Category Archives: Graphic Design

Graduate Research & Creativity Symposium Cover Illustration

Graduate Research & Creativity Symposium Cover Illustration

Summary: “The Astronomer” was chosen as the cover illustration for the University of Hartford’s Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium catalog.

The printed cover of the Hartford University Graduate Research & Creativity Symposium

A while back Ms. Shayna Piascik, a fantastic illustrator and manager of the Hartford Illustration MFA program, put me in touch with some people at Hartford University. It seems that they had chosen my illustration for the cover of their Creativity Symposium catalog. Given the amazing experience I had during my time with Hartford University, I was more than happy to allow to use my illustration. It was nice to have this opportunity to give back and represent our program in this way.

“The Astronomer” was created in response to my Illustration MFA class visit to Pasadena, CA. The imagery is based on our magical visit to the Griffith Observatory. If you look closely the table leg and you will find “M.T.” inscribed there. This is my homage to our former program Director Mr. Murray Tinkelman (1933–2016) who was like an astronomer in the way that he loved to discuss the stars of illustration.

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The Astronomer

My work is a little more traditional and whimsically weird as compared to much of the editorial illustration work that is out there. With that in mind, I was very happy to see that the image worked well within an editorial framework. It is sure fun to my work in print, that never grows old!

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The Devil Gets His Brew

The Devil Gets His Brew

Summary: A brief discussion of diabolical draftsmanship and details discovered during the creation of this devilish illustration.  Ok, truth time. I listen to the Grateful Dead… a lot. I know a lot of you might be stunned, but I feel like I just need to come clean on this one. Anyway… this project starts with the Grateful Dead song, “FriendContinue Reading

Drawing to a Beautiful Conclusion

Summary: In the previous post I talked about the beginnings and the initial thoughts and concepts behind this illustration. We left off in that post at the first round of thumbnails. This post will follow up by talking about revisions, rough comps, and the resulting phases of this process, ending with the exciting final product!Continue Reading

A Curious Introduction; a Story of Self Promotion

A Curious Introduction; a Story of Self Promotion

“A Curious Introduction” represents the first promo created specifically for a targeted audience of Art Directors working in the field of Middle Reader/ Children’s Book publishing. I wanted this first card to present a clear message and to show that I can tell a story with images. The message that it is intended to communicate is simply one of introduction. Which seems appropriate as I introduce my work to a group of people who most likely will be hearing about me for the first time through this piece.Continue Reading

Perceptions: Finding Value in Mood and Tone

Perceptions: Finding Value in Mood and Tone

Summary: This in depth blog post is about the connection and implications of using values to affect the mood of an illustration. The images created by Jon Jude Palencar are used here with permission from the artist. This post is the result of two different conversations with two different friends that I’ve had in theContinue Reading

Rush Job

Rush Job

Yippee! 2010 is starting off wonderfully. A good client of mine contacted me for a rush job to spruce up their product information page. I had about 1 day to work on it. Everything went very smoothly, and I was especially grateful for the new brush pen that my sister gave to me for ChristmasContinue Reading

Watercolor Process