Sunday, December 20, 2009

Children's Market Project

Hi everyone,
With New York coming closer, I am moving forward on as many projects as I can. The latest being this piece which I am creating to make me more marketable for childrens' publications. Another inspiration behind this assignment is the absence of action in my work.

I love all these compositions, but I am leaning toward 5. What so you guys think? I'll keep you posted with progress on this and my other illustrations.
I am leaving for Ohio tomorrow, but I will try to post soon.
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Projects

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
After posting my first image for the Ingrid Michaelson piece, I decided it needed a complete redo. I originally wanted this to have a simple layout and be done with pen and ink with some ink and gouache washes. Unfortunately, my simple composition was so boring I wanted to throw it out the window. Here is the updated color study. I’m about 60 or 70 percent of the way through the final, which has turned into a full blown acrylic illustration.

I am also concocting a spot illustration portrait of Warren Buffett. I started reading about him after Berkshire Hathaway acquired the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The main concept behind the piece is an abacus imitating a ribcage; I wanted to capture the idea that Buffett is both more traditional in his methods than other investors, and that he follows his… instincts.
I’m still trying to figure out which design I’d like to take to final, any suggestions you guys have would be really helpful.

Another inspiration behind this piece is this illustration by Andrea Wicklund – check out her work at and at

These are the sketches for a new piece. It comes from a suggestion given to me last year in New York by a friend; he challenged me to draw at least five people in an environment interacting in different ways. This forces me to stretch my narratives and the emotions in my work.
I chose to depict a debate because I dislike confrontations, so I figured it would be interesting to play with the tension of the scene and show the reactions of the surrounding customers. Some people are so into their own world that they don’t notice; others try to cover the noise with headphones.
I’m still trying to figure the values for the piece, particularly for the central figure, and would love to get any feedback you guys have.

Thanks everyone,