Monday, November 27, 2017

National Harbor Fence

Last summer, I was contacted by the city of National Harbor, MD to create custom public art for a wall separating a downtown street from a children’s playground. The idea was to use my reportage background to spend some time at National Harbor (I ended up on location for about two weeks) – and create a panoramic illustration series to show off all aspects of the city. The challenge presented was to create a continuous piece of art that would cover 360 degrees of the city of National Harbor – from a view of Washington DC, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and the Potomac River – to the brand new MGM Casino, and Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel. The process was an amazing and challenging experience – I feel that everything I have ever learned, artistically, was put to the test in designing this fence. In the end, the project took almost seven months to complete – the end result being nine pieces of custom artwork that span over 75 feet of fiber glass fence paneling (both sides of the fence) along American Way in National Harbor. The fence is currently up and residing on American Way permanently! Huge thanks to Jeff and Milt over at National Harbor – who helped make this napkin sketch idea come to life. This project was an amazing opportunity and I’m so proud of the work we put out.

Feel free to click on some of the images below for a larger view. Some of these pieces are so large and detailed (the original drawings were done at 40% scale, so approximately 4′ wide) that fitting them to the blog does not do them justice. I would love to do more work like this!

Final illustrations: (click to see detail)


Approved thumbnail sketch and overall design (after many revisions and variations), approved final pencil sketch, and approved final layout:


Installation day!

The final product:


Monday, November 27, 2017

New work update 2017!

Some recent long term and very intense projects have kept me from updating my blog regularly. I hope to change that and post more work as it comes out! Here is some of my favorite pieces over the last year or so – enjoy!

Two full page illustrations and a spot for Beer Advocate Magazine:


Some spots for a monthly column in Backpacker Magazine


Half page illustration for The Washington Post:

Advertorial illustrations for Bermuda Tourism, printed for The New Yorker:

Two spread illustrations for AOPA Pilot Magazine:

Some portrait illustrations for Goucher College Alumni Magazine:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2015 Favorites!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted new work! I’ve been working on some large advertising campaigns that unfortunately I am unable to show right now. But in the meantime, here are some favorite editorial illustrations from the past six months or so! Enjoy!

RogerWatersRoger Waters – for a story in LIGHTS Magazine about moments of madness during live stage performances


AAAportraits  James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats – for AAA Living Magazine


FortuneTeller_1 Campfire_2 StoneCastle_1One of my favorite group of illustrations to date – for a feature on local ghost stories in Columbus Monthly Magazine!


WSJ_WineTasting_2Wine tasting for the Wall Street Journal


Hero_Scene1_1Hero_Scene2_1 Hero_Scene3_1  A really fun series of illustrations for a story on heroes in the climbing community, for Climbing Magazine

lifeafterhate_2lifeafterhate_1  A series of portraits for a feature titled “Life After Hate”, for Intelligence Report

Landmark_CirrusAOPA_Turbine_1 Two spread illustrations for AOPA Pilot Magazine

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Clinton Health Access Initiative

For a good portion of 2015, I worked with McCann Global Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to create a campaign of illustrations to promote education and awareness on childhood pneumonia. This was a very challenging project in many ways, but so rewarding in the end! I was asked to create over 50 illustrations to be used on posters, pamphlets, and flip books for healthcare workers and mothers across Africa and Southeast Asia. One of the most challenging parts of this project was having to draw young children and babies suffering – as you can imagine, the research and reference for this assignment weighed heavily on me. Another challenge we faced was the language and literacy barrier amongst many of the target demographic for this information. The images had to read across cultures, as much as possible, without words to accompany the important information. In the end, I hope we were able to help young mothers and healthcare providers look for the signs and symptoms of childhood pneumonia, and help them take the necessary steps to get help. As mentioned, I created a good portion of drawings for this project – below are some of my favorites!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer 2015 update!

I’ve been a bit MIA the past few months or so, working on some big projects that I unfortunately cannot show yet (and may not be able to for a while). I’ve also recently moved to the Philadelphia area which has been very exciting, but has kept me mighty busy as well. I apologize for the lack of updates, but now you get one big one! Posted below are some of my favorite pieces from the past six or seven months! Enjoy!

The piece below was done last year for The Bellevue Visitor’s Guide, for Visit Bellevue Washington (The City of Bellevue)



The following few pieces are some favorites over the past year from my regular column with Columbus Monthly (Columbus, OH)




Below is some recent work for The New Yorker and Bermuda Tourism. The first advertisement was a full page and some spots to complete the spread. Originally, we were going to animate the piece to possibly appear in NYC Taxi TV! But that never came to fruition, so I decided to animate the piece close to what we had originally planned.




Below is another spread I worked on with The New Yorker and Bermuda Tourism. This was a bit more tongue-n-cheek, and I had a lot of fun with it!



I was so proud to have some portraits in the Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly 2015 list right as I was moving from Brooklyn to the Philly area. Being new to the area it brought some new hometown pride and it was very cool to see these in print in line at the local grocery store!



I finally got to work on something for Sport Illustrated, which is such a bucket list client of mine!




A few favorites from my regular column at Climbing Magazine called “Answer Man”. The topics here being “that guy” who ignores the cold while out on a climb, smelly climbing gear, and misogyny and creepy guys at the climbing gym.




The two pieces below are for AOPA Pilot Magazine – for a feature called “Landmark Accident”. I always enjoy working on these full articles for AOPA which analyze the circumstances and moments leading up to real plane crashes in history. The challenge here usually being: showing a plane crash without showing death, fire, (too much) smoke, and the aftermath.



A fun one for my regular gig with Old House Journal – this one showing a squirrel who got into a house and couldn’t get out.



A fun one for Southwest: The Magazine – about a man who feels too old to become a new father again



The piece below was never published, but was done for The New Yorker to give as a gift to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Part of the NY Public Library) at an unveiling ceremony at their new location in Harlem!SchomburgCenter_smaller_1

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bicycles and Greenhouses

Here are a couple of really fun editorial pieces from the past few weeks! I was lucky enough to get another call from the New York Times, and also worked my first assignment with Bicycling Magazine. I had a lot of fun with both pieces and I hope it shows! Thanks to Jesse and Carol for the assignments!


One of the most fun I’ve had in a while was working on this Bicycling Magazine piece – about the importance of knowing your hand signals!ThreeSignals_1 bicycling_page



This piece for the New York Times was a blast to work on! For a story about greenhouses on NYC terraces. Details below showing one greenhouse being used for Green reasons, while the other is being used for extra indoor living/storage space. So NYC.




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall updates

Some new work from the past few weeks below! Work for Military History Magazine, Variety, and WWD Beauty Inc!


Some Nazis and WW2 generals for Military History and a story on the Battle of the Bulge!


Fun piece for Variety on how China is investing money in the film industry in Hollywood!


One of my regular gigs is for WWD Beauty, for a light map behind some photos and text. This one is of Paris! These are always fun assignments


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Viewbook illustrations for Crossroads School

This summer I had the opportunity to work on a really fun series of illustrations and work with some great people! I got a call from Linda over at Studio Deluxe who was working on a view book for Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. I was lucky enough to be able to fly out to Santa Monica and spend a couple of days at the school – getting an awesome tour, taking reference, etc. I was so impressed by everyone over at Crossroads – they are such nice people with a really great curriculum and philosophy for their students. The school is sprawled across city property in the middle of Santa Monica, giving such an interesting and unique experience when on campus. I was asked to do 10 illustrations including the cover and a three page foldout spread showing the Crossroads life from Elementary to High School. I spent most of July on this project, working with some great people, and such talented folks at Studio Deluxe. I couldn’t thank them enough for the opportunity and I’m so proud of the pieces that came from this project. Enjoy! (Below are a few of my favorites)


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Advertorial for The New Yorker

A couple of months ago, I got a call from The New Yorker about doing another full page advertorial for their July 7th issue. The piece would be promoting a new novel by New York Times best selling author Karin Slaughter, titled “Cop Town”. The great part about this project is that it’s an interactive sweepstakes, so there was a lot of research and fine details that went into this piece, which is what I absolutely love doing. Can you guess when and where this drawing takes place? If you can, you could win a trip for two to the city in question, including airfare and a two night stay at a five start hotel. Enter at ! Enjoy and see if you can put the pieces of the puzzle together to guess what city and year this book takes place!