Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Advocate Illos

I just put these on my website as well, but here are a couple more illustrations I've done for recent issues of The Advocate.  October's been a pretty busy month so far with school, work, illustrating, and everything in between.  It's been hard to stop and post!
The first one is for an article about education and the recession (and maybe even depression).
The second is about bachelorette parties.

I included the scans of the ink drawings as well.  I've been pretty happy with how those have been coming along, getting more comfortable with the medium.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


This week's illo for the UCD Advocate.  The article is about how it was so freaking hot last month, breaking all sorts of astoundingly miserable records!

Thanks for looking, y'all.  I'm trying real hard.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Phake Fone Calls

This week's UCD Advocate Illustration for an article about pretending to be on the phone so that people will leave you alone.

And just because I was so delighted by how this guy turned out, here's the B&W of him:

Thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Political Illo's & PIP (Process in Process)

For my illustrations for the school paper I've been getting back into working digitally, but am still relying on pencil and pens for drawing.  I'm using this opportunity to try and develop a process (or maybe a few perhaps) of working digitally that works well and quickly for me.  For the portraits in last week's post, I just did pencil drawings and scanned them into photoshop, adjusted the levels to make the lines thick and clear, and then proceeded to paint.  For these two illustrations I did the pencil drawing and then inked them with pens, scanned, adjusted, painted.  I think they're working well so far, but I still have some tweaking to do to get the line quality I want.  Hopefully I will get better at inking, too.

Pencil drawing & thumbs

Ink on tracing paper
Final in Photoshop
Closet Conservative Obama

For this one I just inked right on top of the pencils (no tracing paper).  
I liked doing it that way a lot better.

Final in Photoshop
2011 Iowa GOP Debates 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UCD Advocate Gig

I was recently hired as a staff Illustrator for the UCD Advocate, the weekly student newspaper for University of Colorado Denver.  My first assignment was doing the column portraits of some of the writers/editors.  :::







I will probably be doing all my illustrations for the paper digitally, so that means some much needed love for the wacom tablet, and lots of stuff to put up here!  Thanks for looking, boys and girls.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Last One

My last project in ceramics class: head pile 2
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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Freshly Glazed

Finished pieces! "Double Talk" and "Head Pile 1"
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Finished Idol

Quite the surprise ending: this is how the idol turned out after his glaze firing. More pieces to come soon as they come out of the kiln.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Work from Ceramics Class

These are some of the projects I've been working on in my ceramics class I'm taking this summer for my teaching licensure.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Acrylic on Panel,  10" x 12.25"

This is a painting/sketch I started last summer that sat around on my shelf for the school year.  While working on some current projects, I applied a charcoal and acrylic medium glaze to the painting and thought I might go back into with some color.  I never knew how to start it though because it worked so well as a monochrome. With some encouragement and affirmation from my pal Ryan, I decided to leave it as is.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Man In Lobster Costume


Man In Lobster Costume
 Acrylic on Panel,  11.75" x  13.5"


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Artist Books

For my Intro to Art Education class (that was finished almost a month ago...geez) I made these little guys for our artist book assignment.  It was a nice final project we got to do at the end after a hard semester of reading and writing papers.  Lookit:

They each have three little graphite drawings (2"x2") with imagery derived from the concepts of learning, discovery, exploration and vision in the art classroom.

For those of you familiar with Shaun Tan, I was really inspired by his book The Arrival for this project.
It was fun to have another chance to revisit my book making skills.  It had been quit a while since I had made any.  The accordion pages are such a nice format and unfold to an elegant display.  

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