Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some Thanksgiving Thankful-ness.

Well here's hoping a note in a batch of pixels that constitute this blog can express a little gratitude here on Thanksgiving:  I'm thankful for my wife and daughters: I enjoy them every minute of the day.  Somewhere among those minutes of every day I thank my lucky stars for the ability to draw for a living ( even an occasional hand turkey ) and to do so for genuinely good, interesting and enjoyable people:  I'm most grateful for their trust in me.  And I thank any and all who take a look at this blog and find something interesting or amusing. 
If not now then soon.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shelf Whimsy

Series of illustrations for a Chicago food company and their line of tasty fruit treats. 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Full-Course Illustration, check please!

Finish off with a refreshing mint?
Hey you've got a little sauce on your chin...

Full-Course Illustration Part 3

Dive into dessert as sweet as they were quick to draw...

Full-Course Illustration Part 2

Hey lets dig right into the main course...

Full-Course Illustration

With Thanksgiving on the way I thought it high-time to dig out the 'marker feedbag of illustration' and deliver a heapin' helpin' of samples. Lets kick it off with a snack for the kids...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Carried my under-used sketchbook for something to do in anticipation of a long line to vote.  Turned out there was no waiting, so I took advantage of the warm, sunny day to sit outside and scrawl out a quick sketch as I enjoyed a free Starbucks coffee ( I sprung for a scone ) and watch a small plane circle in the clear blue sky.  A serene scene for what I hope is a day of minimum voting hi-jinks and maximum results!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Eve. No more recounts!

Remember the days of hanging chads and machine malfunctions? Hopefully all a distant memory tomorrow as a strong turnout and lessons learned puts this years election in the bag early! This illustration appeared in the Chicago Reader

Friday, October 31, 2008

Idiotes Guide to Election '08

Take a break from the intensity of the campaign for a moment to check out how my plumber
friend has put his plunger to good use

Happy Halloween!

I've fallen behind the Halloween thing since Milwaukee held Trick or Treat LAST Sunday afternoon- October 26. Throw in a stubborn cold and a Ideation/quick-sketching session in Chicago this week, and I'm down to the wire with this Halloween image. Well, here's to big bags of goodies! BTW- whats your favorite candy bar?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kitchen and Bath Bouquet

A lovely bouquet proposed for a national Kitchen and Bath supply company.  I figure it could help 'Joe the Plumber' chase those blues away after having his story spring a few leaks!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Joe- the Plunger?

Here's what could serve as illustrated proof of a rudimentary early attempt at the craft of plumbing by "Joe the Plumber" (note unshaved dome). 
Is it really Joe? Is he really a plumber?

Actually, this is a illustration I did a few years ago as part of a humorous product concept for my good friend and colleague Russ Schoen. Russ is a expert trainer, facilitator, and speaker in the field of creativity, innovation and leadership (though he probably couldn't help you with plumbing). 

Pay him a visit at 

Image ©2006 Mindgarden Innovation Inc. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I opened the archives and found these images in response to a client request. In no particular order, here's some greeting cards, ideation quick-sketch, and a marketing concept...

... speaking of vehicles, I used to own a 1965 Mercury Comet. It was white with a super-clean red interior, "three-on-the-tree" and a AM radio with crystal-clear reception ( the best way to listen to classic country on WSM out of Nashville ). Of course, it was my best car I've ever owned. Hey, do you have a favorite car? grandpa's wagon?, your pal's Pacer? maybe even a soap box derby racer or (gulp) a Segway?

SPECIAL OFFER: The first three readers to email me with their favorite set of wheels will receive a quick and cool illustration of it back from me. Hurry, this 
is a limited time offer!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Event Concepts

Illustrations for a museum proposal proving that if you don't get invited to a party, just draw one!

Event Concepts

Some event concepts executed in a fast and loose style. Not to mention a liberal use of orange markers.  Personally I like the flapping laundry in the basket on top of the moon walk.
( Please note I've eliminated any and all logos to protect clients and/or customers and will do so throughout the blog)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Promotional Postcards from the past few months.

A show of postcards I created the last quarter of '07: a Sharpie pen/lasso wielding cowboy, working the graveyard shift, a mini-Macy's Parade drama, and a unusual buck here in deer country (relax hunters, he's already full of lead!)