Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to school

I recently drew another cover for my hometown alt newsweekly, the Pittsburgh City Paper. Since I work (partly) digitally, I was able to submit the final file with several layers separated in Photoshop. This allowed the art director (the always superb Lisa Cunningham) to easily slip the text in behind or above certain elements of the illustration. I think letting the explosion cover up almost the entire word "City" really makes it pop.

It's always a pleasure to work for these folks, and it's a lot of fun to be able to stumble across my own art at the coffee shop or on a street corner somewhere!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ugly Bug Ball...at last!

Okay, this ridiculous project is finally done: here's the fake cover I whipped up for my proposed "Ugly Bug Ball" picture book. The first six (if you can believe that!) fake pages are viewable in the "portfolio" section over at my website. And if anyone at Disney Publishing happens to be reading this blog: get in touch! I'd love to make this happen for real!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ugly Bug Ball, part 2

Continuing from the last post, I decided it would really give my portfolio some kick if I illustrated several pages of that fake "Ugly Bug Ball" book to show off my consistency and my composition skills, as well as my general understanding of picture-book layouts.

I've added them all to my website, but the horizontal orientation of the 2-page spreads doesn't really lend itself to this blog layout. Instead, I'm just gonna post the second page here, which, like the one before it, is a single-page stand-alone image.


What's next? A cover? Well...maybe.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ugly Bug Ball

Sometimes when I'm in between illustration assignments, I like to mock up a dream project here and there just for the heck of it. This morning I whipped up a sample of would look like if I was hired to illustrate a "Little Golden Book" -style version of one of my favorite Disney songs, "The Ugly Bug Ball:"



In case you're not familiar with the song for some crazy reason, it's from the 1963 movie "Summer Magic," was written by the great Sherman Brothers, and performed by Burl Ives:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Muppet News Flash!

I participated in this Muppet Collab that's going on over on Tumblr, where a bunch of artists pick a Muppet and draw it up. There were tons of great choices, but I wanted to pay tribute to the original Muppet Show with a character who sums up the 70s to me: The Muppet Newsman. (The ping-pong balls are a reference to this sketch.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

(More) Highlights

Pretty sure this is the first time I've ever drawn a llama in my professional career. Part of an upcoming "What's Wrong" illustration for Highlights' "Which Way USA" series.