Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cereal Anyone?


This past August I met an amazing individual at the Chicago Comic Convention: Topher Ellis.

Topher was promoting his new book on cereal, The Great American Cereal Book. I was more than excited about the book, and spent some time talking with Topher. My cereal passions were inflamed, and I asked Topher if there was anything I could ever do to help him out in regards to illustration etc.

Topher then told me about his cereal e-newsletter, and asked if I could do an illustration for the next issue. The above illustration is what I came up with.

You should really check out Topher's newsletter and cereal website. Any cereal lover will be in for some very happy reading.

Click here to see the last newsletter.

I really hope to be able to do more illustrations for Topher in the future.

In the meantime, I will pour a bowl or two. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cicada Magazine Illustration!


A while ago I had posted this illustration which I had submitted to "Cicada" magazine for a creative contest they held. Well, I am excited to report that they accepted the illustration and printed it in their Fall issue!

The top image is a photo of the illustration printed in the magazine in black and white, and below is the illustration in its original colour.

Here is my original post for the illustration.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Arms crossed

This is actually a drawing I did several months ago. I set it aside, though, always being unsure of when to post it.

I suppose tonight is finally the night...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dostoyevsky Revisted...

I had posted this book cover design for The Brothers Karamazov last spring. I had just done this project for fun, but a couple months back, I was contacted by a really great T-shirt company called Out of Print, who make T-shirts with classic book cover designs on them. They somehow found my old blog post and contacted me to see if they could use my design on one of their shirts for the upcoming holiday push.

They just released the shirt the day before Thanksgiving, and I am really excited with how it looks.

Even more satisfying, though, was hearing that the pre-sales of the shirt have been extremely good.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Leadership of Nature Project


I have been asked to participate in a large educational project entitled "Leadership of Nature."

The project is aiming to illustratate a bunch of stories about animals and nature which help teach important and inspiring life lessons to students.
 
The project has just been launched in an effort to seek out funding, and you can see their webpage here.

Once the project is started, they would like me to draw a number of animal and plant illustrations in a similar style to the animals I drew above. 

I am really looking forward to this project and seeing how it develops. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Startled


I often feel this way.

How about you? 

To startle someone is to glimpse the depth of their humanity.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ghettoblaster Magazine Illustration



Here is the latest illustration I was asked to do for Ghettoblaster magazine. As usual, they provided a rather fun assignment to tackle.

Check out the magazine at your local Barnes & Noble or take a look at their website here.

Many thanks again to Mr. and Mrs. Obe for giving me the assignment.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

White Ink Portrait

This is an experimental illustration I did a while back. I had acquired some new opaque white ink and wanted to try out doing a cross-hatched drawing on black paper.

The end result looks kind of like a scratch-board drawing, but this method had some distinctive advantages.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis"

This is a drawing I just did for a group literary project where we were supposed to select a question regarding a certain work of literature, and then answer it in a unique way. The question that I selected was in regards to Kafka's "The Metamorphosis":

"Investigate what species of insect Gregor might be. Draw him, noting the differences from a regular insect."

Once I know more about the how the project will end up emerging I will pass on the information. Suffice it to say, I am extremely excited to be involved.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stubble Head


I love how nasty and rough this fellow's neck became.

I have no further thoughts.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Man and Chair

I am not really all that happy with this sketch, but I am going to post it anyway. I was trying some new things, and a lot of them did not work. However, the overall tone when I glance at the drawing accomplishes some of what I was hoping for. Meh.

I do like the trousers, though.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thought Process


I am not quite sure what the inspiration for this drawing was. I simply knew that I had to draw it, and soon.

I feel like I should be scared of him, but instead he comforts me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Illustration Friday: Teacher


Here is my drawing for this week's Illustration Friday. The Topic was: teacher.

There is still time to submit your drawing for this week.

I dare you.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Portrait of a Sphere


I was looking at a picture of a man who seemed to have circular face. I started wondering what his face would look like if his head were a perfect sphere. I could not stop my wondering, and made up my mind to pull out my compass, draw a perfect circle, and fill in the man's face. The above picture is the result.

I am actually baffled by the optical illusion of the head not being a perfect circle, but rather a horizontal ellipse. I was so much baffled that I double-checked; nope, it is indeed a perfect circle.

I think the confusing part may be that we are not used to seeing so much cheek and skin to the sides of the eyes. This would make sense as to why our mind would interpret the head being wider than it is tall. This is just my theory, though.

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I am still recovering a bit from tabling at Wizard World last weekend. I hope to have a follow-up post here within a couple days. For the time being, though, I will say it was more than inspiring.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chicago Comic Con!


I am really excited to be tabling with JP Pollard at Wizard World for the next three days!

Come out and see us if you are there. We are at booth #4518 in Artist's Alley.

Click here for more info on the show.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Magazine Illustration



Here is my latest illustration for Ghettoblaster magazine (issue #32). I believe this magazine is still out on the news stands.

This illustration was for an article about an 80s rap group called "Fat Boys." I had not heard of them before, and consequently watched some videos of them on Youtube. I can not really describe what I saw. You have to see and hear this for yourself: click here.

Many thanks to Tracey and David for giving me this assignment.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tallman Arts Festival, Jainsville, WI


I had a great time yesterday sharing a table at the Tallman Arts Festival with my good friend and fellow illustrator Paul Cox.

We met some really great folks, and it was exciting to have the chance to watch people interact with my books. It certainly gives me even more motivation to keep working on new projects. Thank you to everyone who came out to the show.

If you are not familiar with Paul Cox's work, you should definitely check out his website here

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Book: A Perfect Human


I am more than excited to announce that my latest book is officially released!

This story is quite a bit different from the others I have done, both in illustration style and narrative. While this one still has dark overtones, it is more contemplative than the others.

To get a free pdf of the book, or to find out more information click here.

You can also order a physical copy of the book here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On a chilly October afternoon, a group of seven children brutally murdered Harold and shoved his body down a storm drain.


Here is another one of my favourite images from Crosswalk. In fact, this illustration is sort of the crux of the entire story.

Don't shoot an albatross...

To find out more about Crosswalk, or to download a free pdf of the book, click here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Profile of a Woman

I suppose this is really just another hair study. In some ways I find drawing hair with pen & ink instinctively easier, and in other ways much harder.

Study, study, study...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Poetry of Death


This is a recently commissioned illustration that was done for a dark poem dealing with death.

I really enjoyed the process on this one. Aside from the subject matter (which I felt a strong affinity for) it was quite exhilarating to ink.

In looking at this again, I think my favourite part of this whole thing is the mountains and sky in the background.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cosette and Fantine


This is a small sketch I did a number of months ago and actually forgot about. I just found it a few days ago when I was rifling through some stacks in my studio.

I remember not liking it at the time I drew it, but in retrospect I feel comfortable posting it.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"Filled with unrestrained panic, the girl fled."


Here is once again, another pen & ink illustration from my book "Crosswalk."


While there are certain elements of this drawing that I was not completely pleased with, I think that the hill with the grass on it came together all right.

Click here to find out more about the book and to download a free pdf of the entire book.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"On the fourth day, one of the children was killed by a speeding car."

This is another pen & ink illustration from my book "Crosswalk."

Click here to find out more about the book and to download a free pdf of the entire book.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Leaning on Hand


I did this portrait sketch several weeks ago, and have had it hanging over my drawing desk till now. I know I am a fool for portraits, but somehow I am really attached to this one. Everything just seemed to fall together as I wanted it to without much planning or thinking.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Harold became a shoe polish salesman and did not enjoy an undistinguished career spanning thirty-eight years.

This is one of my favourite illustrations from my last book, Crosswalk. If you would like to find out more about the book, or get a free pdf file of the entire story, click here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Poetry Illustration

This is an illustration I was recently commissioned to do. It is an illustration for a beautiful poem about a grandmother dying peacefully in her chair, with a cup of hot chocolate steaming beside her.

I really love when I have the chance to do a large cross-hatched image like this. While it takes a great deal of time, I really enjoy the intricacy of trying to create as many textures as I can.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chiseled Beard

This was a fun portrait drawing I did a little while back using ink and a wide chisel-tip brush.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Alumni Magazine Illustration


Last fall, a good friend of mine asked me to illustrate an article he was writing for his university's alumni magazine. Through some unexpected delays, the article was not published until just recently.

Above you can see how the illustration looks laid out on the magazine page; below is the illustration by itself. It is an odd sensation for me to look at this again, since it has been so long since I drew it. With fresh eyes it is hard not to want to correct a few things.

The article is actually quite good, and explores the realities of what work in the 21st century will look like. Here is a link to the full article if you are interested.

Vert Con 2012

This past weekend I had a last minute opportunity to show at small independent comic convention in Chicago. I had to scramble the night before to get everything ready, but it was worth it. I especially had fun making the cut-out characters from the books and sticking them on wires and little wooden bases.

While the attendance to the show was not huge, I still met a bunch of incredible folks. I had four of my books on display, and was really encouraged by everyone's reaction and questions.

Furthermore, as a result of this show, I think I will be sharing a table with a new friend at the Wizard World convention in August. This is a huge comic convention in Chicago that spans over four days. I would not have even thought I could have a chance at showing there, so I am extremely excited and grateful.

Onward...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mystery

This is an image I just submitted to "Cicada" (a poetry magazine). Their upcoming issue has been themed "Mystery," and they are requesting both illustration and poetry submissions. The deadline is June 30th, so you still have time to submit your own work here.

I wanted to try something a little different from my usual work. Looking at the end result, I am still trying to decide how I like it. Regardless, I learned a few things.

In the meantime, I will cross my fingers for the contest. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dancing with a Bear

This is an illustration I recently was commissioned to do for an e-book of poetry.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Order of the Good Death

I just had the great fortune of being featured on the website of the "Order of the Good Death." I could not be more excited about this.

Click here to read their post.

If you have not heard about the "Order of the Good Death" I highly HIGHLY recommend you check them out. Our society can learn much from them.

The Order was started by Caitlin, of "Ask a Mortician" fame.  Click here to see one of her brilliant webisodes.






Monday, May 21, 2012

New Magazine Illustration!


Here is another illustration that I recently did for Ghettoblaster magazine. They always give the best assignments.

This illustration was for a feature on a New Zealand recording label called "Flying Nun Records."

Thanks again to Tracey and David for getting me this assignment.

Onward...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By the time he was twenty-seven, Harold had efficiently and frugally managed both of his parents' funerals

Here is an illustration from my recent book "Crosswalk."

For a free pdf copy of the book or to find out more information about the story click here.