Hello and welcome to my sketch-blog. This seemingly self-indulgent exercise is where I intend to post the doodles, sketches, and occasionally more finished pieces of artwork to, if my insecurities are correct, an apathetic if not imaginary audience.

Monday, January 31, 2011

As Promised

So, I have completed the illustration of the unfortunate fellow ( mentioned in my last post) who appears to have spent too long in his non-breathable neoprene waders.....or something like that.

While the subject matter seems more than a little suspect, as an illustrator you simply take them as they come, and pray for inspitration ( or is it perspiration ?). That said, occasionally an assignment comes along that can even make me wince. I do wonder though, if A.B.Frost or Rockwell ever found themselves up against such a task?...I think not.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Behind the Scenes

I thought I would allow a little peak behind the scenes here and show what I spent at least a portion of my day doing. My task was to illustrate a story by my good friend Steve Galea. The story, called "Wet Spots" is essentially about the unfortunate sweating that takes place when a fisherman spends too long in neoprene waders. ( Ah the varied life of an illustrator).

I liked the action of the onlookers in my first attempt. However, when I sent it to Steve for his thoughts, he mentioned ( as only Steve can ) that it looked like the guy was exposing himself. So a change was necessary, after all the final art is to be be published in a G rated magazine.

Back at the drawing board and rough B started to take shape. I sent it to my art director and he gave it a relieved thumbs up. I'll post the finished piece when I am able to do so.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ta Da!

We'll here it is...My newly designed web site.


Finally, I have a site that fully exposes my double life as an illustrator. You see for years I have served two seemingly unrelated markets with my work, one serious,
the other, well let's say more anthropomorphic...Or playful if you will.The common ground is of course my obsession with nature and animals.The decision to blend these two genres into one site came only after a fair bit of thought. My concern is that it may appear that I am struggling to find my voice. In fact, it's quite the contrary. Call it maturity (although those who know me would argue the use of that word with regards to yours truly)but over the years I have grown comfortable, indeed proud of my role as an illustrator. If through my work I can entertain, and/or inspire a deeper appreciation of the many faces of nature and the creatures within it, then my efforts will be moving towards worthwhile.

For those then who might enjoy this somewhat schizophrenic voyage, I welcome you. It's in this new spirit of full disclosure I feel strangely re-energized and more free to more fully and honestly explore my relationship with nature and art. I look forward to sharing the results