Here’s a pretty fast turn around I did for the Washington Post Express on Flash Sales online and how you can spend all of your money really quick. I had so much fun drawing all of the stuff in the background of the larger image and of the spot illustration.
Art Director: Adam Griffiths (Thanks!)
This is an illustration I created for the New York Observer. It’s for an article about low interest mortgages on apartments in Manhattan, and how the only people who qualify for these mortgages are people who have high incomes and spotless credit. If I was applying for a one million dollar mortgage that will have roughly three-hundred thousand in interest added to it once I paid it off, I’d want to have a high income and spotless credit too.
Art direction: Ed Johnson
Here’s a quick spot I did for Canadian Grocer. It’s about how Asian Supermarkets are opening more stores and increasing overall yearly income faster than Traditional Supermarkets in Canada. Because this printed at less than 2”, I used the color red and an abacus to get the point across about the growing number of Asian Supermarkets versus Traditional Supermarkets.
Art Direction: Lindsay Maclachlan
Here is my latest illustration for the Dallas Observer. It’s for an article about the new G.W. Bush Library that was dedicated last week and how leaders from Iraq and it’s surrounding countries will show up seeking answers. Answers to questions like “Was the Iraq war for oil?” or “Where is the weapons of mass destruction that led to the Iraq war?” The article went further to explain that Bush can either choose to stone wall all of these questions from his years in the White House or he can go full disclosure on the whole ordeal.
I did a quick turn around for Sundays LA Times Op-Ed. How fast you say? On Thursday I got asked for my availability at 1pm, received the article at 6pm, got final sketch approval at 11:30pm, and finished the final at 3 am. Gotta love overnight illustrations.
The article is about an incarcerated older brother who was involved in the Black Panthers in the 1960’s and his influence on his younger brother. His younger brother stood up a court room to seek revenge on a judge who sent his brother to prison and would later be taken down. That’s just a summary of what it’s about but it is actually a lot more chilling than I described.
Art Direction: Wes Bausmith (Thanks!)
This Sunday, Mad Men will be starting it’s new season with a two hour premier. Lot’s of questions come to mind when I think about what’s next. Peggy left, Megan quit and Lane is gone. So who’s going to be filling in for everyone and where is the company going to go from here? The end of the last episode foreshadowed that Don will go back to being who he was before he married Megan. We will see….
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I think broadly just developing a working process to start and finish a piece in a timely manner is huge and something I am proud of. When I started working digitally it took me as long as it did to do a traditional painting. Now that I’ve developed a groove to how I work and a confidence behind my drawing, I’m no longer working two days to do a piece and I am only working a few hours.
I had a teacher who was kinda crazy but in a good way. She was really the type of person who would be like “Do what you want man. Illustration is freeing.” Ultimately I was torn between paintings images the way I thought I should be painting them versus how I wanted too that referenced things I grew up looking at. So 70’s-80’s punk rock album art was a huge influence on me. Specifically Raymond Pettibon. There is a looseness and a gester to his work that I try to put in a lot of what I do. So the more and more I was honest with what I was doing and the more I focused on making that better, the better the work got. Also, I am huge believer in DIY. So not only making my work look hand made but all of my promotion, and everything is all handled by me.
I am flattered to be recently interviewed by the fine folk at Ape on the Moon. It is one of my favorite websites that interview progressive artist working in illustration, comics, books, and the arts. In the interview I talk about Punk Rock, Art School, “Sad Hipsters doing things”, and how it’s dumb for students to seek inspiration on Tumblr alone.
I was kindly asked by Matt Rota to fill in for his digital coloring class at School of Visual Arts while he is in Paris attending his solo show this weekend. This is the first time I had full reign over a class, and I learned a lot about how to instruct on the fly. Next time I teach a class where I am giving a demo, I know what I need to do to better prepare. I had a lot of fun.
For class I did a digital demo of Ryan Gosling, colored in my painted style. What a handsome man.