For the Boston Globe

I did two versions for this one. I never got the story, just a paragraph, so I wasn't sure of the tone. It was about letting people drive in the HOV lanes for a toll.

Bonus passengers

Bonus passengers

Getting around the system

Getting around the system

Sketching at Society of Illustrators

I've been going to sketch nights at the Society of Illustrators. They have a bar with a big Norman Rockwell illustration above it. Drinking and drawing. You have to love that. Here are some of the sketches. I think that whatever style an artist works in its important to always sketch and work on the basics. It's like weight lifting for a football player - it's not the game of football but its necessary to playing well. I've always faced harsh criticism for drawing in this style but to me its just the practice for bigger and very different styles. I've heard the criticism loud and clear and even agree with a lot of it. The world doesn't really need more well drawn pictures of flowers or reclining figures, but an artist can learn a lot by looking at something, ignoring what you know about it and just drawing the lights and darks (or whatever catches your eye and somehow comes out representing the model). In the end it's not that you want the sketch for anything, you just need to go through the process to build that brain muscle.

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Fish oil

For Conservation Magazine. This was the sketch but I like it better than the final. Don't really like the sharp edge around the outside.

Transient

A NY crowd

This isn't my usual style but I used to paint illustrations back in the day. I did this just to practice. It's like an earlier post of a sketch I did of a crowd. Mostly I'm just interested in the lights and darks and the patterns a crowd makes.

Sunshine crowd

Sunshine crowd

Writing about cancer

Another one for the Chicago Tribune. This is about the healing and coping qualities of writing about cancer. This one was painted by hand with acrylics.

Writing about cancer

Writing about cancer

For the Chicago Tribune

This one was for the books section about "why it’s important to give the victims/participants in human rights crises a voice and how their voices have been used to influence changes in policy".

A voice

A voice