Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Postcards from the Edge


I am participating in this show. If you're in NYC check it out! Here's the info:

Start the New Year off right -- over 1,600 postcards unveiled at Metro Pictures

The Benefit Sale -- ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, January 10, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Over 1,600 original postcard-sized works of art. $75 EACH. Buy four, get one free! Works are signed on the back and displayed anonymously. Artists' name revealed only after purchase. First-come, first served
$5 suggested admission

The Preview Party
Friday, January 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
$75 admission* includes one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets $20. Your only chance to get a sneak peek at the entire show! No sales, but one lucky raffle winner selects the first postcard. More prizes: Keith Haring the new 10lb $100 Rizzoli catalog & artist multiples from ARTWARE editions and Tulip Enterprises. Special hosts: The Imperial Court of New York. Plus a silent art auction. Wine courtesy of Wine & Spirits Magazine. *Participating artists attend free.

Visit http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/current/postcards2008_faqs.html or call Visual AIDS at 212-627-9855

Another Blog Interview

This month I was asked to do a interview by Claudio Parentela in Italy who came across my work online. If you'd like to read it, you can go HERE.

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Could Be Me

I just participated in a project that I invited to do by Paul Paper. Basically, artists are invited to create a work of art and that includes/interprets the sentence "It could be me but it's actually Paul Paper." A lot of cool artists are part of this so go to the website and check it out. Right now the project is web-based but it could become something more later on.

Could Be Me

Thursday, December 4, 2008

F.U.E.L. Grand Small Works Show

I have this piece in the show in Philadelphia this month. I hope it sells.

here's a picture I took from F.U.E.L.'s flickr page just to show you what the space looks like.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Philadelphia wants Poe

Over Thanksgiving break I completed my third assignment for Baltimore Magazine. It was for the "up front metro" section which is the same section I have done twice before, so I was familiar with the specifications. The illustrations for that page are always small, so that wasn't a surprise. The article was about Edgar Allen Poe and how Philadelphia feels he should be dug up and reburied in their city because he has more of a legacy there than in Baltimore. Actually, it was a Poe scholar who was arguing this, not necessarily the whole city of Philadelphia. The Poe scholar here in Baltimore who runs the Poe House is going to be having a debate with this scholar next month to argue his point. So the illustration had to show the struggle between these two men/cities wanting to have Poe. The idea I ending up doing was a variation on the one the art director had supplied me with, and I was fairly happy with the result. I had done a portrait of Poe before and I really wanted to draw him again, but the final illustration didn't really require that, so it was more focused on his grave, which is actually pretty ornate in itself. I did however get to sneak in a very tiny portrait of him on the gravestone, so I found some satisfaction in that.

The issue comes out in January so I will post it after Christmas.

Also, there will be a picture and blurb about me on the contributors page of the issue.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


My Blanket Magazine button (for the travel issue) is now available in their website shop. See November 6th blog entry for the link!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I received some good news today. This piece was sold at the Metro Gallery for the show "Bailout."

"An Abrupt Farewell"

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Planes and Parachutes

Below is an assignment I did for The Pittsburgh City Paper a while back in early October. It's basically about airlines and union problems. Not exactly the most interesting topic but I am pretty satisfied with the illustration. Lisa (the art director) did the layout and I'm happy to see the image printed so large.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Interview with Blanket Magazine!

As the winner of Blanket Magazine's re-action section in Issue 12, I was asked to do an interview to be posted on their blog. You can read the interview HERE!

Also, the image I submitted to that issue will be made into limited edition buttons and sold in packs with other artists on their website sometime in the future. Keep an eye out! You can visit their shop HERE to support Blanket.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Went to the Metro Gallery tonight to see "Bailout" the show I got three drawings accepted into. There were about 50 artists represented and over 120 works. It was nice seeing people (other than the people I see everyday) looking at my work and seem to be interested in it. I'm definitely going to try to get into more shows now.

Here is the postcard for the show

Here is a picture I took in my studio of the three drawings I submitted nicely framed

Here are some pictures from the opening.

Me standing to the left of one of my drawings.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blanket Magazine

I recently submitted an image to the 12th issue of Blanket Magazine, a bi-monthly, free, PDF, art+design+photography magazine "aimed at uncovering new, emerging talent from around the world." Not only was my submission accepted, but it was chosen as the winning entry in reaction to the theme of this particular issue (travel).

Here is the cover of the issue I am featured in

here is the page of the magazine on which my work appears

Go HERE if you would like to look at or download the entire issue.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I will be showing 3 drawings in an upcoming show at the Metro Gallery here in Baltimore this month. Hopefully I can sell something, but if not, I am happy just to be included in the show. It should be a fun night.

I just did an illustration for Pittsburgh City paper this weekend. I spent a good amount of time drawing parachutes and airplanes for this black and white spot. I'm anxious to see how they worked it into the type of the headline.

I just finished a drawing last night that I'll add to my expanding portfolio of personal work that I hope will allow me to show in some galleries in the not so distant future. I feel like I've been getting a pretty good response so far. Aside from galleries, I've been considering making some giclee prints of my work to see if those could sell. Also, I'd like to make a zine, even if it's just a small one. It could be a good promotional idea.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've continued to keep up a steady work pace for a few days and have gotten a pretty good amount accomplished. I finished a new drawing today and have 9 more sketched out that are ready to be inked. I like being at this point because now I can just have fun with the drawing part, now that the sketching/compositional placement part is over.

I am feeling confident that I will have at least a few good pieces to submit to an upcoming gallery show.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

If you happen to visit my blog periodically, you may have noticed it has been a while since I posted any new work or any news bits. Well, I have been doing work but have been keeping in "under wraps" for now. I have slowly and steadily been building a body of work that I plan to send to galleries in the hopes of eventually showing in some of them. *fingers crossed*

Getting illustration work has been difficult lately and I don't know whether to attribute this to my less than stellar self-promotion or the bad economy (a thought that just recently hit me) or both. I did send out some emails today in the hopes of getting some responses, but chances for that seem slim. I will just have to make a postcard soon and keep on trying. If I did manage to get into some galleries and even sell some work, I think that would more than make up for the lack of success I am feeling right now about illustration. The thing about galleries that I don't like is the waiting. Waiting for a response, waiting for a call for entries, waiting for a show date, waiting waiting waiting.........

I'm not good at waiting.

Yesterday I managed to do a drawing from start to finish and it was nice. I will try to replicate that experience again today, and maybe the day after that and so on.......

it never hurts to aim high.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Here is the most recent assignment I've done. It was a cover for the Pittsburgh City Paper.

here's the final cover

here's the article

here's the sketch

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hyphen Magazine

Just wanted to post these pics of Hyphen Magazine which I currently have an illustration in. It was for the recipe section about how to feng-shui your computer desktop. I've also posted my sketch for the illustration.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I have started to do some drawings that I suppose could be a series because they are similar in tone and style. Maybe I will make more, larger ones too. I haven't worked very big in a long time. A moleskine and a 8/12 x 11 piece of paper is about the largest I have drawn in quite a while. Time for a change I think. Baby steps though......

Also, today I was thinking about the way that I've been working. I usually sit down and do a drawing and will finish that drawing before I start another one. I never really thought about this, but it's true. I guess if I start to do larger drawings, I may begin to work on multiple things at once, which will be a change for me. I don't know why I feel the need to finish something before starting something else. Sometimes I get bored working on one thing at a time, and doing multiple projects at once might be a good thing to try.

I cleaned up my work area today and tried to consolidate all my paper into one pile. Now I have a better idea of what materials I have to work with. I also have some masonite gessoed and ready to paint on. Not sure what I will paint or when that will be, but it should be interesting returning to painting.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I See Spots

Today I was going through my contact list of publications and art directors, trying to decide who I need to send new promo stuff to etc, when I remembered something potentially valuable an art director once told me. I had sent this guy some jpegs of my work via email, and he had commented back saying that although he liked my art, he didn't have anything for me to work on at the moment. Regardless, he told me that I should keep him updated and also consider adding some black and white spot illustrations to my website because that is what they usually gave to first-time illustrators. A long time has passed since that original email was sent, and I did eventually do some black and white spots (and color ones too) for various assignments, but I realize that this might be a good idea to further explore. I think I will work on making some simple black and white spots this week, nothing too conceptual, and just have fun with it. I just need to decide what to do. I can even do them in my sketchbook.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

just a mini post

I just wanted to post a little note today because I have been starting to get productive again after having a little bit of a slump. I am always happy when I am working and actually liking what I'm producing. There are always of course times when I am producing but I am dissatisfied with the result, and then I feel like I've wasted time. I'm sure we all know that feeling. This past week has been pretty good though. I hope to keep this pace up for a while. I have done 3 new pieces in the past 5 days and I will post pictures when I am happy with them all. Two of them I am only about 90% happy with right now, so when I am done tweaking I'll reveal the final.

happy drawing!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's so easy!

I just thought I would post this because it's funny. If you are an artist, you will probably find it funnier than a non-artist. I got this book a few months ago at our free book place in the city, fully intending to cut it up for collages and stuff. But when I looked at this page, I had to save it. The book is called 'The Mother's Encyclopedia' and it's basically a how-to parent book with some really funny stuff in it. Unintentionally funny I'm guessing. The section on answers to questions children ask is particularly amusing. This page was in the children's activities part of the book. Wish I had seen this years ago. I could've saved a lot of money on tuition. Just kidding...

A bowl of fruit......how unconventional!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The print ad for 'Illuminate,' an art event here in Baltimore that I recently participated in.

Baltimore Magazine April Issue

Here's a scan my illustration from the current issue of Baltimore Magazine. The article that accompanies it is about the fear and superstition surrounding the 13th floors of hotels. I also posted the sketches for the illustration as well.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Love and Circuits

Just did an illustration for the music section of the Baltimore City Paper. The article was about the release of a 2-disc compilation entitled "Love and Circuits" with 57 tracks by 57 different artists. Below is my illustration and a scan of the final print.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Art Non-Stop

I just wanted to post a picture of the piece I put into the Art Non-Stop show that happened here in Baltimore last Friday. It was held at Load of Fun on North Ave. and even though I didn't get to go to the opening, I heard it was a success. Sorry, the photo is at an angle to avoid the glare from the flash.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

In Home: In Response

Went to the opening of the 'In Home: In Response' show last night, which I had a piece in. There was a lot of interesting work and it was displayed in a row house (going with the theme of the show) using some creative installation methods. Someone was interested in purchasing my piece, so I ended up selling something, which was nice.

"Island No. 2" - mixed media - SOLD

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Just finished working on a cover yesterday for the Pittsburgh City Paper. My original illustration of step-by-step how to draw a poor art student was used as part of a larger composition created by the art director.

Today I hope to start working on some new promo pieces to send out and put on my website. But before I do that, I need to get some more art supplies, namely pen nibs. All the ones I have are either clogged, rusted, or bent and completely useless. I wish I could buy them in bulk from somewhere.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Here's my most recent published illustration from the Pittsburgh City Paper. I posted a large image so you can read the article as well. It's pretty interesting.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Things have been busy around here lately. The past couple weeks I have been occupied doing illustration work for various publications. I was contacted by Baltimore Magazine to do a color spot for the April Issue. Then a few days later I was contacted by Pittsburgh City Paper to do a b&w spot, and then the following day I received another assignment (a 6"x6" color illustration) , this time from Hyphen Magazine who I had contacted earlier in January. I successfully finished all the work yesterday, although at one point it got slightly confusing about dates since the order in which I received the assignments was not the order in which they were due. Thank god for post-it notes.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I haven't done much art lately. I spent quite a bit of time on the new website, and the past couple of days have been dedicated to contacting art directors. I plan to make some new illustrations so I can contact a wider variety of publications. I think if I do more portraits of well known people in the media, that will open a lot of possible publications I can submit to. Also, I would like to do some illustrations relating to health and well being, as well as something on the topic of the environment/going green. Better get working.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Site!

Check out my new official art website! I've given it a total renovation, complete with frames (which I just learned how to do in Dreamweaver) and new content. Simply go to the link on the right side of this page. Enjoy!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nice While it Lasted

My goal of posting a new piece of art everyday for one year has finally been reached! January 21, 2008 is the last daily entry. Thanks to everyone who took the time to look, and please come back and visit again. Even though I will no longer be updating daily, I will still post occasionally when I create something new.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The New Year

Things have been very busy lately with the holidays and all, and I am just now getting to update this thing. I didn't do much drawing over Christmas vacation, so I had a lot of catching up to do when I returned home. I have created a substantial list of New Years resolutions when it comes to my work. I would like to do some more collaborative work that could possibly be part of a show, and also create my own body of work to be shown somewhere. I need to overhaul my website, be more tenacious when it comes to sending out promos, and also finish updating my contact list so I can be more efficient with the promos. Those are just a few things on the list, but it seems to go on and on. I am nearing the 1 year mark for my art blog and will not be updating it daily once I hit that mark. I think in order to be able to accomplish many of the things on my "to do list" I will need that extra time. However, I will update the blog occasionally because I do think it's a good thing to keep up. Below is a picture of some recent drawings that can be seen on the blog.