Friday, October 31, 2014

Image Captures from Medical Narrative Project

Below are some images take from a second five-page short story that I'm collaborating on with a medical professor/ethicist who is using comics and graphics novels and teaching tools in his classes. He's been great to work with (and very patient, I might add, since I had to work this in around an extended full-time contract gig).

The images (except for the one full-page) are cropped images and not placed in any particular sequence.


A few sketches for a presentation on the use of archetypes in business marketing.

Marketing Postcards

So, the client wanted to engender some buzz surrounding a product that they are marketing to museums and historical societies who have collections. Many of these collections are unorganized, so, this product can help them organize and manage their collections and also share them digitally with other agencies. I was asked to come up with some teaser postcard concepts...which I did, and which the client really liked.

The theme is centered around humorous depictions of collections becoming too much for the person managing them to handle. Visually, I wanted to go slightly vintage without beating that over one's head, so I went with black and white line art with one spot color—which was very popular in the mid-20th century. (This approached allowed the image to stand out while also kept production time down since this was a small-budget project.)

Soldiering On

Final colored art for some printed cut-outs to be part of interactive kiosks in a museum installation about soldiers and their weapons of choice in America's major conflicts. It's for one of my recurring clients for whom working is always a pleasure—both from the standpoint of the type of projects and the great people with whom I get to work. Digital drawings on Cintiq.

WW2 Infantryman

WW2 Officer

WW2 Paratrooper

Modern Infantryman

Assorted Frames from Storyboards

I would like to show these storyboards in their entirety to demonstrate the storytelling aspects, but contractual limitations preclude that. So, I've published sample frames. These were all drawn digitally in Photoshop on a Cintiq tablet. I miss the interaction of brush on paper, but you can beat going straight digital for cutting down on production time and ease of revisions, when necessary. I would sometimes spend hours scanning and cleaning up hand-drawn art before being able to send it to the client.

Brush and Ink Sketches

These are some brush and ink drawings I did a few years back for a client who sells stock images to outfits who do etching and sandblasting. The job didn't pay great, but the volume was worth it (I think I did probably 200 or more drawings over a period of time). Because of both the low rate and the high volume, I couldn't labor over any of these. They had to be quick. And honestly, I think they are the better for it. I really like how much life the brush strokes have.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Once Drawn Twice Published

This is a week of professional firsts:

First time I've been published in a medical journal (not something I was ever anticipating). For those of you in the medical field who might read it, check out the "Missed It" article in the latest The Annals of Internal Medicine. (The issue has a paywall, so if you're not a regular subscriber, you won't be able to download the PDF.)

It's also the first time I've been published in a science magazine (the same paywall is at play here, as well)—

...and the first time I've been published twice in one week.

It all stems from my work with a medical ethicist and academic at Penn State, Dr. Michael Green MD, MS, FACP. He's one of the pioneers of a sub-field of medicine that uses comics and graphic novels to aid in doctor/patient understanding, patient/illness understanding as well as medical professionals' understanding of themselves. Our short story (he wrote and I drew) appears in its entirety in the AoIM and in part in Science Magazine. He's also a really good amateur photographer. I've encouraged him to try to exhibit locally.

Shown here is the small article from Science magazine.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Self Portrait

Here's a self-portrait I did that I'm submitting to a community self portrait exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. No, I don't live in Greenwich, but a colleague of mine who lives there demanded I enter it. So, perhaps I'm considered an honorary member of the community. All submitted portraits must be a 6x6-inch square format.

Friday, July 06, 2012

The Ku Klux Klan Retaliates—Colored (revised)

Compare with the previous uploaded image. I went in, lightened the image and added some good effect, I think. The sunrise orange reflecting on the KKK men gives them a bit more of a demonic appearance.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Ku Klux Klan Retaliates—Colored

Even though it's supposed to be set at dawn, I might have to lighten it a bit because some of the detail is getting lost.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Slaves Harvesting Hemp—Colored

I realized as I was coloring this that on the line art I had inadvertently drawn the scene with two light sources. So, I had to take some time to correct that. It's not perfect, but it's much less noticeable now (however, since I just told you, it will be more noticeable now).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Election Mayhem at the Lexington Courthouse

Getting the right to vote didn't always mean you were able to vote. Fights and gun shots are the order of the day as pro-slavery citizens and private militias attempt to keep blacks from voting.

Detail of previous image.