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).
This is a full page portrait illustration for Lodging Magazine. It’s for a story about SkyTouch Technologies president Ric Leutwyler. They specialize in cloud computing for hotels and the art director wanted to incorporate the cloud aspect somehow.
I’ve done a few other head shots for Lodging Magazine over the last few months. Here they are below:
I illustrated this portrait of Vince McMahon, CEO of the WWE, for Grantland Quarterly‘s sixth book. It accompanies a story about McMahon rewriting story lines of the WWE for his own benefit and enjoyment.
The books are great if you can pick one up. They’re full of illustrations and fun sports and entertainment stories from the last few months.
Here is a recap of some work I’ve done in the last couple months. From portraits to lobsters, maps, celebrity sunglasses and a map of Guyana. I have a lot more fun stuff to share in the next few weeks, including details of a major studio move and some new personal work.
For the last few years I’ve illustrated a series of characters for my wife’s letterpress stationery company, Papillon Press. A couple years ago I illustrated the Troublemakers, and last year we debuted the Circus Freaks at the National Stationery Show in New York City.
This year I drew four new characters: Rascals. I wanted to show some various forms of employment for children during the early 1900s (and earlier, too). There is the Spinner, Bootblack, Newsboy and Pickpocket. We will be debuting this series at the National Stationery Show in a couple of weeks. Hopefully they sell as well as the Troublemakers and Circus Freaks have.
I illustrated the cover for a special feature magazine about UMass in the Boston Globe. I was asked to go through the article and pick out some of the most visually interesting topics. The idea of drawing a marching band sounded like fun, and incorporated in each of the letters are Natalie Cole, a farm to represent the UMass history of agriculture, Bill Cosby, a cow for scientific purposes, and the Minuteman statue on one of the campuses.
I laid out some more illustrations for interior pages on scanned encyclopedia pages. A few of the illustrations here include Dr. J, who played for UMass, some more indications of agriculture, and Abraham Lincoln who helped pave the way for the creation of UMass by passing the Morris Act.
My friends over at Illo Confidential have put together a blog post of Mad Men-inspired illustrations and I contributed this piece.
I didn’t really want to draw Don Draper in a suit and tie, and I honestly don’t like the guy very much. So I thought about drawing him before he became Don Draper, or at the moment when he made the decision to take his name [spoiler alert?]. It’s possible he was a decent guy, just a hard-working country boy trying to survive the Korean War.
I like to think of this as the last-known photograph of Dick Whitman.
I illustrated five portrait/landscape combinations for a Minnesota Monthly feature about authors who have written about the State of Minnesota. I illustrated each portrait with a landscape relating to areas they have written about or where they spent a lot of time.
The art director had seen my John Steinbeck illustration and thought that approach would work well for this assignment.
Here is a selection of various portraits I’ve illustrated over the last few months for various publications. I’m lucky to have had a recurring portrait in Cincinnati Magazine for the last year, and monthly portraits for Inc. Magazine and Fast Company for the last 6 months or so.
Sam Weber has been recording audio interviews with illustrators, art directors and designers for about 2 years.
On a recent trip to New York City he asked me to stop by his studio for a chat. We’ve been friends for 26 years, ever since we met in grade 1 in Deep River, Ontario. It was great to sit down and talk with him about comic books, illustration, my experience with school, letterpress, teaching and more.
I’m really honored to have had the opportunity to be interviewed. It’s about an hour long and you can have a listen below. Enjoy!