Tuesday, December 15, 2009

winter is here

First of all, yes Derrick this is you. Second....I'll leave this alone for a while. There will be some cartoons coming up next for my g/f's family including my own for the holiday. I encourage everyone to give gifts and good feelings throughout the year and not just on a designated date of the year. The new job at Rue Lala has been a blessing upon my humanity. It pays well and opens up my doors to new things. I'll throw the a picture of the kids book on here for good measure also.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

nearly done

Not as much palette knife as I thought, but just about done with it all.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

more experiments

Thought I would document some more process on my experiments before I start adding the highlights and messing with the background. The next round may call for a palette knife.

Friday, November 6, 2009

a study

enjoying the discipline with limited pallettes for a change. It's pretty liberating to just mess around for an hour.

Friday, October 23, 2009

and the "almost as good(s)"

Some of them still have their issues, but again fairly minor. The dragons on the doors were intentionally done as one being larger than the other, including the flame wrapped around the door handle. Lastly, there are sizing issues on the top page in the "people to house" sizing ratio, even if it is small. Pretty boring houses I guess.

It's high time that I return to some more personal experimentation and begin preparing my work haul for Elissa Della-Piana's bird show next March which will run till late August next summer at the Gallery Della-Piana where I will be grouped with 8-10 big-name artists. Hopefully I won't be the youngest one with work on the wall. Throughout the remainder of the Fall, there will be many more interesting updates of things to come.

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Here

Finally, 2 highlights from the Childrens book I've been laboring over during the summer and early fall. It feels relieving to know that my name will be printed on the cover of a book, even if it is for someone else's self published story. The project paid 800 dollars for 7 full color Illustrations displaying the closest thing to any type of "style" I've produced other than my natural science work. As shown above, the story is titled "The Witches that Saved the Dogs", a jam-packed story about 2 girls named Hortense and Esmerelda who have their puppies(Waggy-Tail, and Princess) kidnapped by an evil witch. Throughout the story, Hortense and Esmerelda must discover their own magical powers in order to save their beloved puppies.
One of the issues I had after reading over the text was that there were plenty more scenes that could have been executed, but would have cost the authors more than the 800 dollars they had available for me.

Another issue was the formatting I was confined to for each painting. No landscape at all, only portrait format and 8.5' x 11' inches. Because of these limitations , most compositional elements rely on warped views and tend to follow the same sizing in terms of hierarchy in content and where I put the most detail. These aspects give a majority of the pages a sense of consistency, but also a slight hint of forced feeling. The remainder of the successful ones are coming!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

portrait progress

Decided to take a momentary break from the childrens book and mailers which I admittedly haven't gotten around to posting as they are constantly being touched up for good measure, I've been working on this color study of a self portrait to experiment with a different pallete.

Monday, July 6, 2009


One my most favorite pencil drawings, loved the mystery of bigfoot since I was about 10 and would always find myself wondering through the Vermont woods to find it. The pose should be familiar to most with a small alteration from the movie where the figure is slightly more hunched over and twisting around in motion. I chose to make it almost about to duck back into the brush and add grittier texture to its fur. Bigfoot's eyes are its best aspect with the face left in near shadow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

sketchnight at Benz

A few sketches from tonight(6/8/09), felt nice and loose with the ball point pen.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The famous urban legend of mothman. I decided to make my rendition less stylized and juvenile, and go for something naturalistic that actually looks interesting and errie.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Frog and Goose

Here they finally are, after editing levels and photomerging scans...they exist. The frog will be on the mailers alongside the squirrel.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Milking Money

Not as powerful of a piece as any of my renderrings, but still fun to take on nonetheless. Based on an editorial about milk product company's corrupting traditional farmers.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


An original characer design done in watercolor for sci/fi Illustration junior year. I was working at morphing a favorite animal of mine(rat), and thought of a way I could encorporate an organic and earthbound element(roots). A great concept for a creature possible of folklore in the wilderness.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

oh George

page from a few weeks ago, gotta love George Thompson "Right", I was happier with the drawing of Nicoles back in comics though.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Grey Squirrel

Decided to repost this seeing that at the end of the week i'll have all the rest of the renderrings photographed and put up on here(finally). Many projects in progress as the year churns down and I have to slam 2025$ for an apartment with some friends in downtown Boston.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jimmy, Johnny, and Joey

My little guys for the upcoming comics final project. It's been quite a struggle this throughout the problem solving skills in that class this semester as ive never tried anything comics related before, so im hoping to make this a worthwhile adition to my portfolio even if its nothing persued long term.

Friday, April 10, 2009

redtailed hawk gettin there

This is for Thesis class and its nearing a finish, jush have to continue on the remaining shadow and high light areas where the pink is beginning to highten the contrasts. It will definetly go into open house along with the rest when done.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tate Publishing Online Gallery link

For those in the know..and those about to know, here is the link for Tate Publishings online gallery to view the Voodoo Doll painting that was selected for their Annual International Illustration Competition.



Sunday, March 8, 2009


I made this poster for last semesters Typography class. It was my favorite assignment( I love posters/propaganda), and I had fun making it look like a Russian Constructivist piece too, big fan of the softer more nuetral color and fist. Alain Blunt was a badass instructor, and I learned so much more about hierarchy of text as well as use of negative space to enhance composition. Typography is just as tedious if not more anal-retentive then Illustration in my opinion, and I feel a greater comfotabillity utilizing it along with images now.

Football Helmet Pinball Machine

A painting done in Gouache with a graphic technique. This was based on an editorial article about peewee football coaches putting wireless transmitters inside the kids helmets during games in order to monitor where they were taking hits frequently and resulting in concusions. Thought the Helmet Pinball Machine was humerous and took a stab at it. I think this was the third time ive used gouache maybe. It's an odd media that creates extremely luscious hues, however it has a tendencie to dry a slightly darker shade then mixed normally.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

mfa sketch night

went along to the mfa last night, heres a couple portraits. My old Butterphobia painting from sci-fi. This is how I feel about butter. pure, grotesque, vile lipids.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

more from last semester

Here are a couple more editorials from last Fall and summer. The Spider was derived from an article about the various ways to keep spiders as Pets for Boys Magazine and I thought the concept was fairly universal and straight forward for its general audiance. It was always a childhood dream of mine to keep one as a pet but never got the chance so this was the turnout. Who doesn't love pirates??? I like that I used a more nuetral color pallete for this pianting as it maintains a more comicbook type appearance.

As for the snow man at the bottom, I came up with this concept from an article about making kids lunches cool and fun during the summer. This concept is also fairly universal, the only nit picky thing for both Mark Hoffman and I was the positioning of the kids heads which could have been a alterred slightly but for the most part it was pretty successful. both are watercolor, pen and ink.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

crazy saturation

oldies from the past couple years. Hard to believe this is what I used to come up with, but its nice to look back on it all and see what a transgression ive gone through. Included is Fried Eustice Tilley, and an animal renderring.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

still life from vacation

A random fart for fun and helping a my friend Ben with his color theory/renderring abillity for a few hours over winter vacation. first still life ive done in about a year, and it felt amazing to just piece the objects together. I messed up a tad with the halo around the lemon, but otherwise I enjoyed the time that was spent. Drapery, glass, and metal are some of the most difficult things to paint so it was quite a challenge.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Grey Squirrel and color study

A Grey Squirrel, from photo referance obviously..done between the end of July and the beginning of september of last year before classes began. Probably spent about 20-30 hours total on it and there were a few screw ups in between as usual. This Faux finishing technique with acrylic allows for intense renderring but also the opportunity to distance myself away from the actual photo and become more expressive in many ways just by simply pulling out values. My next logical step is being selective of which parts to keep of the color sketch for the next renderings. Sorry for the headless and footless owl...it will be completed shortly.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tate Publishing Competition

Although this was a failed concept for an editorial assignment for last semesters Senior Thesis class, It luckily found a place in the Tate Publishing Illustration Competition which came to me as a massive shock. Some of the levels are alterred in photoshop and a touch-up on the nose, but other than that I felt great about this painting. Dry brushing the ink on felt great since I hadn't used the technique since Illustration 3, but it didn't give me problems. I have this thing for glowing veins..

sketchbook keepers

these are done inside various sketchbooks throughout the years. Some are better renderred than others, some are loose...either way, they are some of my favorites. starting from the bottom-a 20 minute drawing of my stepfathers coworker done on new years eve 2008 I think. Above is a man I met over this past summer named John. He liked to do timed drawings so I set a clock for 20 minutes on my cell phone and we went at it, getting to know him was wonderful and I still draw once in a while with him. The last above that is a portrait page with Jenna Barbieri, Logan Faerber, and Kate something? either way..I screwed her up, wasn't able to do her justice. I was happy with Jennas likeness though. expect more of these pages soon I have them lying around on my computer.