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Recent Endeavors
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Here are some recent assignments that I've had some fun working on.
Cameron Douglas and his lawyer friend Jennifer Ridha for Psychology Today Magazine. The story is on how they, or she, fell head over heels in love. Then, she tried to help him out by smuggling some pills in to prison for him. Art Director, Ed Levine.

A detail...

Herewith, some accompanying smaller illos:

The alleged perpetrator brought in said pills with the assistance and full cooperation of balloons via brassiere. When the coppers banged on her door at 5AM, she had a hunch it was not just to bring coffee and donuts and chat about a parking violation.

Off to your left, you'll find a gouache demo/study I painted of Cameron Douglas (while working on the Psychology Today assignment) for my wonderful students at New Hampshire Institute of Art. Looking to your right, another demo. This time, a monotype having absolutely nothing to do with Cameron Douglas. Gary Kelly had just visited the school, and gave a great monotype demo. These things are fun to do.

For Mother Jones - Carolyn Perot, Art Director. article talks about a field day for digging up past dirt on Clintons.

I preferred the earlier round of roughs which gave focus to one Larry Nichols, longtime Clinton foe, and set at an archeological dig site. Digging up dirt. Editors wanted to go with the Raiders angle.

Tony Mikolajczyk, Art Director at Men's Health Magazine needed a road trip map, so I gladly drew one for him. And colored most of it in at no extra charge.

How To Speed Up Baseball, for The Wall Street Journal. Manny Valez, Art Director. This was a cover for the Arena section.

Best New Gift Ideas for 2014
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Here is your Holiday Shopping Catalog Collection Featuring the Best New Gift Ideas for 2014. I know there are a lot of last minute shoppers out here - and I like to help out in any way I can. They have great customer service and free shipping. Such a great resource.
 
THE WASHABLE HAIRY PAJAMA.
These are the pajamas that combine the luxurious softness of Dunstable horse hair with the carefree convenience of a machine washable wearable. Trot your little pony from stable to bedroom in equine style with our 100% bug free guarantee. Features our fragrant No-itch Hay Liner® - adding genuine barnyard aroma to your sleepy dream experience.
$149.99
THE WALK-ON-AIR SHORTWAVE RADIO SLIDES.
These are the indoor/outdoor slides that pull in low-frequency experimental communications - from Chicago to Chittaurgarh - while allowing the feet to rest on a cushion of air. Listen to civilian aircraft radio transmissions while shuffling through the breezeway and never get caught out of the loop again.
$79.99
THE ROYAL NAVY MUD BUTTON DUFFLE COAT.
Handmade be Felix Petit, former apparel supplier to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces since, like, 1890, this is as close as you can get to the genuine Royal Navy Duffle. Oversized pockets on the sides - and shoulders - provide ample storage for survival gear that commuters need. Our buffalo horn toggles have been updated and redesigned, replaced with hand selected, eco-friendly kiln-dried Canadian mud - creating a toggle shaped button ensuring a 100% organic, animal friendly coat closure.
$699.99
THE VOICE CLARIFYING TYRANNOSAURUS HEAD AMPLIFIER
This digital earpiece amplifies, clarifies, and gets the attention you need, seek and deserve. An advanced microchip amplifies human speech frequencies above background noise. T-Rex’s eyes flash neon red as he lets out a hearty roar every 10 minutes to keep you and those nearby on their toes and fully aware of his totally non-extinct presence.
$9.99 / pair
THE MEGA PULL CORD CORDLESS READING LAMP
This is the rechargeable reading lamp that provides bright light anywhere. We removed the power cord, but quadrupled the pull cord making it as big as a garden hose and easy to grab from any position. It’s the most massive on-off pull cord for a cordless lamp allowed by law. Switch to the On-the-Road® setting and light changes intermittently from green, to yellow, to red, giving a unique traffic urgency characteristic, which many readers find relaxing.
$57.99
THE JITTER PILLOW.
Using patented technologies developed from NASA to help keep astronauts awake in space, this is the pillow that will jolt you out of the sleepiest daze. Millions of microcapsules inside are programmed to burst alive and vibrate when the main microprocessor senses you dozing into a dream state. If you don’t want to waste your life sleeping, this is the hypoallergenic spiral-crimped solution you’ve been dreaming about.
$199.99
THE LOW IMPACT KARDASHIAN FOLDAWAY SHAPER STRIDER.
This is the exercise strider that provides a cardiovascular workout thats gentle on the joints yet buns bustin’ bitchin’ when it comes to the situation ‘round back. Designed by former olympian Bruce Jenner while performing community service in the Santa Barbara Elks Club annual retreat, this little unit folds conveniently under a bed or into a closet so when weeks roll by unused, it won’t take up valuable space for your other exercise equipment.
$229.95
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST AUTOMATIC UMBRELLA.
Carried inconspicuously in your favorite polyester slacks or woolen trouser pockets, this is the smallest umbrella available. Only 6” long when closed, the umbrella instantly deploys its generous 14” canopy with the push of a button. When used with our COLOSSAL COLLAR MAN JACKET OF SUEDE, you’ll be raindrop free through most storms that would have the audacity to come blowing your way.
$29.95
THE SOCK.
Just a sock. A white sock.
$29.99 / pair or $19.99 each
DELUXE FACE PEARS
Premium fruit, 100% organically grown, then genetically modified and expertly manipulated by our team of eager horticultural designers to enable each pear to magically produce a unique face image - just at their peak of delicious ripeness. See a face? You know it is time to snack.
6 / $29.95
BABY’S LITTLE ANGRY LAMB SLEEP SOUND PLUSH.
Winner of the Parent’s Best Award for Creativity in the Bedroom, this little lamb teddy encourages your infant to close their tiny eyes and sleep. Our research has shown that young ones would rather sleep than look at an angry lamb face. This unique teddy generates 56 different sounds to lull infants to sleep - and keep ‘em there! Gentile versions of some of rock and country’s favorites like Smoke On The Water, Hell’s Bells, Cat Scratch Fever, and, How Can I Miss You if You Won’t Go Away, are sure bets when it comes to lullabies for the little ones.
Frogfolio & Aesop's
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A few Saturdays ago, Jim Burke and his family were over for some dinner. Along with a fine bottle of wine, he brought a Frogfolio calendar project for me to create, due that coming Friday. Excited for sure, but I had a number of assignments due the same week. (Ugh!) Ah, the life of an illustrator!
The Frogfolio calendars will be available in September - online ordering info to come for all frog-loving parties interested.
A detail and sketches follow.


Re: the title of this piece - does anybody remember Flit? Or seeing the ad campaigns in old publications? It was bug killer in the late 20's to the 50's containing DDT in the later years. Theodor Suess Geisel created artwork for the long running campaign.
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Many thanks to Jim Burke - I've admired the calendars he has art directed so well for so many years and am glad to be a part of this series. Jim and a number of illustrators have garnered something like 8 medals from the Society of Illustrators over the years for their calendar illustrations.
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I am currently working on re-writing / re-interpreting and illustrating a collection of Aesop's Fables. This is a personal project that I am working on and will search for a publisher soon. Not really sure about the feasability of this, but it is worth a try! If anyone has a thought as to who or what publisher might have interest in this ballpark, I'd be eager to hear. (Thx!)

While some of the fables I am totally re-creating, the Bear / Grim Reaper stays pretty close to the original story, only substituting an old bear with blueberries for the old man: Old man carrying bundle of sticks throws them down in exhaustion asks for death to come take him. Death appears and asks, 'did you call me?" - to which the old man replies, "Oh, yes, would you help me pick up these sticks I have dropped?" Moral: Be careful what you wish for - or, We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified...

Visit Your Local Mall Campaign
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When Art Director Morten Jacobsen from Zing in Denmark contacted me about the Visit Your Local Mall campaign, I hung up the phone because I didn’t like the snarly tone in his voice. But luckily, he called back a few days later, sporting a new attitude and what must have been a fresh pair of slacks. Starting this month in over 2,900 malls across America (only malls consisting of no fewer than three stores and having at least one food court, snack van or vending capability on-site), the Visit Your Local Mall Today poster push begins. The object is simply to raise awareness of the importance - as well as the entertainment value - of shopping, and to attempt to jump-start our anemic economy, nudging our GDP upwards and slowing the rate of a sinking social morale. Some early results are in, and the numbers look good. Over 7% of those without pre-existing mall shopping experience have expressed interest in a possible mall visit “in the near or not-to-distant” future. This is a good thing.

Creative Director Bekka Gothersgade could not have been better to work with, although many of the late night calls veered off track a tad and got kind of personal for me (Hi Bekka!). And thanks to Senior Branding guru Erics Van Tuborgs for his insight and disturbing, sick sense of humor - without which, we could not have completed this on time.

So get out and shop! And don’t forget your wallet.

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