Archives for category: illustration

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I gave myself an assignment to do a quick cover design for Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which I recently read and loved.


“His name is etched in the grand fonts of the record books, but his game is still like florescent graffiti…” Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Read the rest of Rowan’s lyrical ode to the little Argentine playmaker on the Howler blog here

I visited Barcelona a few years and Gaudí”s architecture made a huge impression on me. Celebrating Messi’s time in Barcelona seemed like a great time to throw some of that in.


For a review of TVOTR’s latest release Seeds, which is excellent


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I Had a fun opportunity to do some on-the-spot drawing recently when I was hired by the Regional Arts Comission (RAC) for a kickoff event for St Louis Fashion week. I set up in a little booth and spent a couple hours doing quick drawings of the various fashionable folks in attendance. I tried to get through each drawing in about 5-8 minutes and I think I finished about 18. Most of the drawings were given away to folks who posed for them, but here are a couple that I found images of, and a couple that I did beforehand to practice.

I know next to nothing about the fashion world and have never worked anything like this which made it a challenge. I tried to just focus on looking for interesting colors and shapes. The time limit was probably a blessing because it forced me to move quickly and not worry to much about getting every line right.

Thanks to Mallory Nazeem from RAC for hiring me and to everybody for patiently standing still!
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I was excited to get the opportunity to illustrate the posters for this year’s National Portfolio Day events hosted my my alma mater the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. These are events where high school students show up with their work and meet with admissions reps (like my awesome friend Elizabeth who set me up with this great gig!). I remember showing up to one of these warily some time in 2007 or so, and getting to work on the poster feels like coming full circle. The layout was done (very nicely) by Laura Burns. Thanks for looking!

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I spent the first couple of weeks of this month traveling around Peru! It was somewhere that i’ve always wanted to visit and it still completely surpassed my expectations. We visited Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Valle Sagrado. I tried to make a point of sketching for a few minutes every day. Keeping a sketchbook while traveling is the best way I know of permanently comitting things to memory, as well creating my own souvenir. I brought a Strathmore Tan Toned sketchbook, various pens and Pro White, which is basically white-out, to add hi-lights.  You can view the images larger by clicking on the thumbnails. Thanks! 

Also, I’ve made a couple of these available as prints in my Society 6 shop. 



Some of you may have heard that there has been a little soccer tournament going on in Brazil. Between watching as many games as possible and churning out illustrations for Howler, the World Cup has firmly taken hold of my life. Here is most of what I’ve donesince the tournament started. Above is cover art for the latest episode of Howler Radio, about the agony and the ecstasy. Below, in order: Adnan Januzaj, one of many players of unclear nationality playing in the tournament. Spectacle and Counter-spectacle, about watching the games while being aware of the corruption and human rights abuses that were involved in putting on the tournament. Suarez, for a piece that Hitomi Inoue and I conceived and wrote together. And a commemoration of the USA’s shock victory of Portugal in the 2002 World Cup.


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A few months ago I got an exciting call to contribute to a new line of packaging for Chipotle. Jonathan Safran-Foer was curating a series of short stories and essays to be printed on cups and bags, and each piece would be illustrated. I was given a story by Malcolm Gladwell about an experience with Old Order Mennonites .


After a little bit of back and forth we settled on this sketch, focusing on the barn-raising. final art_NM
A full color version I worked up before the decision came out that the cups would be brown and white.


And the final piece! Read the full story and check out the rest of the pieces here!

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I had the chance to work on another project for The National Humane Society’s Animal Sheltering Magazine. This one was about the challenges of living with pets in the city. It was a pleasure to work with AD Rebecca Hallenbeck again.
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