punkin chunkin machines

HOW TO CHUNK A PUNKIN

It’s playfully referred to as Punkin Chunkin, and it’s an annual competition that sees an odd collection of contraptions and their passionate inventors convening in the Delaware farmlands to see who can toss a pumpkin the farthest. Machine names like Pumpkin Slayer and Roman Revenge are as interesting and quirky as their designs, but the…

autonomous vehicle self driving car

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Working from a home office allows me to avoid driving a car to a large extent. Still, it amazes me that I can experience two or three “incidents” on the road in a typical morning commute to drop the kids off at school. “Daddy, why did you call that man a f__ing a-hole?” was a…

healthcare life-safety icons

HEALTHCARE AND LIFE-SAFETY SOLUTIONS

I recently completed an infographic for SimplexGrinnell (agency: CommCreative) depicting icons of various life-safety solutions arrayed in context around healthcare facilities. Here are some of the icons enlarged for detail: This is the second in a series of vector illustrations created for the client, the first having been a college campus. The intent was to communicate…

ILLUSTRATION ANNUALS – ARE THEY WORTH IT?

Most creatives are familiar with the printed illustration annuals like Directory of Illustration and Workbook that get distributed to advertising agencies and publishers. These large books showcase the work of a comprehensive collection of illustrators trying to make an impression on potential art buyers. But at upwards of $2,500 per full-page ad, is it worth…

cyborg beetle insect micro air vehicle illustration

THE CYBORG BEETLE

I’ve been interested in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) ever since I did some work at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Mesa, Arizona, where one of the programs was the development of the Predator drone. These pilotless aircraft are flown in dangerous reconnaissance and strike missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan while controlled remotely thousands of…

IN SEARCH OF CUSTOMER SERVICE

Unlike my father, who could not only fix a toaster but managed to construct an airplane in our garage, I’m not much of a handyman. For a technical illustrator who likes to draw mechanical subject matter, I’ve never been particularly excited about learning how to hang sheet rock or replace the rear struts on the…

mary baker eddy library visitor map

VISITORS GUIDE MAP

This is a visitors guide map I recently created for the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. What started out as a rather complex, 4-story building got simplified to include only the most necessary visitor locations, and I think the resulting image was the better for it. I opted to use a custom perspective view,…