Saturday, April 25, 2009

'Cabinet Athletes'

Digging through my archives, I came across this incomplete personal project from early 2007. The idea was to show another side of the (then current) members of the Bush administration. A little browsing revealed some physical activities each character was involved in during their younger days: Donald Rumsfeld played football (and wrestled) in University, Condoleeza Rice took figure skating lessons as a child, Dick Cheney wrestled (and played football) in University, and Alberto Gonzalez had pipe dreams of playing baseball professionally as a youth. Didn't get to sketching out George, but his activity would (of course) have been cycling.

The end product would have been a series of stylised 50's-era posters or 'trading cards.' Perhaps I will apply the same concept to the current administration...

mock-up of a final layout

dick cheney

condoleeza rice

alberto gonzalez

donald rumsfeld

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I've been to a few life model drawing classes recently. Not that I'd forgotten, but what a great reminder of how much fun it is to draw large, with a nice stick of conté.

(ballpoint pen)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Twenty-Oh-Nine: More Doin', Less Tryin'!

Well, had some password trouble when blogger switched over to google accounts exclusively, but that's all been resolved now. Only took 20 months. Wow... what have I been up to?
In terms of illustration, I launched my website last January. Two pieces were chosen for American Illustration 27, which was a nice recognition. My pal Alexei had some excellent work selected as well. Shameless Magazine published my first cover illustration last fall, neat!

I was recently laid off from my 9-5, so I'll be (happily) focusing more on illustration and design work in the near future. Sucks to feel the kick of the recession as it settles in, but I'm happy to have my routine shaken up! I'm working on some new things, so stay tuned for more regular posts!

On a personal note, my Grandma Helga turned a milestone 80 years old in December! She continues, through her kindness, sharp wit and no-nonsense attitude, to be an inspiration to her family. I'll leave this with a few snapshots from the past while.

mock cover for birthday celebration

screenprint by Heather Stainback, I took some
matte medium & a heat gun to it