no secret the world of publishing and printing is being taken over by digital publishing, the internet and hand held “media consumption” devices. That said, the world of illustration is hardly dying as a result, it is merely changing to fit into the evolving digital world. No corner of the business is immune. Here’s a case in point. Followers of my blog will know I do work for a client called The Marlin Company, which produces workplace communication products that employers purchase on a subscription basis with monthly messages of teamwork, stress management, safety, etc. as well as other useful information tailored to various… READ MORE

From the Freelance Files- 3M Calendar

September 25th, 2014 | Posted in Freelancing

Clicky any to embiggen… This was an odd job from early last year. A design company was doing a calendar for some client and one of the months they wanted a comic book “superhero” designed that would represent a color process or technology from 3M called “Q-Def”. They wanted a little humorous look to it, rather than a more serious comic book look… that’s why they called me. We needed to explore some ideas of the look of the character, so I gave them 4 different concepts. Three human characters and a robot: Then I worked a bit on the “Q-Def” logo. I really hate… READ MORE


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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