1. There is a place for everything, and everything should be in its place.
2. Slow is fast.
3. When cutting friskit or most things, make sure the blade is new and sharp. Dull is dangerous!
4. There is nothing wrong with using photo reference to work from. It is a helpful starting point for an artistic journey.
5. It is okay to trace!
6. Less is more!
7. Always have two water bowls, and one should be fairly clear. Having clean water available is handy for immediate cleanups.
8. Always mask out the clean areas on a painting. It’s amazing how far splatter can travel. I simply tape clean paper around my illustration. It also allows me to focus on the one area I am working on.
9. Always have a clean piece of paper to put under the hand that is drawing or painting. There are oils that are transferred to the illustration’s surface otherwise.
10. Utilize complementary colors to dull colors; allowing the brilliance to be appreciated where it counts.
I’m sharing my art information with samples of my work to follow. I prefer to go chronologically, by sharing my earliest jobs. My earlier work was substantially improved upon over the journey of my illustration career.
Occasionally, I’ll to share some of the elements that go into creating my illustrations. That would include the art director’s layouts and comments, my line drawings, color marker comps, and photo reference I’ve used. On some jobs, I will even include estimates and invoices.
I’ve done a few Christmas cards for food companies and advertising agencies over the course of my career. When I illustrated the card below for the Carnation Company, I actually created the shape of the “cow cookie” with dough (and frosting) and baked it! I couldn’t find my photo reference on this old job; otherwise I would have shared it.
Below are three other jobs; some have the printed versions along with the paintings.
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