Friday, December 5, 2014

 Once again I've been included in Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson's post it show! This commemorates the 10th year of the show which opens tomorrow at Giant Robot here in LA. It's cash and carry and each original piece is only $25. Hope to see you there! Here's a few of my contributions:

I even tried some drawing this time around:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I am super excited to be the guest artist over at For a limited time I'll have tons of awesome prints for sale at multiple price and size ranges. Go get some now in time for the holidays!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

 Here's a recent piece for the NYT health section about a medical condition that causes infertility. This was a fun one, a little different from my usual work.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

I've recently been working on some promotional material for Jitter, a really cool band. Here's a banner and a couple posters. This has been a really fun project and I'm really proud of these pieces as I've had total creative freedom. It's also pretty rad to do work for a band I really like. You can check out their songs here.


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 Here's one I completely forgot to post. It was a quick one for the New York Times Op-Ed about teenage abuse in the prison system.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Here's a recent one for The New York Times Well Blog about how doctors favor future worst-case scenarios when treating patients. This was a really fun one, as I had old magic posters in the back of my mind when creating it. Thanks again to Peter Morance who always throws me interesting articles.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Here's a piece I did recently for The New York Times Op-Ed about threats to clean drinking water. This was a fun one. Thanks again to Matt for the assignment.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Here's a new piece that was out yesterday in The Washington Post for the Sunday Outlook section about the problem behind calling abortion a difficult decision. Thanks a bunch to Chris and Emmet for working with me on this one.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Here's a new one in today's New York Times about patients being readmitted to hospitals. The symmetry reinforces the idea of institution. I am realizing my sketches are getting more and more cartoony and ridiculous. Hope the art directors out there don't mind. It's the idea that counts, right? Haha. Thanks again to Peter for the assignment.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

 Here's a recent piece for The New York Times letters about pay scale discrepancies in the medical industry. Thanks to Nathan Huang on this one.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

 Here's a piece for the New York Times letters section about criminal deportations. This was a quick one, as it was already worked out nicely in the sketch. Thanks a bunch to my old Art Center chum, and talented artist in her own right, Sarah Williamson for giving me the assignment. It was great working together!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

 Last week I did an illustration for The New York Times Well Blog about cholesterol lowering drugs and the varied effects between men and women. The idea of a playing card makes one think of risk and chance and the hearts are a link to heart disease which can be a symptom for women. This was a fun one. Thanks again to Peter for continuing to throw awesome assignments my way!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

I have three new collage pieces on display at Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach for the 6''x6'' Show. I am exploring the idea of space, emptiness, longing, and dimensions seen and unseen. I am really interested in caves and secret passageways which come together in "Cavern." The "Green Room" pieces are really about emptiness and ghosts of something that once was. For these pieces I meticulously eliminated the furniture from idyllic home decorating catalogs. This would have been much easier using Photoshop, but somehow the labor and struggle to cut away and replace empty space is equally part of the work. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a new series. Each piece is collage on panel and can be purchased online here.


"Green Room"

"Green Room (Cream Corn)"

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

I recently worked on a piece for one of my favorite magazines, Nautilus. It's such a well designed and smart magazine that I was overjoyed to get the assignment. It's about the healing powers of light boxes for mood disorders. I really love how it turned out and can't wait to work again with awesome AD Len Small!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Here's a recent piece I did for the New York Times Op-Ed about genetically modified human babies. It was tempting to get weird and gross with this theme, but I think ultimately it was better to go more subtle and creepy. The sketch was pretty close to the final, just added more displaced elements. Thanks once again to Matt Dorfman and his willingness to go outside the box and traditional page's always fun to do one of these!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here's a recent piece for The New York Times Well blog about menopause and how to manage the side effects. I enjoyed making her look really uncomfortable. Thanks again to Peter Morance for the gig.

The sketch:

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 Here's a piece I worked on a few weeks ago that came out this past Sunday for The New York Times Sunday Review. The article is about the failure of imagination on the part of civilians in responding to veteran's experiences. I like this graphic approach and the double vision dreamlike portraits. The strong colors imply trauma and strong emotions. Thanks to Erich Nagler and Aviva Michaelov for another fun assignment.

Here's my comp. The hat was too old fashioned, so I ended up changing it to a helmet.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Here's a commission I finished recently for a pilot. It's all cut paper collage and digital manipulation on this one. The plane is made from sliced images of the ground and landscape as seen from above, which connects the plane to the earth and gives it weight. I'm always amazed that these heavy tin cans always get off the ground! The various sky and clouds are a link to the different types of weather one encounters in the sky, and make visible invisible elements like heat and wind that push and pull on airplanes. The golden ink lines make one think of maps, travel, and flight plans.

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