Thursday, June 09, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion!

I started a Facebook fan page for my artwork! If you'd like updates on what I'm doing, including new illustrations, photos from live caricature gigs, and other news about my work, this is just the thing for you. I might even throw in a link to a sad youtube music video on days that I'm feeling particularly emo! Click "like" now, though, because chances are I'll come to my senses and delete aforementioned link as soon as I cheer up.

Follow the link to Or, click the "like" button on the right side of the blog!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Facts of Life

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I did a guest comic strip for the comic strip Get Bent by Mr. Bevill!

You can enjoy more of Chuck and Carl's disgusting, filthy and offensive antics at Definitely NSFW and definitely not for kids. Also definitely very funny.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Girl in the 419

Logo image design for The Girl in the Glass City. Residents of Toledo and the surrounding area should follow her on Facebook here to keep up with events and things to do in the city!

Some cool usage here (click images to enlarge). Seeing your work in print or on the web is one thing; seeing it on a billboard is another entirely. Still gives me a pretty cool feeling when I drive by.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Charlie Sheen

Quick retail-style sketch of Charlie Sheen, by far the most beloved wife-abusing drug addict in America. Markette and Art Stix.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Blaggie Awards

This job for the April 1st issue of Newcity had a 24 hour turnaround, and given the time constraints, I'm mostly satisfied with the results. Not having time to get away from my work for a while, then come back and reassess it in a more objective frame of mind is a challenge, particularly with (non-retail, obviously) caricatures, but I think everybody's favorite disgraced Illinois governor turned out well!

Any readers in Chicago? I'd love to get a photo of the print version if you've got a copy.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Emperor in Stone, Ruler in Disguise

The Barn Owl, also known as the Ghost Owl, also known as the Death Owl, also known as the Hobgoblin Owl, also known as the Monkey-Faced Owl is such a strange, sublime-looking creature to me. It's one of those animals that I look at and feel almost has to be evidence of intelligent design, somehow.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Come alive, you sovereign / Gather the herd and lead the way

Just for fun. I have to admit to some embarrassment that until yesterday, I didn't have any idea what an impala was when it wasn't a sports sedan.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Truth Comedy Jam!

If you're in the general Toledo area, this is something you should definitely be joining me at. Two hours of smart, beautiful women making you laugh, and only ten dollars if you RSVP here. All that, and it's for a good cause to boot!

Pick up the most recent issue of the Toledo Free Press Star for more info, or read about it on their website here!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Buried But Breathing

Shirt design for the band BURIED BUT BREATHING. I've been making an effort to bring more traditional media effects / texture into my work lately and am digging the results.

More pictures on the way once they get printed! Pretty psyched to walk around wearing some of my work.

Here is Antonio Pollaiuolo's interpretation of the Lernaean Hydra. No disrespect to mister Pollaiuolo, but I for one would rather meet his version in a dark alleyway.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

When the Walls all Fall

For the new album Holy Toledo by Ohio-based rapper A-Laz. Tried mixing up the style a little for this one, looking for a more grafitti-influenced, gritty look. Using more of a mix between digital and traditional media, and feeling really good about the results.

Check out some of A-Laz's work at (Squeamish be forewarned, there is some explicit content).

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's / Single's Awareness Day / Halfway Through February, everyone!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Let's get it on now, 5 4 3 2 1!

My fan art of Street Fighter 3's Twelve has been chosen as one of the winners for Capcom's Third Strike Art Contest! My piece will be appearing in the upcoming re-release of one of my favorite games, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, for PS3 and Xbox. Awesome!

You can see the other winning entries for Twelve here. I'm totally blown away and humbled by the other two winners--Brian's in particular is really stunning.

The winning entries for Remy and Urien are also up. There's a lot of great stuff to look at, so check it out.

I particularly love Jen's painting of Remy. What a great pose, with so much subtlety and character to it. Remy looks thoughtful and pensive, but ready to spring into action at any moment, like a knife balanced on its edge (or something). Inspiring stuff.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Google Art Project

In case anyone hasn't heard about this yet, I highly encourage you to check out one of the coolest new websites around, It's a little like google street view, except that it's inside, and it happens to be inside of a bunch of awesome museums. And instead of looking at buildings and trees, you're looking at masterworks, and zooming in on them close enough to see individual brushstrokes, in high resolution, blown up to the size of your hand.

(Image: A Foregone Conclusion, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.)

Monday, January 24, 2011


I've always been a fan of the Street Fighter series, and am a big softie for awful, nigh-unplayable characters like Twelve.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Class Presentation at Sauder Elementary

This week I did a presentation at Sauder Elementary's 1st grade class in Massillon, Ohio, about Cheeky's Security Blanket and what it's like to be an illustrator. This was my first time speaking to a classroom, and I'm happy to say that everything went great. The kids were all amazing, inquisitive, and very smart!

After reading through the book, I showed some slides of other illustrators to show examples of artists I've been influenced by and an example of how many diverse ways there are to illustrate picture books.

Like the paw prints hidden on every page of Cheeky's Security Blanket, Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books have a mouse and spider who appear in every illustration.

Sometimes I feel like the work of my favorite artists is weirdly dissimilar from my own. But maybe not...

I also showed some samples of my illustration work outside of picture books. One of the kids seemed flabbergasted that my work had been published in and on the cover of magazines, despite just having seen an entire book full of my work!

Because of their age, I wasn't sure if they'd know who this was, so I asked if anybody recognized him. A bunch of hands shot up. My favorite guess: "John McCain." Close, I told him. 2nd best: George Washington.

I showed a few samples of drawings I did when I was around their age, to try and make the point that drawing well is really just a matter of practice and work over long periods of time rather than something you're just born with. Hopefully they were inspired!

Sometimes you don't get things right the first time. Here's a bit of process work from Cheeky's Security Blanket that I walked them through:

Once they saw the thumbnail rough, they were immediately curious what the stairs were doing in the picture. I explained the concept of roughs and preliminary work, and how they allow you to change decisions and revise images with minimal effort in their early stages.

The first sketch looks a little different from the final. There were some concerns with the implication that Cheeky was wandering around the neighborhood unsupervised, so the background was changed from a front yard to a fenced-in back yard.

Finished inks. They were all fascinated with the idea of drawing on a computer using a tablet. Next time I'll have to take some pictures or a video of me working! One kid told me he has a Wii game where you draw on the screen with the controller, and a few asked if it was similar to the smartboard I was projecting the pictures onto, so I think everybody got the idea.

Finished illustration.