Monday, September 9, 2013

End of Summer Round-up

Been running around a bit too much to stay on top of this blog like I should. But the summer is over, so here are some highlights from the last while...

-My work for A Brain Is For Eating was featured on Muddy Colors, thanks to my good friend Dan Dos Santos!
...which resulted in these two young boys forever scarred.

-I did a second Graveyard Book illustration based off of another thumbnail that I really liked. 

-This illustration for Wall Street Journal printed incredibly large and I'm stoked about that. 

-Your smartphone is already obsolete for Scientific American

-And I did this on the side of all the rest of those things as a sample of more finished work aimed at YA publishers. Had a blast figuring this one out.

 Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Brain Is For Eating, now available!

A Brain Is For Eating is now available for purchase at!

And now you can also get your very own zombie food pyramid, to keep your undead well fed. Hang one in your kitchen by ordering here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Graveyard Book, The IMC

 I attended this year's Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA. It's a week long intensive, painting-based illustration workshop focusing mainly on narrative and adventure illustration. Many instructors are old friends, so it was a very fun week.

I also worked my ass off on this painting, inspired by Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Because of the fancy camera work by Irene Gallo and James Gurney, it became my most documented painting. Irene got some progress shots and Gurney caught me starting the paints in a very cool video here:

 Hope you dig it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spectrum 20

This year's Spectrum judges deemed this image worthy of inclusion.  
Pretty awesome to be included again, looking forward to seeing the book!

...and the book is available here {ahem}

Friday, April 5, 2013

More leaked zombie pics

Hitting crunch time on this, here are a couple newly finished illustrations for A Brain Is For Eating. Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scientific American's Skeptic column

Scientific American has a great skeptic column, usually dedicated to the various ways the human brain can malfunction and create one effect or another. There are great illustrations that go along with each article, and the subject matter is an illustrator's dream. Juicy stuff like why our brains deny/distort clear evidence, or how the brain creates consciousness.

I was lucky enough to be tasked with illustrating the recent issue. The column was skeptical of a brain surgeon's assertion that, during a near death experience, he'd had a glimpse of heaven. Seemed a sensitive issue for my normally irreverent approach to drawing.

Pretty much two approaches to the same idea. The 2nd beat of the image would show you that the brain is the culprit. 
Playing off the evidence and hallucination ideas, I thought it would be fun to draw pink elephants. I found out later they are pretty  much exclusively related to alcohol induced hallucination. Oops.

I knew going in that this was my strongest idea. It wasn't as goofy as the others and the relationship between brain and vision of heaven was more subtle. Using color to tie the elements together is somewhat new for me and I'm glad it worked out as well as it did. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Brain Is For Eating -in progress sneak peek

"So remember these rules, and follow the lead of your big zombie brothers when its time for the feed" 

"When hunting for packages just say with a roar, it's braaaaains you are after and you always want mooooore!"

Stay tuned for more underaged undead in the coming weeks.