Friday, December 28, 2007

Whatchamacallit Wine label

This type of gig comes along rarely , so it's always a pleasure to to something 'different' like this . Now if only I could my hands on a case of this stuff :-)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

EMI Music Publishing :: Billboard Magazine

The premise for the ad was a day in the life of a songwriter. The majority of the narrative boxes and dialog balloons contain song titles or lyrics from EMI artists.
This was a substantial undertaking with a relatively quick turnaround. Client was really pleased , and a minimal number of art revisions had to be done, so needless to say, I was pleased too. Should be on newsstands now . Enjoy!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

In House Magazine :: cover

A recent cover for a law magazine. The main article deals with restrictions imposed on Canadians regarding access to American media content on the web. Like movies & television shows on iTunes etc .

Can't seem to stop tinkering with this image , maybe I'm done now ......

An interior spot illo for Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Friday, November 30, 2007

3 Martinis #4 :: Alberta Venture Mag

This installment had the protaganist consulting with a new age Tea House client. Fun one to do.Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

'Old Stuff' that suprisingly doesn't suck!

Periodically I skim my old work just to reassure myself that I'm still getting better at this illustration thing. Some of that old stuff is really humbling to look at now .Sometimes though, I'm surprised to come across old pieces that still manage hold up to the test of time. These examples are all in a movie poster vein. Enjoy ( I hope )

Done for self-promotion.

Cover for Washington Post.(original is now in the U.S. Library of Congress permanent archives.)

Cover for Boston Globe.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

3 Martinis #2 :: Alberta Venture Mag

The second installment in the series. Much fun was had with this one. Can't believe this my 50th post. Sheesh.

My initial rough & the line work.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vanity Fair UK :: Timepieces & Royalty

Was really pleased to get this job. This was a special issue of Vanity Fair dedicated to Royalty & timepieces.It's a portrait of the writer of the piece, James Gurney. The article was about exclusive watchmakers who service clients that are primarily of "Royal' status. The brief wanted the writer in a somewhat irreverant posture/context.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Political Infantilism :: The New Internationalist

An illo done for a well crafted article which delves into conspiracy theories , media hype , government spying, and people's willingness to believe anything provided they don't have to think too hard or see all sides to a story.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

3 Martinis :: Alberta Venture Mag

I'll be doing a monthly illo for a column called 3 Martinis. It's a business / financial column that's written in a first person - pulp / Hammett vein.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Nuescape :: personal work

Another excercise done primarily in Painter X to flex some different creative muscles. I find it beneficial to periodically do these pieces to force myself out of my 'comfort zone' and try new things. Sometimes those techniques tried, make their may into my illustration work.

Here's a reworking of a piece I did for a CD sleeve insert . Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Pandemic :: Alberta Venture Mag

If only all gigs were this fun to do. The article was a fictionalized account of what would happen if there was a bird flu pandemic that swept across Calgary and its subsequent fallout.Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Business Metaphors abound .....

Having an AD give you a predetermined concept to work with can be both a blessing a curse. My thinking is , give the client what they want, and try and make it as fun as possible to do for yourself. Thankfully , not all gigs are like this, but it's a gig nonetheless and it sure beats diggin' ditches ;)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Red Rocket Coffee

My brother in-law Peter , has just recently opened a coffee shop in the east end of town. I was asked to design their logo and produce a postcard to promote the place. Had a lot of fun with this one. If you're in the 'hood , check the place out.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Podcast :: The Magazine Group

This was done for an article on the educational benefits of podcasting . It's not uncommon these days for a professor to make podcasts of their lectures available to their students for downloading.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

BOX LUNCH 5 :: Promo

Once a year my agent puts out a niche promo that is tied together by a theme . This year , it was 'festivals' from around the world. Each artist gets to pick their subject and do a two page layout that showcases their illo chops. This was a lot more work than I initially anticipated , but I'm pleased overall with how it turned out. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Detroit Or Buffalo :: John Mars's new CD

Really enjoyed my time on this project . John was a great guy to work with. He's crafted a solid disc of tunes, def worth checking out. There may be some slight changes still to the song line-up.He's also a pretty talented painter too. You'll be able to buy discs directly from him when it's released shortly. In the meantime feel free to check out his site.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

KLUNK! :: a work perpetually in progress

The germ of the idea of this comic goes back roughly 9 yrs. At the time I was working in an animation studio and craving to create something of my own. It's gone through many incarnations during the intervening years , and finally I think I've got a handle on how I want the damn thing to look & read. Here's a small taste. Enjoy!

Pen/Brush/Ink/Photoshop CS2/Painter 9.5

Friday, March 02, 2007

Nano-Cotton :: New Internationalist

Did this one for the fine folks at The New Internationalist magazine . The story rumminated on the possible future of traditional fabrics and textiles and wether they might one day be replaced with ones that incoroporate nanotechnology. Loved working on this one . Enjoy!

My prelim sketch changes somewhat when I proceed to the final. I wanted to introduce a more decorative motif to the composition. The AD also wanted to see more of her face.

Brush / Pen / Photoshop CS2

Thursday, February 15, 2007

TORO Magazine :: RIP

I was saddened to read today that TORO magazine has gone the way of the dinosaur. Did some really fun work with them over the years. Hopefully the people I worked with find themselves gainly employed soon. What follows is a comic strip I did for their 'Spring Break' issue. The writer was Micah Toub. Enjoy!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Golf anyone?

In the last 6 months or so I've been asked to do some 'Golf themed' illos. They were all for distinctly varied magazines and each required a different approach.

Boy's Life Magazine ,published for the Boy Scouts Of America. DIY mini putt course.

Report on Business Magazine. Up and coming young golfers.

Alberta Venture Magazine. The 'Man Hug' .

Friday, January 26, 2007

With Aplogies to Alberto Vargas ......

Picked up the book 'Alberto Vargas- works from the Max Vargas Collection' over the holidays, and haven't been able to put it down. Vargas's work is both inspiring and terribly humbling. Did this piece as part homage , and partly an excercise to try something new.

Overall I'm fairly pleased with the end result , though I find myself having issues with the quality of some of the linework.

Pencil+ Photoshop CS2 time:5hrs

Monday, January 22, 2007

Bits & Pieces ............

Portraits of the columnists for the newly redesigned Fiancial Planner Mag in NYC.

A coupla direct mailer strips done pretty quickly , for a cable company out west. They wanted a contemporary romance comic flair to them. Fun gig.

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 :: Rev It Up and Go !

Was asked by my agent to do the new wraparound cover for the latest illustrator groupbook. Most enjoyable piece I've worked on in a while. Had a lot of fun with this one and was pretty happy with how it turned out.