Saturday, January 31, 2009

Spot for the Indypendent

8x13", graphite, ink, & digital

The above is a finish I just did for an article in the Indypendent about how the Oscar nominations support movies that extract the historical significance of stories and focus on the personal aspects of their main characters.

I approached this one very freely and sort of "shot from the hip" to experiment with some new tricks I've wanted to try out. I'm hazey on the results. Not to say I don't think it's a good and effective image, but whether this methodology is a good fit for me. We'll see how they're integrated into my roster of tricks. Anyway, hope you like it. Thanks

Initial sketches for the assignment


Drafting/drawing table on the left, digital on right.
'Cause I like seeing pictures of artists' studios

Saturday, January 24, 2009

UPS Montage

UPS Montage, 20x15.75" Pencil and digital

I wanted to wait until the all clear before posting about this project, but it was about 2 months ago when this all started. I had the opportunity to work with UPS to provide a piece of art for their main New York office that would also be used as a gift for their upper level executives.

My contact at UPS had asked for a single image to encompass the 11 districts in the Northeast Region as well as some UPS imagery. The sketches he wanted were to range from 11 distinct depictions of the districts, to a more interpretive sketch. After some sketch refinements between me and the client, we settled on the more distinct sketch that had sections specific to the areas they represent as well as a depiction of the UPS process in general.

It was a bit intimidating working for a company like UPS, but also challenging in the image itself. It took a lot of subjects I never really experienced, like automobiles and certain landscapes, that were then tied in together with about a dozen scenes. The time between sketch and finish was a little shorter than I'd like for a complicated image, but in the end both the client and I were happy with it, so really what more can I ask for?

Original Drawing, 20x15.75" Red pencil

Second and first round of sketches

"It's gonna take a MON-tage! Even Rocky had a montage.."

Sunday, January 18, 2009


The above is a sketch for another piece to be in my gallery show at Chapterhouse here in Philadelphia. The idea originally came up when I was thinking about doing a piece on the economic state of the country, but then reformatted some of the imagery to make it a little less specific.


River baptism

Bone, Hands, Space worker

Pages from new sketchbooks, waiting for approval of another project.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Obama for the Indypendent

4x6", red pencil and digital

The above is the finish of the project I just posted sketches for below. It was great working with the Indypendent, so hopefully I'll get the chance to do it again.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Obama Sketches for the Indypendent

These are sketches for an article in the Indypendent, Obama and Executive Power. It's my first piece for them, and I was excited to get such a great article. The main point of the article is that now that Obama has been elected, he has a choice to make in regards to the power of the executive office that was greatly expanded (through various means) by the now out-going administration- whether or not to curtail those advancements or continue what has been widely seen as a gross abuse of office.