Well I have been neglecting my website!
There has been a lot going on in these here parts. First off, last fall I got a fun new contract. I used that contract as an excuse to renovate my studio. Then I used that renovated studio to survive (hide from) the large amount of family that stayed with us over the holidays. I think this new studio is going to work out just fine.
A sketch from my notebook. This is pretty accurate depiction of driving around with my dog. He likes to sit in the front seat which makes him subject to my lightning fast dad-arm-seatbelt.
Here are some illustration examples made for the Notable Missourian book on George Washington Carver. What a fascinating man! Artist, scientist, thinker, doer. The Notable Missourian series is published by Truman University Press.
Recently I made some illustrations for the Notable Missourian book on the painter George Caleb Bingham. He was an interesting man in both art and politics.
While gathering with fellow illustrators (We like to pretend that we have co-workers like normal people), it was suggested that we make some paintings to sell at a local humane society auction. I had to think of something to paint on the spot, so I opted to immortalize my old a-hole dog, Marcus, and my even older, grumpier bag of bones cat, Fritz. It was a fun, spontaneous project for sure....I'm kind of sad I won't have these portraits of two of my oldest friends on my own wall! Thats what prints are for.
Awhile back I was commissioned to make an illustration for the Johnson County Library system based on their main branch location. Their idea was to use the illustration in their annual promotional materials. Well, recently I had a chance to see how the printed materials turned out and I was super impressed! Using the artwork, the library design department put together a summer programs guide, book marks, posters, a summer reading booklet, and a mural I need to see. Below is the original illustration as well as a photo of some of the printed materials.
Busy busy! Now where did we leave off? Oh yes good old James Cash Penney. Here are some of the final illustrations for the story of his life, written by Jason Offut and published by Truman State University Press.
Its time to get started on the 2017 Notable Missourian illustrations for Truman State University Press. The first book features James Cash Penney. That's right, JC Penney himself. Here are some of the sketches done for Chapter 1 - They show a young JC in the hog business.
I'm not sure if its perception or reality but it seems like one could wake up from hibernation to an increasingly strange world these days. This was thrown together real quick on Groundhog day when I should have been working on story revisions.
I have some problems with how I chose to compose this one, but I still like the lively atmosphere.
So in my studio has sat a painting that had confounded me for a few years now. I wasn't sure if it was done or if it was unfinished. To be clear, I would tell myself it was done, but there was always a little voice in the back of my brain saying "no its not".
Well the other day I decided I needed to paint. I was going through old paintings trying to decide if I wanted to paint over an old so-so one or use a new canvas. While digging around I came across the aforementioned painting and for the first time it struck me that I should finish it...whatever that meant. So I did!
I bet you didn't know it, but robots love apples.
This illustration shows an older Andrew Taylor (A.T.) Still watching over a class being taught at his newly founded school of Osteopathy. This illustration is for the Notable Missourian series published by Truman State University Press.