Friday, December 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Peace

Peace on Earth

Hand feeding dove which is the symbol of peace. Oil painting with an old world renaissance feel with a timeless subject matter and message.

Did this back in 1998 for my holiday card. It's on 11" x 14" illustration board. The type was done by transferred copier toner applied with a colorless marker blender. Crackling finish added to complete the look. Prints/posters have been selling quite well on Buy your own here.

Peace on Earth - detail

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Have a great holiday & prospersous New Year!

For over 7 years now my wife and I are faced with coming up with a clever and original holiday card. This years card idea came about by just sitting and thinking about it with my wife. It's the basic idea that all fingerprints and snowflakes are different. I always like to emphasize individuality. This was fun to do too. My wife got the kids prints as well as hers and then I did mine. I then made them into snowflakes in Photoshop of course. The text below is what went inside the card.

holiday card art 2006

holiday card art 2006 detail

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow
because it was important to them:
there ought to be as many for love.

by Margaret Atwood

Friday, December 15, 2006

Illustration Friday - Help

Cover for Tabletalk magazine. Here is a brief description of the process. I started off with 3 different pencil sketches, got approval, took reference photos, created tight pencil, transferred to illustration board, painted main shapes in oils, scanned in, added other details and color adjustments in Photoshop, sent for approval, client loved it, printed on cover. Click the images to see a larger version.

Harvest Time

Harvest Time Detail


US Soldier Reading Tabletalk
Then after all that how cool is it to see your work being scene by brave US soldiers in Iraq. This was back in 2003. If I could show you his face he is smiling in the photo. I feel I HELPED this soldier that day. I am grateful to do so.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

My brother-in-law the Automotive Artist

Lawrence Gardinier is an automotive artist extraordinaire. Not only does he do incredibly detailed paintings for prints, miniature paintings on watches, motorcycles, and cars, he also fixes up cars inside and out and puts his creative painting touches to the cars in ways you have never seen. Check out his hand painted art car! Very cool!

Also he has a Automotive Art Show in Marietta, GA this upcoming weekend.
December, 8th | Friday - 7 pm to 9 pm
December, 9th | Saturday Noon to 5 pm

Location: 2140 Canton Road, Marietta, GA
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I'll be there!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

10 Ways To Help Charities Without Spending A Cent

Want to help but tight on cash? There are a variety of ways you can help charities without spending money: "There seems to be an assumption that the only way that people can help a charitable cause is by donating money. While these organizations are almost always in need of extra cash, there are still ways that you can help without spending..."

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America Freedom to Fascism Authorized version

Please visit to purchase the DVD.

This is the "Director's Final Cut" authorized version of Aaron Russo's documentary, America: Freedom To Fascism (AFTF). It is being uploaded to Google Video for the first time during the evening of October 19-20th, 2006. Aaron has listened to everyone's feedback - volunteers, students, lovers of freedom & liberty, young and old alike - and, true to his word, he is putting this up "for free" on Google Video knowing that the hour has come for Americans to either be awakened to restore the Republic or be swept aside by the dark global forces of fascism that seeks to enslave mankind.

AFTF's main focus comes in a statement with six very simple words: SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM!!

After viewing the movie, please be sure to visit where you will soon be able to view a much higher quality "pay per view" Internet version of AFTF, buy the DVD and sign up as an affiliate to sell/distribute DVDs to others.

We also urge everyone to be sure to sign up as volunteer, register for email alerts and tell your family, friends and neighbors about this groundbreaking movie.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Cell Phone Towers In Disguise + My Cell Tower illustrations

Some folks say cell phone towers can be unsightly, so some providers are becoming masters of disguise. Seeing this on spurred me so show these cell tower illustration derivatives. Here I use the same base art for different purposes. Digitally customized to fit the clients needs.

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