The annual City Pages “Best of the Twin Cities” issue comes out this week. I was fortunate enough to contribute twenty plus spot illustrations for different categories on the cover story. The art director wanted to do a vintage Hollywood Glamour theme throughout the issue. I decided to try and change things up a bit by not using my go to digital inking brushes and instead use a pencil and watercolor set I purchased from the amazing Kyle Webster. I was blown away by this quality set of Photoshop brushes. I kept sending them to fellow artists and they all thought these were done traditionally. It’s always good to change up the process from time to time and stretch some different creative muscles. I certainly did that on this assignment.
Thought I would post on two recent commercial jobs that have just been released. The first one was a fun announcement for General Mills and their partnership with DC Comics with four limited edition Justice League comic books made exclusively for select GM branded cereals. I have had the pleasure of working on several General Mills projects over the years and have just recently done work with DC, so it was cool to work with them together on this fun promo poster.
The other project that was recently released was Amigo Grande, a Mexican style lager from Big Wood Brewery. This is my third character design I have done for them and it’s always cool to see your artwork on a beer can. It seriously never gets old. Hope you give one a try this summer.
Thought I would give an update on a few cool things that have happened with some previous projects. The big one is that I won an Ad Fed Show Award for my illustrations of the City Pages-Top 20 Twitterers of Minnesota. This is my third “Push Pin” award. Still chasing a gold one, but I’ll gladly take another bronze.
I also won an Award of Excellence from the Society of New Design for my magazine illustration work on Vita.MN Magazine’s List of List Issue. This piece was a homage to the classic Flash VS Superman race comic. Very honored and appreciative to these two great local magazines for giving me such fun projects that lead to the awards.
Lastly, my “Ain’t Nothing To PUCK With” shirt is now being sold at local Twin Cities craft store, I LIKE YOU. I’ve been a huge fan of the store for a couple years now, so to have my design available there is a great feeling. Be sure to go pick one up. It’s perfect for the start of baseball season.
From time to time I like to do themes for my warm up sketches. It’s fun to focus on certain characters or genres for a bit and see the body of work grow. Recently I started doing sketches based off some of my favorite movies. Mostly theses were an experiment to try some different brushes I have, and also try some palettes out. Overall I am very happy with how they have turned out. I definitely plan on doing more of these in the future.
DC Comics recently released their line up of creators for their Adventures of Superman digital first series. I am honored to announce that I will be a part of that. Drawing Chapter 46, written by the awesome, Joe Keatinge and colors by the fantastic Nick Filardi. My chapter is the first in a three part story that takes place in 1939. So not only do I get to draw the big guy, I also get to draw him in one of his earlier costumes. On top of that, a certain “Dark Knight” makes a brief appearance rocking some purple gloves! It really was a dream project and I had an absolute blast. Hope you check it out when it’s available digitally on the Comixology app or the DC Comics app on March 10th,2014. It’s a very short story so I don’t want to tease any of the pages, but here’s some sketches I did in preparation. I will post more when the issue is released in print during the coming months.