from christmas past

a couple of old designs I had lying around...hope everyone has a great holiday and a prosperous new year.


brushing pets

I did this for an article on pet dental hygiene for Family Circle magazine a while back. I'd hate to see the hairballs that get clogged in that drain...


mudpuppy dino puzzle

Hey everybody! I know it's been a really long time since my last post and I hang my head in blogger shame. I've been super busy working on all kinds of fun stuff that I hope to share at a later date. Until then, I just found out that the dinosaur puzzle I did for Mudpuppy is out just in time for the holidays. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Check it out here!


monster rockstar

He may not be the most ferocious monster in the world, but he can still play one mean guitar.



This summer, I had the opportunity to make a new friend. Originally from Macau, Neiko Ng is a student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I met her while she was interning here in Cleveland over the summer. An amazing talent with a wonderfully charming style, Neiko was always making me laugh with her sly sense of humor. She's back in San Fran now starting her last year and I miss her already.

One morning, she saw me doodling during a meeting, and asked me if she could make a copy of a lion I had just scribbled in my sketchbook. The result was this fantastic little cut paper lion she made and gave to me before she left. I've posted it here, along with a few other pieces I snatched from her blog. Make sure you check out her stuff on her blog and website.

Good luck Neiko-I'm sure you will do very well after graduation!



This is a piece I did this for an issue of Today's Parent a few months back but since it fits the Illustration Friday topic nicely, I thought I'd link it up. The article provides tips for talking to your kids about their report cards. I really enjoy illustrating these articles. The art director, Nicole Chung, is such a pleasure to work with, plus I always seem to learn something along the way!


sleeping pups

I've curled up and fallen asleep in in my womb chair many times, but not quite in this position!
This piece is something I did for a project that never went anywhere so I thought I'd share it.
Hope everyone's having a great weekend.


worried daddy

Hi everybody! Hope everyone's having a great summer so far. I'm hoping to wrap up all my big projects by mid July, and hopefully things will return to a normal pace. I can't wait to share some of these new pieces I've been working on, but unfortunately I can't just yet.

Anyway, here's a piece I did a while back for Today's Parent magazine. The article discusses the extremes some new parents go to to make sure their baby is safe while they sleep, including spending the night on a mattress next to the crib.



I'm still buried under a pile of projects, but there's finally light at the end of the tunnel. I can't wait to get back to visiting all my favorite blogs to see what you've all been up to. Until then, here's another little piece I did recently. It's pretty fitting, since it's done nothing but rain all spring, and I think we're all feeling a bit soaked. Bring on the sunshine!


kids birthday cards

Hey everybody! I know my posts have been a bit scarce these days, but i've been super busy working on some really fun projects.
Not that I'm complaining-it's good to be busy. I can't show any of them yet, but I will post them when I can.

Anyway, I wanted to share a few kid's birthday cards I did recently. I'm really happy with the way they turned out-I wanted to keep them simple and fun, with a limited color pallet. I had a lot of fun with these. They're available now at a Target store near you!


jungle pals

I just started playing around with a new photoshop brush this week, and what started as a doodle evolved into this. I rarely use brushes in photoshop but I think I'm going to to mess around with them a little more. I like the spontaneity and unlike a real brush, there's always that 'command z' to fall back on.



I have a million other things I should be doing, but this popped into my head when I saw the Illustration Friday word was 'swarm'...sorry, I just can't resist a bad pun.


big bad book of crosswords

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to illustrate the cover of the latest New York Times crossword puzzle book for St. Martin's Press. I illustrated the wolf, and the publishing company added the type and did a few color changes. Of course I totally obsessed over this one-I probably did about 50 sketches of different wolf characters before I finally settled on this guy. Now all I need is 49 more jobs with a reclining wolf, and I'd be all set.


catered cafe

Here's my latest illustration for Today's Parent magazine. The article is about parents actually hiring a caterer to feed their kids healthy, nutritious and trendy lunches in the school cafeteria. I don't know, I kinda liked those pizza burgers and tater tots I grew up eating in my grade school cafeteria.


my friend, corey 1976-2010

This picture was taken in front of a painting at
the Carnegie Mellon museum in Pittsburgh.

man in hat

south 47

I'm sorry to have to start my new year's blog on such a low note. I am so sad to say that my good friend, Corey Parker passed away on December 30th, after a year and a half battle with cancer. Corey was a fantastic artist with a great sense of humor. He was a very genuine person, with no pretenses. Corey loved to pull pranks, and always kept a positive attitude, right up until the very end. I will miss him very much.

Check out more of his work here.