Friday, December 19, 2008

Kringle's Tree Farm

Kringle's Tree Farm

I developed this from a left-over sketch from a previous job.
Below is the sketch and a close up so you can see the texture. Click it to see it up close.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Some Eco illustrations

Obama fixing the environment RGB version
Stop Global Warming

My illustration rep, Lilla Rogers, gave us Lillastrators an assignment to produce some eco/green pieces. She included a story about Obama fixing the environment. So I illustrated that story, and did a more general one for global warming too.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Jet Lag Illustration

Jetlag Illustration
I did this for a magazine called Endless Vacation

Friday, October 24, 2008

Vote Early Poster

Vote Early
I was asked my my illustration rep, Lilla Rogers, to do a "Vote Early" poster.
Here is my submission. 21902

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Holiday Penguin

Holiday Penguin

Click below to see the detail:


Here is a sketch

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Santa Claus

Click to see the close up of the texture:
Santa close-up

The original sketch


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 Editor's Choice

I did a design for's derby theme: Motion awhile back. I didn't win, but I got an honorable mention. Then they had another derby with the honorable mentions from various themes, and I still didn't win. But apparently the editors at woot liked it enough to produce it.

The shirts are $10 the first day, and $15 the next. So get yours now! Click here

Some of my favorite comments from the forum on this shirt:

The 'cuteness' factor in most of these shirts is overwhelming, sugary, sticky.
Do you guys actually WEAR precious pink baby turtles???
How about some tees with testosterone? Grow a pair!

this style of illustration or maybe its the colors, something makes me quite uncomfortable

The best one:

Someone at Woot must have REALLY liked this shirt, considering it didn't even get 100 votes in its original derby and the double-take derby COMBINED...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cute Snowman

Click on pic below for close up on the texture 19331

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

DR Map: Final

I think this is the final. At least til I decide to revise it.
I was thinking how it could be in a magazine article about going from Santo Domingo to Santiago to Monte Cristi. So thats why those names are in red. 18994

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

DR map in process: pt 2

Still in the exploratory phase. But I'm liking the direction its going.

Friday, July 18, 2008

DR map in process

I'm working on a map of the Dominican Republic to try my hand at some map illustration.*
I lived in the Dominican Republic for a over 2 years 1993-1995 in the Peace Corps.

I'm trying out a few different things. I especially want to do some hand lettering. I got some new brush pens from

Also, I'm trying to incorporate some fake halftoning too.

I'm still working on some new lettering. Then I need to do some small illustrations for the various cities and regions.

*I used to work at a company called ESRI, that makes GIS software. I was a graphic designer there. But when my friends from high school asked me dad what kind of work I was doing, he said "John is making maps." So its been a running joke for over 10 years, where they ask me if I still am making maps.

Monday, June 23, 2008 Theme: Slogans

Here are a few designs from the Slogans week. Coffee is for Closers was rejected because there was a similar shirt out there. But not with the cool Dunkin Donuts font.

Friday, May 23, 2008 Derby Summer Entry theme: Summer

If you have a woot login, vote for it here:

Update: I ended up with 186 votes, 20th place. And I got me 3rd Honorable Mention from Woot:
"Melt With You by redcoulter
Puts the "i" in "funniy"."

Monday, April 28, 2008 Derby Motherhood Entry

Meowbot 3000: entry
My second attempt for the Theme: Motherhood.

I know robots are big on Woot, and me and a friend were joking around about having a cat feeding a robot, and the image kind of stuck in my head.

Vote here if you have a woot account. or leave a comment on there:

I got Honorable Mention again.
quote: Meowbot 3000 by redcoulter
Who needs artificial intelligence when you've got artificial cuteness?
I ended up with 115 votes, 30th place.

I got a mention on as well:
quote: ..And Mine
There's too many already but have to at least mention RedCoulter's cute/weird "MeowBot 3000"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Woot Shirt Derby: Turtle Rage

Turtle Rage

Here is my first submission for the woot shirt derby theme: Motion
Vote for it here if you have every used woot.

So in the final I got 51 votes, 90th place. Which was pretty disheartening considering the crap that got more votes. But I ended up being in the Woot editors first every honorable mention category. Basically stuff they thought was good that lost.
Turtle Rage by redcoulter
Atomic Age awesomeness, from somebody who likes all the right children's books.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Urban Chicken

Urban Chicken
This was for an article in Denver's 5280 magazine, about raising chickens in the city.
Below is the illustration in the layout. 14747

Sunday, January 27, 2008

From the Illustration Vault: Out Magazine

I found this in my archives. It was one of a few illustrations I did for Out Magazine (not that there's anything wrong with that...).

This was for a story about an old guy who was in the closet at his nursing home, and his younger boyfriend comes to visit, and the old guy is afraid that he'll be outed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008