Here is a series of seven education themed illustrations I created for Sun Valley Magazine. The majority of the illustrations highlight what each school in Blaine County, Iowa has to offer. Some focuses include mentoring, learning methods, strong arts and music programs and even team building & education in the outdoors. The opening spread hand lettering is all me and everything else throughout the magazine was created by the art director.
Art Direction: Roberta Morcona
Here’s a quick piece I completed for the Washington Post about weird descriptions bar tenders have for how different beers smell and taste. I sent in two versions of the illustration and like the version without the speech/thought bubble more. It always feels odd to do editorial work about beer when you’ve been straight edge for more than twelve years.
Art Direction: Rachel Orr
When I launched a proper website and started working with folks outside of just record covers and band t-shirts in 2009, I started getting fan emails. Not specifically fan emails because of my illustration work but because people mistook me for Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World actress 'Danielle Fishel’. I think everyone who emailed me didn’t notice the “lle” at the end of her name- that was missing on my website. For a solid two to three years every 2 or 3 months I would get an email from someone asking for an autographed photo of ‘Topanga’. I would have to then give thme the bad news that we are two completely different people. Recently i I received my first text message from a ‘Boy Meets World’ fan who was told that my cell phone number was in fact ‘Danielle’s’. I was tempted to send a signed George Costanza-ish photo of myself or play along that I was in fact her. Honestly though I would feel bad for messing with people who had mistaken my identity.
A few weeks ago, my friend Martin pointed out that ‘Danielle’ was doing a book signing tour that would stop in New York City. So finally after six years of receiving multiple fan emails (and texts) that were not meant for me, I got to meet the very kind and funny ‘Danielle Fishel’. Unfortunately, I was second to last in line to get my book signed and a photo op so I felt really weird disclosing this strange connection we share in person. Instead I just took an awkward photo with someone who essentially helped shape my teenage years, got my book signed and gave my sincere thank you’s. Now I have a photo to prove that we are two very different people.
My latest Facts and Arguments piece for the Globe & Mail is about the stories we tell our children. At a certain point, parents need to switch gears from telling stories that are told in books and need to tell stories about their family and how they got here.
Art Director: Ben Barrettt-Forrest
I did the illustration and lettering for the new Grayscale ep titled “Changes”. This is one of two records I am working on that work hand in hand with the theme of change, memories and the passage of time.
Here is my latest piece for Seven Days for an essay about the evolution of college campus security and the precautions taken to asses various threats a college may encounter.
Art Director: Aaron Shrewsbury
I did an ink wash drawing of an e-cigarette for an AARP article about millennials need to vape. No matter the method, smoking is just gross in my opinion.
Art Director: Dian Holton
I redesigned my website for the second time in almost 9 months. It’s much closer to how I envisioned it and is much bolder than my previous design. I feel like I’ve spent a few hours once a month exploring my options thoroughly to come to this latest solution. Even the 404 error page is custom which makes me laugh a little.
Check it out….Tell your friends. :)
I just finished the last of a series of images for the Voices of Health project. In a few weeks you’ll be able to go through a slide show of images and hear the audio stories on their new website of people who have been living with HIV/AIDS. In the past few months many of these audio visual stories have been set up in public places throughout Washington DC to give voice to those who have been living with HIV/AIDS. I will post the final slideshow/audio website throughout all of my social media when it goes live. This is probably one of the most important projects I’ve worked on that helps give public awareness that HIV/AIDS is still a threat even though advances have been made for quality of life and management of the disease.
The first image above is for a story about a young man whose drug use resulted in the loss of his basketball scholarship and the eventual contraction of HIV from sharing needles. Now he is trying to move past his mistakes and working to become a better example to other young men.
The second image is for a story about an middle aged man who is working up the courage to ask for support from his family after finding out he has HIV.