Monday, July 14, 2008

Daniel Johnston

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

something new and something different

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.