Yesterday I showed you a portrait of Adam Savage I illustrated for this month’s Wired Magazine. In the same issue (The Geek Dad issue) I also have a bunch of these cool hacker tools. This isn’t the full collection, so you’ll have to check out the issue to see them all. These things were lots of fun to draw.
If you pick up the issue I also have a few other drawings, including some that accompany an article about how to construct the best broom fort (I built it myself and it was pretty cool), how to build a trebuchet and how to build a hovercraft. It’s a highly recommended issue for Geek Dads.
I have a portrait of Adam Savage (Mythbusters) in the new issue of Wired Magazine. The version at the top is the one they went with, but I submitted a couple different versions in case they worked better in their layout.
I have some more drawings in the same issue. I’ll post those here soon! It’s always great to work for Wired Magazine.
I illustrated this Mother’s Day card recently for my wife’s letterpress stationery company, Papillon Press. I wanted to illustrate some portraits of classic TV mothers (but mostly I just wanted to draw Peg Bundy).
From left to right: Rose Hyland (Golden Girls), Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show), Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch), Lorelei Gilmore (The Gilmor Girls), Roseanne Connor (Roseanne), Peg Bundy (Married With Children).
If you want to pick one up for your mother, you can get them in our Etsy shop. Keep an eye out for my Father’s Day card (Al Bundy and friends!).
Here’s another great project for Outdoor Life magazine. I was asked to illustrate a series of maps to accompany an article about hunting road trips in the United States. I’ve done a few maps before but these were definitely the most fun so far.
I illustrated the various fish and game you’d find along these road trips as well as a few landmarks and elements of the landscape. Eugene, Oregon has a VW bus, there’s a covered bridge in the upstate New York/Vermont area and a pair of cowboy boots on the map depicting Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
You can find more work like this in my Drawings section on my website.
I’ve gone fishing once in my life and that was over 20 years ago. With all the work I’ve done lately for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream I think I’d be pretty good at it. Here are two small fishing techniques for the April issue of Outdoor Life showing where to place the lure and in which direction to move it to attract the fish. The technique is called butterfly jigging and is shown here in fresh water (it’s usually a saltwater technique).
I really enjoyed trying this underwater perspective and painting some fish and rocks. If you read my blog regularly, you now know how to fish the European Nymphing style and the Butterfly Jig. Come back soon for more useful tips.
I was contacted late last year to work on a few illustrations for the second issue of Grantland Quarterly, published by McSweeney’s and edited by Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy). As most of you know I’m a basketball fan, but the chance to draw anything for a sports book was an exciting opportunity.
There were a couple stories about Al Davis, the late great coach and GM of the Los Angeles Raiders, that they wanted me to illustrate. One was written by Chuck Klosterman, the others by Peter Richmond and Chris Brown.
As it tends to happen in publishing, two of the Al Davis stories were dropped so those illustrations won’t appear in the issue, but I was asked to illustrate another piece about college football and some portraits of some college football players.
These were great to work on and I’m looking forward to seeing them in the book. I recently completed another full page illustration for Grantland Quarterly issue 3, due out in June. Here’s a look at the cover of the second issue.
Here are two sets of complementary colored portraits. The guys on the left were drawn for Outdoor Life and the blue guys on the right were for Indianapolis Monthly. I’ve really enjoyed adding circular shapes with watercolor washes in them behind the heads recently – they make for a nice and simple background.
I was really happy to be contacted recently by Field & Stream magazine for some tactical fishing illustrations. I was asked to illustrate some of the various methods of a technique called European Nymphing. The technique varies depending on location and I illustrated the Irish, French, Czech, and Spanish methods.
There were a lot of technical details to get right, such as the length and curve of the fishing line, the distance between the flies, and even how the line sits on the water.
I also illustrated four more views to accompany each underwater illustration. These showed the position of the fly fisherman from above (or from the side in the Irish situation below) to illustrate the position of the rod, distance from the shore, the placement of the line and how to move it through the stream. There were even more details to get right in these and my European nymphing knowledge is now at an all time high.
Just another quiet afternoon picnic with a pigeon coming in to steal your biscuits.
My love/hate relationship with pigeons continues. I’m going to start working on a small pigeon sculpture as well when I have some time. For Christmas my brother bought me a New York pigeon feather displayed in a corked tube with an identification tag describing where it was found. I even own a t-shirt with fake pigeon poop on the shoulder and a small pigeon shaped pin. I just can’t get enough of the pigeons.
Here are some fun portraits I worked on a little while ago for Runner’s World. They’ve been a dream client of mine because of all the great illustrators they work with so I was really happy when I got the call to draw some portraits for a column of wear testers.
Yes, I love that blue on portraits – it just works so nicely. I recently did some portraits with orange, just wait until you see those.