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!
This illustration is for American Way, the in-flight magazine of American Airlines. The article is about collecting art and what to think about when you’re starting to buy artwork. What kind of work should you look for, how much should you spend, and where do you start looking?
I painted a few images in frames to hover in the sky, and my wife, Chantal, allowed me to use one of her paintings in the oval frame in the lower right. It was nice to find a way to have our work appear together. That’s a Picasso self-portrait you see as well, but I painted it myself, as it just didn’t feel right to include the ones I found online.
My brother-in-law’s girlfriend was around while I was working on this and agreed to pose for me. Thanks, Anne-Marie (sorry for making you a brunette)! And thanks to Peanut, as always, for agreeing to pose as well.
I’m really excited to show you this cover illustration I did for Seattle Met‘s travel issue. It was an exciting process from start to finish, trying to decide what the right image for the cover would be. The design director, André Mora, and the team decided to go with this above view of Hanauma Bay beach in Hawaii and some snorkelers.
What’s always great about working with André is the collaboration in making an illustration. For this cover it really helped in making the design and illustration work well together.
I submitted a bunch of different sketch ideas based on André’s suggestions to see what would work best for the cover. It’s tough to have a cover approved, especially an illustrated one. So we really wanted to give as many options as possible to the publisher to show what we were thinking for a cover direction. I played with a few rough cover layouts I was sent and I worked my illustrations around them.
You can see we ventured away from the beach scene in the early stages for a couple sketches of Paris rooftops. The feature’s concentration seemed to be on the beaches though, so we went back to that for some sketch revisions and then on to the final.
Below is the final illustration without the cover design. It looks nice on its own, but I love how the cover design makes it feel complete, especially with the text in the middle and all the snorkelers swimming towards it.
I made a couple of drawings to celebrate Michael Jordan‘s 50th birthday this year on February 17th. It had been a long time since I last drew him. It was probably 2002 when I painted his face on a poster when I saw him play during his Washington Wizards days. Before that, I would draw him all the time in high school, making a drawing of him every year before the playoffs started and giving copies to all my friends.
I don’t give them away anymore, but you can pick up prints in my shop.
Here are some portraits I illustrated for Atlanta Magazine earlier this year. Each pairing is of brothers in the Atlanta area who are running restaurants together in some capacity.
Look away vegans, these cuts of meat were illustrated for the LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine.
In Ontario we buy our liquor, wine and beer from the LCBO (the Liquor Control Board of Ontario) or the Beer Store. Yes, that is the name. Do you want to run to the corner store and buy a 6-pack of beer or bottle of wine? You won’t find any there! But head to the LCBO and you’ll find liquor aplenty as well as a beautiful magazine called Food & Drink. It is a free magazine with food and drink recipes, great photography and as of this month’s issue, tasty meat illustrations.
I’m happy to share with you some new Valentine’s Day illustrations I made for my wife’s letterpress stationery company, Papillon Press.
The first one, Picture Perfect, comes from my love of old cameras. I still use a Pentax ME SLR film camera, as well as my dad’s old Olympus. I have a couple more oldies in my collection too. What lovely lady or charming chap wouldn’t love a card pronouncing them to be picture perfect in the eyes of the beholder?
The second one is inspired by Neil Young’s song, Heart of Gold (have a listen here). You can give this one to your sweetheart and tell her that you’ve been searchin’ for a heart of gold, but now you’ve found one. This beauty is printed in gold ink.
My wife, Chantal, prints all the cards on our old Chandler & Price letterpress and does a fantastic job. If you have a stationery store in your neighborhood and would love to see our cards in there, feel free to leave a comment with the store’s name.
These cards, and many more, can be purchased for Valentine’s Day in our online store.
I will attempt to contain my excitement while writing this post but if you know me then you know that working for ESPN, The Magazine, has been a dream client of mine for as long as I’ve been an illustrator.
The first issues I ever bought came when Michael Jordan was in his last year as a Chicago Bull. I remember one issue chronicled Jordan’s playing career and his impact on the game, illustrating the article with full page art by some great illustrators. I forgot about that issue for a few years until I was in school for illustration. I remember mentioning it to one of my teachers who replied, “I should have been in that issue!”
Then not too long ago while living in Brooklyn, I was living half a block away from Walgreen’s. Every week or two I’d check in to see if they had a new issue of ESPN and I’d flip through to see what illustrators has work in the issue.
It is definitely a career highlight, one name marked off on my Dream Client List and one of my favorite assignments of 2012.
So, here are a few portraits I worked on for them of some former sports stars. I was asked to portray them during specific times in their careers (and not smiling).
This fun assignment came late last year from Playboy. I was asked to illustrate a map some of the top off-roading locations in the USA (and one in Mexico) and to incorporate some of the landmarks/landscape from those areas. The Jeep Moab, flying over the desert terrain of Mexico, is the suggested vehicle for such an expedition.
Here are a few detail shots:
This issue should be on shelves now if you’re looking for an excuse to pick it up.