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.
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.
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.
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.
I had the chance to really get into this assignment with Bicycling Magazine, for a feature about cycling for beginners. It was a feature article where I also illustrated some instructional illustrations and small spots. But the most fun piece was this full-pager to open the feature. Jesse Southerland, the fantastic art director who I worked with on this, wanted a “hero shot” depicting a cyclist on his bike.
I just so happen to have a brother-in-law who is quite the cyclist and knowledgeable about all things bikes. Jean-Marc helped me out by taking reference photos for the instructional illustrations I did and this full-pager. That’s him on the bike! He graciously posed for photos on a rainy Montreal morning and emailed them right away so I could work to meet the deadline. Thanks J-M!
I worked on this fun 3-panel foldout map for Houstonia Magazine for a special insert about Houston’s Museum District.
I really wanted to work in a long scene at the bottom and thankfully, due to the shape of the map area itself, this worked out well with the long format I had to work with. We were able to fit in all the map info we needed and had lots of room left for walking dinosaur skeletons, tigers, a flying fish, and a picnic.
Below are a few detail shots of some of the map, including a few museums and other landmarks directly below.
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.
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.
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.
This next assignment was for a story about Cuban athletes.
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.