Monday, November 17, 2008

Chinese Democracy

I was knee deep into an advertising project when Steven Charny from Rolling Stone called. Naturally, I dropped everything, told him my schedule was clear, and began listening to him describe the illustration assignment. "Lead review illustration for issue 1066, Guns n’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy”. We want Axl Rose in performance with lots of energy and action." I spent the next week doubled up with work, while having the funnest time ever drawing Axl.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vince Young

Art Director Andi Beierman called from The Texas Monthly and asked me to illustrate Tennessee Titan's Quarterback Vince Young. I love drawing sports heroes, especially when there is a dark twist. Questions of Vince Young's mental ability to handle disappointment plus his physical injuries have sidelined his season.

I sketched a quick layout of Vince Young against the dark Tennessee skyline and Titans Stadium trying to create tension between the skyline and the figure. I refined his face as a colored pencil drawing, as a study for the final inking.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Improper illustrations

Juliana Hatfield - musician

I worked with Katie Noble and George Restrepo illustrating 5 pieces for The Fall Arts Preview in The Improper Bostonian. This was a really fun job because I got to illustrate other artists, musicians, actresses, and writers. Since these pieces were to hit the stands right at the peak of fall, I decided to use brighter and more vibrant colors than usual.

Simon Rich - author of "Free Range Chickens" and writer for SNL.

Since Simon is quite young and his book has chickens in the title, I couldn't resist placing him in a little egg. Even though the final illustrations would print small, the size of the original ink drawing is much bigger. 11" x 14".

Anne Kauffman - writer of the "The Communist Dracula Pageant"

Annette Benning and Meg Ryan in "The Women" by Diane English

Tara Donovan, Artist.

I was amazed by Tara Donovan's work. She takes everyday items and transforms them into epic items and landscapes. One of the great things about being an illustrator is doing the research on the people I draw and learning things not usually in my scope.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


These drawing are from my sketchbook. I drew them more than a year ago, back when Obama was an unknown longshot.
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