Snowed further In

The MEGAstorm of 2011 has already hit, so I'm having a surprise freelance day, tying up loose ends (mostly tax-related fun) and digging into some long and short-term projects.

I didn't make many specific resolutions this year, but chief among them is to break into publishing. I want more work in magazines, in text books, and I want to start inching towards real, live picture books.

To that end, I've sent out a stack of mailers:

Here's the original illustration, combining all the things I feel confident with (color, oddball animals, pattern, and line weight):

I really enjoyed doing a holiday themed mailer. I think it will be a good introduction as I continue to send cards and portfolios throughout the year.

So, anyone else feeling like they're off to a good start on their resolutions?


A regular thing

This summer, I started illustrating a column in The Bay called Just Add Water! I haven't been to Providence except for the Alumni Sale since then, so I still haven't seen my illustrations in print, but they are online here! (Just Add Water is on page 50 in the latest issue.)

It's a lot of fun to work on editorial assignments, especially because I tend to illustrate things pretty literally. Great for a textbook, but not great for an article about emotions, or green boating practices.

These have been a blast, and Art Director Alli Coate is a pleasure to work with.

June's illustration, about green boating practices.

July's illustration, about a father and daughter sharing a beer on the dock.

August's illustration, about a pickup truck loaded with beach gear all summer.

September's illustration, about the danger of motorboat wakes to sailboats.

October's illustration, about using your boat as a platform to drink and relax.

November's illustration, about magical fairies that come to winterize your boat!