Killed!

Working on a project that gets killed can be fun. The ideas are popping, the anticipation is high . . . and then it’s over and maybe you have one or two nice illustrations you wouldn’t have otherwise had. Here are pages from an illustration proposal for Harper Collins that …

Research for new picture book project

I’ve been spending a lot of time on research for a new project: a picture book that utilizes comic-book style panels in the telling of the story. Many of my friends are comic book artists, but I’m not them, so I started studying up. I want to incorporate the panels …

Guttenberg Arts

I hope you stopped by Carrier Pigeon’s exhibitor table on April 5–6 at MoCCA Fest 2014. Carrier Pigeon has made huge strides in its mission in the past year and is now ready to launch a non-profit arm, Guttenberg Arts, which has a physical home at a facility in New …

Creative Quarterly 35

I’m happy to say that five of my illustrations for Bachi and the Rooftop of the World will be represented in the online gallery of the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Quarterly. I look forward to seeing the final result of this challenging ebook experiment from Two Publishers and Co.

Asteroid Belt Almanac

MARS (a play about mining) is a project that has continued to flourish in a variety of ways. When I first came on board the project was unfolding as a collaborative dance-theatre piece. That iteration was workshopped at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn in early 2013, and I …

Small Gods personal art

I’ve probably read 20 or so Terry Pratchett books in total. My favorites are the stories of the “Guards” series, which take place on the Discworld and are often told from the perspective of a ragged policeman named Sam Vimes. Small Gods is a standalone story set in the same …

Tuttodunpezzo

I spent a year at SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay program working in a small studio cubicle next to Andre da Loba, and seeing his creations hanging off of every surface was a huge inspiration. If you haven’t seen the book trailer for Tuttodunpezzo, watch it here. It’s like nothing …

Happy Holidays, a month later

In December of 2013 I had an opportunity to work under the art direction of Nathan Fox on a Christmas card for MFA Visual Narrative, the department he chairs at the School of Visual Arts. Maybe you received one of these in the mail. Made with a Winsor & Newton sable brush, Sumi …

Flux Theatre Ensemble benefit party

New York’s Flux Theatre Ensemble is throwing a benefit party at the Broadway Comedy Club on November 21, and I’m happy to be donating a commissioned piece to the raffle. The winner of the raffle will answer a series of questions about the imaginary inner life of his/her pet, and …

Illustration, one bibliography

I’ve made a lot of knee-jerk purchases of books about visual storytelling—as many as purchases based on solid recommendations—in the hopes of unlocking some pivotal secret that would lead to more fun, function, confidence, relaxation, focus, whatever I could get. I’m a reader, so it’s a temptation that’s hard for …

Tatsuro Kiuchi: free layers file

If you’re interested in how contemporary illustrations are created then this will make you flip out: Tatsuro Kiuchi has made available a free download of one of his finished Photoshop files, in layers. Pick it apart, see how he built it. You can read his post here. Update: here is …

News page, or: doing the bare minimum

I’ve never operated a blog from within the framework of a portfolio site, mainly because I’ve never had a site that could do that. I’ve Bloggered, Tumblrd, flickrd, and, long ago, MySpaced. I’m working right now to redesign the whole site using a WordPress custom template, limited knowledge, a hope, and a wish . . . when I have a chance I’ll begin shifting the Tumblr page into random asides and re-blogs of my friends’ hilarious accomplishments. The way it was meant to be.