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.
More rubber stamp art. These were all separate stamps, a series of unusual characters that were an indecent amount of fun to draw.
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.
This was another piece for the Cuyahoga Community College archival photography show. The photo I worked with was the funeral procession. One of the most time consuming pen and ink pieces I’ve ever done, this took about 40 hours.
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.