28 January 2009

Dressing up.

Here's another part of a sketch I recently finished for Highlights Hidden Pictures. It's pretty hard to make clothes look like they don't fit.

21 January 2009

Corner Store.

I'm currently working on a bunch of Hidden Pictures for Highlights. I don't want to show the full sketches until they're approved, but here's a piece of one. 

I've never drawn a Deli before so this was a lot of fun. Growing up in the city we had what we called, "corner stores," which were stores at the end of the block that had all the essentials, including all the typical Deli stuff. I wasted a lot of money in those, I remember stupidly spending a rare two dollar bill to buy a couple of water ices for my friends and I.

I finally replaced that two dollar bill. I found one in Israel of all places, in the valley of the Dead Sea, next to Masada.

19 January 2009


Here are some illustrations I did for some friends of mine over the years. The descriptions are above the images.

This was done for a friend's wedding. Joe is a big fan of DC Comics and he introduced me to comics many years ago.

My friend Ramsie always joked that the only man she would ever marry was, well, just read the end.

As a wedding gift to my friend Michael I created his wedding cake topper which had a motorized back that I had made out of an old clock.

Sometimes I get requests. Dianna and Paul asked me to do a caricature of their entire wedding party so they could give it out as a gift.

This one was done for Jeff's birthday I think. At the time he was a security guard at a Movie Theater, so my secret caption for this one was, "Step away from the butter! You're using entirely too much!" Because what the heck is a movie security guard securing?

Tracie asked me to make this for her birthday. She didn't know what she wanted exactly, just a drawing of herself, so I made her rollerblading, since she often did so in the church parking lot on Sunday afternoons.

I honestly can't remember if this was done as a birthday gift for Rich Kirk or his daughter Brittany. I did the Monsters, Inc. parody simply because Brittany laughed just like the character Boo.

I still take requests by the way.

12 January 2009

Seek and Find Finishes

I have finally finished these seek and finds for the Maiden Creek Watershed Association. These will be used to educate children on conservation and the environment. As I said before, these were harder than the Hidden Pictures I do for Highlights simply because I had to hide specific objects and illustrate specific flora and fawna as well having a cross section of the creek included in the illustrations. I also had to design the look of the page as well "extract" the hidden objects, something I am not entirely used to.

02 January 2009

Philadelphia Christmas Card.

Last card, I promise. I meant to put this up sooner, but I got swamped with other stuff.

Back in 1995 my good friend Ramsie and I entered a contest for the city of Philadelphia's official Christmas Card. Students from all of the art schools in the Philadelphia area entered and Ramsie and I were chosen. We both developed the concept of using the Love statue but I have to be honest and tell you that Ramsie did most of the work. She did the bottom half since she was very good at drawing "small" people and I did the top half because I was more familiar with the buildings of the city. The funny part is that we never meant for this to be the finished art but Mayor Rendell (now the Governor of Pennsylvania) was so pleased with it that they ran with it as is. The print house that was sponsoring the contest (CR Waldmen) loved the card because they got to show off their new 5 color press since we had used Doc Marten's dyes which contain some fluorescents (they run into the fifth color area). Although you can't see it, they also put a UV coating over the Love statue which gave it a glossy look adding to the beauty of the card.

Unfortunately, Ramsie moved to Texas before she had the opportunity to meet the Mayor and have some promotional photos taken so I went alone. Below is one of those photos. Not everyone can say that they got be the Mayor for 52 seconds...