Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Recent Work, Illustration Process, Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

Recent illustration for The Miami New Times!  The work is based on an article by Michael E. Miller  about the rise in (sometimes fatal) taser use by the police department. Great article and topical, considering the recent news about excessive police force. Definitely worth a read.
Art Directed by Miche Ratto at the MNT.  
The images below show the whole development from sketch to final.
Thanks for looking.






Thursday, December 4, 2014


Here is a recent illustration of Pike Place Market for Visit Seattle with the excellent art direction by Joe Paul (Visit Seattle).  These map Illo's are challenging. Below  is my process from sketch to final.  I fall into the trap of trying to be accurate to the actual layout of the buildings and streets and it makes me stiffen up. I should of added more stuff to it make it filled with more activity.  At least try it and see if it works.  The informational aspect makes me more conservative.

But all things considered it's alright.  

Thanks for looking!



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inked Collage

I am building a collage from various inked images I have made over the years with some fresh images thorn in.  Thanks for taking a look.


Thursday, October 9, 2014


I finally finished a "Fan Art" image for Countdown City, the second book in the Last Policeman Novels by Ben H Winters. I took a few liberties with some of the staging but I hope I will be forgiven for that.
  The second book takes place in the heat of the summer,  so it was important to give this image a different feel then the first one.  The new image is more graphic. But hopefully captures the mystery mood from the books.

 The images aren't intended to read like a definitive sequence. I wanted them to represent different stages in the book but it is difficult to put images next to each other and not have your mind try and figure out the sequence...especially for comic book readers. 
Thanks to Ben and all the Quirk Books folks for all there praise and support.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 6, 2014


Being a freelance Illustrator is not the easiest racket. I have to admit, I don't get paid editorial Illustration gigs nearly as much as I would like. That's why it is important (and satisfying) for me to play the art director and give myself illustration assignments.

The images generated on my own feel different to me than commissioned work. Sure they can sometimes lack the specificity that paid illustrations inherently have. Plenty of times the images can just fail... BUT the freedom to make my own changes and improvements is nice.

Flipping through my sketchbooks, I started selecting drawings to tighten up or use as inspiration to create fresh work.  Sometimes I don't really know what the sketches are about.  Is that important? Maybe not.
For instance the sketch below, "Night Of the Crocodile," is close to an image I did for a college assignment a long time ago. I think it was for an imaginary cuban restaurant menu. I had a big Studebaker driving toward a crocodile.

The cover was supposed to be cut paper and I completely missed the concept of cut paper and delivered a horrible image that was mostly glue and dirt.  I may have failed...but the composition wasn't bad. And although I have changed it considerably, I still dig it.  Looks like a mystery Novel cover.  It needs work but the seed is planted.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Animal Spot Illustrations, Seattle Met Magazine

I recently did some spot Animal Illustrations for   Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (August Issue).  
Thanks for taking a gander.  


Monday, September 1, 2014

Seattle Met Magazine Illustration: San Juan Islands

I recently had the opportunity to draw a map illustration of the San Juan Islands for Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (August Issue). It reminds me of one of those placemat maps you see in roadside diners. 
It was a real learning experience.  I rarely have to make things that read super small.  So I had to simplify my normal drawing technique.  I think it worked out well. Thanks so much to the Seattle Met team for giving me such a meaty project.  

Below are some roughs of how it developed. Thanks for taking a gander.  


Sketch 1

Sketch 2
Final Art

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Last Policeman

The good people at Quirk Books are using my image to promote the pre-orders of the final book in the last Policeman Book Series, "World of Trouble." If you place an order you can get a poster of my image. Pretty neat! Thanks to Ben, Eric and the rest of the Quirk Books team.

You can place your order at the link below:

Spot for Hemispheres Magazine "PR for the People"

Here is some work for Hemispheres Magazine.  I did  this image way back in September but it didn't get published until January. Check out the article.


Version 2 with reflection, I think they made the right choice for the final.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Miami New Times, Spot Illustrations

Rough Sketch
I recently did a few more spots for the Miami New Times.  More hardboiled stories in the Sunshine State.  

Check out the article:

Shawn LaBeet: Cop Killer Redux

Final Art

Rough Sketch
Final Art