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illustration of All people on earth, all the wildlife the earth supports, all need certain things to survive. We all have a common ground. We need food, water, light to see and to grow our food, air for breathing, and abode or habitat. This whimsical symbolic representation serves to make these requirements clear.
illustration of A pair of daffodils, drawn in Illustrator and rendered in Photoshop, against a red-violet background. Objects such as these are often rendered independently of a background so that multiple configurations and any background can be used, creating a modular, and very versatile, illustration.
illustration of Illustration of a Honda Shadow motorcycle, drawn in Illustrator and rendered in Photoshop. Multiple photo references, at multiple angles, were used for accurate detail reference. The drawing layers and individual paths were exported and used for masks on the rendering. This motorcycle illustration was created with a transparent background so that any background can be dropped in for ultimate versatility.
illustration of This kitchen illustration was created for a cookbook and features some interesting elements. The plant vines and ivy decoration are custom Illustrator brushes, created from some original vector illustration work. Watercolor brushes were used for some of the textures; however, the fried chicken texture was a multi-layered illustration created in Photoshop, just for this piece. The triadic color scheme creates an overall cool illustration, with some warmth and a touch of contrast.
illustration of V-twin engine illustration against a rippled American flag. All vector art with the exception of the roadway photo on the air cleaner cover and primary (and very faintly on the cylinder heads).  The engine is made up of gradient mesh objects in illustrator, with some gradients and blends. The flag is all adjacent gradient mesh objects, except for the wrinkle in the blue star field, which uses a gradient mesh object as an overlay.
illustration of This illustration is nearly as much of a vintage model as the car itself. The drawing and rendering were done in Photoshop from several black and white reference photos. The reference material had a lot of tree reflection in the hood and chrome, but this rendering was kept to just shiny chrome and paint reflections so that the car could be shown anywhere. The Chevy has enjoyed several different backgrounds over the years. This latest background is a recent photo collage, utilizing three photos.
illustration of These vessels are a representative of some glass pieces illustrated for a product catalog and corresponding web site. Each of these were illustrated separately, which accounts for the differences in perspective. The transparency of these items allowed for versatility in creating ads and product sheets, as well as placing them against numerous dark backgrounds in many different groupings. These “reverse” illustrations require a medium to dark background.
illustration of The flag is all adjacent gradient mesh objects, except for the wrinkle in the blue star field, which uses a gradient mesh object as an overlay.
illustration of This daffodil drawing is the same as the one rendered in Photoshop, but this rendering is vector-based gradient mesh objects. This one is not meant to be as lifelike; this bloom is a bit more stylized. Shading with gradient mesh can produce a depth that rivals that of masking and rendering in Photoshop, but texture is needed to complete the effect in some cases. Which rendering methods are used ultimately depends on the desired look.
illustration of The airbrush was drawn conventionally and rendered in Photoshop. The paint splashing out of that type of airbrush cup is a bit of a stretch, as it would not look exactly like that. However, the visual suggestion here is kind of wild and free and tells us that anything is possible. Originally created as a self-promotion piece, it is a old favorite, and it is still hauled on occasion: the illustration, not so much the actual airbrush itself.
illustration of These “reverse” illustrations were created with white on dark backgrounds for a print catalog and corresponding website. Each object was started as a basic mechanical drawing, before creating white outline drawings in Illustrator. The shapes and reflections were rendered in Photoshop. Like glass, each illustration was transparent to some extent, which allowed for versatility in creating ads and product sheets, using many different groupings.
illustration of Moto Dash is an all-vector illustration is made up of mainly gradient mesh objects in Illustrator, although some basic vector shapes are used. The cropped handlebar was illustrated in a cropped fashion, as this “dash” illustration was intended to be cropped in various ways for different views. Using the triple tree as a base helped add some real estate for different crops. The odometer and speedometer proclaim “Freedom, MINE!”
illustration of This roller coaster illustration was created as t-shirt and merchandise art for a coaster enthusiast website. The artwork was required to look like a sketchy cartoon with soft color added. The drawing was created conventionally, scanned, and then the rendering was completed in Photoshop.
illustration of Mini rose vector illustration, drawn and rendered in Illustrator using gradient mesh objects. Individual meshes are used to build the structure of the shading. Shading with gradient mesh objects can produce a depth that rivals that of masking and rendering in Photoshop. Without texture, the effect is often so smooth as to be more of a stylized feel. The benefit of vector is that the rendered illustration can be scaled up or down with no loss of quality.
illustration of The type was created and mechanically beveled in Illustrator, and then rendered in Photoshop. The Illustrator paths were used for the masking in the Photoshop rendering. This artwork was part of a larger photo composition.
illustration of Vector illustration of the front wheel of a motorcycle fitted with a “baby moon” chrome axle cover, drawn and rendered in Illustrator. An image was mapped onto the wheel cover in Photoshop, but the rest is all vector.
illustration of These polished copper navigational graphics were created for an interactive piece. The large button was the base illustration, over which characters or symbols were embossed. This piece was pre-Layer Styles in Photoshop. Canned effects don’t do everything!
illustration of Three detailed spot illustrations for the Cleveland Innerbelt Study. The illustration work you see here was guided by three supplied sketches. Any combination of elements may be simplified or altered and used for their logo. The three were Innerbelt Bridge, Innerbelt Road, and Innerbelt Globe. Ultimately, Innerbelt Road was favored.
illustration of This Japanese orchid bloom is authentic, but truthfully, the foliage should be more like that of jonquils. A vine was needed for a trellis, so artistic license was invoked to combine the bloom of the Japanese orchid with the foliage and vine of a philodendron. This illustration is an enlargement of an airbrush illustration; details completed with brush and ruler. Eventually this illustration was scanned into Photoshop, and the soft shadow and multi-color background were added later.
illustration of The ravaged heart was created for an audio CD cover. It required three hearts, one inside the other. The outermost as if an explosion had blown a hole in the center. The second heart would be visible inside, appearing to have been scratched open. The scratched opening would reveal a third heart, shattered. At the center, a blue pearl from which light radiates. Where all the damage of the hearts symbolizes emotional distress, the blue pearl represents the blue pearl of a Kundalini Awakening.
illustration of This illustration of the previous L W Wallace Company logo was created as part of a promotional piece for the company. The lettering was drawn in Illustrator and rendered in Photoshop. The vector paths made for precise masking in the rendering process.
illustration of This stylized illustration is one of various pieces of art created for an outdoor pole banner to advertise a Fab Fifties Festival for a local municipality. All vector art, drawn over a scanned sketch; final drawing and rendering done in Illustrator.
illustration of This finished illustration was created as the last of nine frames for a web animation depicting how blister packaging is created. The actual pens, in a blister pack, were used for reference. To show the steps involved, nine illustrations, or frames, were needed The blister was visually complicated, so its presence alone did not complete the effect. A balance of white and transparency was needed to show the molded shape over the pens.
illustration of Airbrush; watercolor on Strathmore, detailed with handbrush and ruler. This artwork was created for a children’s card game. Few airbrush samples appear in my portfolio, for obvious reasons, but it is important to understand that the techniques used in conventional airbrush illustration are techniques that can be utilized digitally as well when carried out by an experienced illustrator.
illustration of Vector railcar, built from the wheelbase up, in 2-point perspective, from my sketch. Call-outs were added later, as this artwork was used in a product brochure. Everything here is self-explanatory except for the material that looks like steps going nowhere, which was required to be present in the illustration.
illustration of A vector door and frame created in Illustrator, some neon type created in Photoshop, and some manually warped type with mapped images. This piece was done as a splash screen for an early portfolio-type website. These effects were done before Layer Styles, before Warps, before any kind of envelopes. Not everything comes in a can.
illustration of Illustration created for an industrial ad for semiconductor products. Light pipes have many uses in industry, but generally, light pipes are used to transport light from one area to another. The reference material for this illustration was a group of photographs from the manufacturer that we had permission to use, but the photos were aesthetically unappealing and unclear, hence the need for an illustration.
illustration of Stylized vector “you are here” map printed as enamel on copper for outdoor signage on the Ohio University campus. The goal here was to create a vector map that could be updated in Illustrator, by the college. Color separations had to be set up for the enameling process. A light green went down first, then all of the rest of the colors, including white. (Anything white usually knocks out to the substrate.) Pantone enamels were used on the signs.
illustration of This plastic water bottle illustration was one of two bottle illustrations created for packaging of a new drink mix. The style shown here was the original style chosen for the illustration, which was based on the clear laboratory glass illustrations, but plastic has a different visual feel than glass. This type of illustration works best on a dark background.
illustration of Complex building illustration, rendered in 2-point perspective in Illustrator. Required elements included a brick building with a stucco wall and concrete parapet, a glass building, an atrium, a concrete parking garage, a seam in the roof of the parking garage, windows, balconies, a cut-away with bathroom fixtures, excavation in front of both concrete and brick, steps with railings, a walkway to the garage, and landscaping. Call-outs indicate where sealants and restorative products are used.
illustration of Airbrush; watercolor on Strathmore. The type was done with brush and ruler, as was all the detailing. This illustration was created to show various materials and surfaces, such as transparent glass and liquid, water droplets, paper, botanicals, etc. The illustration was eventually digitized, that is, scanned in four sections and knitted together in Photoshop. Today, any conventional illustration techniques can be produced digitally with the proper art skills.
illustration of The Statue of Liberty drawing was the first stage of a larger project. The end product was an embossed print of Lady Liberty, suitable for framing. A sculpted die was needed for the process, but before one could be made, an accurate, highly detailed line drawing was needed. Tedious research was conducted to make the drawing as detailed and accurate as humanly possible. The final drawing was done in Illustrator.
illustration of After sketching, the final vector art was created in Illustrator. Ultimately, the drawing was etched onto a crystal tray as part of a sales award. Because this was an illustration for an engraver, the details had to be simple, but perfectly mechanical, which explains why some of the details were simple shapes. It is simplistic in the illustration, but precisely intricate in the engraving.
illustration of Drawn in Illustrator, these represent a sampling of eighteen two-color illustrations for an instructional booklet. The product was a traction ring for a prepubescent child. While the stylized drawings are clearly unisex, the only existing diagrams unmistakably depicted an adult figure. The figure for this project is intended to represent a child between the ages of eight and twelve.
illustration of This console exploded view drawing was drawn conventionally (on the table) from a prototype of a child’s formula racing car. Extensive drawings were created for owner and service manuals, including body details, battery connections, steering linkage, console (shown here) and wheel assemblies, wiring harnesses, etc. All drawings for this project were created from the actual car, along with some engineering drawings.
illustration of This vector drawing was created from a very light photograph with faded details. The brocade on the mattress is a matrix of 40% black lines cut to the pattern. The bed structure itself is all vector art, built from the bottom up; wheelbase to remote control.
illustration of Collage in Photoshop. The water drop and its shadow were airbrushed in Photoshop. All in a tropical setting, this design features creatures of the wild, peacefully co-habitating inside of a single drop of water. Along with the wild animals in this piece, also featured are butterflies and some exotic vegetation, like the Bird of Paradise flower in the lower left corner. Jungle themes and a tear drop, with a surreal backdrop. This piece has won several awards.
illustration of The Making Of A Clown is a grunge composition that utilizes multiple textures and to an extent, vintage ephemera. The inspiration was Depression era circuses and carnivals that traveled across the country. Although generally looked down upon, escaping one’s problems, and breaking the chains so to speak, sometimes made these events a necessary evil.
illustration of Carnival is a grunge composition using vintage ephemera and multiple textures. This piece also utilizes vintage writings, scrolled frames and strings of lights. Imagine a carnival at night, walking under the lights and vintage ornamentation all around, hiding the ugliness inside.
illustration of Eternity is a grunge composition using vintage ephemera and multiple textures. This piece also utilizes vintage writings and hymnal music, and cascading torn lace, with various metal pieces, including a focal Trinity Cross, for shape and structure. Ultimately, my grunge compositions are meant to be aesthetically pleasing and are presented for the individual to ponder.

Style/Techniques

Airbrush, Black & White, Cartoon, Collage, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Photoillustration, Realism, Special Effects, Stylized, Technical, Texture, Watercolor, Decorative, Floral, Whimsical, Flash, Interactive, Concept Art, Motion, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Action, Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Botanical, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Health, Historical, Icons, Industrial, Information Graphics, Leisure, Maps, Medical, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Product, Religious, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Still Life, Technology, Textiles, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Edgy, Environmental, Grunge, Urban, Branding