I am very happy to share some portraits I did for the 2016 TIME 100 issue. I illustrated over 20 portraits for the TIME 100 issue last year (see here), and was excited to get the opportunity to do even more portraits this year.
This is a bit of a departure from my usual portrait style in that I was asked to add full color, instead of my usual two tone approach. It was a lot of fun to try and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
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 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 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.
These gents were drawn for Seattle Met‘s great new issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Seattle in 1962. They were somehow involved in the fair, whether they worked there, exhibited there or attended the fair.
I was encouraged by the art director to try a different direction with the portraits and I found some inspiration in illustrated portraits from the 1950s. Instead of illustrating the shoulders for these guys, I illustrated just their collars and ties and filled the backgrounds with a solid yellow.
If you’re in Seattle you should really check out this issue. There are four beautiful covers to choose from and some fantastic design and classic photos on the interior. You can check out a couple of the spreads on Seattle Met’s Flickr account.
I am very excited about this month’s issue of Inc. Magazine that features one of my portraits on their cover. The little black and green portrait is of Andrey Ternovskiy, the founder of Chatroulette.
This was a pretty quick turnaround. I got the job at about 6pm and it was due the next morning. I work the portraits pretty small, between 3 to 3.5 inches for the size of the face. I have a bunch of new portraits in the works and I will be posting a bit more about the process soon. For more of portraits, visit my website.
Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!
These tasty illustrations were drawn for a BBQ poster project for Toronto Life magazine’s summer BBQ issue. It was a nice big project and a lot of fun to put together. I love drawing icons and images like these so it was a nice challenge to do so many. Big thanks to John at Toronto Life for the great assignment.
What’s great about illustration projects like this is that I also learn a lot. I sort of know my cuts of meat a bit better now and it actually came in handy at the store the other day (You know how your recipe says to use a specific cut of meat but the store never has it? Knowing which cut is similar or which cuts go by different names is quite useful).
The steer/cow/whatever it’s called above was used to show which parts of the animal the meat cuts came from, and the fish and chicken leg were part of a piece about using a smoker to add flavor to your meals.
These illustrations (above) are a bit mixed up, but were done as step-by-step icons for a couple instructional pieces. They accompanied pieces about making the perfect patty (I find the tough part is making it firm enough to not just fall through the grill, the easy part is to always add onions – like mom used to make), propane versus charcoal, and how to set up a smoker with wood chips in your BBQ.
Thanks for reading! Check out the current issue of Toronto Life for more BBQ tips, my illustrations, and other good stuff. Hope you enjoy a summer of delicious BBQ-ing.
I illustrated this charming couple for Barron’s last month. These folks are involved in some kind of fraudulent activity in Russia. As is often the case, these portraits were drawn with the help of reference photos the size of a postage stamp. It’s always a nice challenge to grab all the details I can find in there to make a face that looks like it’s supposed to.
My little portraits appeared in the same issue as a Milton Glaser illustration, how cool is that?