Tuesday, March 31, 2009


When I think of a "classic" Blue Note Record cover, this is the look I think of. I love those covers and am very blessed to be fortunate enough to work on recreating them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Press Check

It's pretty gratifying to see something that you worked on go to print. These are for the inside gatefold of 3 different Blue Note record reissues, put out by the best in the biz, Music Matters, Ltd.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's a Livin'.....

I'm very fortunate thus far to be able to "make a living" being independent and working from home. I'm not getting rich any time soon, and my wife has been more than supportive. I'm also super blessed that I get to work on projects that are pretty cool. Some of the work can be long and tedious, while others is a challenge both technically and creatively. Here is a screen capture of one of the more tedious side of things, but it's super rewarding when it's done, and you know the product is going to be that much better, because you took the time and didn't take "short cuts". This images captures part of the process of recreating a classic Blue Note record label, for the classic Eric Dolphy "Out to Lunch" LP.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Present - Premier in Encinitas, CA

My good friend Thomas Campbell has made another superb surf movie. We were invited to attend the premier in Encinitas and the event was awesome. Ray Barbee & the Mattson II opened up the event and were amazing. The movie "premier" is touring around right now, catch it if you can.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Digital Sketch 3/5

I spent most of the day working on a t shirt design for a pretty well known band. The work was drawn and inked by hand, then I sent to Illustrator, using the "live trace" feature. Ha. It's probably more work cleaning that stuff up than if I just "inked" the lines myself in Illustrator. I spent hours "cleaning up lines and curves (and there are still some that I haven't cleaned up yet). After hours of that tedious and frustrating work, I had to do something just do something that I can let loose and be free. Here is my digital sketch for the day. This was all done on my iMac with a Wacom Intuos III tablet and Sketchbook Pro.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

An Exercise in Digital sketching....

Just an exercise in trying to work on sketching digitally. This is 100% done on the computer. Still trying to find my way, messing around. Result is not where it needs to be, but it's a learning process.

Dreamers-Ink WIP 5

Added in a third character. I suppose more characters to follow.

Dreamers - Ink of Character 3

Go Green...Sketch Digitally?

We are bombarded with "go green" everywhere we go. Companies are selling us "green" product and there are literally tens of thousands "green" merch. "Green" sells. That all said, the idea behind it all, is something each of us should be more conscious of, if we are to have a sustainable planet. I'm guilty to the core of waste. How much paper do I go through each year?

I'm going to work on "sketching" digitally more. I love pencil and paper, the feel... there will always be a place for that (can't take your computer everywhere you go). But I think I'm going to "practice" doing the initial ideas and sketches for my illustrations digitally. Here is a "pencil" sketch I did 100% digitally. As sketches go (not talking a finished pencil drawing), I think it's hard to tell that the difference. There are great programs to use that are pretty intuitive and it's getting closer and closer to using "traditional" tools. I just need to find a program that I feel can "ink" properly.