Tuesday, December 28, 2010

3x3 Annual

3x3 Illustration Annual No. 7
cover illustration by Shout

Get your hands on one of these little books - you'll be blown away. You can buy them online here. To say I'm honored to be featured with so talented a group is a huge understatement. The work represented this year is INSANE good. Hmmmm, might just have to find a new line of work...

p.s. the freshly printed ink smells good too

Monday, December 20, 2010

three great cities

Just a few more lettering samples inspired by some of my favorite cities. For those of you who live in or are visiting any of these places right now, please send a one-way first class plane ticket. Seriously though, get out there and take it all in! I'm infinitely jealous.
: )

Thursday, December 16, 2010

an autumnal smooch

Okay I know it's a little late, but Fall seemed especially quick this year, I remember walking the dogs around the neighborhood a few times (very much like this illustration minus the girlfriend and PDA). But then all of the sudden there was 2 ft. of snow on the ground. Oh well, this one's for you Fall 2010!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

street art

I've been on this lettering kick lately and wanted to make a design that featured some of Ohio City's unique streets all jumbled together, kind of like the real neighborhood.

Friday, November 12, 2010

a little beauty and gloom

Just posting the latest Cleveland cityscapes with a couple portrait studies mixed in.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

stack of meat

This was for a story in the November issue of Eating Well Magazine connecting high-protein diets with Osteoporosis in women. Serious subject, but we wanted to create something 'a little funny' to pull the reader in. So go easy on the turkey this thanksgiving ladies!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

he's back...

Not sure if you've seen him around but he's back with a new book. While I was going through my old things I stumbled upon this. A sign I made during the 2004 election that through an unknown turn of events ended up in the IFC documentary film ...So Goes the Nation. I nearly fell out of my seat at the Cedar-Lee when I saw these shots in the film's preview. Good times.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Latest George

So I recently got back from a weekend trip to DC and (naturally) felt inspired to make this. A dream opportunity would be a children's book (in this or a similar style) about George. I've been mulling over some story ideas. I'll keep at it. : ) You can view pics from the trip on my facebook album here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Tuesday - November 2, 2010

All of the recent (sometimes hateful) rhetoric made me think back on that old Emma Lazarus poem I probably last read in 4th grade. In that benevolent spirit, I wanted to make something that highlights the good this country is capable of. I posted Emma Lazarus's poem below, it's worth another read.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

San Diego AIDS Walk 2010

I designed this for the San Diego AIDS Walk 2010. It was also printed on the September cover of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times seen here. It's a great cause, I was honored to be able to make a contribution.

Poster Designs

I was going through my old work and found these posters. One is for a local theater company, Mercury Summer Stock, and the other was for an Art Show at American Greetings. I liked the lettering in these and have been doing more stuff like this, I'll try to post soon!

Thread Magazine - Fall 2010

I've been working with Thread Magazine on some fun assignments. These silhouettes accompanied a story on Pattern-free sewing. I just thought there was something fun and 'kinda hot' with the photo/illustration combination here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Joan Harris

Another great season has come to a close... what ever will I do with myself? See you next Summer Madmen!

"I can't wait until next year when all of you are in Vietnam. You will be pining for the day when someone was trying to make your life easier. When you're over there, and you're in the jungle and they're shooting at you, remember you're not dying for me because I never liked you."

-Joan Harris

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Summer spots

These were inspired by a favorite film, the Talented Mr. Ripley. Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, 1960's Italy... The part that kills me here, is that when I was still working on them, I accidentally saved over the layered file with this flattened jpeg. So this low-res version is all I have to show for a near week's worth of work. Ah digital media...

Friday, October 22, 2010

the Sun

During a recent extended hospital stay, I found it uplifting to draw Suns. I brought them home and made these from the sketches. There's a little Alexander Girard influence and definitely some Antonio Frasconi in that last one. I also love the various Suns featured on the CBS Sunday morning show.

Today's Parent

I did this illustration late in 2009 for a fun story about a musically-inclined family.

Peaceable Kingdom Press

Another fun greeting card assignment this time with PK Press. I'm including my original version and the finished design with the their excellent lettering addition, it totally makes the card.

p.s. Big thanks to Rob for that awesome "Andy Warhol blotted-line" demo baby!!!

More AG Father's Day

These are three of my favorite samples from another 2010 Father's day program with AG. The 'planning' called for a Charlie Harper-Jon Klassen hybrid style (specifically citing Charlie Harpers great Ford Times magazine illustrations). I really enjoyed the assignment.

American Greetings Father's Day

I didn't get a chance to see if these actually made it to the racks but I had fun with these and liked the line of cards for their simplicity. The images were to be 'dicut' out so you could see through to the colored background.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Textile Design

Earlier in the year, I had the chance to work with a local home accessories design firm Blonder Inc. Together with friend and Art Director, Jeff Zelmer, we collaborated on pattern designs for a shower and bath accessories program for Target and Lowes Home.