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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Variety is the Spice of Life

Hi! thought i would post some of the fun things i worked on this November

the first is a possible pin-up for Image Comics' "Sullivan's Sluggers":

15 foot backdrop to be displayed on stage:

and accompanying "scrims" for the sides of the stage:

1 of 3 shirt designs for band on their UK tour. i wanted the letters to show various dimensions:

new logo for punk country duo "Coffee Project":

poster for a benefit concert for homeless youth of Philadelphia:

tribute for gallery show dedicated to tattoo artist Sailor Jerry:

and this was done to accompany a story for modern horror "radio" program "Dead of Night":


The Deal

While I was at the American Illustration party, I ran into an old acquaintance. Larry Gendron worked with my former boss/current rep, Richard Solomon, loads of times while I was Richard's assistant. Everytime it was a different hero of mine producing a great image for Larry's magazine, The Deal. Well, Larry was nice enough to let me show off my bit of art on the AI wall and told me he'd be in touch.

Wouldn't you know he had an assignment for me three days later. I received an email with an abstract detailing the unsteady financial future of colleges and universities. Larry encouraged me to push the "unsteady" aspect of the piece and have fun with it... did. And Larry picked my favorite as well.
Left is the refined sketch with some PS value added. The right is a clean line final that I find I need for the more complex images I create. This is apparently old news for many illustrators, but I tend to do a lot of things the hard way.
Really happy with this finish (a true rarity nowadays) and I think it's simply because of the shine on the coins. How sad is that?
And in context...
A big thanks to Larry Gendron for the opportunity.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kobe Bryant for Nike and Motortrend Classic

So I can finally show this Kobe Bryant T-shirt design that I did for Nike last year. It features Kobe and his new shoe. His nickname is "The Black Mamba". Unfortunately this project got killed so this design will never see the light of day. :(

it took a really long time to render all those snake scales. :-(

story for motortrend classic magazine about a man remembering his childhood dream of racing around the globe in various international cars.

for Motortrend Classic Magazine. a reflection story about a man remembering his father and their love for cars through the years together.

for motortrend classic magazine. about how non-experts can instinctively pick the best cars. In this case, the author's wife.

Monday, November 22, 2010


The next daily warmup drawing brings back the good old days of 2-d fighters. When Super Nintendo ruled the console wars, Street Fighter won the hearts of fighting game fans.  

I went a bit beyond the intended sketchy approach to these exercise drawings and dedicated the entire morning to finishing this image. I noticed that my recent illustrations lacked energy and appeared static, so  I challenged myself to create  a lot of movement and action when composing the piece.

I didn't know which characters to choose, so decided to use the ones that would provide me with a nice color palette based on their outfits.  Adding a few 8-bit goodies here and there, I wanted to make the image resemble a screenshot from the actual video game.

Thanks for viewing guys, 


Sunday, November 21, 2010


It's time for the warmup of the day!

I was obsessed with He-Man as a kid. With only three or four channels on a black and white television, the cartoon's fantasy world filled my imagination with its colorful cast of characters and ridiculously scripted dialogue. Kids in my neighborhood would reenact each episode, swinging their wooden sticks and calling to the power of greyskull. The show was to my generation what Bonanza was to my parent's, a huge part of a child's upbringing.

He man broke the pattern of my daily doodling. No longer was I drawing doughnut shaped cars from the side view, I was inspired to explore the anatomy of miss-proportioned 80's cartoon characters.

I realized I haven't drawn my child hood hero since I came to the states and started studying art. With each daily warmup drawing I hope to recall the little things that made me interested in art in the first place.

thanks for reading guys!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Hey guys,

I decided to do a fully colored warmup drawing every single day before jumping into my commercial work. I hope that this will help me get into the right mindset for the day and allow me to loosen up before getting into the fine tuning of my commissioned illustrations.

I'm giving myself only a few guidelines to follow, such as switching up the gender of the figure each day and also varying the body type with each drawing. Everything else will depend on the time I have left but they will all be very loose.

So, round one - CATWOMAN:

And here is a progress piece of a Supergirl drawing that I'm working on in between projects. I'm just experimenting with various Photoshop brush settings, trying to bring my inking to a satisfying look. 

thanks for viewing, 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jason Raish batch of Fall Illustrations

for one of the departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The guy Gene Robinson's email signature lists so many departments and programs that He is involved in that I'm not sure what this is for. Anyway they are working on a study about bees who are injected with cocaine and how this effects them socially and makes them dance more. "dancing" is how they tell others where food is.

Also for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

spot for THE (Times Higher Education) in the UK. It's about professors and academics roles when it comes to at risk students for students in need of help. I don't know which version they went with.

Risk magazine from the UK, full page illustration, or cover, not sure which. It's about a bunch of complex finance stuff as usual that I don't know anything about. They always have a very specific brief, so in this case I am thankful for that because it would require me to use a lot of my brain and research to understand the article and create concepts. I guess something has run out and that is making this financial system machine about to blow its top.

spot for Emory Magazine. Its about AIDS/HIV awareness and speaking out.