Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Solar System Game/Rough Sketch for National Geographic Kids (The First Thing I Do)


Uploaded with SecretSauceStudio I was just assigned this new Funstuff Page to illustrate for Nat Geo Kids again. This time it's a game about a trip through the solar system. So, I thought it might be interesting to show the process I go through to get to my finished work. This is a good example of the type of sketch I turn in to a client right off the bat. Now, I'm waiting for not only the art director to respond, but the sketch has to be circulated and scrutinized by an editorial team for comments to get my second pass before I would ever go to a color stage. I'm absolutely certain that they will have me tweak a bunch of things on this to make it clear as a game, plus there are design elements that clear things up even more. Once I am in the color phase it really comes to life...but that's another post. Coming soon!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Children's Publishing Illustration Promotion


Uploaded with secretsaucestudio.com I'm adding work all the time to my portfolio lately, especially for the work that I love to do for the Children's Publishing Industry, books and all. I have always loved the ice cream man and how he would come down the street like some suburban Willy Wonka, ready to hit you up with icy creamy goodness. I'll always remember the demented music coming out of an old speaker atop the rusty vehicle that sounds warped from age and a curious Doppler Effect as the truck barrels down the street while kids on bicycles chase him down. Ahhhhh Summer! See you all again soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nat Geo Kids! (Halloween in May)

I finished over the past week this Halloween FunStuff spread for National Geographic for Kids. Thought it might be a fun one to post. I know it's a long way off from Halloween, but that's how they plan over at Nat Geo. Good folks over there!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Elton John Illustration for Isthmus



I think that Uncle Eltie would make a great "Dr. Zeus" from "Planet of The Apes". What do you all think? This little illustration was done for art director w√ľnderkind, Carolyn Fath at Isthmus in Wisconsin. I always enjoy her assignments. And she's a pip!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whitney Houston Vigil at Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd











I went to see the small vigil at the Beverly Hilton for Whitney Houston tonight. It was so sad to realize that such a talented singer and artist of her calibre died in this way. There were many touching cards and photos in the group. As you can see there were a few news vans and a cluster of people paying their respects and lighting candles. I live 5 minutes down the road, so I felt compelled to see how fans were coping and leaving their kind regards.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mad Men Illustration (for Season 5)



I made this new illustration to coincide with the new season of Mad Men coming up on AMC in March. It's about to make the rounds as a postcard and an e-blast too. It would have been fun to do more of the other characters, but I was afraid of how small they would all be on a standard sized post card, so I limited it to the 3. I was hankering to draw Joan too. She's got those great "Ginger Grant-like" features and Marilyn curves. A treat to draw. And, it was a trip back to 1965 too!