Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Always Listening

Every so often, my wife and I find ourselves back down at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We usually make it down there for three or four day holidays during the summer. Once a year I find myself heading the 40 minutes from her parents lake house to the outlet mall. I typically wander over to the wholesale bookstore to see if they have some new books on art or oddly enough illustrated children's books. Even though I don't have children I collect picture books that I find interesting and engaging. However, I'm usually in and out of every store in the mall within 20 minutes. If I'm lucky I’ve picked up two new books.

Unfortunately, my wife isn't as quick to dismiss the shopping experience. So, I tend to look for a table near a densely populated group of people and start sketching. People are the easiest targets, but every once in a while I will start on something that is somewhat time consuming. This allows me to eavesdrop into the mindless conversations people have. It's funny that people think they are in a bubble where no one can hear about their vaginas, how that girl was a total bitch at that party, how some guy had sex with someone who is a whore, and my true favorite, angry political rants.

Political conversations are never quiet. In fact I'm typically 30 feet away from the conversation and can hear ever passionate barking. Most recently on vacation in the Caribbean I heard a set of couples talking about how biased one cable news channel was in comparison to another. While only 30 feet the opposite direction, a different couple discussed how much they hated what the government was doing. Considering how close they were to the beach, I feared that the two groups would collide and create a hurricane of useless bitching.

None the less, I happen upon gems like the one above from outside a chocolate store back in the Lake of the Ozarks. A father and his husky seven-year-old son rounded a corner in an odd conversation. His father was obviously trying to quell his son's angry prejudice and teach him the values he himself lived by. But it was no use, it was, and always will be, fudge that wins the attention and admiration of a fat child.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sketch from Abroad Part Three

Another Sketch from the beach of St. Thomas. I'm still chewing on the pen cap. Jen was not amused.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sketches from Abroad Part Two

Sketch from the beach of St. Thomas. For some reason I enjoy tedious hatching. I also learned that my wife doesn't like it when I put the pen cap in my mouth for fear of me inhaling it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sketches from Abroad Part One

Drawing from my cruise to the Caribbean. This drawing of the engines smokestacks was drawn poolside facing aft.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Alaska Distillery

A buddy of mine, Alex Vitti, recently starting working for MicroShiner as Design Director. MicroShiner is a small digital publication based out of Montana that covers micro distilleries all over. Besides having a great layout, it is full of fantastic photography, and very intriguing articles about the distilling industry. One of which I was delighted to illustrate for.

The article featured Alaska Distillery whose ingredients and the method in which they get them are second to none. Instead of summarizing it, you should check it out for your self.

Below you can see the direction I headed from thumbnail, to sketch, into final art. As Art Director, Alex really brought my work up several notches.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Protecting what matters most...

Decided to post some more personal work. This time I thought I'd share my process behind this piece. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Typewriters are hard to draw.

I've had this idea for weeks, but haven't had the time to draw it. Finally finished it today, but I must say drawing a typewriter is very hard. Below was my first time sketch of a typewriter...