May 9, 2011

New Painting

I just wrapped up work on my newest painting You're Innocent When You Dream last week and wanted to share it.

rough sketch

final drawing

You're Innocent When You Dream acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"

April 8, 2011

New illustration

The following commentary illustration was done for Education Week and accompanied an article that details the causes behind the nation wide issue of school districts in fiscal crisis.

The image on the left was the rough sketch approved by the editor. He had two notes: Make the cliff feel deep (thus I decided that the bag of money would have fallen of the man's head) and make the crowd at the edge more diverse (which was my intention but obviously didn't translate from my sketch). In the end the direction helped a lot, making the image stronger.

March 16, 2011

this is illustration! American Illustrators

About a year and a half ago I received an email from an editor at the Barcelona based publishing house Monsa informing me that I had been chosen (along with 15 others) to be included in a new book about American Illustrators called this is illustration! American Illustrators.
I just received my complimentary copy of the new book and am very happy with the final product and am honored to be on a list that includes prominent illustrators such as Gary Taxali. If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.

This is the publisher's description of the book:

Illustration in the Americas is experiencing a great burst of creativity, where the famous and acclaimed are joined by young upstarts whose rich innovative values are due to their constantly creative skill.

American Illustrators is a compilation of work from both acclaimed and novel illustrators, providing us with a peep into this marvellous world of American Illustrators.
This is an ideal book not just for creative professionals and students, but also all illustration fans.

March 8, 2011

New Painting

I just wrapped up work on my newest painting "Conquering Psyche" last week and wanted to share it. The painting was done thinking of Valentine's day and is roughly based on the myth of Psyche and Cupid as well as psycology's use of the word "psyche."

rough sketch

final drawing

Conquering Psyche, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"