Thursday, December 21, 2006

Take your pick .........

Was asked to do the holiday card for my buddies at marblemedia again this year. Two versions were created , the older New Yorker style piece won the day. Enjoy!

Season's Greetings !

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Attack of the 50ft Account Woman

Was asked to do an old school movie poster for the ad agency JWT for a calander. They wanted the piece to be loosley based on the original 'Attack of the 50 ft Woman'. Tried to make it look like an aged litho.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Phoenix New Times :: cover illo

Had a blast doing this one.

The story's about a poor bloke ( Kevin Keogh ) , a senior financial officer of the city of Phoenix one day just loosin' it and putting his Mercedes into cruise control and climbing onto its roof and jumping to his death. A tragic and bizarre event that has never been fully understood.

"Daily newspaper accounts of the incident quoted city officials as saying Keogh's widow, Karlene, maintained that a parasite contracted during a 2002 trip to Mexico had affected Keogh's brain and other parts of his body." PNT 08/29/05

His actual death was the result of his body colliding with an orange tree. The AD wanted to have the image focus on the moment before.

I tried to keep it dramtic with a sense of movement. The car was a challenge to do , 'cos vehicles just aint my forte. Pretty happy with it though.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

New York Times :: UPS stretches

Pretty self explanitory. The article was a 'behind the scenes' look at how UPS encourages their employees to stay limbre and avoid work related injuries . A change of pace from the film themed illos though I've got another one to share soon.Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Lady From Shanghai

In keeping with the film theme , a recent homage to one of my favorite noir movies.

Pen/Brush/Ink + Photoshop CS2

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Proposition :: kick ass film !

Just saw 'The Proposition' , and was seriously blown away.
It was an intense , well scripted and well acted piece of cinema from Australian director John Hillcoat. The screenplay and score were by none other than Nick Cave.
Easily one of the best films I've seen in a while. I still have some scenes indelibly etched in my memory.

Pen/Brush/ink + Painter 9.5 + Photoshop CS

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

IDD - Magazine :: cover artwork

I don't often get the opportunity to do 'portrait' type illustrations, but when I do , I relish the challenges they pose. IDD wanted a cover featuring this bloke Lewis Ranieri , a former Wall St. big wig . They wanted to keep the cover image graphic and bold . Not too many textures.

Here's the two rough stages the piece went through. The first had the right right visual tone , but wasn't a dramatic enough angle. Hence the rotated pose and stronger shadow.

The final. A fun gig.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Normal service resumes ........

This was to have been the cover to the travel section of the Globe And Mail , but alas the writer never made the story happen . The article was about how airlines were offsetting the lack of in-flight perks with training their employees to be more humorous and entertaining. No worries , I was paid all the same ;)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Something completely different ....

A piece I threw together for a friend's ( Chris Gabel ) music project. He classifies it as 21st century Classical. This is to be a cover for a DVD pkg.

A deviation from my usual 'illustration' style , but closer to some of my personal paintings. Enjoy!

Recently reworked this digital painting , it's going to be the cover of Negative Burn #7 , published by Image Comics , this November.

Friday, August 25, 2006

New York Times :: Secrets Of Endurance - Eating To Go

This piece ran yesterday in the Times 'Style' section. The article addressed the need to manage your calorie & liquid intake when competing in such events as , the Iron Man and Triathalon sports. The editors wanted something literal , but with a humorous twist. An enjoyable piece to do.

My initial rough sketch ......

My inked line done with Pigma Micron pen + Pentel Brush pen .......

The final ...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Filler !

Until some of my most recent work is published and I can post it here without usurping the 'client' , please enjoy the the following 'Filler' material ;)

This was part of a billboard done for Saatchi & Saatchi for M.A.D.D. A bunch of pin ups spelling out 'GIRLS'. The concept being , things you'll miss out on. Here's the letter S .

Some samples of illos done for a Simon & Schuster book I had the pleasure of illustrating. 'Field Guide To The Apocalypse' by Meghann Marco.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Globe And Mail :: Report On Business Cvr

Did this recently for an article discussing Canada's richest brands and how they're not as visible as they should be.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Louise Brooks :: portrait

Something done for the sheer 'helluvit' Enjoy!

WSJ :: Music downloads

Did this illo for the Wall Street Journal last week. The article was about free music downloads made available to college students by the school .The students don't seem to be utilizing the perk because there's too many strings attached.

Friday, June 16, 2006

RITA :: Adventures of a Groupie

These are a series of comic strips I did for Gasoline Magazine . A great music mag published by Daryl , the owner of the 'Bovine Sex Club' here in Toronto , arguably , the best Rock'N Roll club in the city.

Coming up with the 'gag' was always more challenging than drawing the strips. They were a lot of fun to do , and gave me an opportunity to play around.


Monday, June 05, 2006

WSJ :: MobileTV

A recent piece for the Wall Street Journal about getting a television broadcast signal on your phone. It was tricky trying to convey within the illo that all the characters were watching the same show.( hence the insert bubble ) Add to the mix that the screen on the phone would be small , it presented quite a challenge. Enjoy!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Family Circle + Direct Mailer Illo

Some recent pieces , this one's an illo for a tax return software provider

..and this was for Family Circle. Enjoy!

Monday, May 08, 2006

DOSE :: today's cover

Got the call to do this one with a 'same day' turnaround . Such is the nature of a daily publication. I believe this is my 5th cover for DOSE. They're always a challenge , and given the time constraints, a great way to hone my 'chops' . The cover story was riffing on Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Enjoy!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Holmes On Homes :: Ad Campaign

The following was an illo used for a national campaign for the television show , Holmes On Homes. I still see it being used for commercials on tv, though originally it was a billboard / print ad. Definitely a fun gig to have worked on. There was also supposed to be a comic promo , but alas that was not to be.

This was one of the un-used pages from the comic. Enjoy!

I should mention that the script was provided by the AD, Mike Cook.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

New York Times :: Power Plate

Did this piece for the Times , about an excercise machine that you essentially just 'stand' on , and it vibrates and somehow strengthens your muscles. If only it was that easy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Drawing The Line Vol 2 :: my stories

A sneak peek at the two stories I've contributed to the new volume. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to cancer research , so be sure to pick up a copy when it comes out within the month.

Orders can be placed directly here ...

Monday, April 03, 2006

Phoenix New Times - Murder City pt 4

My latest piece in an ongoing series of crime stories .The story was about a young woman whose body was found in a hotel tub.The challenge here was to stay true to the crime scene while still giving a 'face' to the victim. Also, not making it too gruesome.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Homemakers Magazine - Anger

These are a coupla pieces I did for Homemakers Magazine. The article addressed the issue of coping with everyday events that potentially lead to 'loosin it'.

Anytime ya get to draw a lady with a 'Betty Page' hairstyle, is always a bonus. I Initially had the classic black hair but was asked to make her a redhead to play off the emotion.

The office characters are very much inspired by Dan De Carlo and Don Flowers gag cartoons from the fifities. Enjoy!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Drawing The Line Vol 2 :: my contribution

Drawing The Line , is a comic anthology published by a great bloke , Suley Fattah , where all the proceeds go to cancer research.

Volume 1 featured the likes of Moebius , Stan Sakai, Chester Brown, Dave Sim and Stuart Immonen to name a few.

Volume 2 goes to the printers soon , and has all the hallmarks of a great follow up .

I've contributed the following pin-up and two single page comic strips.

Here's their website if you wish to get more info.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

First Car - Promo image

Tried to do something a touch more minimalist for this particular promo. Had a lot of fun doing it.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Phoenix New Times - Murder City Series

This is my third in an on-going series of covers for the Phoenix New Times illustrating stories from the homicide reporter's beat. They're some of the most interesting pieces I get to do .

My initial rough sketch and inked drawing.

The final version. Regarding the surface treatments , and the tonal rendering , it's a bit of a departure for me.

Finished up this piece early , so I went back and started playing with some of the elements and came up with another version which was more graphic , and flat, with a tip of the hat to those 50's trashy crime novels. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Grand Tour 2006

Late last year I got a great opportunity to illustrate a poster for a wine tasting tour of five major American cities. The tour is hosted by Frederick Wildman & Sons, one of the biggest winemakers in the U.S. After a coupla rounds of roughs, a comic style narrative was selected for the poster.
Last week I received my copies of the poster and the accompanying invites and tasting brochures. I'm really happy with the final result.

Iris Brown , in N.Y.C , was the designer , and I think she did a great job of staying true to the spirit of the poster throughout the additional material. Working with a good designer is always a perk.

Friday, February 24, 2006

NUVO Magazine Spring 2006

Had fun doing this piece.Should be on the newstands soon.

The crux of the article was the writer reflecting on the television heroes of his youth and how modern 'stars' seem to pale in comparison.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Baltimore Style Magazine

A recent series of illos done for Style Mag outta Baltimore. Been looking at a lot of japanese woodblock artists lately and I think it's rubbing off.