NOOK Collective Holiday Art Show

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South Porcupine

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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

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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.

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Apple’s Cupertino – The Los Angeles Times

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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

Brilliant 10 – Popular Science

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Full Page Spread for Popular Science – Brilliant 10

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:

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Portraits and Style

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Unpublished Portraits for New York Magazine

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).

An elusive Pierre Cardin tuxedo for New York Magazine

An elusive Pierre Cardin tuxedo for New York Magazine

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.

Caring for your leather jacket - Men's Health

Caring for your leather jacket – Men’s Health

Scanning New Horizons

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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.

 

Pickup Artists Panel – New York Magazine

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The State of Seduction – A Roundtable of pickup artists

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.

 

Westport Marina

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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.

Financial Road Map – Los Angeles Times

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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.

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