Monday, May 30, 2022

On the Digital Drawing Board

Happy Memorial Day! 

The annual Bolder Boulder 10K race just wrapped up, (after a two-year pandemic hiatus) attracting over 40,000 runners from around the globe. It was great to see the race resume and so many people enjoying the spectacle. We just watched the jets fly over the finish line at the University of Colorado's Folsom Stadium.

This is just a quick drop-in to share a few things that have been on the drawing board... 

 First, a caricature illustration of the current POTUS, for a book being published by Wiley and Sons later this summer.

As always, I cover both sides of the aisle
Next, a cartoon of the previous POTUS, that I created a couple of years ago, which was
recently licensed by McGraw Hill Publishing, for a college political science textbook. 

 I'm currently creating a series of twelve large comic art pieces. They are caricature-based comic book style illustrations, created for the executives of Silicon Valley tech companies. I was commissioned by a design agency in San Francisco to draw these for their client, prominent Internet security firm, Zscaler. They  will be printed at 14" X 5", then matted. framed and presented to each executive.
Here are the first two:

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A commissioned gift illustration created for a retiring English teacher at a high school in North Carolina. A group of his fellow teachers and friends hired me to draw this - and to show he's a poker-playing Elvis fan who reads Faulkner.

This was created at 11" X 18", sent digitally to the client, who then had it printed at local printer on special paper stock, (I always include instructions for that), then matted, and framed. It was presented to the gentleman at his retirement party.)


A large caricature illustration for doctor and his a group of friends, commemorating a vacation they are taking together in June. (It will appear on framed prints, as well as t-shirts. The doctor who commissioned this requested that I draw large heads, ala carnival caricatures, but with greater detail.

  (And in case you were wondering, I was asked to draw the mostly nude woman above just like she is in the photo provided - mostly nude, with small tattoos. You've got to love folks with no inhibitions.)


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I'm currently illustrating several books. Two are children's books; one for an author on London, and another for an author in Phoenix.

 There are two fascinating "non-children's books" on the board. The first is for a former executive of Dreamworks Inc., who has a unique philosophy for transforming organizations. He also has quite a following with his Ted Talks and at SXSW in Austin. I'm enjoying chatting with him and brainstorming on humor to introduce his concepts.

Another interesting project of note...a series of political cartoons commissioned to expose the actions of the Southern Baptist Convention. This has been a national news story over the past year, and was covered in the Washington Post last week. The 8 cartoons I am creating will accompany the writing of a prominent news columnist. Here's the first cartoon, just finished today:

Happy Memorial Day! May your summer months begin with zeal!