For the Los Angeles Times Sunday Business cover about Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, California. The campus is estimated to be the size of the Pentagon and according to the article, “Apple envisions the 176-acre campus as its own Fortress of Solitude that will cut off northeast Cupertino from the public.”
The art director, Derek Simmons, suggested I play off the imagery of a well-known Cupertino mural depicting its old storefronts, a granary and farmer’s fields. I wanted to show an older man painting over the mural of the Cupertino he knew with an image of the new Cupertino. A young woman plays on her phone in an “out with the old, in with the new” approach.
When I was asked to illustrate 10 people for a full-page spread for Popular Science magazine I got a bit nervous since I’d never drawn that many people interacting with each other before. I was excited for the challenge though and it was a lot trickier than I thought it would be to arrange these scientists into a laboratory composition.
The Brilliant 10 are ten people who in the last year have made great steps forward in different scientific fields.
One of the tricky parts was having each person engaged in something relating to their area of expertise. I had a lot of fun playing around with composition and poses to make them all fit comfortably over the two pages. Here are some detail shots below:
I recently drew these portraits for New York Magazine. Unfortunately a few days before the magazine went to print the story was killed so the portraits didn’t run. However, the art director asked for a straightforward tuxedo illustration to accompany a story about an elusive, out-of-style Pierre Cardin tuxedo. Happily this one made it to print (albeit without the blue lines).
While we’re talking about jackets, I thought I’d show this recent illustration of a leather jacket I drew for a Men’s Health column about caring for your leather jackets. It’s Fall jacket weather now, so break out those bomber jackets.
I’m a bit obsessed with logging imagery these days and have bought a few books and started reading stories about Canadian lumberjacks and their travels. It’s pretty interesting stuff. I even bought an old cant hook I found at a flea market nearby. So why not draw some of this stuff?
One of the stories I read was about a guy whose job it was to climb trees and chop off the branches going all the way to the top. When he got to close to the height of the tree he would chop off the top 20 feet or so and watch it fall to the ground below. This one logger was so incredibly fast at descending the tree that he would throw his hat in the air and race it to the bottom.
This illustration is about reaching that apex and taking in the view. More logging illustrations to come, I’m sure.
I have 6 portraits in the current issue of New York Magazine‘s sex issue. These folks are part of a roundtable of pickup artists who were interviewed in the issue. I’ve wanted to work with New York Magazine ever since I started promoting myself as an illustrator. I did a few portfolio drop-offs there back in the day and have had them on my wish list for quite a while.
This assignment came in with about a 16 hour turnaround time, so I was very relieved when the art director loved the sketch I sent in so much he suggested I submit my sketches as the finals. I’ve always liked how my portrait sketches turn out so I am more than happy to see them in print.
My wife and I recently moved to Westport, a village in Eastern Ontario. It’s a great little spot and we have a nice studio to work out of behind our house. It’s pretty ideal for my illustration studio and my wife’s letterpress studio. I’ll be posting some photos of that as it starts to come together (or if you’re so inclined, I post occasional photos of it on Instagram).
Our first sketch outing together was to the Westport marina where this old gas station caught our eye. We brought our dog Peanut along and he lay in the shade while we were drawing. A man came by and asked us to draw his boat, but it was a pretty boring speedboat and not as interesting as this old shanty. A few people came and went to fill up their tanks, forcing us to take a break for a few minutes until they moved their boats out of the scene.
There are a lot of interesting places to sketch around here, so hopefully I’ll be able to get out and do more sketching throughout the summer.
This piece was published in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. It was for a special section called Investment Quarterly and I was given a list of six signs that had to be shown forecasting specific financial investments.
I thought it would be fun to draw a couple of people who get lost on a road trip. They pull their old jalopy over at the side of the road (at least the view is nice) and they’re encountered with this assortment of signs. This was a fun one and I am glad I was able to draw an old jalopy and then use the word jalopy in my blog three times.
There are a couple popular spots in Boston called KO Pies where you can buy delectable Australian meat pies. I illustrated this piece above for the Foodthinkers.com website for an article about the owner of KO Pies in Boston. The pies remind me a bit (in appearance, since I haven’t tried them) of the French Canadian tourtière.
So why the pies and yachts? We wanted to tell the story about the chef who traveled the world for a few years before settling down in Boston. He sailed around from the Caribbean to Europe, working as the chef aboard a private yacht and honing his pie making skills.
If you’ve ever tried one of these pies let me know if they’re as good as I’m told!
I illustrated this full spread for Brooklyn Bound magazine before the NBA season started last year. At that time the Brooklyn Nets, formerly the New Jersey Nets, hadn’t revealed their jerseys yet, the designs hadn’t been leaked and I wasn’t quite sure what kind of jerseys the players should wear. I ended up with what I thought was their jersey designs, but was instead a fan’s interpretation of what they could look like.
Anyway, it was a ton of fun working on this illustration with some Brooklyn buildings and landmarks (Coney Island Cyclone, elevated train, water towers, Brooklyn Bridge, etc…). The players I included are Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace.
I was able to take in a Brooklyn Nets game in March this year and checked out the new Barclay’s Center. It’s a really impressive arena and a friendly, inebriated man bought both my wife and I a beer for taking his photo with his cell phone. I would definitely go back (and hope to sit near that guy again).