Friday, December 12, 2008


Get it?... ram - bunk - shoes?? Oh well, it was fun.

Monday, December 01, 2008


This is a re-post of one of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade posters I've done, since it's all about balloons. It was for the 2002 parade.
For those who are curious, this is all digital, mostly Photoshop with a bit of Illustrator for the type and the general structure of the Macy's building. The poster elements, such as each character, balloon and float, were done individually in layers, flattened, and then assembled into the final poster file. The poster was 21 x 27", 400dpi, CMYK. The final print file was about 600mb, but the working file, with the main elements on individual layers was over 2gb. If all the layers of every file that went into this were counted (and they weren't), there was something in the neighborhood of 2000 layers, give or take a few hundred.
Here's a slightly larger version of the poster.
And here are the others I've done for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (these are not digital).

Friday, September 12, 2008


An oldie, but a good fit for the theme. This was done for an article in a travel magazine about the popularity of diving vacations.
Acrylics with a touch of Photoshop

Friday, August 15, 2008


acrylics on panel and digital

Legendary Senior Rockers

In my recent Materials and Techniques classes I've covered the mixed-media process that several illustrators use, primarily C.F. Payne and Mark English. It's a great technique for caricature portraits, so for the past two quarters I've done demos of some familiar rock and roll folks who have lots of character in their faces and in their body language. Here are the first two in what I hope will be several pieces celebrating the Senior Citizens of Rock and Roll.

Keith Richards
(scientists have claimed that the only living things capable of surviving a nuclear holocaust are cockroaches, rats, and this guy)

Bob Dylan

Sunday, July 13, 2008


This originally appeared as a cover for the novel "Liberty Falling" by Nevada Barr for Avon Books. It seemed like a good fit for the foggy theme, but I have to admit that I enhanced the foggy look a tad.
Acrylics and Photoshop

Thursday, July 10, 2008

ICON5- NYC, July 2008

I had the great fortune of attending the 5th Illustration Conference (ICON5) in NYC the week of the 4th of July. Go here to get the skinny on what it was all about.

Friday, June 27, 2008


This piece was recently done as a demonstration of rendering fur textures with airbrush and traditional brushes for Airbrush Action Magazine. It was done in acrylics on hot-press illustration board.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


This image was a book cover for "Bop" by Maxine Chernoff. It was a collection of short stories which always makes for an interesting image; elements from several of the stories were drawn upon to create a surreal, dreamlike narrative which collectively relate to the book as a whole rather than to any individual story.
Acrylics on illustration board.

Friday, May 23, 2008


As an American in this election year, with our economy a wreck, in a war we can't seem to get out of, and the sketchy group of candidates from both parties that are contending for the White House, I'm more than a bit worried.
Mixed media on illustration board.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


A book cover I did a while back for a murder mystery called "Body in the Basement" by Katherine Hall Page.
This edition is no longer in print, so the current cover is different.

airbrushed acrylics on illustration board

Another wrinkly image, this one for "The Last Good Kiss" by James Crumley.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), as well as most government institutions are not only primitive in their structure, but are "manned" by sub-humans with a sour disposition and the I.Q. of a sponge. Just kidding... I love you guys, especially next month when I have to renew my drivers license. You guys ROCK!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Doomed to fail, but you've got to admire the commitment to succeed.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


This is an homage to two illustrators whose work I have admired for decades; Gilbert Stone who made the distorted portrait famous, and C.F. Payne who perfected the mixed-media layering technique that I used for this piece. Payne also distorts his figures from time to time and pays homage to Gil Stone as he does so. Of course, stretching the figure isn't a modern phenomenon, and these guys' work is an homage to the Renaissance masters like Boticelli and the Mannerists who idealized the human form by distorting the proportions to create a more idealized figure.
This was done as a technique demo for one of my illustration classes, and the model is a student of mine named Jill.

Friday, February 01, 2008


This was originally done as the cover for the murder mystery "The Wrong Case" by James Crumley, published by Vintage Contemporaries. The heart pillow is a bonus, what with Valentine's Day around the corner.
Airbrush acrylics on illustration board