Spring – Popular Science


I worked on these illustrations for an article about springtime for Popular Science magazine. We have a yellow-rumped warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, Japanese mountain cherry, and lance-leafed violet.

I’m happy to now be seeing some amazing woodpeckers and blue jays flying around my neighborhood. I even saw a bald eagle recently which is a  pretty incredible sight.


Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls


My favorite player in the NBA right now is Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. He’s full of energy and hustle and is a ton of fun to watch.

In high school I made drawings of my favorite Bulls players before the playoffs, photocopied them and gave them to friends. I loved to draw and wanted to bring good luck to my team. They won three championships in the years I did that back then, but of course they had Michael Jordan on their team.

If you’re a Bulls fan and are interested in buying prints of this piece, check out my Etsy shop, or check out A Spectacular Move for more of my NBA illustrations.


Portraits for ESPN The Magazine



I’m always excited to work with ESPN The Magazine. It’s always been really well designed and they use some great illustrations. Here are a couple projects I’ve been fortunate to have worked on with them recently.

This first one is about the trial of football player Aaron Hernandez and some of the people associated with the case. The portraits were packaged up and designed really nicely by Munehito Sawada into this great family-tree style layout showing the who’s who of the trial. I’ve been doing a few projects lately with this approach to portraits, more of a pencil sketch look than my usual two-tone ink portraits. They’re a lot of fun to do and great for jobs with quick turnaround times.

Design by Munehito Sawada

Design by Munehito Sawada for ESPN

Design by Munehito Sawada

Design by Munehito Sawada for ESPN

This next assignment was for a story about Cuban athletes.


José Dariel Abreu, Chicago White Sox


José Fernández, Florida Marlins


Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders Football Club

Seattle Visitor Guide Map


I illustrated a maps for the winter/spring Seattle Visitor’s Guide which is published by the Seattle Visitor Bureau and SagaCity Media (publisher of SeattleMet magazine). I was given a list of landmarks and neighborhoods to illustrate andenjoyed learning about Seattle. They have a giant troll sculpture under a bridge! Pretty cool.

This map was reproduced for an international market with the only change being the addition of Japanese baseball player Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners, in place of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.


Hisashi Iwakuma


Russell Wilson


Jimi Hendrix statue in Capitol Hill

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Portrait Roundup – Celebrities, NHL Rookies, Chefs, Authors and More


Celebrity portraits for AARP Magazine

I thought it was time for a much-needed blog  update of some of the work I’ve been doing over the last few months. To start with, here are a bunch of portraits (and some computer mice) that I’ve worked on for various publications.


USC Dornsife Magazine


Author portraits for The Boston Globe

My sketchy pencil style of portraits has been pretty popular with art directors and I really enjoy working on them. It’s nice to get loose with my line work like this now and then. Stephen King’s distinctive mouth is very hard to draw, by the way.


History of the computer mouse for Rogers Connected Magazine

One of the first computer mice was a square piece of wood with a metal cylinder and one red button. How far we’ve come.


NHL rookies for Rogers Connected


Chef portraits for Houstonia

It was great to work with Chris Skiles at the new Houstonia Magazine.


Portraits for Inc. Magazine


Inc. Magazine


AFAR Magazine



Machu Picchu

My wife and I spent the first 20 days of 2014 traveling through Peru. We had wanted to visit for years and we were so excited to finally get the chance to go.

Of course visiting Machu Picchu was right at the top of our list of things to do, but there were so many other places to see and activities to do. We filled up our three weeks in Cusco, horseback riding in the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins, hiking in the jungle down the Amazon river, dodging moto-taxis in Iquitos and relaxing on the south coast.

I packed a sketching stool and my sketching kit, complete with a small travel watercolor set, pens, pencils and two brushes. At Machu Picchu we hiked up Wayna Picchu, the large mountain overlooking Machu Picchu to the south. Back at the ruins we found a good place to set up our stools and set to work. This was a difficult sketch, not just because of the angles, small buildings and stonework, but because it was hard to look away from the view to mark it in my sketchbook.

I would recommend to anyone visiting Machu Picchu to stay as late as you can, when most of the other visitors have left (they started rounding people up for closing around 4:30). We practically had the place to ourselves (with the exception of what looked like the crew of a Japanese reality show).


Qorikancha, Cusco.







NOOK Collective Holiday Art Show


South Porcupine


This is a piece I contributed to the NOOK Collective  Holiday Art show in Toronto this past weekend. The only requirement in creating my piece was to keep it circular.

I made a special trip to Toronto for the opening and had a great time seeing all the excellent work and catching up with some of my teachers from Sheridan who I haven’t seen for about 10 years! Thanks to everyone who came out to the show and to the organizers for inviting me to be a part of it.

If you’re interested in purchasing this piece please send me an email for more details.

The Raven


I illustrated this raven and the classic “Nevermore” from the Edgar Allen Poe poem ‘The Raven’. It is letterpress printed and part of the Papillon Press card line. It’s too late to send now for Hallowe’en, but you can buy individual cards here.



Apple’s Cupertino – The Los Angeles Times


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.

Illustration in print

Illustration in print

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