Monday, October 1, 2012

BARK PARK: an ARFabet book

I'm so excited to announce my Kickstarter project. BARK PARK is an ARFabet book of scratchboard illustrations that celebrates the alphabet with a letter-by-letter listing of dog breeds. I hope to communicate the unique inner dog-ness of each dog with my self-generated style of scratchboard. My love of messy ink and precise line work come together in surprising ways on each page. I've created a Kickstarter campaign to help me actualize this dream. You can join the effort by buying a signed copy of the book, an E-Book, archival fine arf prints, and much more.

Please take a moment to check the Kickstarter campaign.

To promote the project, I'll also be drawing a dog a day on my new Daily Dog Scratch Blog at

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Seal Walk

Those of you who know me know that I love animals. You can probably imagine my delight when this job from HUE Magazine came my way. Not only did I get to draw animals for the magazine, I also got to go on one of the CRESLI seal walks with Professor Kopelman and saw seals (and lots of very interesting birds) in their natural habitat in the Hamptons. It was an incredible experience. Big thanks go out to Alex and the rest of the HUE team!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Mikey in King Pigeon

Drawing Gina in Camel Pose

This past Saturday, I went to Steamtown Hot Yoga in Scranton, PA and did some live sketching of the amazing folks there.  Unsurprisingly, yogis are very good at holding poses, but the poses are so much more intense than anything I have ever sketched before.  I tried to keep my sketches quick, around a minute, though I did not have a timer so I really don't know for sure.  I did over 15 drawings and had a great time hanging out with everyone at SHY.  Big thanks go out to Lara, John, and everyone in the Steamtown community!

John in a Toe Stand
Stephanie in Bow

Samantha in Camel Pose

John and Lara in an amazing Couple's Pose

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ponca Playhouse, Another Season

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

These are the new posters I illustrated for the Ponca Playhouse, the community theatre in my hometown.  I created posters for the season last year, and it was fun to interpret a new season of plays.  Big thanks to everyone at the Playhouse!

Little Shop of Horrors

Moonlight and Magnolias

On Golden Pond

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Critters, Another Show

Here are 3 new animal scratchboards completed for a show in Scranton, PA that just came down this weekend at New Visions Studio Gallery.

I also did a live scratchboard demo at the gallery where I scratched a goose from start to finish.
Here are some articles that have been written about the show:
The Electric City: The Artists' Studio
Go Lackawana: Artist at work

 Big thanks to everyone at New Visions for their help with the exhibition and to everyone who came out to see the show.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


This is a poster for the band KINGS, a queercore alt-country trio based in Brooklyn. Please do yourself a favor and listen to their music. I have heard every recording and have seen them play in the flesh -- they are truly incredible. Special thanks to my long-time friend Robert for asking me to make a gig poster for his amazing band.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wire Works Gin

After anxiously waiting for product shots, I'm so excited to show you the gin labels I illustrated. I provided two small scratchboard illustrations for the labels of Wire Works Gin, a new gin from GrandTen Distilling in Boston.

Big thanks to Alexis (the AD), Matt, and everyone at GrandTen for an incredibly fun project! I can't wait to taste the final result!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Sex Workers Project

This is an illustration for the cover of a report that came out today from the Sex Workers Project detailing the impact of using condoms as evidence of prostitution in New York City. They have decided to use it as the logo for the campaign -- it is on labels, websites, and made the rounds in Albany yesterday. The SWP is a project at the Urban Justice Center that provides legal services and engages in documentation and policy advocacy for sex workers. They are an amazing organization, and you should support them. I suggest that everyone take a moment out of their day to think about this issue and all of the ramifications. I find it very unsettling that this happens in a city we all perceive to be fairly progressive. It needs to stop. Now.

Here are some chilling quotes from the report...

"They assume if you have a condom, you’re a prostitute."
37-year-old female, Manhattan

"Carrying condoms should not be a crime."
25-year-old transsexual Latina

“Why would [you] give a prostitute a condom? I’m just going to arrest her. You’re giving me more of a reason to write her up.”
Police officer, according to 19-year-old harm reduction service user

The Sex Workers Project is fighting to stop this practice. Check out this article from the NY Times to learn more.

Thanks go out to Sienna from the SWP -- for this job and for fighting for justice every day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sound Affects

This illustration is in the upcoming issue of AV Technology Magazine for an article that deals with room acoustics in conference rooms. The magazine also had me lay out the type so it could be integrated with the illo. It was really fun to work text into my illustration. I always love working with the folks at AVT -- thanks for another fun problem solving opportunity, Margot and Nicole!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cloud-based Videoconferencing

This full-page illustration will be in the April issue of AV Technology magazine. They wanted something that would explain the concept to the reader that was also something more visually interesting than a simple infographic. I made the "cloud" itself by layering reversed ink washes to make it feel more organic and airy. It is always a pleasure to work with AVT -- thanks again, Margot and Nicole!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The iPad: Ready for Pro AV?

This illustration is on the cover of the March issue of Sound & Video Contractor. The issue focuses on using the iPad (and other tablets) to run complex AV systems. Here, an AV schematic comes to life, but its stability is questionable.

I also did a full-page interior illustration for the issue. The article compares and contrasts the iPad and various Android-based tablets to help their readers decide which device would be best for their needs.

Thanks to Cynthia, Jessaca, and Nicole for these great assignments!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DV Expo East

This illustration is for DV Expo East, a digital video show in New York this summer where new devices and gear are exhibited. The art director wanted me to incorporate the NY skyline and the devices to create a 1/3 page illustration that faded at the edges (and allowed the type logo to fit nicely below) and used the colors they had pre-selected for the show. Big thanks to Adrianne for a very fun assignment!

Here is an ad in the latest issue of DV magazine that shows the illustration in action:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bringing it into Focus

Here is a new illustration for the Feb/March Edition of AV Technology Magazine. The article is about 3D/HD video, so I played with the idea of focus. It's always a pleasure to work with AVT. Thanks again, Margot and Nicole!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stepping into the Digital Classroom

This illustration is the cover for an e-book produced by AV Technology Magazine. I had a great time coming up with an interesting solution. I wanted to incorporate the idea of technology fueled learning spaces, their users (both students and professors), with a nod to the idea of moving forward into the future. I always love working with AVT -- illustrating for a technology magazine has unique challenges that I truly enjoy. Thanks, Margot and Nicole!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


This illustration is in the January issue of AV Technology. I love coming up with interesting solutions for very technical ideas, so I am always thrilled to work with AVT. I'm working on some illustrations for upcoming issues now. Thanks, Margot and Nicole!

From the article: "Creating a tree-shaped network, with the root at the source of the media stream and customers at the end of the branches, and combining multicast addressing, makes efficient use of the network."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Double Dog Dare

Lacey, one of my dearest forever-friends, commissioned me to scratch these dachshund portraits for her husband Jarod. She sent me reference photos of their pups Charlie and George, and I did my best to capture their personalities. The portraits are ink on clayboard panels with wood cradles, so they can be hung side by side without glass. I love drawing dogs, so I had a blast drawing these guys. Plus, I even got to meet Charlie and George when I was in Oklahoma over the holidays. Thanks, Lacey!