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Saturday Evening Post

December 9, 2011

I had to work on this job between turkey dinner, the 49ers game, and desert during Thanksgiving. I always get a kick out of working for the Saturday Evening Post because of it’s legacy for illustration- it’s no secret I have an affinity for the golden age.

Despite it’s simpleness, I really enjoyed making this picture and was surprisingly pleased with the result; I’m not going to lie, when I got the approval I thought to myself “oh, that sketch?”. It wasn’t a question of art director’s judgment, it’s just that I normally get hired to draw full figures.  Regardless, I think that may be the reason I am excited about it; the stripped down and direct message. It accompanies an article about the depletion of our nations munition supplies and is meant to play up the idea of the old war propaganda posters from the 40’s.



To my fellow dog lovers…

December 6, 2011

I wanted to express my thoughts about a recent project I had the pleasure to work on. In the current issue of Spirit Magazine writer Christina Kelly tells a true account of her chance encounter on a commercial flight with a Military Dog named “Lucky”. The story of Lucky is really nothing short of heroic. It’s a heart wrenching read (aren’t most stories about dogs?), not because it’s sad, but because of the constant reminders of the stoic loyalty and unique bond a dog can bring to someone’s life. It just so happens that this story is backdropped by war, certainly escalating that emotion.

When I was first contacted about the job my interest was immediately peaked by the mention of “military dog”. I knew dogs served a role in the military, but I had no idea to what extent that service was. After further discussion it was apparent that this service member  was special. As a dog lover and long time owner myself (family dogs count right?) I was excited, but also incredible nervous to tackle the challenge of doing this  emotional story justice. To take that responsibility one step further, Lucky’s journey isn’t just simply about him, but also about the very special soldiers who served as his handlers. I respect anyone in the military, but In my opinion it takes a unique type of solider to be a warrior in the battle field, but also a trusted friend and loyal partner to his dog- no matter what. A lot is asked of these K-9 soldiers and, unlike humans, we can’t just sit down and talk to them about it. How do they perform under pressure? How does it effect them? Do they even want to be there? Because of that, in my view, a dog’s heart will always be pure and his intentions honorable; no questions asked, no signs of fear, just do the job.

To make the pressure worse, it became evident that this article is not just simply about Lucky or his handlers. It also highlights many other aspects of what it means to be a K-9 for the United States Military. There is a very interesting history of military dogs, some of which is quite sad and downright immoral, to be blunt. During the Vietnam war, service dogs were considered “equipment” and left behind in the jungle because it was “too expensive” to transport them home; another dark smudge on a war that had many. Things have drastically changed since that time, but in some sense I still felt as though the artwork (and story) honoring Lucky was beyond just him. It was more a summation of all the service given and all of the dogs who sacrificed themselves to save human lives and do good-will around the world on our behalf.

My family has been rescuing dogs for many, many years, If my count is correct, somewhere around 9 total (peaking at 6 in the house at one time!) so I understand what it means to give a dog a second chance. It was incredibly special to read this account of dogs who can do the same thing, be it on the battlefield or at base camp for us humans.

The story is beautifully written and extremely informative at the same time. When approaching illustration assignments I always try to bring something more to the “conversation” than the text provides. I suppose this is still the case with this story,  however my only real goal was to give honor those people, like Lucky and SSgt. Martinez, for their contribution to our country.


I encourage all of you to read the full article here.


Thanks for reading.

Fallen Star

November 15, 2011

The United States…kind of like a celebrity having a career slump…

Hello, Welcome

November 9, 2011




November 8, 2011

Hi Webby…

Ah, two pieces that seem fitting to post next to each other I’d say. First, an image for The Utne Reader about a new video game set to be released in which the gamer is not actually a soldier but a “media guy” filming the action. The second, an illustration about memories from one of Nixon’s early speech writers; a very interesting article that I really enjoyed working with (Penn Gazette).

I wonder if war based articles will start phasing out now… my guess is no.


April 21, 2011

Excited to have my first opportunity to work with the wonderful folks over at Mother Jones Magazine. Mother Jones is one of those magazines that I have looked up to since the earlier days in undergrad school, mostly due to the number of names I would notice being published by them. Every time my mentor and ally Tim O’brien did (does) a cover illustration for the magazine I think to myself “damn, they would be cool to work for.” FUN!

The article is about the, ahem, conservative right, trying to discredit some scientists on the topic of global warming through an unfounded smear campaign of public humiliation by means of out-of-context information.

read it

Love my job.