Illustration

My sometime dabbles in illustration:

Bantha Tracks

 Posted by on July 27, 2018  Childhood art, Illustration  Tagged with: ,
Jul 272018
 
Bantha Tracks

I recently found old faded samples of some of the first drawings I ever had “published”; some fan art submitted to BANTHA TRACKS, the 1970s/80s STAR WARS fan club newsletter. Soon after my 13 year old mind was thoroughly blown by STAR WARS in 1977, I saw an ad in a magazine (probably a 1978 issue of STARLOG) soliciting members [READ MORE…]

Apr 132015
 
OPERATION SNOWBALL!

I’ve been pretty excited about my first paid professional art assignment as a left-handed artist. A few months ago, my good friend of many years, Carol Hughes, commissioned me to draw the cover for her latest book, OPERATION SNOWBALL, a fun adventure story based on the fictitious (or perhaps TRUE) adventures of her family dogs, PICKLE AND PEARL. It has been over two years since I’ve been able [READ MORE…]

Popeye Magazine

 Posted by on July 10, 2014  Drawings, Illustration  Tagged with: , ,
Jul 102014
 
Popeye Magazine

In 1988 I was living and working in Tokyo, and I had a few steady illustration gigs to supplement my other jobs, which were some English teaching when I first arrived in Japan, and then working at TOEI animation studio when I got better established.  It was a busy time. One of the magazines I did a few illustration jobs [READ MORE…]

Car Show

 Posted by on June 10, 2011  Drawings, Illustration  Tagged with: , ,
Jun 102011
 
Car Show

More from the archive; a magazine illustration done while living in JAPAN, for a story about the TOKYO CAR SHOW (in ball-point pen and water colour). The article claimed that the prestigious CAR OF THE YEAR award was won not on the merits of the car itself but on how much money was spent in the media campaign to win [READ MORE…]

Gummy Tuskers

 Posted by on June 2, 2010  Drawings, Illustration  Tagged with:
Jun 022010
 
Gummy Tuskers

Yet another picture from the Elephant book I did with my dad a few years ago. Like so many of the illustrations, this one tells a sad fact about the life of elephants. Specifically, the fact that so many males are being shot for their tusks that a form of unnatural selection is creating a population of elephants with stunted [READ MORE…]

BUSY

 Posted by on September 8, 2009  Drawings, Family, Illustration  Tagged with: ,
Sep 082009
 
BUSY

In honour of my Dad’s visit to San Francisco last week, here is another image from our elephant book collaboration from a year or two ago. My father and his wife Wendy landed here on the home-bound leg of an around the world trip, and I played host to them at my tiny apartment. I also took on the role [READ MORE…]

Digital Doodle

 Posted by on January 25, 2009  Character design, Doodling, Drawings, Illustration  Tagged with:
Jan 252009
 
Digital Doodle

Here is the preliminary digital sketch for the previous post, before I tidied it up and shifted the pose a little based on some feedback from my friend/client who I was doing the drawing for. There is something loose and fluid that I like about this earlier, scribbly version though. The finishing was all digital, done on my 15 inch [READ MORE…]

Creative Elephants

 Posted by on April 2, 2008  Drawings, Illustration  Tagged with:
Apr 022008
 
Creative Elephants

It has been a while since I posted any pictures from my Dad’s elephant limerick book. This one illustrates a news story (and accompanying limerick) about the Thai Elephant Orchestra. Elsewhere in Thailand, there are also elephants who can paint pictures, (the elephant book features a limerick about them too, see this earlier post for the illustration). The pachyderm artists [READ MORE…]