Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fountain of All-Nighters

Luerzer's Archive, a directory to advertise illustrators, designers and photographers asked me to do the newest cover. It will also run as a stand alone ad without the 25 years box someday soon. I got final approval on my sketch on tuesday morning. I need some sleep.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spot, beloved mutt of the illustration world

Illustrators may get the awards from the full-size covers, jackets and posters- but we all pay the bills with the spots. It is hard for me to turn down the New York Times, regardless, but I always take a Letters-to-the-Editor illustration (my old stomping grounds) when I can. I'm very thankful for such jobs, which are enjoyable and short lived.

I take many of these jobs every year, and they are usually never seen by anyone who doesn't read the magazine, but here are a few recent anonymous drawings. The wind turbine from OnEarth Magazine, and the iPhone from PC World.

Other news relating to smaller illustrations... Popular Mechanics let me know that my drawing of the astronauts trying to buy the moon was accepted into the SPD Spot show. Good boy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Drawing In Church- 5/10

Common grace, the theological idea that God's blessings fall on all mankind- regardless of their internal/external condition, ...and dinosaurs.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Books Arrive!

Yesterday was a great day- the first copies of new book arrived. Seeing it exist as a real book for the first time is so thrilling and humbling. Truly, I have no idea how this book got made. I've made a long post at about this if you want to see some shots of the inside spreads.

Monday, May 04, 2009

I'm a printmaker?

The St. Louis chapter of the AIGA asked me to do a 20 edition print run of an image to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the STL chapter. It is a great project, 19 other artists are participating... that means 400 prints!

When I think about how our industry has changed in the last 20 years- its hard to think of a facet of communication design that HASN'T changed since 1989. I decided that my print is 'about' the collision of technology and deadlines. It is only a matter of time before I receive my first editorial commission via twitter, and so, I'm already feeling a desire to unplug. This print is made up entirely of repurposed images and text. The drawing was lifted from my sketchbook (keen observers will remeber that I later used it in a New York Times Op-Ed illustration) and transfered onto paper using acetone on photocopies. The text and colors, in a nod to our endangered and beloved CMYK, is from a collection of rubber stamps I've found in rummage sales throughout the years.

Come to the event and hope you get a good print!