White Elephant Gift

So this Christmas I was invited to a friend’s party where there was a very fun gift exchange. I opted to make artwork for my contribution. This charcoal drawing shows that a sad white elephant is always unwanted at a…

Monster Book Illustration

I’ve had just about the most fun I’ve ever had at my day job this week, helping out with illustrations for an upcoming book on the science of monsters. It’s a great topic and a really amazing opportunity to do…

Sketches to Vector again

This week I’ve had the pleasure to produce some illustrations for a project at my day job. It’s a rare opportunity, so I’m pretty eager to get good results. These need to be vector illustrations that fit with an existing…

Elementary School Biography of MLK

Another opportunity to illustrate at my day job presented itself recently. Working on a third-grade biography of Martin Luther King Jr. composed mostly of photographs. The book opens with an event from his early childhood, where he was separated from…

Bears in Fort Lauderdale

Some of my other bear illustrations were well-received, so I was commissioned again to produce another bear beach party – this time in Fort Lauderdale Florida. These have been very enjoyable and a good opportunity to focus on stylized characters…

Hidden Picture Puzzle

I took on a challenging new set of illustrations for a Social Studies textbook about presidential elections. Two of these involve hidden picture puzzle illustrations – the type of complicated scene where objects or characters are hidden in plain sight….

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John Quincy Adams Tantrum

I found myself working again with isolated figures in motion. This time, an angry president John Quincy Adams for a textbook page about his loss to Andrew Jackson in the 1828 election. Silhouette was important again too and I used…

Silhouettes in Sport

One of the real benefits to taking on freelance projects is the opportunity to challenge yourself with unexpected subject matter. Since we all have our preferred subjects and styles, it is really beneficial to get an assignment that involves none…

Board Game Revisions

This week I was hired into a new position and a different department at my day job.  This is an exciting change for me and an opportunity to work on the actual content produced by the company instead of the…

Boardwalk Bears

Finishing an illustration commission featuring a gathering of bear tourists along the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This background was a fun challenge because of the iconic buildings and other structures. I have never been there myself, but I’m glad…

Bearing with This Topic

As it turns out, I got another project that includes bear illustrations. I do like drawing them – they have such great personality. I’m also using this as an opportunity to practice some poses for another idea I’ve been working…