Saturday, March 28, 2009

SPD Award


I just found out that a bunch of illustrations I did a while back received an Society of Publication Designers (SPD) Merit Award in the "illustration: Entire Story" category. The publication was National Geographic Adventure magazine for an article entitled "Terrorists at the Tea Party" It will be included in the SPD PUB 44 Annual coming up in May.

Here are some of the spreads from the feature. Art director Dave McKenna put it all together and deserves most of the credit for how it turned out.

You can read the original blog post for the opening illustration here.


Friday, March 27, 2009

cloud surfing

Hey y'all!

This is a process piece from the background of something I just finished. I'll probably be blogging it later.

BTW I'm going on vacation tomorrow so I will be absent from posting for at least 10 days. I've got lots of stuff to blog but have been too bogged down with work to post. Your patience will be rewarded!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tor - The Long Man

Way back in October 2008 I was contacted about doing a cover by Irene Gallo of Tor books for a new novel called The Long Man written by long-time comic writer Steve Englehart.

After doing some initial loose sketches for feedback, the job was placed on the backburner for a while and I eventually forgot about it.

However, late in January the job started back up again and we were able to flesh out the concept for the book a little better. I would describe the concept of the story if I was able to do so accurately--hopefully you get a sense for it from my cover, though.

I ended up doing two versions of the cover, but the brighter colored version is what's going to be published. I think it will stand out more that way. The less saturated version, however, is my favorite of the two.

If you haven't noticed, the process piece I posted a few weeks ago was actually used in this illustration.

The Long Man is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2009.



Friday, March 06, 2009

Ilana - Portrait

Howdy, last night, my friend and fellow illustrator Ilana Kohn came over and was nice enough to sit for a quick oil portrait. It's so difficult to photograph oil paintings without a zillion little highlights, so I spent a little time in Photoshop taking a bunch of them out... still not perfect though!

oil on panel, 9x12" detail