Saturday, March 25, 2006

Illustration Friday - Monster

This is a different kind of monster. An HDTV Snake!

I was sought out to do a special cover for the Oz article: "Coiled and Ready to Strike" on HiDef production. OZ: The Journal of Creative Disciplines Jan-Feb 2003.
They loved it so much that they bought rights to use it for the new Hi Def sourcebook:

Close up in your face!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

3 New Portfolio's

I have recently been messing around with iWeb sotfware which is a part of Apple's iLife '06. In about 5-6 hours including time to find and modify the images I was able to layout and publish 3 new portfolios with a total of about 67 illustration samples. It was quite simple and easy to. I edited the images in Photoshop, then imported them into iPhoto, then used the photo gallery template in iWeb, then published it to my .mac account online. Has a cool slideshow and easy navigiation. These are stylized, loose vector and technical illustrations that clients have needed over the years. Quite fun to do. Check it out and let me know what you think of the styles and direction I'm going with them. Any contructive feedback is welcomed.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Illustration Friday - Feet

This is a oldie but goodie I did back at Portfolio Center in 1993. Everyone that sees it has a chuckle. Especailly about the feet. I look back at it now and see all sorts of flaws in it. 12.5" x 16" Oil wash with prismacolor.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tattoo

Here is my Illustration Friday Tattoo entry. I bet I will be the only one to show a tattoo sticker! It's a fairly recent illustration I did. First I created a flat sticker and then distorted it to fit on a backpack. The peice was commissioned by a magazine about an article on traveling abroad and all the health issues to consider for adults and young teens. They wanted a sticker for tattoos and body piercings. Created with Illustrator, Photoshop & Painter.
Here is the final piece that I added the sticker to. It was fun coming up with health issues stickers to look like old travel stickers on a suitcase.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Orphan Works - Resource Page

Calling all artists, illustrators and Photographers. This new legislation could seriously effect your ability to get a decent amount of money for your work and effectively start the end of copyright laws as we know them today. Fax your congressmen opposing this new legislation.

The Illustrators Partnership of America has put together a great resource page about the new legislation about orphan works. It's much better that my attempt in my previous post. It is still not too late to fax or mail your letters. This resource page give you all you need to do it right and fast.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I finally made it to the NY Times!

It's not often that I do some a illustration job that most other people can really relate to. But this recent job I did I thought you might like to know about.

Last week on March 1st I got a call from a Art Director from the New York Times. They had a story they needed illustrated. I said OK sure. We worked out the particulars and I got started real quick. March 6th in the morning I delivered the final and then the next morning (today) I was able to go to my local Publix shopping center and pick up the printed NY Times with my illustration in it. To me that's quite amazing!

They have it online as well at you might need to sign up for a free subsription to see it though.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Illustration Friday - Insect

Oil Painting originally for Tabletalk magazine in 1998. They wanted a bug collection box with a butterfly in the center with ugly bugs in the same box. Is was important that the Monarch glow with beauty. I had fun researching for some other real insects that looked interesting, ugly and even scary. This is mostly done in thin oils with a little colored pencil for the wood grain. Size is about 16" wide.