Monday, December 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Bookshelves piled very high... Soon the books will touch the sky.

Another "Pen in Hand" illustration for Jack and Jill magazine. This is a regular reader submitted feature. For this issue it's a poem about the heights of imagination that reading books can take you.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Website

My revamped illustration website is now officially launched! Simplicity with big inviting thumbnails was the intention with this one. Click on over to to check it out!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Contract Lifecycle Management - InsideCouncel

This is the illustration I did for InsideCouncel for an article about Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM). Often contracts are stored in various locations and formats making them difficult to access and amend. CLM is about creating computer systems that keep track of contracts across a global enterprise. In the previous post I showed you the concept that was rejected which I later did a finished illustration of on my own. Here are the two sketches and the final of the selected sketch. Click images to enlarge.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Managing Your Documents

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The client chose to go with another sketch for this job but I figured, "Why let this one go to waste?" so I did it too. It was for an article about creating a centralized, digital data repository of documents for easy storage and access. Pretty dry, technical stuff which makes for an interesting challenge. Stay tuned to see the one that got picked...

Update: The selected illustration is posted here with sketches for both pieces.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halloween Stickers

While in Target today I found these cool Halloween stickers that I did the artwork for for American Greetings. With the Great American Presidents puzzle I did for Crocodile Creek I'm pleased to say that I now have artwork on display at Target and Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


This recent job I did for Scholastic News regards a library book titled The Law of Nations recently found at George Washington's house that was never returned. Imagine the accumulated overdue fee! Apparently another book was returned in by mistake. The father of our country's honesty remains intact. Above are the initial rough, final sketch, and completed illustration. Click to enlarge.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Scott Pilgrim

I saw Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World this weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed. At the coffee shop today I did a sketch of Michael Cera as the title character.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From the Archives

From a job I did for Richmond Magazine a few years ago. It was for an article about Valentines Day.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Visual Commentary

Steve Jobs goes retro for his latest iPhone design.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

From the Archives

Recently while I was going through my back-up files I decided to start a new feature for the blog. "From the Archives" will be a periodic "look back" at old jobs waiting to be rescued from the island of forgotten works.

Starting off is a job I did for Charlotte magazine a few years ago. As I recall these spots were for an article about where to go in Charlotte to get various types of repair work done. Click image to enlarge.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Presidents Puzzle Up-Close

Here's a closer look at some of the U.S. Presidents from the "Great American Presidents" puzzle I did for Crocodile Creek. Click on images to enlarge.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Living With Windows - Macworld

Here is a full page intro illustration and 2 spots I did for a feature which appeared in the May issue of Macworld titled "Living With Windows". It's about running Windows on your Mac and how to best share files and drives and stuff with a PC. The art director wanted something showing Mac and PC characters living together harmoniously as roommates.

Sketches for full page intro

Sketches for spots

Finals. Click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Celebrate America!

The new Sticker Stories book that I illustrated for Penguin is coming out next week. Celebrate America! has many festive scenes celebrating July 4th that you can decorate with 75 reusable stickers. Follow our family through events including barbeque, parade, picnic, concert, fireworks display and more! Click bottom image to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gum in My Gums

A recent job using my "cartoony fun" style for Jack and Jill magazine. This piece illustrates this month's "Pen in Hand" reader submission. It's a funny/nonsense poem about a boy who has a very difficult time trying to blow bubbles with his gum.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Great American Presidents

Out now, The Great American Presidents Puzzle and Placemat that I illustrated for Crocodile Creek! From George Washington to Barack Obama the individual portraits depict "fascinating and fun facts" about each president. This project was lots of fun to work on and I'm excited to see the products now available. Click on image below for large view.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bird Watching for Science World

Here's a job I did for the classroom magazine Science World published by Scholastic. It's an for an article that teaches kids about the joys of bird watching while learning about nature. I love the way the illustration integrates with the page layout. Click on image to enlarge.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hummingbird Feeder Kit

The Hummingbird Feeder Kit was a project I illustrated for Running Press Kids which was lots of fun. In addition to a hummingbird feeder for your backyard, the kit comes with a 32 page picture book on hummingbirds and some cool stickers and magnets. All of this is put together in a nice colorful little package. The book written by Alison Trulock is chock full of facts and information about hummingbirds.

cover illustration

contents page of book

spread from book

a couple of illustrations from book

spread from book

Monday, January 11, 2010

PowerPoint Tips - Macworld

Greetings 2010! With the holidays behind us I'm eager to get the New Year off to a flying start. Although 2009 wasn't the best year for the illustration biz overall I feel excited for all the wonderful prospects in store for us in 2010 and beyond!

Here is a spot I did for Macworld magazine for an article giving tips on PowerPoint – pretty straight forward.

The article covers things like animating graphics and using laser pointers and mobile devices to optimize your presentations.

Of the three sketches I submitted, the laser pointer as "magic wand" concept was picked.

From there I went to final.

vector stage

Finish in Photoshop.