Outdoor Life Road Trip Postcards

I had the chance to illustrate some fun and colourful postcards for Outdoor Life for a feature about hunting and travel/road trips. Each card required a certain number of images to represent the location, some touristy things to do and the type of hunting to be done there. This was a ton of work but I love how the whole package came together.

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Kodiak Island Map – Outdoor Life

Kodiak Island, Alaska

Here is a small map I drew in September of Kodiak Island, Alaska, for Outdoor Life magazine. It was for an article about hunting on the island and I was asked to choose a few animals from the article to illustrate. I included the Kodiak bear of course, a blacktail deer and a harlequin duck.

It’s the second time I’ve drawn a harlequin this year. I also illustrated one in the feature where this map of Mt. Rainier appeared for Seattle Met this summer [shown below].

Much like my illustrations of vintage postcards, drawing maps is something I never thought I’d enjoy so much until I started being asked to draw them. I hope to get the chance to draw more maps in the next little while.

Harlequin duck for Seattle Met’s feature on Mt. Rainier

Ice Dancer – Outdoor Life Magazine

I’ve been waiting to show you this piece for a while. Things have been really busy here and I have a nice backlog of illustrations to show in the next few weeks. I just got back from the ICON illustration conference and had a great time. I’ll be posting a wrap-up on the blog if I managed to get a few good photos (I used film, so I have no idea what’s on there!).

This illustration was a full-pager for Outdoor Life magazine, a client I’ve been lucky to work with many times already this year. I was given a story about a man and his dog, Lighthouse Ice Dancer (Dani for short). The owner, Mike, found this cast-off dog when he was going through some tough times and the dog really helped him turn his life around. Dani is a 15 year old Springer Spaniel who was trained as a bird-hunting dog. Together they won some awards, but the best thing Dani did for Mike was help him to look forward.

The scene in the background depicts the frightening night when Mike and his hunting friends had to search for Dani after she wandered away from their camp. They found her at the bottom of a  steep bank, lying in the water but still alive. Mike was able to save the dog that saved him.

Hunting Road Trips – Outdoor Life Magazine

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.