Archive for the ‘Illustration’ Category

New children’s book. 

October 18, 2016

FREE PREVIEW! For the next two weeks you can sample the new kids e-book by my friends Shari Berman and Chris Benker, with illustrations by me. Please share!https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lola-the-dog-starts-school/id1165457352?ls=1&mt=11

  

Happy Mayforth!

May 4, 2015

(Amazing illustrator Hal Mayforth, that is)



  

Puzzling

July 27, 2014

I did this tray puzzle pre-fatherhood and just broke it out for My preschooler. It has two illustrations – color for the pieces, and black and white for the tray. Some elements are in the same place – sand, horizon, lifeguard chair – but the people are doing different things (which you can’t see here).

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See horse

June 27, 2014

A self-drawn selfie for an article I illustrated.

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Rejected

June 26, 2014

This was rejected by the wife…er, the client as too creepy.

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Rejected sketch

May 14, 2014

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I spy

December 9, 2013

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What’s wrong with this drawing? While you ponder that, let me explain.

This is a sketch for the children’s archeology magazine, Dig, and the illustration is of a very old story about two brothers. As you can see, the one on top is pleading with the other.

And that is the problem: the brother is pleading with the palms of his hand facing up, so the thumbs should be in the outside of the hands, not the inside. I didn’t catch this until I had already inked one hand in the final drawing.

Happy (Hal) Mayforth

May 4, 2013

One of the best humorous illustrators ever. Copying his loose style helped me break out of my rather stiff style when I was a wee baby cartoonist. (More of his work here. )

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The new year chore

January 3, 2013

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It is one of the few tasks that we only do once a year – change our calendars. But this time was different than it has been the last seven or so years. During that period of time I was doing illustrations for a calendar called “Team Family.” It covered 18 months and was set up organize activities by family member. The winds of change have blown and the calendar is no more so on New Years Eve, when I took the old one off the fridge, I had to actually think about what to replace it with. The winner: a calendar from my chiropractor illustrated by one Norman Rockwell. Sure, he rarely if ever shows a dog perched on a bowling ball but still, I see great things in his future.

Sign of the times

April 26, 2012

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While doing grad school research I ran across this in a book showing the changes in cartoonist-then-cubist painter Lyonel Feininger’s signature.

I changed my signature a couple of times. The last time I did the signature I most wanted to emulate was Rick Stromoski’s. I love how odd it is to exaggerate the unimportant “M” in the middle of his name.