This illustration was created for a project called A Mixed Tape for a Desert Island. It was conceived and art directed by John Belisle, a Vancouver-based designer. As he describes the concept behind the endeavor:
"We asked nine illustrators and artists to choose one song to take on a desert island and to illustrate the memories and meaning that their selection holds for them."
Each participant was prompted to write an accompanying short piece about their personal connection to the song, and could include information about its history, and their approach to visualizing it. The final form of this project will be a magazine in a print and online edition, as well as a Spotify playlist with all the chosen music.
This poster was published by School Library Journal in early 2017, and sent out with the magazine to 15,000 school librarians. I made it as a personal project after the 2016 election, with the idea of creating a poster around the subject of protest that would appeal to elementary school age kids. Many thanks to Mark Tuchman, an art director at SLJ who saw it on my Facebook, pitched it to the magazine, and helped secure support from two of my publishers – Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan. An interview with the magazine on the subject of creating the poster can be found here.
Personal and commissioned paintings. The "Go Green" illustration was a project that was commissioned by the online brokerage firm iShares. I was one of seven artists tapped to interpret the phrase “Keep Evolving”, with the final art blown up to mural size and installed in a Grand Central Station corridor. See photo below.
Editorial illustration for Common Ground magazine. The subject deals with the fact that the roads in relatively well-off private communities are often neglected and in much worse shape than public roads.
Personal work titled Cyborg published in American Illustration 35
This painting was published in Audubon magazine as part of a series in which contemporary artists and illustrators reinterpret an Audubon bird painting. I chose the American White Pelican. More information about the piece and my inspiration on the Audubon website here
Hand lettering for myself and clients.
Untitled personal work published in American Illustration 33
Lettering and spot illustrations for Orange Coast magazine.
A painting for a group gallery show titled Wake Up Alice! celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Acrylic and gouache on board.
A poster to promote reading, in and out of trees.
This was created for a magazine called Wayward Arts, which is conceived and produced by design firms in Canada, moving from one to the next issue by issue. For this one the theme was Obsession. Myself and a number of other illustrators and Photographers were given text pulled from chatroom conversations and asked to interpret visually.
This drawing was published by Candlewick Press in the book Our White House – Looking In Looking Out. I was given the assignment to illustrate one of The Four Freedoms, Freedom of Speech. More about the book here, and an interview in which I talk about how this piece inspired another work related to peaceful protest here.
Editorial illustration about the hazards of outdoor theater performances.
Image created for Noise Heroes, a recording studio in Milan. With an alternate version of the drawing below.
Drawing for Illozine Vol. 21 – The Peace & Love Issue
Artwork created for the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City for t-shirts and posters
Two holiday cards for the Milan-based music label Quiet Please!
Art created for the Milan-based music label quiet please!
Drawing published in NoBrow 9 – Its Oh So Quiet.
Below – an unpublished alternate color version.
These watercolor and ink drawings of sea creatures were published in the illustration brainstorming book ILLISTRATION by Jaime Zollars.
Aunt Clarice of Ossipee
A fan of dark philosophy
She wants to die, but never will
Which is, for her, a bitter pill
Drawing for Illozine 20 – The Spring Issue.
Beautiful letter press cards created from one of my ink drawings by Terry Chouinard and his fabulous The Wing and the Wheel Press. A short film about Terry and his work here.
Even if I had my druthers
I'd still have qualms.
The two go together
Like bowls and alms.
Personal work titled Chooser published in American Illustration 34
Personal work. Ink on paper.
Not designed by Rem Koolhaas, but still a cool house. Ink and watercolor on paper.
A personal work. Watercolor and ink on paper
This watercolor and ink drawing titled Sphinx was published in the 3x3 annual.
Better to be an aristocrat.
Anyone can master that.
As scholars have shown
and is now widely known
everyone in ancient Rome
kept a pet at home.
They even found a dog brush
in a catacomb.