Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Illustration for National Journal

I had the pleasure of working with the National Journal a couple times recently. In the most recent issue, I have a piece in about the Heels And Helmets movement, which is using sports to empower women in the business world.

 I used a little more ink wash on this one, to make shapes more organic and painterly. Trying to mix things up!

Here's the original sketch we went with. There was still some tweaking to do.
And here's the printed piece. Thanks so much to Art Director Erin Aulov!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

American Express Commissions

I was commissioned by American Express to create illustrations inspired by their credit cards, illustrative interpretations of their designs, to be used on Social Media, especially instagram. The subject matter was entirely up to me, as long as the card elements were present. So used this opportunity to create some futuristic cityscapes: a Green City, a Gold City, and a Platinum City.

The Green City was inspired by lost civilizations in the jungle, though mine was very much alive. The Gold City is high in the mountains, inspired by places such as Machu Pichu. The Platinum City was originally set in the Antarctic Ice, but I decided it should be on another planet, to end the series on an even more futuristic note.

First sketch for the Green City
Pencil stage
A look at the finished line-art, I'm using my trusty blue line method.
It was a great assignment, thanks very much to the awesome team at Alldayeveryday who brought me on board for this project, and to American Express for working with me!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Last-But-Not-Least LOLA Update!

I've been working hard on the drawings for a brand-new Last-But-Not-Least Lola book, this time she encounters – The Cupcake Queens! Author Christine Pakkala has written another charming and adventurous tale about Lola and her three friends.

There might or might not be a ghost in this one (you'll have to read to find out!), but the main story in all of these books are themes of friendship, jelaousy, and how to navigate them, while staying true to yourself.

As always, it's published by my awesome friends at Boyds Mills Press, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon or IndieBound. I've already gotten my advance readers copy, here's a look:
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But not only do we have a new book coming out, also the previous volume, Last-But-Not-Least LOLA and the Wild Chicken comes out as paperback this fall! It even has some bonus material, and has a lower price point– if you missed it last year now is your chance! Some more pics from it are here.

We also received some very nice reviews for this one, a really nice one from School Library Journal and even a *starred* review from Booklist, who calls Lola the "the up-to-date heir of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona stories".

And finally, there's also news about the very first book: Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green received the "Green Prize" from the Santa Monica Public Library. Three cheers for LOLA!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jaeger Painted Posters

I had the pleasure of creating some paintings for the clothing brand Jaeger in the United Kingdom. For the launch of their latest collection, they wanted to reconnect with their rich past, with painted posters evoking those which fauvist artist Raoul Dufy had done for them in the 1930s. Both images were created 100% by hand, which was a fun challenge.

Here you can see the pieces in their application, for the launch of the latest collection, in London.

Thanks so much to all the great folks at Jaeger, and to AD Claire England for this great project, and to Corianton Hale and Mikel Folcarelli for recommending me.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Communication Arts 56

I'm proud to announce that my risographed covers for Tales To Behold 5 and 6 got into the Communication Arts 56th Annual Illustration!

Tales To Behold is a self-published comic zine featuring gonzo super-hero adventures with humor, old school vibe, lots of punching and unnecessary nudity. You can order the handmade, numbered books from BirdCageBottom Books or read them on my BEHOLDER Blog or tumblr.

These newest covers are two color risograph printed, with help from the awesome Kris Mukai.

This is a project that I do for fun and nothing else, so it makes me really happy to see it being recognized. Thanks so much to the judges!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

I created this large sequential illustration for “Little Nemo– Dream Another Dream”, an anthology of tributes to Winsor McCay’s seminal strip by 118 contemporary artists.

I'm very proud to be part of this project, as this large book includes some of the finest artists working today, such as Paul Pope, Mike Allred, Yuko Shimizu, Andrea Tsurumi, Matty Hunh, Gregory Benton and so many more esteemed colleagues and friends.

It was  conceived and published by Locust Moon Press and is a beauty– the large proportions really allow to admire all the details of the fabulous pieces people created.

There will be a show of original artwork from the book at the Society of Illustrators from February 10th - March 28th, 2015.
The Opening Reception is on Wednesday, February 18th.
Hope to see you there!

Edit: The comic also just got accepted into the Society of Illustrators 2nd Comics and Cartoons Annual, whoo-hoo!

Within the context of the book, we decided to use an (almost) b/w version.
At the Society, you'll be able to see the actual original, warts and all.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Illustration for WallStreet Journal

I have a new illustration in today's WallStreet Journal, about Quasi Franchises. Here's the article

This new proposed direction for franchises supplies the infrastructure and backbone for the individual franchisees, while they can brand the place their own way and have much more independence. From the outside, it looks like a stand-alone business.

Here are some of the other sketches. The kitchen scene would have been fun but perhaps too complex for a small spot. I also liked the octopus franchise, but it was perhaps a bit negative.

The astronaut was a nice iconic solution that would be a lot of fun to draw. The biggest challenge was how much or how little detail to give to the astronaut's face.
Thanks so much to Art Directors Orlie Kraus and Sheryl Dermawan for the fun assignment. Always a pleasure.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone very Happy Holidays and all the best in the new year!
Don't let the Yeti get you!

Edit: Sorry about the broken links, all fixed now!

Time also to look back– how was Your year??

For me, one of the highlights was the 30th Anniversary of the MFA Illustration program here at SVA, which was celebrated with a big exhibition and numerous events.

But even aside from that, this year had everything: Nice projects, some even from Germanycomics-festivals, motivated and talented students, visits from high dignitaries, books, books, books, and let's also not forget: WE won the World Cup!

Let's hope that 2015 will continue just the same way.