19 July 2009

Signs of Life

The summer continues to drag on, but the slowdown is starting to show signs of perking up (and just in time, coincidentally, with the wind-down with this local theater production I've been involved with). The illustration above (shown with the type layout in which it was used) was a book cover for Llewellyn that I've been working on over the past few weeks. In addition, I've also started another game board project, which shall keep me on my toes for the next few months.

The illustration above was one that I completed earlier this week for the Chronicle of Higher Education (on different skill sets required for Deans vs Professors), and below is a small spot that I did for the Wall Street Journal a few days ago.

10 July 2009


A few projects for the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks, but work continues to be rather slow this summer. Fortunately, I have been keeping busy with side projects, and a few larger projects which are currently in the works. The illustration above was another for the 'health care' column that I've been illustrating since 2002, this one on 'invisible' hearing aids. Below was a rather tricky illustration on 'target date funds'.

The local theater production of "Woody Guthrie's American Song" (cast photo from the first number in the show pictured above, and that's me with the guitar) with which I am involved continues through the first half of July, and we've been very busy with preparations and promotions. Singing the national anthem at the local minor league ballpark on the fourth was a lot of fun (pictured left), and the show has opened this week to appreciative audiences and a good review in the paper. It's been a lot of fun working with this talented cast, and in appreciation I worked up a number of 'thank you buttons' to hand out as gifts, and redrew the 'Woody portrait' that I had done for the tee shirts in a small size for that format. (pictured below)

I got a photo preview of how the 'presidents' are being used for that upcoming 'wooden block' project, and I'm continuing to put together a promotional postcard using all these presidential portraits that I did last month (will post that design when I get it completed). Work has also begun on another large board game project for my client in Helsinki, and I should have some samples of these illustrations in the coming months.

30 June 2009

Woody (and the last of the presidents)

Worked up another tee shirt design this morning for the Woody Guthrie show that I'm involved with through Heritage Theater. These will be sold as souvenir tee shirts in the lobby during the show's run. This was a leftover design from the 'cast tee shirts' that I worked on a few weeks ago.

Additionally, I've finally worked my way through the last of the president portraits for the upcoming wooden block project. As I said before, I'm thinking of using these for a promo postcard this summer, and will post the design for that in a few days.

29 June 2009

Would you believe... more Presidents?

Continuing to work my way through the 44 presidential portraits for an upcoming wooden toy block project, and starting to get very near the finish line with this project, with only 5 more to go. Thinking that if I combined these into a single image, and colorized them, it might make a nice self promo postcard for this summer.

Additionally, over the weekend, I had an interesting challenge from my Hong Kong client. They wanted a portrait for a cover illustration done in the style of Japanese 'Manga' - the tricky part was in both capturing a likeness of the subject while adhering to the stylistic constraints.

26 June 2009

And More Presidents

Continuing to work my way through the presidents for an upcoming 'wooden blocks' project. So far, the hardest ones have been the 'C' presidents, Carter, Clinton, and now Coolidge (took me three attempts to get Coolidge right). Also, getting to the point in the list where I've got several 'bearded' presidents in a row. Why don't we get presidents with facial hair anymore? I think Obama needs to grow a goatee.

Earlier this week, I had another project for the Miami Herald, this one on the effect that the health care reforms may have on Florida's economy.

25 June 2009

Yet More Presidential Dudes

Work is starting to show signs of picking back up again, after a two or three week dry spell, but I'm continuing on with the Presidential portraits whenever I have a little spare time during the workday.

On wednesday, I had a rush job of 4 small spots for the Wall Street Journal, as a way of explaining the 'vanilla mortgage' concept. (pictured below) - the 4 concepts were as follows, left to right: "underwriting process", "structure", "other tools (online mortgage calculators)", "disclosures"

24 June 2009

Even More Presidents

Over half done with the presidents, and starting to jump around with regards to chronological order, just to keep things interesting to me and help keep the style consistent across the board. As I've said before in previous entries, these are for an upcoming 'presidential wooden blocks set' that has actually been put on hold, but since the workload has been sort of light the past few weeks, I've started to go ahead with them just to keep busy, and possibly get a jump on upcoming schedule difficulties.

The illustration was another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine that I completed this week. This one was a little atypical, with the story set in a Nordic/Viking settlement.

23 June 2009

More Presidents

Continuing to render each of the 44 United States Presidential portraits for an upcoming wooden toy block project, as a way of planning ahead, and, at the very least, pad my back catalog, whilst the summer slow season slowly ambles along. My favorite so far, has to be Martin Van Buren (pictured above). What a great face, and hairdo!

Also, had another of those 'health care spots' for the Wall Street Journal on Monday (pictured below).