Back when I was designing rubber stamps for a company called Stampers Anonymous, I also created some digital collages for their in-house catalog. This is one of my favorites.
This is a pen and ink piece I did way, way back in high school. Looking at it now, some of the line work is sloppy, but I think it still holds up.
I drew this of my daughter Hannah when she was a toddler. She’s now 24, almost 25 years old. Damn, I’m getting old.
This was designed as the advertising mascot for a bagel shop called The Daily Bagel.
I did this for a CD cover—instrumental bluegrass versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.
Just a quick pen and ink sketch of a snow fox. I love drawing animals. With this one, I was playing around with working without any outlines.
Not much to say here, this is pretty much what the title says. For just about all of my colored pencil work, I do a base layer of markers, then colored pencils on top. I like the rich colors I get with this technique.
This is black Prismacolor pencil on coquille paper, which has a pebbly texture I really like.
I did this marker rendering as part of a magazine re-design. I really enjoy working with markers.
I did this pen and ink piece way, way back in high school. Yes, there are things I would do differently now, but I still like it!
I designed this as a mascot for a sailboat called The French Connection.
Am I embarrassed by the name of this piece? No, I am not. Colored pencil.
I did this as greeting card art. Christmas, of course!
Here are a few illustrations from a picture book I was hired to illustrate several years ago. this was done completely digital.
This started as a rubber stamp design, but I like him so much I did a colored pencil version.
Before I started doing wallpaper borders, the studio folks asked me to do some teddy bears so they could see my style.
My daughter Hannah is now a bold, strong-willed and altogether delightful 24 year old. I did this when she was quite a bit younger…
I don’t do a lot of fan art, but when the Pixar movie Inside-Out asked for it, I threw my hat in the ring. What can I say, I like the movie.
Here’s a pencil study of my hand.
My Little Universe Books was a small publishing company that specialized in picture books about the connection between humans and nature in various countries. I illustrated several books for them—this one was set in the Galapagos Islands.
This was an experiment. I did the original pen and ink drawing, and was very happy with it. Then I tried digitally coloring the original. And, I like it, but maybe not as much as the original. I think the black and white version has a quiet power that the colored version doesn’t.
The first wallpaper border I did, which led to the others. Colored pencil.
For several years I was the main designer for a Cleveland-based rubber art stamp company (hi Ginny!). It was a great freelance gig while it lasted. They allowed me a lot of latitude to experiment and I took advantage of it, doing original pen and ink work along with collaging 19th century public domain art in fun ways. The market for pen and ink isn’t exactly robust, so I miss this.
One of my favorites of all the pieces I’ve done, and one of the more time consuming. Reposting this because it seems appropriate given current circumstances.
Another wallpaper border, this one was also 12 feet long by 12 inches tall. Really happy with this one, as I think I achieved some nice textures and effects with the colored pencils.
There was an art production studio in Cleveland that created wallpaper borders. I drew several for them—this one was 12 feet long and 12 inches tall, and I drew it full size. Colored pencil.
A floral study in colored pencil.
I did several CD covers for a music company that specialized in bluegrass instrumental covers of various artists. This was for a Simon and Garfunkel collection. Colored pencil.
Cuyahoga Community College had a large collection of archival photography, and they wanted to put together a traveling exhibit of photos paired with artwork inspired by them. The photo I used was of this man sitting on a stool. The rest I built around him, based on the first lines of the Bruce Springsteen song, “Tunnel of Love”:
Fat man sitting on a little stool, takes the money from my hand while his eyes take a walk all over you.