Monday, December 21, 2009

The Daily Beard

I was featured on a site called "Daily Beard."
I can't seem to find who is behind the site, but there are lots of other cool illustrators on it.
I just put it on my Google Reader.

Little Chimp Society Newsletter

Thanks to Darren et al for featuring me in the Little Chimp Society newsletter.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Must Be Santa

Must Be Santa
I was experimenting a little with offset color techniques here. And making it look like an old film still too. I showed this to my 8 year old daughter, and she asked me if the bottom part was "sand or snow?" So maybe that old paper color is too much....

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Seattle Met: The Final Straw

Seattle Met: Strawhouse
This was for an article for Seattle Met magazine. The art director, Ben Purvis, (who I used to work with at the Greenspun Media Group) does amazing work. See his site here and blog here.
Seattle Met Layout
Click the image below to see a closeup of the textures:
Seattle Met: Strawhouse closeup

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Holiday Cards for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Kissing Birds
Snowmen Carolers

I did 2 pro bono card designs for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery in association with an ad agency in Minneapolis called Periscope. Click here to buy them. Here are my sketches. The mistletoe was removed by the client. I'm not sure why .

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Online Target Gift Card: Snowboarding Polar Bear

I just noticed you can order my Target gift card online here. It shows it as the whole card and not die-cut.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My someecard

I have been saying this for years, when someone asks what to get me for my birthday and Christmas. has a "create your own" option. So I made one. Click the card to send this or create your own.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Welcome Jenn Skiiers

Jenn Ski, one of my fellow Lillastrators, asked me to do an interview for her blog.

Thanks Jenn for the opportunity!
Click here to read the interview.

Target Gift Card: Snowboarding Polar Bear

Target Gift Card: Snowboarding Bear Die-cut
My Target Gift Card is finally in the stores. About 2 years ago, I did a fake Target Gift card for Spring. And I sent it to Target. It must have got their attention because they asked me to do some winter holiday ideas. Below are the preliminary sketches, the full version with background (before they decided to make it a die-cut), a shot of it in the stores and an alternate color version.

Click images for larger versions:

Target Gift Card: Snowboarding Bear

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Illustration Friday: Fast

Illustration Friday: Fast

Cheetah is the fastest land animal and the pronghorn antelope is the 2nd fastest.
I usually use Adobe Illustrator to do the basic shapes, but for this one, I decided to just use brushes direct in Photoshop.

This was inspired by the 1980s era Safari Cards. I used to get samples of these cards in the mail when I was a kid.

Here is my sketch:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yummy Fresh Grain Feed

Wow! This is a good week for me. A friend just told me he saw my Wild Things illustration on grain edit. grain edit is one of my favorite blogs. So its a great honor to be featured along some of my favorite illustrators like Alberto Cerriteño and Meg Hunt

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Share Some Candy

I posted a few illustrations on Share Some Candy's flickr and they posted my Magnify illustration. Its a cool site. One of my favorites in my Google Reader.

(by the way if you haven't tried Google Reader, you must, it will change the way you look at the internet. )

Friday, October 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Featured Artist: Illustration Works

A bunch of my "old style" illustrations are up on Illustration Works (which also partners with Getty Images and Corbis). And I'm the featured artist for September. The first image is from a promotional email. It kind of makes it look like I specialize in smoking imagery.
Click here if you want to see some mid 90s era Coulter.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Illustration Friday: Magnify version 2

Illustration Friday: Magnify version 2
Some people were having trouble making out the insect burning. So I revised it.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Illustration Friday: Magnify

Illustration Friday: Magnify
Its been a looooooong time since I've done Illustration Friday, but I wanted to try out this offset CMYK method.
(where it looks like the plates are out of whack). This is sort of a self-portrait. I hope you all like it. 2360

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Little Chimp Society Newsletter

Little Chimp Society is a cool illustration news portal. My Green Hotels illustration was just featured in their email newsletter. Thanks Darren!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lola Mag

I just received the Lola magazine with my illustration. I like how how the art director,
Annie Rosen, incorporated the love molecules in the headline.

Also, here is the original sketch.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Gracias a Illustration Mundo

Welcome to visitors from illustrationmudo. I was thrilled to be blogged by the illustrious Nate Williams on illustrationmundo today.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Frederik Jurk

I'm a big fan of illustrator Frederik Jurk. So I was elated when he left a comment on my work on flickr:
You have really mastered this warm, brittle nostalgic style.
I love that description of my "new style."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry
Lola magazine. For an article about the link between brain chemistry and love.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Style #10: Drink To Your Health

Finally got to double digits on the new style. Here is something I've been working on, for an article that I saw in Sunset Magazine called:
"Drink to your health; Stop in for a tea tasting at the new breed of bar opening up across the West."

Drink to your health v.1
Drink to your health v.1

I reduced the size of the head at the behest of my rep. I still kind of like the larger head. Tell me which one you like better in the comments.

A little background on the caduceus (that intertwined snake/medical symbol) with tea leaves (instead of feathers). I based it on Haitian voodoo symbols, called "veve's"


Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Style #9: Le Diable Vert

Le Diable Vert closeup
I saw a blog "covered" where illustrators "cover" a comic book cover in their own style.
I was inspired to do my own cover of a vintage 1906 poster by Leonetto Cappiello, for a wine called Maurin Quina.

I changed it to an absinthe, and with the help of my French friend, David, he helped me come up with:
Le Diable Vert, (The Green Devil).
"Laissez sortir votre diable" means "Let your devil come out"

Apparently there really is an absinthe called "Le Diable Vert" I need to try it.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Style #8: Morning Glory Botanical

Morning Glory
My second attempt at a botanical.
I guess since poppies and morning glories are both considered a "medicinal" plant, I now have a theme.

Friday, May 15, 2009

News: Target Gift Card for Winter Holiday 2009

Over a year ago I did a fake Target Gift Card.

Then back in October 2008, I got a request for sketches for Christmas gift card ideas. 2 of those ideas were chosen to go to final. Today I got word, that one of the cards was chosen to be produced for Winter Holiday 2009. Once its produced, I'll put up an image.

The art director at Target was amazingly great and easy to work with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009