Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kapi Awards


Great news! The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app has been nominated for a highly competitive Kapi award! I didn't design the app, but my illustrations are used. Please follow the link below and click "like" on the Kapi site. Thank you for your vote!!

http://kapiawards.com/2015kapi/bedtime-for-sarah-sullivan-app/


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Running to the Sun

Running to the Sun, Another Collection of Rhymes Without Reason: 

A new book o' poetry is being sent to the printers, and will be available soon! If you liked the first collection, Swimming to the Moon, you'll love this one even more...chock full of naughty children, parties, bizarro creatures and shifty-eyed cat killers. Get a peak at my cover and sample illustrations...







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Piping hot clipart!

I have a new section on my website for digital downloads, showcasing my growing collection of stock illustration. Hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza for all! Oh yeah, there's some healthy food in there too somewhere...

Digital Downloads


An original, watercolor and digital hamburger clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

An original, watercolor and digital hotdog clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

An original, watercolor and digital pizza clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.
An original, watercolor and digital vegetable basket clipart illustration great for small business use and fun, personal projects.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Robots and Tigers and Tea Cakes Oh My

Check it out, I got to do some artwork for a Dell commercial. Thanks to the talented duo Sam Akina and Jules Jones of Attackships On Fire (www.attackships.com) for giving me this fun project to work on!



The color illustration for the project: 





Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from the deep...

I hope you all enjoy a creepy, but safe night free of deep sea tube worms and cavernous-mouthed merfolk bottom dwellers.

On a totally unrelated note, pictured below is my latest mermaid illustration featuring a cavernous-mouthed bottom dweller:


My inspiration:


Monday, October 13, 2014

Get to the point!


What I've learned in illustration Tip#1:

Sometimes I find that I have a great idea for an illustration. Maybe its a great character with the perfect gesture or an unusual object that would be perfect for the message I want to convey. But as I start sketching, I find that I get wrapped up in the scene behind the focal point portion of the illustration instead. Its like I keep putting off the best part; the punch line so to speak. Something in the back of my mind wants to save the best for last, to build up the scene around it just right and make sure everything's in place and planned out perfectly before drawing in the most important part. 

I've learned to stop doing this. 

For me, building up an image with the focal point first allows everything else to fall into place naturally…almost magically. When I try to plan the scene first, the drawing becomes forced, less powerful, and the focus gets lost and the message watered down. In the past, I studied single panel cartoons, and noted that this type of art delivers its message very quickly, within a few seconds of viewing the image. Everything about the image must deliver its message clearly without any distractions taking the form of extraneous or oddly placed background material, or out-of-character... character details. Cartooning lessons could be applied to any artistic discipline. Sometimes our great ideas get lost when we over think it and smother them out with our over planning. If you have an exciting bit of inspiration, don't beat around the illustration bush. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sneak Peaks

I've posted some teaser images from a recent illustration project. Any ideas about what's going on here? I'd love to see what you think the story is...The full image will be posted when the rest of the project is complete!