Sketchaholics Anonymous

Business North Carolina, ChronicleHE


Above is a quick turnaround illustration for the Chronicle that I did on Monday. Otherwise, the workload continues to be rather heavy on the prelim sketch phase. Below are a sampling of sketches for further upcoming projects, and I’ll see you later in the week when I start finishing some of these up.




Going to be a busy music weekend coming up, I’ll be taking the day off on Friday to drive down to Chicago to hear my son blow his sax at his college’s ‘Combo Fest’, and then driving back home to prepare for the Jukejoint Handmedowns first appearance at ‘Nick Fink’s’ (this is a cool old bar on the other side of the river from us in Comstock Park, been around since 1888 with some great black vinyl booths and velvet wallpaper), and then our adult string orchestra will be having its christmas concert on Sunday afternoon (I play cello in this group, and the wife plays viola).

Contentedly Busy

Business North Carolina, WSJ


This continues to be one of the best couple of weeks I’ve had all year, with regards to workflow, and I’ve still got a full weekend ahead of me. My postcard just hit the mails this week, so hopefully this trend will continue over the remainder of the year. The above assignment was a front page illustration for the Journal for this coming sunday’s edition (the ‘chalkboard’ will be filled with various bullet points) that I finished up this morning (though I expect there will be slight alterations here and there before the day is out). And below, is a cover illustration for Business North Carolina that I finished up on Wednesday. A little different than my usual style, but it was interesting trying to work out all the details in this complex layout. (with both illustrations, you can see a larger version by clicking on the image)

Days 31 through 33

Barrons, Business North Carolina, National Geographic

Day Thirty One


Today’s illustration was a quick turnaround assignment for Barrons (since it’s such a strong horizontal, I’ve also provided a larger version that you can see by clicking on the image above). Going to be a busy coming week, and no complaints, because it’s a nice change of pace from how the rest of this year has been shaping up. Keep them assignments coming folks! Now, back to the ‘virtual drawing board’.

Day Thirty Two


Spent most of the weekend either recording vocal tracks for an upcoming cd for the Jukejoint Handmedowns or working on the above illustration for what used to be National Geographic School Publishing (the company has changed hands between now and when this illustration was originally assigned). This illustration goes along with the ‘cockatoo’ illustration from a few days ago, and a black and white illustration that I’ll likely be finishing up sometime this week, once the ok on the sketch comes down the pike.

Day Thirty Three


This is the start of what is proving to be a very busy week for me. Aside from a number of assignments, I’ve also scheduled several music practices throughout the week in preparation for several gigs in the second half of the month. I’ve several samples to post today, as I take a short break from the action.
The drawing above was a rough sketch for a fiction piece for a new client. Below is a series of illustrations that I did for Business North Carolina. This is for a rather dry story about banking and takeovers and business meetings, and as a way to spice it up, they wanted rough sketches to look like ‘movie storyboards’. The hard part for me, of course, as a detailed oriented scratchboard illustrator is in leaving things loose and unfinished, so this was a particular challenge. Originally I wanted to do these using a style that looked like ‘design markers’ but I had a hard time working with the medium in a way that I was happy with, and after several false starts, I went back to watercolor wash instead.







I also was asked today to provide a black and white version of the ‘parrot’ illustration that I had completed this weekend. The size was slightly different, so I had to do a little bit of manipulation of the design elements. (pictured below, and see the previous post for the color version)

Back to work…

Army Men

Business North Carolina


A fun project this week from North Carolina Business magazine. The Art Director wanted to use the ‘classic army men toys’ and have them dropping into town with ‘dollar’ parachutes (click on the image above for a larger version). Since I was unable to find the reference material for the angles I had in mind, I decided to go out and buy a set of these figures so I could pose the reference shots myself. I eventually found them at a local toy store, but the ‘classic soldiers’ were only available in a jumbo bucket (which also included tanks, plastic rocks, and air support), so it is a wonder I managed to get this job done, once I tore myself away from playing with these guys on my desktop.

Mid Week Round Up

Business North Carolina, Freaks of Nurture Comics


A few more projects that I’ve been working on this week, including the above quick turnaround illustration for Business North Carolina (click on the image to see a larger version). I’ve also been working on a series of chapter opener spots for a book project that has slowly been taking shape over the past few months. Below are a few that have gotten the green light this week that I finished up this morning.


I also did a quickie cartoon illustration for the ‘freaks of nurture’ blog regarding a ‘not fondly remembered’ family pet.