A commissioned project by Ed Christian of Exit Strategy Productions. I designed and created 5 characters for a presentation pitch to the Sesame Workshop. Master KJ and his 4 students would use the disciplines (respect, kindness, fitness, self-esteem etc.) learned from Taekwondo in everyday situations. All characters and logo were created by myself.
A small sample of logo packages and individual cartoon logos.
Tom Orent of Gems Insiders' Circle, a client of mine for over 4 years, hired me to illustrate 25 full color, full page cartoons based on his taglines to be used for direct mailing to his hundreds of members.
The largest brands in the world rely on mascots to create a “face” for their brand.
Always a fun process, brainstorming and sketching ideas for a cartoon mascot for a specific company. This is where problem-solving becomes crucial.
Not often is a mascot design left to a single individual’s approval, but yet an entire team’s approval, with each person having their own ideas.
Finding that happy balance of everyone’s contributions and still turning out a final product that is usable across all forms of advertising/marketing is an extremely rewarding feeling.
Not often enough do I get to explore other styles of digital painting, but when I do get the chance, I love to learn and explore with creating different looks.
Stepping away from the over-rendered, gradient filled, perfect shapes that have become “Cliché”, and instead think like a traditional oil painter and not just another Photoshop artist.
This is a sample of commissioned political style cartoons. I am supplied with a tagline from the client/writer and create the artwork emulating the style they request depending on the publication they are being submitted to (i.e. The New Yorker).
A wonderful series of children’s books I illustrated, “The adventures of Emily Funderbunk”. Turtle Soup being the first book, I wanted to give the illustrations a bright, almost T.V. cartoon feel and avoid the muted watercolor style that most children’s book offer. With lots of “over the shoulder” compositions and close-up, eye level views to really put the reader into each page. A wonderfully fun project and amazing author to collaborate with, K.S. Fish
A “How-Not-To” book written by Nate Taber. With over 30 full page cartoons, each with a tagline caption on “how NOT to break up your band”. From NOT getting married to NOT being the only sober one in the group. Lots of fun to work on, I was able to get a little goofy with some of the cartoons without worry of offending anyone.
An amazing tool for parents of a socially awkward child, or a developmentally disabled child. This parenting guide, written by Social Foundations founder Suzanne Tabachnick, provides tips and techniques for ensuring the child, as well as the parent, have the social intelligence needed for a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Illustrating nearly 20 full-color pages, this project was an amazing experience and education for myself.