Monday, September 9, 2013

End of Summer Round-up

Been running around a bit too much to stay on top of this blog like I should. But the summer is over, so here are some highlights from the last while...

-My work for A Brain Is For Eating was featured on Muddy Colors, thanks to my good friend Dan Dos Santos!
...which resulted in these two young boys forever scarred.

-I did a second Graveyard Book illustration based off of another thumbnail that I really liked. 

-This illustration for Wall Street Journal printed incredibly large and I'm stoked about that. 

-Your smartphone is already obsolete for Scientific American

-And I did this on the side of all the rest of those things as a sample of more finished work aimed at YA publishers. Had a blast figuring this one out.

 Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Brain Is For Eating, now available!

A Brain Is For Eating is now available for purchase at!

And now you can also get your very own zombie food pyramid, to keep your undead well fed. Hang one in your kitchen by ordering here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Graveyard Book, The IMC

 I attended this year's Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA. It's a week long intensive, painting-based illustration workshop focusing mainly on narrative and adventure illustration. Many instructors are old friends, so it was a very fun week.

I also worked my ass off on this painting, inspired by Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Because of the fancy camera work by Irene Gallo and James Gurney, it became my most documented painting. Irene got some progress shots and Gurney caught me starting the paints in a very cool video here:

 Hope you dig it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spectrum 20

This year's Spectrum judges deemed this image worthy of inclusion.  
Pretty awesome to be included again, looking forward to seeing the book!

...and the book is available here {ahem}

Friday, April 5, 2013

More leaked zombie pics

Hitting crunch time on this, here are a couple newly finished illustrations for A Brain Is For Eating. Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scientific American's Skeptic column

Scientific American has a great skeptic column, usually dedicated to the various ways the human brain can malfunction and create one effect or another. There are great illustrations that go along with each article, and the subject matter is an illustrator's dream. Juicy stuff like why our brains deny/distort clear evidence, or how the brain creates consciousness.

I was lucky enough to be tasked with illustrating the recent issue. The column was skeptical of a brain surgeon's assertion that, during a near death experience, he'd had a glimpse of heaven. Seemed a sensitive issue for my normally irreverent approach to drawing.

Pretty much two approaches to the same idea. The 2nd beat of the image would show you that the brain is the culprit. 
Playing off the evidence and hallucination ideas, I thought it would be fun to draw pink elephants. I found out later they are pretty  much exclusively related to alcohol induced hallucination. Oops.

I knew going in that this was my strongest idea. It wasn't as goofy as the others and the relationship between brain and vision of heaven was more subtle. Using color to tie the elements together is somewhat new for me and I'm glad it worked out as well as it did. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Brain Is For Eating -in progress sneak peek

"So remember these rules, and follow the lead of your big zombie brothers when its time for the feed" 

"When hunting for packages just say with a roar, it's braaaaains you are after and you always want mooooore!"

Stay tuned for more underaged undead in the coming weeks.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Wreck of NFIP

quick ideas for sad and concerned fish

Rough value sketch, before picking a better fish

Color sketch with type placed

scanned finished paint, pre-photoshop

Finished painting with photoshop finishing touches. 

This was an overnight gig for The Weekly Standard. More of a feat of creating believable atmosphere than anything really clever, but super fun to work on nonetheless.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Month of Love

Myself and 19 damn fine artists are contributing drawings/sketches/experiments to a daily sketchblog for the month of February. Everything is love themed and on certain days need to match a set phrase. Go on and take a gander at Month of Love

Header designed by my old chum, the lovely and talented Jeanine Henderson

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New, improved, fancy and shiny:

Go check out the brand spankin new!  My site, because of hectic schedule of work and a hatred of HTML, was about a year and a half out of date.  It is now up to date and reformatted to a new clean design.

The most difficult part, aside from deciphering the "easy" methods of wordpress, was trying to figure out what tiny icon represented me perfectly and deserved to sit in the coveted sidebar. I am not lying when I say that one little detail occupied the lion's share of thoughts for the last couple weeks.

The first idea I had was the emblem seen above. While that was a blast to paint it was obviously too detailed and attention grabbing to sit quietly and let people navigate my galleries. Here are some of the other failed attempts of me trying to define me...
Everything from abstract to chimp. And, obviously more chimps.
I think I settled on a more elegant solution for the time being, and what's nice about the new site is that it's easy to change if I wanna go in another direction (likely a chimp, apparently).

Speaking of chimps, I also have a tumblr blog now. This will be my repository for doodles and quick images that wouldn't normally have a home otherwise. As you may have guessed, there are a LOT of chimp drawings there. Take a peek:

Thanks for reading!

PS. Big thanks to my generous friends Marc Scheff and Andre Laboy for giving me many free hours of tech support. Reimbursement in the form of backrubs is on its way.