Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Doctored Stuffing and a Poisoned Apple

The following gallery represents a sampling of recent illustrations, a diverse assemblage of style and tone, created for a variety of clients and individuals.

Fairy Tale Icons

Here are three sample gouache illustrations, commissioned by writer Amy Morgan, for her upcoming Fairy Tale Factory teaching site. When the site is running, I will showcase more of the more than two dozen pieces I created for this clever project.

Pot Recipe Icons

Here are seven cartoon characters I created for the Portland Mercury’s recent pre-Thanksgiving section of pot-themed recipes. Enjoy, however you will!

Yesterday’s Slugger

Here is a gouache illustration created for the birthday of a good friend, one of the most avid baseball fans I know.

A Real Bombshell

Here is the pencil rough, followed by the final art, of a recent commissioned T-shirt design.

Television Times Four

Here are four recent illustrations created for Wm. Steven Humphrey’s popular I Love Television column, appearing weekly in papers like Seattle’s The Stranger and the Portland Mercury.

Monday, November 3, 2008

J.W.E. Goes to Portland

This week I find myself in Portland, Oregon. And I do so without leaving home. I achieve this apparent act of teleportation by including five illustrations in a group show entitled DOOMSDAY 2012, which opens Thursday, November 6th at Hecklewood Gallery, located at 114 NW 3rd. Hours of the opening are 7PM to 9PM. Featured in the small group of diverse contributors, who will be offering up works that echo the title's theme of civilization's end, are artists such as Jim Blanchard and Ben Tegel. The show is curated by David Heinecke of Hellominor. Below are three of the pieces I will have available for purchase. If you happen to be in the Rose City that evening, stop and by and have a look, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Also this week in Portland, you can see my cover to the Portland Mercury. Hitting the printer on Election Day, it will be on the streets Nov. 5th, thus necessitating a flexible reflection on the election results. Working from art director Mark Searcy's creative concept, I came up with the following gouache illustration, based upon the topsy-turvy design of a playing card. If Barack Obama wins, its to be dagger held in victory, if not, it'll be a dagger to the head, in the form of the “suicide king of hearts”. The original art is now available for purchase at Comic Art Collective.