Road Trips – Texas Journey Magazine

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I illustrated these vintage postcard style illustrations for the American Automobile Association magazine Texas Journey. The imagery I used includes landmarks and sites along three road trips outlined in the magazine, including the Texas Independence Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina through Virginia), and Hawaii Island’s Scenic Byways.

It had been a little while since I’d illustrated one of these pieces and along came an assignment where I was asked to do two of them. They’re a lot of fun for me to work on and while very time consuming, I love how they turn out in the end.

I’ve been meaning to illustrate one based on my little village of Westport, Ontario, so hopefully this will finally be the year I get that done.

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Sir John A. Macdonald Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

Sir John A. Macdonald coin (image by the Royal Canadian Mint)

Sir John A. Macdonald coin (image by the Royal Canadian Mint)

I am excited to once again share a coin I illustrated for the Royal Canadian Mint. This coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John Alexander Macdonald.

The coin is 34 mm, 1/2 oz silver and gold plated figure of Sir John A. The mintage is 10,000. It’s extremely exciting to see my illustrations reproduced in coin form, engraved in fine silver or gold.

I took a tour of the Mint last weekend and one of the coins they passed around as an example of different finishes and technology was this one.  It was pretty funny to be in the crowd of visitors and have my own coin handed to me during the tour.

Here are a few more images of the coin, and an animated GIF at the bottom showing the original drawing to the finished coin.

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Close-up of the coin. The dust and small scratches are on the plastic protective case, not the coin itself, thankfully!

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The reflections on the silver background create a nice contrast with the gold figure of Sir John A.

 

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Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

I’m very excited to share my first ever coin for The Royal Canadian Mint.

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2 oz gold coin. Mintage of 300. Rare!

2 oz silver coin. Mintage of 5000.

2 oz silver coin. Mintage of 5000.

Original pencil drawing

Original pencil drawing

This collector coin celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Last Spike, the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway that linked eastern Canada to the west.

I was asked to depict a 1914-era steam train traveling over the Grand Trunk Bridge in Saskatoon. It took a lot of research to find the correct era train and to find images of the bridge. Being my first coin, I wasn’t sure how much detail I could get away with for something that would be reproduced so small. The silver coin is 54 mm in diameter, and even that is pretty large for a coin. I decided to just draw the image with as much detail as I wanted and hope the engravers would find a way to make it work. They made it even better than I could have imagined, adding detail to the water and clouds, textures to the bridge and train and finding a way to reproduce even the smallest details.

This is the type of dream job that is such a dream that it doesn’t even make the list of dream jobs, it seems so unattainable. I never thought I’d have my artwork on a coin and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Letterpress Christmas Cards 2014

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I have been drawing holiday cards for my wife’s stationery company, Papillon Press, for a few years now. I draw a couple of cards and she draws a couple to add to the holiday collection every year. Our cards are carried in stores throughout North America and a few shops in Europe. If you’re looking to buy some new cards for the season, you can take a look at our holiday selection here.

This year we drew some mischievous animals. Here are my two contributions for 2014.

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Merry Dam X-Mas

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Penguin Presents

 

Portraits for Billboard Magazine

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Here are some portraits I illustrated for Billboard Magazine. I drew these people for a feature about 1984: Pop Music’s Best Year Ever. They are Jack Antonoff, Katharine Hamnett, Patton Oswalt and Camille Pagila.

The feature was so great, it was written up on Robert Newman’s Newmanology blog. Below are the fun and fantastic looking spreads that my work appeared on, designed by Patrick Crowley at Billboard Magazine.

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NBA Preview – Los Angeles Times

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I’ve wanted to do an NBA Preview illustration for a long time. Well, any NBA illustration sounds pretty good to me, so when I got the call to do a full page illustration for the Los Angeles Times about the upcoming NBA Season (tip off tonight!) I was excited to take it on.

I illustrated four West Coast and 4 East Coast players, including an injured Kevin Durant and a revitalized Derrick Rose. Tim Duncan is in there too, feeling ignored.

Thanks to Michael for a really fun assignment. Go Bulls.

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Progress shot. Drawing the players separately.

 

TIME Magazine

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Robert De Niro, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Patrick Harris for TIME

I’m excited to share these three portraits I illustrated for TIME Magazine. I have wanted to work with TIME for years. It’s one of those magazines you can tell people you’ve worked with and they come away pretty darn impressed (Playboy is a big hit as a client too).

I don’t actually illustrate many celebrities, unless they’re real estate, business or food celebrities, so it was nice to take a crack at at least a couple recognizable faces. De Niro has such a great face to draw.

Summer Sketches

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Psychic tent in Port Townsend, Washington.

When the weather is nice I try to get outside and find something to paint with my watercolor travel set. I made a couple paintings this summer while road-tripping through Oregon and Washington and a few more around where I live. I pack a small travel stool with me on each of these trips and I usually spend a couple of hours on each one.

I’m always scouting out new things to draw in my area. There are quite a few places I have my eye on. I’m not hardcore enough to paint outside in the winter, so I’ll have to wait until next year to get to those. You can see some of my other plein air paintings here and here.

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Vista House, along the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

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Allans Mill Road building, near Perth, Ontario

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Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario

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Abandoned store and gas pump on Bowes Mill Road near Perth, Ontario

 

Summer Portrait Roundup!

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Report on Business – Smart Money column

Here is a little recap of some of the portraits I’ve been working on over the last few months (and in the case of the above portraits for Report on Business, I’ve been working on those once a month for over a year). It’s been a great summer of drawing faces and many other things. For now, here are some favorite for clients such as Boston Magazine, Real Simple, ESPN Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

Portraits for Boston Magazine

Portraits for Boston Magazine

Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin O'Leary

Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin O’Leary for Connected for Business

Phil Mickelson, Dante Scarnecchia and Bo Jackson for ESPN, The Magazine

Phil Mickelson, Dante Scarnecchia and Bo Jackson for ESPN, The Magazine

Bloggers for Real Simple

Bloggers for Real Simple

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Real Simple

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Felicity’s hair through four seasons for Entertainment Weekly

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