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.
This was a total dream job from a little while back that I just kept forgetting to post. I was contacted to illustrate a drawing of NBA superstar Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Nike t-shirt. The idea was to show him as an old school weather man, nice plaid jacket matched with basketball shorts, pointing at a map of the United States indicating some of the cities he’ll play where he’ll make it rain jump shots, make some buckets, etc… Kind of a silly idea, but it was a fun project. It took a while from the final to the actual production of the shirt and I think it looks pretty great.
I grew up wearing a lot of illustrated basketball t-shirts so this was always something I hoped to do one day.
They might be hard to track down at a sports store but if you want to own one I managed to find a couple new ones on eBay.
I am really happy to show the newest coin I created for the Royal Canadian Mint. I was tasked with illustrating a Holiday Toy Box. The coolest part of the project was that it was to be a lenticular coin, where two images are printed on the coin and when tilted the image becomes animated. Pretty awesome technology! So I ended up painting two pieces, one with a closed toy box and the other open – showing a brand new scene with new toys, unwrapped presents and Christmas trees lit up outside.
I also wanted to add a bit of an animated element, so the rocking horse rocks and the little toy top spins around. For me, it’s pretty amazing to see my paintings printed on a tiny little coin (35mm). I put a lot of detail in there so you really have to spend some time flipping the image back and forth to see it all, especially at a small size. And of course I put a basketball in the toy box. I know it’s a Canadian coin and people are expecting hockey sticks and skates, but hey, this was my design and my Canada is all about basketball, robots and rocking horses.
If you’re looking for a last minute stocking stuffer, this could be a good one! Check it out over at the Mint’s website.
I’ve had a lot of fun on some great projects the last couple of months. Here are a few fun portraits assignments and some spots on how to carve a turkey.
I illustrated this coin for the Royal Canadian Mint, commemorating the Italian Campaign during World War II. This scene depicts a Sherman tank and Canadian soldiers moving through the rubble in the town of Ortona after a battle, watching for snipers. I did a ton of research for this coin about the Italian Campaign (December 1943), reading first hand accounts of the battle, researching historical photos, tanks, uniforms, guns and bombed-out buildings. The engravers did an incredible job capturing all the tiny details of my drawing.
It is a 38mm silver coin and came in a really cool pop-up box that doubles as a diorama. I can’t claim the credit for that design, that belongs to the talented team at the Mint.
For more information or to purchase a coin, visit the Mint’s website.
I have over 20 portraits in this year’s TIME 100 issue, which lists the 100 most influential people of the year. The people are separated into a few categories: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons. It was a fantastic project and I’m excited to see my work in one of the most prestigious issues of TIME.
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 finished this illustration this summer for The Feathertale Review. I was asked to create end-papers for the book and was given complete freedom in what I wanted to draw. Since I’m on a bit of a logging kick I thought I’d work some more of that imagery into the piece.
Here is an image of the end-papers in print.