George Washington Carver

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.

Baby George Washington Carver and his mother and brother.

Baby George Washington Carver and his mother and brother.

Young George Washington Carver in his woodland garden.

Young George Washington Carver in his woodland garden.

Collage of George Washington Carver growing up.

Collage of George Washington Carver growing up.

George Washington Carver teaching at Iowa State University.

George Washington Carver teaching at Iowa State University.

George Washington Carver sharing effecient farming techniques with poor farmers.

George Washington Carver sharing effecient farming techniques with poor farmers.

George Caleb Bingham

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.

Young George sits and watches Chester Harding paint a portrait of Daniel Boone.  His love of art was now official.

Young George sits and watches Chester Harding paint a portrait of Daniel Boone.  His love of art was now official.

George went east to study the works in the big museums there.

George went east to study the works in the big museums there.

George was passionate about the plight of the people, and got deeply into politics.

George was passionate about the plight of the people, and got deeply into politics.

Not only did George enjoy politics, but he used it as a subject of many of his works.

Not only did George enjoy politics, but he used it as a subject of many of his works.

George as an elder teaching a painting class.

George as an elder teaching a painting class.

Furry Family Portraits

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.

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Johnson County Library

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. 

Long time no post!

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.

Young businessman J.C. Penney raising and selling pigs in his family's yard, much to the chagrin of neighbors.

Young businessman J.C. Penney raising and selling pigs in his family's yard, much to the chagrin of neighbors.

J.C. as a young man, working at the Golden Rule dry goods store in Wyoming.

J.C. as a young man, working at the Golden Rule dry goods store in Wyoming.

J.C also had an interest in raising prize winning livestock.  Now that I look at this illustration for the first time in awhile, I realize both the men look related or like the same guy.  Eesh.  

J.C also had an interest in raising prize winning livestock.  Now that I look at this illustration for the first time in awhile, I realize both the men look related or like the same guy.  Eesh.  

J.C. going over accounts while his wife does some canning.  Every penny had to count during the depression.

J.C. going over accounts while his wife does some canning.  Every penny had to count during the depression.

An older J.C. at a department store during the 50s.

An older J.C. at a department store during the 50s.

New life for an abandoned painting.

"The Gift" original "unfinished" version

"The Gift" original "unfinished" version

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!

"The GIft" acrylic on 24"x36" canvas. It probably went a completely different direction then what I originally had in mind, but thats kind of what makes the recently finished version cool.   

"The GIft" acrylic on 24"x36" canvas. It probably went a completely different direction then what I originally had in mind, but thats kind of what makes the recently finished version cool.

 

Andrew Taylor Still teaching

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.

Final art

Final art

Rough sketch.  You can see quite a few changes were made.

Rough sketch.  You can see quite a few changes were made.

Robots!

The dog was not much help at robot building.

The dog was not much help at robot building.

I'm working on some character sketches for a new project.  One of the characters is a robot.  Now, my brain automatically wants to draw every robot to look like Bender from Futurama. That's not imitation...I've drawn robots that way since I was a kid.  Can head, can body, flexible hose like arms and legs...its so easy and it looks like a robot!  Well for these character sketches I wanted to get out of my robot comfort zone.  So I pulled out a box of scrap I've been accumulating and used the materials to make robot shapes to base sketches on.  I recruited my son and niece to help me.  So... here are our robot creations.  

This is where I started...then I decided I needed the help of some young minds.  IE Free labor.

This is where I started...then I decided I needed the help of some young minds.  IE Free labor.