Saturday, December 31, 2011

Marla Brassard



I worked on a really fascinating article about Marla Brassard's work with abused children and the psychology behind abuse. A spread and spot for the Columbia Teacher's College Alumni Magazine!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Teddy Bear


I made this for my uncle this Christmas - it's basically a Teddy Roosevelt-esque man with a bear for a head. You know how it is.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Snow Golem and Fire Wolf



Oh my glob you guys, I made my little brother a tribute to Adventure Time! This specific episode was particularly well done and sweet, and the background art was also really amazing!

(Fionna and Cake - you're next!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wall-E!


I recently finished a piece for The Pixar Times, a tribute blog to the wonderful creative force that is Pixar. I love sweet Wall-E!

Check here for the article!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

1st Ave Machine, Ogilvy, and Domtar

As some of you may know, I was asked by Ogilvy via 1st Ave Machine productions a little while ago to participate in the making of a commercial for Domtar, which is a sustainable paper company. It was an incredible project - I did a large cut-paper piece for them and well as starring in the commercial (which is pretty intense and unique for a freelance illustrator, I think). 

So without further ado: 

video

This was an amazing project, and all of the people involved were incredible. The production company was fantastic and accommodating, the set design team (Josephine Shokrian) did an amazing job, Ogilvy was great with feedback and wonderful to chat with, and Domtar was very appreciative of the whole creative process.  Also props to LXWXH, the lasercutter we used to create "cooking-style" pieces for the development of the project. And to Melissa Ling for helping me cut a part of it while my wrist rested!

I hope to work with these great people again some time!

Finally, this is the piece I did for them, 16"x20":

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pre-orders for Signature Shakespeare series!

I'm very excited to be able to present to you - my books are available for pre-order and will be released on May 1st, 2012! Links to Barnes and Noble are below the images!



Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth

These have been such an interesting experience working on, and an honor to be a part of such wonderful plays! Each book has a lasercut cover with a belly band protecting it, 5 lasercut illustrations with two layers, and about 35 other illustrations in the interior!

Now these are just mock-ups of the final covers for me to post - the type (other than the gorgeous titles) will be slightly different. On that note, Chin-Yee Lai worked on the type for the covers, which I love! Plus they have my name on them!

By the way, major, major props to Victoriya Baskin who is working side-by-side with me to get these turned into the requisite vectors! And to Jane Yoo for helping me with some of the more complicated pieces too!

And one caveat for those of you who click on the links: the information and images displayed are in the process of changing slightly, and being updated!

Wish me luck - I'm working on the last leg of Macbeth now!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Glitch

I've been working really hard on the Shakespeare series and getting a LOT done. But in an effort (a successful effort) to rekindle excitement for doing a lot of work I had to relax a little. By working on something that was fast and fun! (because let's face it, I don't really sleep or relax anyway).

I present to you Cubimals, little toys from Glitch, an MMO that's still in beta (but not for long!):


These are only a few of the whole selection, but these are some of my favorites. I love every cubimal though! And after a couple hours' work, I'm back to work on Shakespeare!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

IAM8BIT!

So I'm in LA! And I got to see the nine Kirbys that I did for the show up! I've sold four of them so far! It was a really incredible show, both to be a part of and to go to!

And now I finally get to show the pieces: 










At the show:


Each is 5"x7" and mounted on wood.

Also! My Beam Kirby was featured on Adult Swim's blog! Check it out here: http://www.adultswim.com/blog/galleries/pixel-grease-super-iam8bit.html (it's the tenth slide)!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patience

It's been a long time since I've shown any of the work that I've been doing, because 2 of the 4 huge projects I'm working on simultaneously are confidential for the time being, the third isn't done yet, and these were all in the making until about an hour ago. And they're still not glued down completely yet. 

But here they are, my three theater posters that I did for Richard Solomon's Breakthrough Contest for new illustrators:



Each of them is 13.5"x20.5". Easily the largest works I've ever done in paper, and including work I did with watercolor too. 

Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gravity Walls


My aunt asked me to do an imagining of what the back of her house would look like if she added a gravity wall with some stairs and extended her patio.

It's been a while since I've worked with watercolor, but I do enjoy it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Red velvet cake for my mom's birthday! 







And other good news! I signed my contract for Sterling and now I'm officially working on the illustrated versions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. I've already received the sample pages for Romeo & Juliet and they look awesome!

I've been working on a lot (A LOT) of stuff recently, but unfortunately I can't post any of it for a while, so until the videogame art show show premieres, I won't have many new illustrations that I can post...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Elmore Magazine pt. II


I was published again in Elmore Magazine for an article about the general atrocity of covering quality music and turning it into mush and drivel. A topic I feel very strongly about as well. After quite a few thumbnails that I didn't like, I thought about perverting the symbol of His Master's Voice (HMV) and voilà:


I also got to do the handcut type again which was awesome! 


So go pick up a copy!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Somethin' a Little Different

Those of you know that know me know that I love to bake. So I've decided to occasionally post some of the things I make, if they look good. This is an orange génoise with a meringue buttercream icing and a strawberry marmalade compote over the top, made in honor of my grandmother, who would have been 81 this week:


I also painted three blown eggs this year:



And I wanted to share some sneakpeeks of the work I'm doing for Shakespeare so far: 


Plus I think the light coming through them is really cool looking.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My piece "Giraffe Hearts Bonsai" was selected to be sold as a part of the Power In Numbers for Gallery Nucleus! It's an incredible program where artists submit work and if it's chosen, a certain percentage of the proceeds go to a charitable organization! I'm donating my whole cut to the Red Cross to help out Japan!

If you're interested in an original piece of work check it out:




UPDATE: this has been sold and shipped off to Australia!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mmhm

Something like this happens every time I listen to En Vogue:


Ask anyone.

And I know what you're thinking - aren't you busy with Romeo & Juliet, as well as a massive project you've undertaken for a gallery show? Aren't you a little too busy to be working on random illustrations of sassy black women? And to that I say, no. There's always time for sass. And the other project that I'm thinking of doing. So there.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kirby's Adventure

So I've been invited to be a part of this incredible art show that features videogame art. It's an incredible honor. This is the first piece I've done:


Sword Kirby! I hope to have many more pieces, but may not show them until after the show! I'll also be a little slow posting anything for a while, as I just got the illustration list for the Shakespeare books and it's pretty extensive. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Business Cards

Numbers 24 and 23, Rue Anemone and Jonquil respectively:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Prometheus II


A quick scan of the second version of Prometheus! I'm much happier with this one. When I get my original back from the publishing house who has it right now, I'll show you what the back layer looks like as well!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Experiments in Transparency

I'm posting a few of the experiments I've been doing in vellum, and mylar (for the last one). I'm fascinated by the effect, although I think I much prefer the vellum to the mylar. Especially on the sphinx moth (the pink one). It has a lot of potential in the area of subtlety.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The American Robin is a Thank You


I made this as a big thank you (big in scope, not in size - 4"x6") to the man who originally showed my work to the publishing company that's hired me to do the Shakespeare books!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Elmore Magazine and Valentine's Day

Today I got my copies of Elmore Magazine (a rock magazine) in the mail. Thank you Erik!

The spot illustration that I did was kind of out of my usual realm of thought, but was so much more interesting of a challenge because of it! In the end, I settle on a treble clef around a cross:


I also asked to do the headline which was thrilling:


The actual publication!:



And on a totally separate note, I did a couple of valentines this year:

By the way, it's a peony, not a rose. Just sayin.
 

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