May 5, 2016

Centaur

for sketch dailies (when in doubt, draw a zombie)

January 25, 2016

May 14, 2015

New portfolio pages

I've updated this blog with illustration portfolios (under my photo on the right) showing my Fantasy/Young Adult work, Children's illustrations, and Sketchbook pages.

April 22, 2015

a little fun with sketch dailies

this one's for my kids

April 15, 2015

Lamassu

Taking advantage of the random inspiration of Sketch Dailies to keep the creative energies moving
Lamassu


April 14, 2015

Wonder Twins

Sketch Dailies
Early attempts to create the Wonder Twins didn't go so well . . .

April 2, 2015

Hulk

another for Sketch Dailies
Hulk run out of room for Hulk

April 1, 2015

Sketch Dailies on Twitter

for the Sketch Dailies challenge on Twitter

Hedwig

January 21, 2015

notes on motivation & confidence


I'm going to share this here, although it's about playing bass (a discipline I recently picked up) what's said rings true for artists of all types. Maybe, especially, illustrators.
Click the link below, I'll follow up with  more thoughts on this soon . . .
Bass Players: On Staying Motivated and Avoiding Unhealthy Comparisons

(image from NoTreble.com)

December 31, 2014

December 22, 2014

December 12, 2014

subway sketching

The bad weather's rolling in and, for me, that means spending less time riding my bike on the city's streets and more time riding the trains underneath. On the positive side that gives me the opportunity to get a little life drawing in and sketch New Yorkers in their natural habitat (and thanks to the unspoken rules against eye contact, usually unnoticed). So, in anticipation of a long winter, here are a few of my favorite subway portraits from earlier commutes.


December 5, 2014

it's better to burn out . . .

Burnout is something every creative professional has to face at some point in their career (and if you never do, consider yourself blessed). When it hits, there's really no single, one-size-fits all cure. It's something each person has to claw their own way back from (or else, to finish the quote . . . fade away.)
I hit that wall with my illustration a few years ago, during a period when my work/life balance was completely out of whack, and my frustrations, both internal and external, felt overwhelming. We all face demons big and small, and I won't claim my situation was any tougher than what someone else has been through, but I decided then that I needed to stop pursuing illustration for awhile.
In retrospect it was the right choice. That hiatus gave me a chance to recharge my spirit and rediscover what I loved so much about making art in the first place. And although I'm pulled back by the gravity of pen to paper and brush to canvas, it's with a fresh perspective of who I am as an artist and where I want my work to take me.
So maybe Neil Young was right, it is better to burn out.