Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wow, I went from being so slammed with work I couldn't sleep to having so little work I can't sleep. You'd think after 40 years of this I'd be used to the ups and downs, but, sadly, no.

Anyway, I have had some work in the studio to keep me out of mischief.

I got to do another in the series of posters for Eat N Park Hospitality Group. These are in-house safety posters using the department head VPs as the subjects. My client said they're so popular that people are vying to be on the next one each month.

This is a vector logo I drew for my friends' series of how-to classes. They make the best stuff out of what you would think is junk. Very cool stuff.

Capitalizing on the new technique I'm using for the safety posters, I drew (painted?) this sample to send to my publisher, Penguin Random House, to try to get to do the covers for the books I illustrate the interiors of. No dice. I've never seen anything as compartmentalized as the publishing world.

And, lastly, these are some of the finished illustrations for the bio of Nikola Tesla I'm working on. Can you tell I'm having big fun?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Busy busy busy

Wow, another unintentionally long hiatus from posting. Until recently, it has been chaos in the studio working as fast as I could on all kinds of fun, interesting projects. Now, it's quiet again and I'll have a few days before the panic sets in that I don't have any work. "Gee, that looks like a good dumpster to live out of."

Four months ago I was approached by Eat n Park Hospitality Group to do some safety posters for in-house use. They sent me some samples of the style they were looking for and asked if I could do it. The pieces they sent were all 80s airbrush work and it took me a while to figure out how to pull them off in Photoshop. The fun twist is that they wanted the faces of their various VPs on the posters. It's a fun series to work on and I can't wait to start the next one. They are so popular amongst their people that VPs are vying for their own poster.

Another fun project I'm still working on is another book for Penguin Random House, Who Was Nikola Tesla. Who doesn't love Nikola Tesla?

This comic book project was insanely fun. A lot of it had to be drawn so as to be animated, which made for quite a chore keeping layers labeled. Can't wait to see the animations and printed comic.

This was an oil painting commission for Christmas. The client wanted a portrait of their deceased dog in a copy of Wyeth's Christine's World. Quite a challenge since Christine's World is a very large egg-tempera painting and this is an 11x14" oil on paper. Still, I'm very happy with the finished painting. And so is the client, which is what matters.

I somehow found time to squeeze in this full-page illustration for a gardening magazine. Some stuff is just too fun to pass up.

And, finally, I attended a WPaSCBWI event on picture books and spent the day listening to interesting lectures and doodling. It's what I do.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Yikes, it's been a long time since I've been here. It's been slow in the studio so I've been working on some personal projects. Take a look:

An oil on canvas painting of my wife in her happy place.

An oil on paper painting of Edward Pigford, Pittsburgh resident and survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Her returned to Pittsburgh after the battle and spent his later years trading his story for drinks in taverns. Unfortunately, I was too busy in the studio to get this done for the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators show in time. Oh well, at least it's a good sample.

I've always loved drawing with pen and ink. I have a HUGE collection of fountain pens from when I used to draw on paper. I wanted to see if I could get the same feel digitally and I'm pretty happy with how this Photoshop rendering came out.

Of course, I couldn't resist adding color to my line art. The color was done in ArtRage5. If you haven't tried that program you don't know what you're missing.

This painting of Puddles Pity Party was started before he wound up on America's Got Talent. BTW, why isn't it called America Has Talent? Wouldn't that be easier on the tongue? Anyway, it's oil on paper, which is a technique I'm really enjoying.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Well, it's the holidays, which is like having a second unpaid job for a month. There's ALWAYS some holiday-related thing that needs to be done.  Case in point? Here's our Holiday card for this year. Really had a hard time coming up with the subject due to the fear and anxiety about the future. Also, it had to be kinda simple in order for me to shoe horn it into my schedule. This is Prismacolor pencil on bristol with digital washes.
             I hope you all the best in the new year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Whew, you know that old axiom that if you want something done give it to the busy person? Well, don't. Just kidding, my schedule is finally cleared up. So, got work?

Finished up 80 illustrations for a book about the Galapagos Islands for Penguin Random House. Now I can draw tortoises in my sleep!

Speaking of Penguin Random House, also just finished 80 sketches for a biography of Chuck Jones. Yes, now I can draw animators in my sleep.

Also had the opportunity to do a series of 9 illustrations for Cobblestone Magazine depicting important historical figures from Chicago. Since it's a kids magazine I always have to "youth-enize" the portraits.

A friend discovered this portrait I painted a few years ago. It's hanging in a doctor's office.

And I'm still hoping to find time to get back to this painting.

In the meantime, I've really been enjoying our weekly figure drawing sessions. It's nice to get away from the Wacom tablet and draw from real life.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Geez, I get started posting and then can't stop. Some more stuff going on:

Our local figure group has been going strong again. Yay! And I'm not saying that just because it's close to my house. The group of artists each week is crazy-talented and fun.

Decided to get a new painting on the easel in hopes that working on something for myself would cosmically cause new paying work to come in.

Chartiers Creek was nearly at flood stage last week so I talked a buddy into a mid-day paddle and beers after.

Last Saturday I joined a group of old friends for a brewery tour. I bailed after the 4th one but they soldiered on to do 9 breweries.