Monday, December 28, 2015

Life as I See it

Life is what's happening while you're waiting for something else to happen. I try to capture these moments in my sketchbook. Here are a few excerpts from recent journals...

sketch of a rather vivid dream I had.

I burned 230 calories at the gym while drawing this scene...

View from my pew, Christmas Eve 2015, Church of the Advent. Hatboro, PA

Some quick gesture drawings from a figure drawing session...

sketching while spinning...woo hoo!

A minister preaching at St. Pauls Cathedral, Buffalo, NY

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sitting In at Princeton

Here's a new piece for Princeton - about a student reporter embedded at a sit-in in the school president's office. The students were protesting the university's use of Woodrow Wilson's name on a campus building. They were also shining a light on his racist views. While the president's office was in lock-down for 32 hours, the reporter (Gabe Fisher) was able to blog real-time updates about negotiations between students and the school president, Christopher Eisgruber (standing). The sit-in sparked a passionate debate about race, legacy, political correctness, and the concept of scrubbing history.

In this illustration detail, the university president leans against his desk on the left.

Below are ideas I submitted for this story...

A special thanks to art director of Princeton Alumni Weekly,
Marianne Nelson, for another fascinating assignment!

You can check out my new illustration website here!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Political Games

I've been creating an ongoing series - combining portraits of famous political figures with board-games which they might be associated with. Here's a consolidation of the portraits thus far.

Sarah Palin Scrabble

A few Scrabble words associated with Sarah Palin.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in a House of Cards.

Portrait of President Obama on a chess board.

 Portrait of presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, on an Operation game-board

Portrait of Fidel Castro on a set of Dominoes

A different sort of House Of Cards...with a young Queen Elizabeth II

Monday, December 14, 2015

Retiring Abroad

This piece appears in today's Wall Street Journal. It accompanies an article, The Six Common Financial Mistakes People Make When Retiring Abroad. Below are a few of the sketches I submitted to convey this story.

A special thanks to art directors Orlie Kraus and Sheryl Dermawan 
for another enlightening assignment.

You can check out my new illustration website here!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II

I've been doing a series portraying politicians in the context of board-games and game pieces. While Queen Elizabeth is technically a figurehead as opposed to a head of state, I thought this House of Cards theme seemed to suit her well. This drawing measures 20" by 32".

My dog Lily with the Queen of England
Prints of this portrait are available here!

"I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice 
but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion 
to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations."