Here are some favorite entries from my “art of the day” posts from mid-July through late August. You can catch them each day on my Twitter account! I went on a bit of a tear drawing famous male dancers in black and white from photo reference, then headed back into female figures in color and from the imagination.
Also there’s an avocado.
Here are some recent entries from my Art of the Day series, in which I post something I’ve drawn that day – whether it’s a toss-off doodle, a finished piece, or a work in progress. This batch includes some of the tiny, 2.5×3.5″ watercolor paintings I occasionally bring to conventions – always a fun little design challenge.
Central, from the video game Invisible Inc.
My dear, departed bulldog used to glower at me after a scolding.
I post art on Twitter almost every day; whether it’s a screenshot of a work in progress, a doodle made just for the purpose, or just something I spot in a pile on my drafting table. Here are a few of my favorites from recent weeks!
This year I had the honor of being included in the wee funny pages booklet that was part of Cards Against Humanity‘s Advent calendar package. A dozen cartoonists were asked to submit a standalone, one-page comic, possibly Christmas-themed. My editor was the lovely Rich Stevens.
Rich suggested I do something with the little skeletons from Danse Macabre 2.0! I liked the idea of combining wee rotting corpses with a warm holiday message. Here’s my contribution. (Click it to see it full-size.)
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of providing illustrations for a personal essay in Oregon Humanities Magazine, written by Dionisia Morales.
The article (“Picture Their Hearts”) discusses the author’s parents’ mixed-race marriage in 1950’s America, her experiences growing up biracial in a family that didn’t talk much on the subject of race and identity, and recounts adult conversations with her now elderly (but still reluctant) mother.
The story opens with descriptions of her parents’ honeymoon photo album.The challenges in this assignment involved making the images relatable without being too specific – the author didn’t want any of her actual family portraits to be referenced.
The art director thought that a comics-inflected set of illustrations would keep the material from feeling too clinical or academic (I also created several word balloons for pull quotes).
I ended up suggesting the presence of photos as much as possible while keeping faces not entirely in-view (with the exception of President Obama, whose public image I thought formed an interesting contrast to the “hidden” visual world of the family.)
I had a great time illustrating this really intimate and thought-provoking story. Many thanks to AD Jen Wick at Oregon Humanities!