I drew dozens of zoo animals for a publishing company that creates products for zoo and museum gift shops. These were so much fun to do! Here are a few samples:
A few more life drawing sketches from high school and college.
I posted these to my Twitter a while back, but I think they’re worth a blog post. I was hired to design haunted house facades by a company that fabricates them for the industry. These were a ridiculous amount of fun to work on. I call these Victorian Skin, Cannibal Farmhouse, and Haunted Hill.
This is an old piece, from way back in high school. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in a movie called The Kid.
I’ve done a decent amount of magazine illustration work over the years. Here are a few samples. These originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Now & Then, Gold & Treasure Hunter, and New Renaissance.
I love working in pen and ink, and this is one of my favorites of all the pieces I’ve done.
People seemed to like the sketches I posted before, so here are some more. I didn’t mention it last time, but these are two-page spreads, with an open area for text on each spread.
No idea why I never finished this, as I like the direction it was heading. But, that ship has sailed and I’m not going to finish now. I think it’s worth sharing, however.
I worked on a picture book set in Kenya for the same publisher I did the Galapagos book for. The project fell through, but here are some of the sketches. This was fun—so many animals!
I think the name for this one kinda speaks for itself.
I suppose there are pluses and minuses to being a packrat. Here’s a plus…I was cleaning out an old portfolio and found some life drawings from college, thought I’d share.
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.