Usually my sketchbook is a place for me to take a little break from the screen and flex my drawing muscles without burning myself out on the tools that I use for my commissioned work. However, as a result, I fear I might not be giving myself the chance of stumbling upon new ways of taking advantage of my vectors. I had slow couple of weeks anyway, so I decided to move my sketchbook habit over to the Cintiq. One hour of drawing every work day for two weeks. Some days worked better than others, but I definitely felt a lot looser with my digital drawing by the end of the experiment, and ended up with a couple of weird little ideas that I hope to explore further.
This was a piece for Newsweek's "Two Number's" column, for a story on lifting of the travel embargo to Cuba. Thanks to Mike Friel for the assignment!
A new illustration for Jakprints, a fine art printer that plants a tree for every order. Thanks to Ted Barnes for the assignment!
Green Printers Jakprints AD: Ted Barnes
These illustrations were all for the "Big Questions" issue of Mental Floss. Thanks to Lucy Quintanilla for the great assignment!
Dictionary Grudge Match
What do you call the metal part of a pencil? (A: Ferrule)
What do you call the holes in swiss cheese? (A: Eyes)
What do you call the arm hole in a shirt sleeve? (A: Armsate)
What do you call the smoke from a pipe? (A: Lunt)
What's (one of) the oldest words in the English language? (A: Two)
The history of air travel.
My Brain: The All-Hands Meeting
A new illustration for the New Yorker for a great piece by Hallie Cantor in Shouts and Murmurs. A huge thanks to Deanna Donegan for the assignment!
A new illustration on America’s favorite bod for the Upshot. (Check out the full analysis here: link.) Thanks to Nicholas Blechman for the assignment!
Post Hunt 2015
I got the chance to illustrate the cover and four interior spreads of this week’s Washington Post Magazine. This was for the Post’s annual scavenger hunt. I was sworn to secrecy so as not to reveal any of the clues, but luckily for them I wouldn’t have been able to decode them anyway. Thanks to Beth Broadwater for the assignment!
This was a fun one for the alumni magazine of my old highschool (go Coyotes!) One of the big traditions of the school was a yearly trip up to king's canyon. They would give us a list of supplies we had to put together before we headed out, and for some reason wool pants were mandatory, so I went to a thrift store and got these ancient wool army pants that were as stiff as cardboard and about as comfortable. Somehow, everyone else had realized they should just bring the normal pants they always wore. Formative experiences. Thanks to Randy Bertin for thinking of me for this!
An illustration for a piece in the Boston Globe about a man’s relationship with his first house. He has moved years ago, but checks in on it from time to time, and watches as the neighborhood slowly changes until he can no longer recognize it. I had a lot of fun working on this one! Thanks to Greg Klee for the great assignment!
This was a fun one for the Washington post. This was for a story about how it's better to plan for a market downturn when your investments are still showing good returns (something we can all relate to no doubt.) I spent about as long on the checkered shirt as I did on the rest of the illustration, and now that I'm looking at it I am seeing some adjustments I'd like to make, but I'll just have to save that nit picking for the next time. Thanks to Christian Font for the assignment!
This little series of adventure illos were commissioned for the latest issue of Climbing Magazine. It might sound strange (probably not though if you are spending a lot of time in a studio) but I actually feel a little bit healthier after drawing people hiking. I might have to make this a part of my studio health regimine. Thanks to Claire Eckstrom for the great assignment!
From the way-back file, this was a story opener that slipped through the cracks of my fail safe blogging system back in May. A great assignment where I could actually draw absolutely anything I wanted, as long as it was all embedded in a cross section of Seattle bedrock. (Now you know what I would draw if I could draw anything.) This was for a story about the challenge of developing the city while protecting sites of potential archeological importance. (This was also a plot line in The Killing, if memory serves.) Thanks to Sara D'Eugenio for the assignment!
A set of spots for Money Magazine. The feature is a round up of recent “Big Ideas” that change the way people invest (or live in general.) Thanks to Patricia Alvarez for the great assignment!
How to Control the Weather
This spread for Mental floss is pretty much my dream assignment. The piece is a history of different scientific (and not so scientific) attempts to control weather over the last century or two. Alot of the stories end (predictably) in failure, but there were some successes too that I’d never heard of. A standout: in 1915 San Diego is experiencing an epic drought and commissions chemist Charles Hatfield to use his science know-how to bring the rain. A month later the San Diego is flooded and the city sues Hatfield for damages. Big thanks to Winslow Taft for the great assignment!
On The Road
I am extremely honored to have a selection of illustrations from "On The Road" accepted into the Society of Illustrators 57. A huge thanks to SOI and to Bob Goetz and Joe Sharkey!