Wall Street Journal

New work for the Wall Street Journal out this week. Art directed by Daniel Smith.

This was a fun piece to do. I stretched myself into directions I've only been experimenting with - using graphite more liberally and trying not to get stuck on figures. This is just a big mashup and it was a blast.

Abraham Lincoln - Smithsonian

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I was honored to be asked to create a piece for the Collector's Edition of the Smithsonian magazine's issue commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination.

Erik Washam was great to work with. I was pretty much left up to my own devices as to what kind of image I wanted to portray. Since this was the opener of the book which also contains a huge amount of other illustrators, I thought a dark, foreboding image which gave emotional foresight into the future of what we all know what eventually happened.

This is a newsstand-only release available everywhere. The image is available as a print on request.

Dog - Tor

I am incredibly happy to work with Irene Gallo once again for Tor Books/Tor.com on this project. The painting is for a short story titled 'Dog' written by Bruce McAllister.

 

Below is a shot of a pencil sketch when I was working out the shapes of the dogs and a photo of the rig used to film. Below that is the final cover to be used for the short story.

Smithsonian Magazine

Out now in Smithsonian Magazine is a fun piece I did for the 'Ask Smithsonian' section. The question being about being right-handed in evolutionary history. Thanks to Heather Palmateer, Art Director.

Boston Globe Series

In this Sunday's Boston Globe, I was honored to be asked by Creative Director Greg Klee to create work for the cover and full page interior spreads for the Magazine. It's a rarity that illustration is used so heavily like this in the magazine so I consider it an incredible honor that they have trusted me to create work for it. Even more, except for some back and forth with a couple of images for minor issues on wether something would read or not, I was pretty much given full latitude to create the art in both idea and esthetic as I pleased.

I am thrilled with the outcome and how the pieces were used. Thank you to Greg and the Boston Globe for asking me to work on the project.

Below are some sketches and process photos during the project. The nature of newspapers being such as it is, the deadline for the project was quite tight. I negotiated a few extra days bringing the deadline a day or two before Thanksgiving but between this job and the others I had already accepted, I didn't leave my painting table for a good couple of weeks.

New York Times

This is a new piece for the New York Times and Art Director Peter Morance.

What made this job fun was the subject matter and the fact that I was able to incorporate one of my Skulls of Ultimate Death into the piece.

I've been finding myself adding a lot of texture to my current pieces again. That sort of thing ebbs and flows with me. Sometimes I like things simpler and cleaner, other times, dense with texture.

Here are a few process shots and the sketches for this piece.