Sunday, January 3, 2010


This was a fun spot for the Boston Globe for an article about how they attempted to package nukes to us in the 50's & 60's as innovations in construction and development. More of the black keyline thing creeping into new work.


Recently I returned from a seaside family holiday on the beautiful south coast of Australia. First day back in the studio I get a call from the Sydney Morning Herald magazine Good Weekend, asking if I could do an illustration about a boy's whimsical recollection of his time spent by the beach. Perfect! I had a bit of a stylistic struggle when the a.d. requested a realistic depiction of the boy included in the image (generally I avoid "realism" and "portraiture" like the plague) but in the end I think I got it to the finish line without compromising what I normally do. Now I'm wondering if the holiday is tax deductible?


There are certain rules of physics that an illustrator will come across in his or her lifetime. For example at some stage an art director WILL ask you to draw a dollar sign. Which brings me to Law # 75. You WILL create an image using "The Great Wave", the famous Japanese woodblock print by Hokusai as reference. Here's one I did for Hilbert at Nett Mag, again using the keylines he requested.


At home sick today so I'm taking the opportunity to put up a bunch of stuff I was meaning to do in 2009. Happy New Year! First up, more weiners. Nett Mag Art Director Hilbert Ho wanted me to create an image about people being scared of updating their mobile technology. One of the headers was something about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. He also requested I give the characters keylines so he could easily deep etch them and reuse them throughout the article. This is something that's been creeping into my work a lot recently. Always interesting to pursue stylistic changes if they happen naturally.