Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sketchbook Fever

Anyone who's into sketchbooking knows it can be feverishly addictive. This practice has lead me on some very strange free-associative tangents. Here are some recent spreads.

Pagan power...

sketching authors...
Tackle Box

Misfiled thoughts...

Poplar  /  Popular

You can view more recent sketchbook spreads here and here

“I want to transform those blank pages into a book 
filled with rich visual or literary information.”
– Robert Crumb

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Red Hook Farmers Market Logo

I was walking my dog Lily last night, and came across this display in the center of town. I illustrated this Farmers Market logo two years ago, and am glad the Red Hook Village is putting it to good use. A special thanks to Mayor Ed Blundell for this fun project, and to Heather Oslander Gibbons for the fabulous design work. Much like a song, this poster's got a nice hook to it!

Below are some ideas for the logo:

Here's to a very fruitful season for the Red Hook Farmers Market.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Share My Lesson

This illustration appears in the summer issue of American Educator. It accompanies a story addressing ways for teachers to keep their skills sharp over the summer months. The art director, Michelle Furman, asked me to depict teachers in a poolside setting. Here are sketches I submitted:

 Here's another smaller piece which accompanied the story:

Thanks to Michelle for an assignment which has gotten me psyched 
about hitting the local pool this summer!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Horsing Around

I've been horsing around (a lot) in my sketchbook, 
and wanted to share a few spreads with you. Enjoy!

Ziggy Stardust meets Neil Armstrong

It might get fishy...

Inspired by a recent viewing of the Exorcist


Thursday, May 7, 2015

In the Foxhole

Here's a piece for Rollins College, which is situated in beautiful Winter Garden, Florida. It accompanies an essay by Joseph Friedman, a World War 2 veteran. As a young man he discovered Rollins when he was sent there to train for Army deployment in Europe. His brigade was eventually stationed in France, where they experienced the horrors of war firsthand. Sitting in a foxhole during one ugly battle, Joseph dreamed of being back on the Rollins campus (with all the pretty girls). These thoughts comforted him through extremely trying circumstances.

The final art was based on this sketch, one of many I submitted.

When Joseph arrived back in the states, he discovered that his medical condition made him eligible for fee tuition to a private university. Of course, he chose Rollins, and his dream came true.

 A special thanks to art director Tom May for a fascinating assignment.