Illustration Throwback Thursday

Illustration Throwback Thursday #44

January 25th, 2018 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

From 1990 to 1994 I did pencils for a comic book title called “Married… with Children” for a company called NOW Comics. I did 26 issues in total (I think). The first several issues were penciled by artists Dave Schwartz and Mark Braun, and I took over with issue number 6. After issue 7 they restarted the numbering (#1’s sold better… shocking, I know). They after Vol. 2 number 7 they gave up on the title run and just started doing mini-series story arcs and one shots. Most of the time they used photo covers of the actors from the show in character (actually most… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #43

January 11th, 2018 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Here’s a look at a cover illustration and some spots I did for Scholastic back in 2007, for one of their classroom magazines. The cover story was about election primaries and the process political parties went through to decides their candidates. That was back when that process actually yielded the most competent candidates. If I had this to do today instead of a race it would be a pro wrestling cage match complete with pieces of razor blade hidden in the candidates hand tape. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday (uh… Friday) #42

January 5th, 2018 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Here’s a look at a cover illustration and some spots I did back in January 2011 for Honolulu Magazine for their annual “Worst Things of the Year” issue called the Sour Poi Awards. Both finals and pencils:   READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday: The Coneheads!

December 7th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

I recently acquired copies of this four issue miniseries I did the pencils on for Marvel back in 1994… got them for a whopping 75 cents each (I over paid, I think). Can’t imagine where I lost my copies along the way. I wrote a blog post about the job some time back, but here is a look at the four covers and a few scans of some interior pages. Written by Terry Collins, inks by Marie Severin (except the cover of issue #1 shown above, inks by Jimmy Palmiotti), lettering by Dave Sharpe and colors by John Kalisz. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #40

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

  This is a poster illustration I did in 2007 for Teacher’s Discovery. They sold it for several years for posting in science classrooms. It features caricatures (and some gags) of famous inventors and scientists at a “Superbowl” type event, both in the field and in the crowd. The poster had a key as there are about 30 different scientists depicted and the rest are just extras, but I don’t have that key and can’t remember who some of the inventors are. This poster was really big, something like 30″ x 40″.   READ MORE

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

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