Legends of the McRib

Hey guys,

I'm finally allowed to talk about the project I worked on last month. I did several black and white illustrations that were used for an online ad campaign for McDonald's McRib. The illustrations were then colored and animated in house by the company that hired me, Tribal DDB.

If you'd like to the final animated piece go here.

Sadly, right after the project ended, my laptop died on me. It took most of the scanned art with it along with a ton of music, photos and other art projects I had been working on. Until I get a new computer capable of scanning the originals again I won't be posting any of the art for that job. I'm hoping that I should be up and running by the end of this month.



rough work

Hey folks,

I am once again busy busy busy and having a hard time keeping up this blog. I'm doing some work for a company here in Chicago called Tribal DDB, a branch of the super big ad company DDB.
As usual, I can't talk about the project or post any art yet. The project will go live online in November and once it's up and running I can start posting some of the art here and direct you fine folks to the project itself.

In between deadlines I had a couple of days of downtime and I couldn't get myself out of the studio. I rummaged up some charcoal and watercolor paper and drew this thing...

I mostly just wanted to draw in charcoal again for the fun of it. I had placed my easel in front of my book case in my studio and every time I looked past the drawing board I would see my Hellboy collection. I guess that's what inspired the strange little tentacle in the middle of that hand. Strange and goofy, just like me I suppose.



Moe updates

I've been pretty busy lately with my freelance. I landed a gig with a company that handles the online content of a few major fast food and soft drink corporations. The work is fun, challenging, intense and most of all, time consuming.
When ever I get the go ahead from the client, I'll share some sketches. I think it'll be a month or two down the road.

For now, I give you The Anatomy of Moe. My friend Mike has a rescue Pug that is having some health problems lately and needs a pretty expensive surgery. While Mike and I were talking about this today I started sketching a pug and decided to draw the bones instead to see what was really going on underneath. It was fun little exercise.
If you like comic's and comic book art, please go to http://www.cadencecomicart.com and buy some art from Mike. I think he's offering up some special deals on commissions to help fund Moe's surgery.


Caricature of Tim Seeley

While teaching myself a few new tricks in Photoshop I used this caricature I did this last year to practice on. The caricature is of Chicago based comic book artist and writer Tim Seeley. Tim writes the popular Hack/Slash at Image Comics and is getting ready to start drawing an Ant Man/Wasp series for Marvel Comics. Tim is an uber talented artist and all around nice guy. He even laughed when I showed him this caricature (which might show up in one Tim's upcoming books).

The purpose of the practice was to work on a new way of digital painting that is faster, easier and more efficient. I'm also getting much closer to getting a digital watercolor look down for use on other projects.



an experiment

This is a background piece for contest I'm entering. I took out a chunk of the original image for the time being. I'll replace it when the contest is over and post it up here but for now...I guess this is a sneak peak.



Just for fun

I was working on this drawing of a frog for a sample project that was in a completely different style than this and I thought to myself that this guy would look great in a monocle.

I took the drawing into Photoshop and added a bit of color and here we are.

La grenouille prétentieuse!



Head studies pt. 2

I've added gray scale, sepia tone and color to these head studies to show a variety of approaches in how I might handle digital coloring on a storyboard or quick concept piece.

This was colored in Photoshop CS3.



Head studies

I recently received an e-mail from a potential client asking if I could draw African Americans without making them look cartoony or caricatured. At the time I was too busy working on another project to take the challenge but I decided that I would try anyway once I had the time.

One of my goals as I start to get more e-mails like this one is to make a sample or two for each one so I have a big catalog of art to pull from when a client calls.

I'll color these up over the next week and post the results.



I'm back! I'm still working on the overall look of the blog and it'll probably change a few more times this month but I'll be back to posting regularly.

It's been a hectic summer full of new and challenging opportunities. I'm happy to announce that I've just signed on with my first agency. I'm hoping to sign on with one or two more this year.

For those who don't know what an artist agency is:

Essentially the agency signs on a roster of artists of various skill sets, degrees and specialties. The agency works with clients, staffing any creative positions, freelance or permanent. From an artist's standpoint, the agency finds job leads for us and handles billing and all the potential nightmares that come with freelance billing. Many of the jobs the agency sends to us are anywhere from two weeks in length to three months.

In a typical week I will get between five to ten leads via e-mail from the agency. Generally I have to send a resume and sample packet to the agent who sent me the lead. It makes it easier for them to just pass along the artist's info to the client without having to look at each artist's website every time we apply for a job.

The good and bad so far are pretty much on the same level. The agency has sent me several leads that I am qualified for but, unfortunately, I don't have the samples prepared to apply for these jobs due to non-disclosure agreements from previous jobs I've done. So, I'm busy working my way through previous jobs and re-drawing what I can, changing logos and some ideas, so that I can show some of this work to potential clients.

I've also been teaching myself Indesign and getting better acquainted with Photoshop and Illustrator. For years I've told myself, and sometimes clients, that I didn't need to use these programs but I've learned this summer that being more employable is better than being broke and stubborn.

I am also in the midst of negotiating a pretty high profile freelance job that could start any day now. The art director who has contacted me is very excited to get to work together and we are both champing at the bit. Right now we're just waiting on the client to approve the ideas and budget. Once all of the work is done, the project will go live in roughly two months time and then I can tell everyone what I've been working on.

Until then though, I'll be posting sketches, designs, and samples from old jobs and so on.

I hope you enjoy the new stuff.