23 November 2008

Willamina and Theodora.

Daisy and I are moving back to PA. We have both had enough of the wonderfully inept NJ government (honestly, the only good thing about the NJ gov't is the DMV). We are in no hurry, so despite the housing market we are both trusting God to move in a favorable way for us. Since we will be showing our house off, we decided to pass my oldest cat, Willamina, off to my Mother for the time being. Our younger cat, Theodora, will be going to a non-kill shelter on Monday. It was a hard decision but one we had to make. Daisy and I are both allergic to cats and with winter upon us it only makes the allergens worse in the closed up house.

I drew the above ink drawing of Willamina when she was a mere 2 months old (back in 1996) and the photo below was taken of her on her favorite place to rest in the house, my light table, while I am working of course. Which reminds me, I need to start a photo blog. This photo just doesn't seem right sitting here. Hmm... blog 31x30? I'll get on it.

12 November 2008

Seek and Find 1

I was recently commissioned to create this (as well as another that I am not finished) seek and find for the Maiden Creek Watershed Association of PA. I had to add specific floral and fauna as well the water table, which made this more difficult in composition than the average hidden picture I do for Highlights. I still like it though. That Raccoon makes my day.

06 November 2008

Behind the Wedding

This is a small comic book I made for my wedding about how my wife and I met. We used them as the wedding favors for everyone at the reception. Please go to this link to see the entire book: Behind the Wedding.
It's several pages long so I didn't want to upload the entire thing here.

03 November 2008

Logo Designs.

Every so often I get asked to make a logo which makes me happy that I paid attention in my design classes. A struggle I have with a lot of my students is that they think that as an illustrator they don't need to know design (or how to use a computer for that matter). Some of them often find out too late that it is essential. Even if you're not designing a logo per se, there is still a good amount design that goes into each illustration.

I recently finished this one below for His-n-Herbs and I've added some others that I have done over the years. I don't usually show these off.

Every year I get asked to design the logo for the Relay for Life in Medford, NJ. It is a 24 hour walk-a-thon that usually takes place at a local high school track. The logo has to be created keeping in mind that it will be used for a one color silkscreen for t-shirts, mugs, etc.

The logo for my church's youth group of which my wife and I help lead.

A hooded sweatshirt design. Typing Hebrew is not fun, since you have to do it backwards. Coming up with a method to make the design look weathered was also a challenge.

This one was done for Helping Hand, a concierge business. This design was for the 2 sided business card.

In connection with the Relay for Life stuff, this one was done for an after-treatment support group which was started by a good friend, Susan Jones, who has since gone home to be with the Lord.

And finally this was created for Lighthouse Tabernacle, a local church. I used the colors from their stained glass windows to construct the lighthouse.