Sketchbook Update: American Eagle

110915-AmericanEagle-v2-800pxLike many Americans I’m overweight. I’ve been dieting and have lost ten pounds so far but still have a long way to go. It’s funny how dieting has led me to think about food and food issues even more than normal. We’ve become a nation of fatties which is both encouraging (“At least I’m not alone in this struggle”) and discouraging (“There’s so much food and so few role models”). Anyway, for some reason my subconscious cooked up this image during a recent doodle session. Tonight I colored it using Kyle Webster’s “Wet and Wild” watercolor brush which I’m really starting to like.

#obesity #america #fat #overweight

‘Messy Messages’ for Highlights Magazine

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I enjoyed illustrating a story for the November 2015 issue of Highlights magazine called “Messy Messages. It was a fun story to illustrate and I had a lot of fun creating the characters.

Highlights Magazine “Double-O”

The October 2015 issue of Highlights Magazine just showed up in my mailbox with one of my illustrations inside. The idea was to use a bunch of words with an “oo” sound in the middle. Below is my preliminary sketch and the final art. After I turned in the sketch they asked me to change the pig from a sneezing “Achoo!” to shouting “Yahoo!” so I redrew his pose. Other than that it was pretty smooth sailing, and a lot of fun to draw.

Artwork is copyright © 2015 Highlights Magazine. All rights reserved.

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Announcing smARTer Minneapolis!

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Back in 2011 I was hired by illustrator/designer Sherwin Schwartzrock to assist him with a back-of-the-program ad for Target Field (if you’re as clueless about sports as I am, that’s the Minnesota Twins baseball stadium). We were under a time crunch so he provided me with a rough sketch, I quickly inked it, and then he laid in the color and text. My contribution was actually pretty minimal and so I never even bothered to post it.

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I was reminded of the project earlier today when Sherwin announced that his illustration and design studio (formerly Schwartzrock Graphic Arts) has been rebranded and is now “smARTer Minneapolis”. Sherwin is one of the most talented and professional people I know. He has the rare combination of being an excellent artist, a creative thinker, and also a sharp and trustworthy businessman. Jump into his shiny new website and take it for a spin: http://smartermpls.com 

 

KeWe Presentation Art

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KeWe is a new social media platform that recently launched. The people behind KeWe hired me to create some illustrations for use in a marketing presentation to promote their app.

According to their latest press release, Kewe “combines all of the popular features of top apps like Facebook, Instagram and What’s App into one, while adding new elements that expand the KeWe community beyond the mobile screen.” You can learn more about KeWe on their website: http://www.kewe.co.

Sketchbook Update: First Time Skiing

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I was noodling around with a drawing prompt from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook that reads, “Skiing for the first time.” I liked how the initial doodle turned out, so I decided to tweak it, clean it up, and add color.

In hindsight I maybe should have chosen different colors for the gloves and hat to make them pop more. I also think I over-rendered the tree a bit and could have made the branches a bit looser and bouncier. But that’s what sketches are for: playing around and making mistakes so that next time you can do better.