Monday, March 25, 2013

HorrorHound Weekend

I had a fantastic time at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati. It was my first convention appearance and I had a lot of fun meeting people, including many of my friends I've only met online. While I was there I got to meet and present prints to Sarah Wayne Callies and Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead. And on top of all that, my Norman Reedus illustration made it on the cover of the convention exclusive issue of HorrorHound Magazine. Special thanks go to Marc Draven of Ink Fusion and to Nathan Hanneman of HorrorHound for putting my work on the cover.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Merle Dixon

I think I've made my affection for The Walking Dead pretty clear by now. Next weekend (March 22-24), I'm very happy to be making my first convention appearance at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati. I'll be selling a number of prints, including this brand new one featuring some of the guests of honor, the great Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus (and the great David Morrisey, who won't be at the con). If you're going to be attending the convention, I hope you'll stop by my table and say hi.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Leader's Edge

My newest spot illustration for Leader's Edge Magazine is out now. The subject this month is an insurance company president named Scott Trofholz. Typically, when I'm doing an editorial illustration job about someone I know nothing about the Creative Director will provide me with the copy for the article and I'll read through it and jot down some ideas based on any interesting things the interview subject might have revealed about himself. In this case, the interviewee focused heavily on his interest in hunting and fishing in his spare time. On it's surface, that alone didn't seem to allow much room for being funny, but then I got the idea to juxtapose the two sports and then things started to work. I knew I was on the right track the first time I did a quick doodle of the guy hauling a deer out of the water on the end of his fishing rod and it made me laugh out loud. In total, I submitted three sketches, and I would have been happy to paint any of them (professional note: when submitting sketches, make sure you like them all because you'll regret it later on if the sketch that gets chosen is an idea you hated from the start). But I'm especially glad that new Creative Director Brad Latham chose my favorite of the three.