Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
It has come to my attention that there is a great interest in the work I do through my journal. Because I feel like it has a direction worth going and it is something I've always enjoyed, I am putting together a portfolio of pen and ink work (drawings).
As a preview, here is a portrait of Beck.
Thanks Scott for kicking me in the butt and motivating me to put it together.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I just recently returned from a successful promotional trip in NYC. I had a great time while I was there and much thanks goes to Scott Brundage and David Hollenbach for putting up with me for a week. Many thanks also go out to those who I met with (Mark shaw, Liz Macfarlane, Sari Levy, Mike Ley, Joann Hill, and more) and those who I met for the first time. These people made my stay worth while and left me wanting to come back to NYC.
Capping off the week, I was able to attend the Politics show at the Society of Illustrators and had the great pleasure of meeting some of the greatest illustrators of our time as well as the art directors who supplied them with the means of showcasing their work to the world. It was a tremendous job well done on behalf of Edel Rodriguez who put on the show. If you're in NYC you should take the time to check it out. It was also the first time I had seen a phillip Burke painting in person and that was incredible.
Right now I am in a show at Ghost Print Gallery (richmond, va) with three other local illustrators Neal Iwan, Barry Bruner, and Danny Robbins each of them with a very impressive collection of work. The show was a great success and a lot of fun on first friday despite the bad weather which didn't seem to stop anyone from coming out to celebrate. The show wouldn't have been a success without Thea Duskin and her mother who put on the show. Those two did a great job and I am very honored to have my work hung in their gallery.
Pictured up top is a study for a private commission and can be seen at the Ghost Print Gallery. For the commission I will be doing a larger version in oils and working out some of the kinks.
Later on I will be posting some more work and some of the journal things I've been putting together.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Lately I have been expanding my portfolio to be more editorial friendly. Recently I was inspired by Daniel Johnston and his music. His documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" was astonishing and I highly recommend it to anyone. You will either love or hate his music, and while I'm not the strongest fan of his vocal capabilities I have a great appreciation for the music he has written and the life he has lived.
His portrait is a reflection of his struggle with mental illness. After his many incidents, the several times he has been institutionalized, and need for medication I decided to focus on how he wears these ailments on his sleeve and they act as symbols for all the trials he has had to overcome and continues to overcome to create art.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here's the news:
The illustration for Virginia Living has been published this month. It was a lot of fun and I got to do a more journalistic approach. I have included the illustration itself and the page layout. If you haven't checked this issue out yet, do so. It has more amazing work from Robert Meganck, an amazing dark illustration from Sterling Hundley which I am almost positive will be a medal winner at the next society show, Neal Iwan, Tyler Darden, Rob Ullman, and a fresh illustration from Shawn Yu. Unfortunately the Will Jenkins article I did back in March got bumped to a later issue.
Also, I have included one of two private commissions I am working on. This one is finished. It depicts a family's life on the bayou in Mississippi.
Other than that, still working on the website and planning a trip to New York City in late august. If anyone in the area wants to get together and geek out, I am always up for it, just give me a call.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Lately I have been busy working on a few fun things, some commissions and some personal. I have two private commissions going right now which wont be done for another month, and a job with va living. while I am still updating my website, I have been kept occupied by my sketchbook lately. So while I'm working on the jobs, here's a little sketchbook snack. Enjoy.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
This is another job for Virginia Living. It's a portrait of science fiction writer Will Jenkins, also known as Murray Leinster. He was one of the first American science fiction writers. They gave me a lot to work with so it was a lot of fun. The illustration will be published in the May/June issue.