posted: October 31, 2016
Here's my little doodle of Arnold Palmer all over the cover of Golf Digest's commemorative edition dedicated to The King. This is my favorite Arnold Palmer era, young but not a kid, and had the world in the palm of his hand.
A big thanks to Ken DeLago for choosing to have me grace this special issue.
posted: August 1, 2016
Here's a fun cover I did for 5280 magazine in Denver. Apparently the Superbowl Champion Denver Broncos offseason has been a bit of a circus. Aqib Talib shot himself, Vonn Miller was on every single tv show that aired. Anywhere. The legendary butffumbler Mark Sanchez appeared to be John Elway's answer to Peyton Manning, who bade farewell the the NFL by turning in worst superbowl performance by a quarterback in like, ever. Demaryius Thomas still has the hands of an unathletic Pinocchio.
Really, though, the Denver fans are the most fun. There's a fine line betweeen the rabid, face painting football fan and a dark corner of the internets inspired Cosplayer. Think about it.
Dave McKenna was the art director for this, and he was very sympathic to the fact that I was working on this while on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, often working in damp surfer shorts and sandy feet.
Here are some snaps of the horrible working conditions I had to endure. Is OSHA in the house?!
Poker Faces - Mother Jones
posted: February 24, 2016
Dogs. Did you know they play poker? They're good because, let's face it. Dogs are liars. Not as bad as cats but that doesn't matter because eveyone know cats can't play poker. They are animals. Dogs are like people. Just ask a dog owner, they'll tell you. But they won't tell you how they lost their shirt in a card game with the pooch. No they won't.
This little beauty of a picture was commissioned by Carolyn Perot at Mother Jones for a story on how fat cat Sheldon Adelson is screwing the pooch. That would be a much more repulsive yet entertaining picture.
posted: September 16, 2015
Here are some variations on the Trump theme. To me Trump embodies the ugly American so many of us don't see in ourselves, yet is obvious to those looking in from the outside. The only thing that's more frightening than the idea of Trump somehow becoming President of the United States is the possibility that someone, anyone I know would vote for him. If you are so inclined, please don't tell me.
PREPARE FOR HELL
posted: May 21, 2015
Here's a fun job I did for Kory Kennedy at Revolver magazine. The distinguished subjects of this sophisticated portrait are Corey Taylor (Related to James? Perhaps.), who croons for the band Slipknot, and Randy Blythe, whose melodious musings can be heard with the band Lamb of God.
These gentlemen are, apparently, helping to PREPARE US FOR HELL by bursting forth with microphone melting sermons from down low. When I get to Hell I'll be sure to tell them you all said hello.
A Public Hanging (out)
posted: December 10, 2014
I have a show up currently at the Thayer Gallery in Braintree MA. The opening (actually a middle-ing since the show was open two weeks prior) was last Saturday night and all sorts of great people were kind enough to attend. Here is photographic proof, an alibi if you will.
The calm before the storm.
Scott Bakal, Me, Victor Juhasz
Tom Luft, The Lovely Julia Luft, Hall O' Famer Satch (The Satch) Sanders
The back of a gentleman's noggin with Skip James staring him down. John Lee Hooker looks ready to get Skip's back should the troubles present themselves.
Rob Dunleavey explaining to Theresa Seelye that this is probably not quite art. Still.
Casey Tebo, film director and Aerosmith videographer, his massively talented photographer wife Melissa Mahoney, and Victim advocate/kick ass attorney Wendy Murphy all amused by something amusing.
Fox 25 anchor Mark Ockerbloom and the wonderful Sheila Peterson.
I've wanted Carlos Arredondo, Boston Marathon hero, and Victor Juhasz to meet for a long time, simply because they share a deep humanity that I can only begin to understand. Each has gone the extra mile in his own way.
Tim O'Brien made the trip all the way from Brooklyn. I was very touched by that. It's hard just to get me out of the house. I saw Tim looking closely at the stuff on the walls at one point and I had to turn away.
Bob Pastore showed up! I think he sold Louisa Bertman a double spread in next year's Workbook.
My mother, Virginia Sanders and my high school sweetheart, who I still have a crush on.
It was a fun night, with the real stars of the show being the incredibly accomplished array of people who chose to come out on a cold drizzly Saturday night in December. Thanks everyone!
Exit 2013 Washington Post Magazine
posted: January 6, 2014
2013 was quite a year, wasn't it? Personally it was a very good year for me in many respects. I won't go all internet brag over it, but I acheived some things outside of my professional life that I'm quite proud of. For many though, it was a year of loss, upheaval, shifting ground and shaken foundations. I hope those of you I call friends made it through relatively intact with health and humor.
This was a fun and challenging year end assignment from Beth Broadwater at the Washington Post Magazine. I was already swamped with work when she reached out to check on my availability to do a cover, spread and a handful of spots. At first I thought I couldn't fit all that in with the time allowed, but after seeing some of the names - Rob Ford! Anthony Weiner!! Miley Cyrus!!! - I remembered that this was exactly the kind of assignment that I'd see illustrators like Steve Brodner, C.F. Payne, Drew Friedman, Victor Juhasz pull off that made me want to get into this business. By the way, those names there? The exact opposite of a 25 under 25 type of list. It's more like 5 badasses over 50 who will still be killing it in 25 years.
What was I saying?
Oh, this was a fun job. Dave Barry's Year in Review. He starts the peice out with a paragraph on how this was the year of, not the Comeback, but the Zombie. When I began sketches Barry hadn't submitted much more than the first couple of paragraphs, so I thought it would be all Zombie Apocalypse. I threw together a couple of roughs for the cover based on that direction.
Beth got back to me saying that the piece left the Zombie theme after the introduction so I'd have to come up with something else for the cover idea. Having not much more to go on, I was momentarily stumped. So I went for a run to clear out my head. At some point when I run these days, my mind always drifts back to what happened ten minutes after I crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The hugs from my family after I crossed the finish line, followed almost immediately by the loud thud and thick thump you could feel in your chest, the sudden hush falling over the crowd, the quiet anxiety of several hundred fellow finishers walking, limping, staggering as best they could through the corral set up to contain the flow of humanity that came out to celebrate the day's acheivement. I thought how happy I was to have all that ugliness in the rear view mirror and eager to look ahead to new goals, new items to happily check off the list. Then it hit me - "Ugliness in the rear view mirror". Perfect idea for the theme of the Dave Barry piece. I picked up my pace, got home, scribbled a sketch and sent it out. Beth gave me the thumbs up and I was happily drawing away in to the future. A happy ending to a year that had some very ugly scenes.
And how about those Red Sox!
Here's the art for the opening spread below. It looks much better in the layout than all by itself. Lots of work, but zombification makes it easier to smile while digging these ditches.
Thanks again to Beth Broadwater at the Washington Post.
posted: October 21, 2013
It's always a good day when Mother Jone's art director Tim Luddy calls. And he does call, as in on the telephone. Most inquiries into my availability for an assignment are done through email, which is fine. But it's nice to talk through ideas the old fashioned way once in a while. Tim has announced that he's leaving Mother Jones and he will be missed. He's always been a champion of illustration and I considered myself very fortunate to fall into the menu of a man who I otherwise believe has exquisite taste in the illustrators he works with.
This issue focuses on our e-privacy and how we demand protection against unwanted prying eyes while simultaneously indulging in a compulsive mission to share, display, and expose almost every move we make.
Here are the thumbnails I sent after Tim described the direction he'd like to pursue. Also, I was to keep in mind that there may be a full page feature opener inside the magazine. These sketches were done on an ipad.
I got a kick out of this idea and had fun executing it. We tried to walk the line of good taste, only showing butt cleavage and a suggestion of breast. It was suggested that the image in the phone screen be topless, but nipples might go too far. I'm just happy that I was able to provide Lady Liberty some relief from those heavy robes.
Thanks again to Tim and good luck in your next incarnation. Namaste!
posted: October 19, 2013
As the days descend into darkness I've been thinking more than usual about fear and what frightens us. Most kids are to some degree afraid of the dark. It's where the inhabitants of their imagination reside under cover, waiting to pounce. Is that a shadow on my wall or is it a tentacle? What's that sound? Oh my god, there's really, really something under my bed!
As I've grown into the world I've realized that it's often the light of day that has the greatest potential for fear, danger, and downfall. A skim through the daily paper is basically a horror story being told in serial form. I'd much prefer to go back to being afraid of the dark.
I did this piece as an equipment check. I got a Wacom Companion a few weeks ago and this was the first thing I did with it out of the box. Just me and a mirror. I need to lighten up on the hard stare if I'm going to want anybody to sit for a portrait.
posted: October 3, 2013
I was wasting time on Facebook last week and saw that Entertainment Weekly art director Kory Kennedy was looking for illustrators who were Breaking Bad fans to drop him a line. So I did, and this foot on the gas job came from it. In his Facebook post Kory mentioned a Monday night sketch with a Tuesday afternoon final. Gulp. Much to my relief, the way things worked out I could get him a sketch on Friday and have until Tuesday to finish. In the not too distant past ending up with this assignment would have entailed several postcard mailings, a couple of multi-thousand dollar sourcebook ads and maybe an artist’s rep. Thank you, Winkelvi.
It was fun to work on this in the midst of all the Breaking Bad series finale hype. It was little like being safe in the middle of a raging storm, being exposed to the elements but somehow benefitting from the energy it all brought.
I’m a big fan of the show and Bryan Cranston’s performance and transformation as an actor and his character in particular. If you’re a fan of the show you know how things got away from Walter White, how a well defined goal became an obsession that ate everything in it’s path. I’m familiar with that impulse. In fact it’s something I do rather well as long as I’m pointed in the right direction.
I usually only do a few thumbnails, but the series finalehadn't aired yet and we didn't know what was going to happen in the story so I tried to keep to general themes in the series.
After settling on an idea I did a (little) tighter sketch, got the thumbs up and spent a good part of the weekend finishing this piece while watching the Breaking Bad marathon out of the corner of my eye.
I tried to touch on some of the familiar themes in the show while keeping the image simple. The blue background refers to the huge Southwestern sky, which along with the landscape is a major character in the show. The cracks and textures in the blue refer to the Heisenberg meth that Walt created. The skull is a tip of the hat to Gus as well as the many peole who died because of Walt. Wow, that is some serious fanboy thinking right there.
Thanks again to Kory Kennedy at Entertainment Weekly for the fun assignment.