Nurse and SWAT


Soon after finishing my Nurse and Firefighter piece, I was contacted about doing a similar piece, but this time with a SWAT/Police theme.  The client had seen the piece Nursing/Fire piece in person and loved it so much she wanted to get something similar done.

I had some fun laying in color here. It’s never any less stressful laying watercolor into a finished drawing. Just have to hold your breath and hope the dog doesn’t hit your elbow…

Firefighter and Nurse


14″x11″ Graphite and Watercolor on Bristol

This piece was a commission for a friend from the Fire Department I used to work at.  The concept was simple enough, his helmet and his wife’s nursing hat on a page.  Simplicity in concept gave me a chance to think about how to finally bring a little bit of color into my work and with this piece there were perfect places for it!  Red is a prominent color for both professions and it sparked the idea to introduce it using watercolor over the graphite.

I have to admit I was hesitant to put the brush to the page without having scanned it first…but I’m extremely happy with the results and will be trying to do similar in the future.

Flailing, he fell back in fear.

Continuing the series of monster themed thief illustrations, the latest piece pushes the story and composition in a new direction.  The original idea hit me near instantly when I decided to continue with this series and from there it was a matter of getting the composition an details down.  I had considered myself solid after the first sketch but quickly found out otherwise when I sat down to really think about the final look of the piece.

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With a Mournful Howl, It Pursued.

This piece was a continuation of the work I did for my ‘It’s behind you!’ illustration.  After getting reactions for that piece, I knew that I wanted to continue working in a more narrative and stylized fashion and to keep this character going.  The entire set up allowed me to play in a medium and manner that I’m not accustomed to and keeps things enjoyable and fun.

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It’s behind you! Hurry before it…

It’s an entire narrative in six words. ‘It’s behind you!  Hurry before it…’  For this piece, that’s the only bit of information I had to work from.  The only stipulation was that it had to incorporate watercolor in some way.  I had a long and drawn out trip through my sketchbook trying build this micro-story into a realized illustration.

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Camden Yards

Watercolor on 11×14″ paper, Photoshop

I haven’t spent a lot of time in MLB ballparks, but one of my fondest memories as a kid was the one and only time I’ve been to Fenway.  We took a bus into town and I hardly remember watching any of the game.  I don’t even remember how old I was at the time.  It’s always been the seminal father/son moment from my childhood and has stood the test of time and life. Continue reading