Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Here are some illustrations I did for the nicely designed Australian Trunk book series. This issue of the series will be about blood, and you can see the previous book about hair here. With these pieces I was thinking about stigmata and menstruation and was looking at a lot of botanical illustrations as well as this beautiful and amazing Victorian blood book. After the time spent rendering the flowers, I somehow prefer the simplicity of the silhouettes...we'll have to wait and see which ones the publishers picked.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

I hope you are having a great one!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You can now check out the slide show for the Post It opening here. It's nice to see so many friends!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I forgot about this illustration for Celeb Life magazine. I did it ages ago and I'm still on the fence about how it came out...this is about as cartoony as I'll ever get. The article was a pretty silly and inane one about online etiquette, so I wanted it to be silly but also get the idea across.

I also did a spot for the same article, but the sketch actually looked better than the final.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Here's today's NYT letters piece on health care reform and abortion. This sensitive subject can be quite a challenge...no pregnant bellies, fetuses, wombs...so I had to come up with something to represent the woman's health side.

here are a couple sketches. The editors requested I get rid of the oval because it looked too much like a womb.

Also congrats to Aviva Michaelov on her new position at the Op-Ed, and good luck to Leanne Shapton on the next stage of her career. They are both great to work with!

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Monday, November 30, 2009

This Saturday is the Post-It Show at Giant Robot, curated by the lovely Esther Pearl Watson and fantastic Mark Todd. I have 30 pieces in this show, starting at $20!

here's a sampling of my haunted house post-its:

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Here's my sketch and final illo from today's New York Times letters page, which is about how to finance food aid for the needy. You can read the letters here. They lightened up the image from the original, which looking at it now was a good idea since the newspaper always prints a little darker.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday night is the one night only show for my limited edition lamp. Stop by and say hi from 5-11pm in Culver City at the Helms Bakery Building.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I have a limited edition lamp for sale here for a one night show later this month. You can pre-order the lamps right now, and a portion of the sale goes to inner city art education here in LA!

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Here are some photos from the Altered States book exhibit, thanks to my dad for the pics.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Tonight was the opening for True Self, if you missed it like me (stuck in LA), you can check out the show online (which is still being added), or stop by Jonathan LeVine gallery Tues-Sat 11-6 through Nov 21st.
Here is my contribution to the show, and the journey the painting took as I worked on it...as you can see I changed my mind a few times. I hope I made good decisions.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

I have two illustrations in today's NYT book review. One on the cover and one inside. I am really happy with the way they turned out, I might even use that cover illo for a promo! Much thanks to amazing AD Nicholas Blechman.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Here's my third book for the altered book show in Vegas. Don't forget to stop by and check it out! This book is a little different, and I wanted to keep a lot of white space. I like the raw, unfinished quality it seems to have, and the weird tension that creates.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Here's my second book for the altered book show, all inside the pages of this civil war book. I love experimenting in these books, lots of good mistakes and new ideas.

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