Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Gender Outlaw!

Recently I had the pleasure of working with John Dixon from the Village Voice for their cover story on Kate Bornstein, a male to female transsexual lesbian who challenges our preconceived notions about sexuality and gender.  The article by VV's editor in chief, Tony Ortega, is an amazing look at this larger than life American "outsider" which includes forays into Scientology, marriage, kids & grandkids, and domination.  
Many thanks to John Dixon for the superb guidance and encouragement.  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Digital Renaissance Fair

Here's an editorial illustration I recently did for Seattle Magazine's August issue. The article was about how to bring in a wider crowd to the Renaissance Fair by incorporating some current trends in popular culture and technology to the mix. The AD Sue Boylan wanted to convey a scene in a mud pit with people playing with their various mobile devices, labtops, etc...

Here are some sketches of the concept;

I was given the ok to come up with sketches for other approaches, and I kind of liked this interpretation of an executioner tweeting. Maybe it was a little too morbid...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook

These illustrations were done for the recently released Quirk books title "The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook," a guide for would be pirate enthusiasts. I've been really fortunate to work on a number of titles for Quirk books, and not one of them has ever felt like a "job." The book was written by Jason Heller, a regular contributor to The Onion.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Android Karenina

Quirk Books latest mash-up from the esteemed Ben Winters, Android Karenina, is out now! Tolstoy's seminal work has now been infused with cyborgs, grav-trains, trans orbital bullet ships, wormholes, and alien infestations. Fifteen black and white illustrations done by yours truly are tucked inside this doozy of book! Once again thanks go out to Doogie Horner and Jason Rekulak of Quirk Books for giving me the opportunity to provide content for another mash-up. Each illustration proved to be a unique and varied challenge that made the process thoroughly enjoyable! Here are some of my personal favorites:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monster Stew!

When I was a wee lad, I used to draw monsters. A LOT of monsters. Monsters on napkins. Monsters on ruled paper. Monsters in coloring books. Monsters on the walls. So when I was asked to create a series of illustrations of well known monster arch types, I couldn't resist.

The book is called "Horrorscopes" and it's being published by Chronicle Books. I was asked to create twelve interior illustrations plus a border illustration that would be used throughout the book.

Kudos to Kristen Hewitt, the wonderful art director, for keeping everything cohesive, and reigning me in when I got too gory (which was often...).

Without any further ado, enjoy the monster stew!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sherlock Holmes!

I've got another book coming out from Quirk Books today; "The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective," by Ransom Riggs. The book is full of interior illustrations and it's a fun read for any fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's most loved character.

Originally I was given the task of creating a look similar to the original Sidney Paget illustrations that appeared with the published stories, but it was too daunting a task to handle. Thankfully they were happy with the look I was able to provide, and I think they conveyed the right atmosphere for this kind of subject matter.

This project required a lot of versatility in that I had to illustrate a variety of scenarios as well as objects and animals. It was a fun challenge and I love the design of the book, done by Doogie Horner over at Quirk; it looks and feels like an old hardcover novel from the 19th century.

Here are some samples:

Sherlock experiencing a bit of malaise.

Sherlock Holmes exhibiting his skills in Bartistu.

A cane is not necessarily a sign of a handicap.

Move over Errol Flynn.

Shedding a clever disguise.

The Hound of The Baskervilles.

The Victorian Opium Den as described in Holmes' world.

The Baker Street Irregulars.

The avid beekeeper.

An accomplished violinist.

The demise of Professor Moriarty.