One of my favorite things about contract illustration is that I never know what kind of job will pop up next. Sometimes it's a giant mural in a workshop full of creative geniuses. Sometimes it's a tshirt for a robotics company. This time around, it was a series of comic strips about the history of a native California bush.
I'm starting a brand new series of posts that describe how I work in Illustrator. Vector drawing programs like Illustrator allow you to create technically accurate lines and curves, flexible shapes, and digital artwork that's not dependent on pixel resolution.
I was an Artist in Residence at spacecraft company, Planet Labs in 2015. It was an incredible honor to work among such brilliant and passionate people...
San Francisco cannabis dispensary BASA hired me to help create a coloring sheet for the International Cannabis Business Conference.
My latest portrait is for the Mahatma Gandhi room at Planet Labs. I think most people have an image of Gandhi in their mind as soon as they hear the name. I wanted to do something different...
In my previous post, I listed tools that I use to make artwork on the computer. In this post, you'll see some tools that I use to draw things on paper the old-fashioned way.
I use the same handful of programs everyday to help make artwork on my computer. Here's a list of some of my must trusted applications and shortcuts.
I'm working on a portrait of Malala Yousafzai as part of my residency at Planet Labs. The conference rooms at Planet are all named for various contemporary and historical figures that have made a difference in the world...
'm happy to announce that I'll be showing with artist Michael Wertz at Mule Gallery in San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood. I'm a big fan of Mule, North Beach, and Michael Wertz, so I'm very excited. The show runs from Jan 20th through Feb 26th (appt. only) with a public reception on February 5th, 6-9pm. Please come and enjoy North Beach's "First Fridays" art walk.
At Planet Labs' offices in San Francisco, the conference rooms seem to be named for historical and current figures that have made a positive impact in science, agriculture, or humanitarian issues. Near my desk there's the "Gandhi" and "Malala" rooms.
I'm pleased to say that the coloring is complete on my portraits of these five pioneers of Earth imaging. I used a combination of Adobe Illustrator (with help from Astute Graphicsadd-ons for texture) and Manga Studio for touch-up work and detail.
I'm currently in the process of coloring the Pioneers of Geospatial Imaging artwork. I use Adobe Illustrator for most of my initial color and texture work.
For my black linework, I use a combination of brush/ink for initial lines, Adobe Illustrator, and Manga Studio. First, I draw directly over the pencil lines on bristol board paper. Then, I scan the art into Photoshop.
So, I made this after walking home from drinks with a friend last night. My front door was very popular Twitter today, so thanks to all of you that appreciate the joke.
One of my projects as a Planet Labs Artist in Residence is going to be commemorative portrait drawings of people that inspired others to push things far enough so that we have the ability to take photos of the whole planet from space. The first set in the series will be those that pioneered imaging of the planet in new and strange ways.
For my residency at Planet Labs, I'm researching the early history of photography, specifically aerial and sequential photography. That led me to a library book on Eadweard Muybridge. The book explains Muybridge's experiments with stereographs.
I'm proud to announce that I'm the Artist in Residence for Winter 2015 at Planet Labs in San Francisco. Planet Labs is a private aerospace company with a mission to image the entire Earth from space every twenty-four hours. Their tiny satellites even have artwork emblazoned on the exterior. You can read more about Planet Labs online here.
The marketing and event wizards at Manifold hired me to create artwork for Target's presence at the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. D23 is Disney's annual pop-culture and animation festival and seems to be getting bigger every year. This year, Manifold transformed Target's booth into a gigantic zoetrope and loaded it with fun animation activities like a create-a-zoetrope photo booth.
Earlier this year, I designed an cocktail arcade cabinet for X-Arcade. Photography just came back today, and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!
Do you know someone that loves Star Wars and scan-trons? Is it you? Well, you're in luck, because my "Stormcheaters" print is back in stock and ready to invade your wall.
I use Squarespace as my website platform and hosting service. I've been with them for over seven years and it's been great. Previously, I hand-coded html for my site and had to relearn standards every time the technology changed. Now, I just focus on the content and Squarespace keeps everything tidy.
It's Summertime and, in my opinion, one should always have a rum drink nearby. To celebrate, I'm offering my tiki-themed "Aloha" prints featuring drinking birds, bugs, and fish together for $60!
Gestalt Haus bar in San Francisco's Mission District is playing host to a gaggle of my "Drunk Tweet" paintings this month and next. The series started out as tiny sketches with paint on novelty-sized mini canvases. For this show, however, the sketches are super-sized on 20x20" canvases.
Did you know that Chase No Face is turning 10 years old next week? Well, in honor of her tenth year among us, I've launched a couple of new t-shirt designs featuring Chase.
Lately, a lot of people have been asking how I make my gold-leafed buttons. I thought I'd just go ahead and spill the beans right here on my blog so you can make them too.
I just got my comp'ed copy of "Stats Done Wrong" in the mail from No Starch Press. I've been making cover illustrations for them in the signature style for the last few months. It's always something interesting, slightly nerdy, and fun.