virtual software draft sketch

THE DIGITAL SKETCH

Illustrators are always looking for ways to improve their workflows. Whether it’s the latest update to their favorite application, a more comfortable chair, or hiding a secret stash of art tools that the kids won’t find (done that), anything that streamlines the creative process will make for a more efficient and profitable business. One of…

Radar absorbent paint stealth aircraft 3d illustration

STEALTH

One of the nice aspects of being a technical illustrator is the constant variety of projects that I get to work on. Even if I’m rendering something relatively mundane like a radiator valve, I’m always learning new things about topics I might not have even considered. But it’s especially fun when I get to create…

gatestrainer streetwise gate box

THE GATESTRAINER

This is a recent 3D illustration created for StreetWise Utlities of their “GateStrainer” product. This is a simple device that is inserted by hand into a gate box on a street, and protects against debris build-up on top of water, sewer, or gas gate valves. The challenge with this illustration was to provide a context…

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…