Online Dating Illustration

I recently went through my Big File of Past Illustrations and came across some fun ones from before I had a blog, so herewith:

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I drew this a number of years ago for the cover of a book about finding your mate online when you’re over 50. It’s drawn in black prisma pencil with some watercolor and pastel. I think the author is still in the business of matching people up!

My Illustration for an Antique Store

I recently went through my Big File of Past Illustrations and came across some fun ones from before I had a blog, so herewith:

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I don’t remember the name of the antique furniture store now, but I painted these details from some of their treasures in india ink wash.

The Man Who Came to Dinner Illustration

I recently went through my Big File of Past Illustrations and came across some fun ones from before I had a blog, so herewith:

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I drew this in pen & ink for the poster for Town & Country Players’ production of the screwball comedy by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart. One of my all-time favorite shows!

My Illustration about Fraud Protection

The latest article sent to me by Lodging magazine explains how hotels can work to prevent fraud by their employees. The editor cautioned me to try not to imply that all employees steal, but to emphasize that a hotel manager’s constant awareness is the best defense against fraud.

The editor suggested an illustration where a hotel manager walks, leaving footprints,  from station to station around a hotel, checking up on transactions where fraud might occur. I did a quick pencil sketch of this –

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and I also thought of a scene where a manager is in sort of a control room with a lot of tv screens, watching transactions up close, which I also sent her –

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The editor chose this second idea. I transferred the sketch to illustration board and tightened up the little scenes on the screens. I knew the tvs would be mostly monochromatic and the control panel and wires below pretty dark, so I skipped my color sketch stage and went right to painting the finish –

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My Illustration for Cultivating a Culture

My latest illustration for Lodging magazine deals with ways to keep hotel work environments positive and free of harassment for employees. The editor did not send me the full article but read me the gist of it and its keywords, and she suggested ‘building’ a culture with employees stacking blocks; I sketched that quickly and also tried a sketch of employees growing a garden, which they liked better.

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Lucky I’ve done a lot of work for Burpee Seed company! I’ve drawn plenty of garden scenes for their catalogs over the years, that’s why I thought the ‘teepee’ structure, made with poles and runner bean plants, would work in this scene. I tightened up the drawing and sent them a rough color sketch –

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And then transferred it to illustration board, drew it with prisma pencil and painted in with acrylic paint washes.

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Corporate Holiday Card: Executives and Slot Cars

For the last five or so years I have illustrated fun holiday greeting cards for the crowd at Safe-Guard Products, an international company specializing in vehicle insurance. I am usually asked to draw the eight company directors in some holiday activity, and this year brought the surprising request that they be racing slot cars, a hobby that many of them enjoy.  I have photos of all of them from previous years, so I started with a rough pencil sketch –

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They asked for a few changes, and gave me very specific car models to match to their drivers – I had to google them all because I’m not really a sportscar buff! I tightened up the sketch –

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and painted it in for the finish.

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Rube Goldberg Illustration for a Magazine Article

lodging_recovering_detailIf you don’t know about Rube Goldberg and his hilarious contraptions, you should look him up. There are actually Rube Goldberg contests around the world each year and the videos from it show how much fun his ideas inspired.

I thought of Goldberg when I was sent the latest article for Lodging magazine to illustrate. The article had few visual ideas in it – it detailed many steps that a hotel owner should go through to file insurance claims when a natural disaster forces the temporary closure of the hotel. Not exactly a fun scenario to draw! But the many tips the article gave to go from a hotel closed for repairs to a business up and running again sparked the image in my head of a wonderful but delicately balanced machine.

I started with some ideas based on what I saw in other Rube Goldberg contraptions and drew some rough pencil sketches – funnels, flywheels, ramps, hammers dropping –

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and I had to work in a number of the terms used in the article. The real contraptions are often laid out on a long horizontal plane, but I had a limited rectangle to work within, so I found the trickiest part was cramming a number of components into the model and actually making them conceivably work.

I finalized the basic sketch to the components below. I just had to include the ‘Drinking Bird’ on the top far right – that always seems to say ‘Rube Goldberg’ to me  –

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Then I did a value sketch to clarify objects & people, and got the editor”s approval –

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and painted it in bright colors, doing all the wording on a separate layer on top of a scan of the art. The sequence of the action starts from the left: the man rolls the billiard ball down the chute; it plops into the red cup which pushes down on the scissors, cutting the string; the string releases the hammer downwards which hits the end of the spoon, shooting the yellow ball up the cone, up into the green tunnel and down the yellow spiral; the ball hits the dominoes, which topple one by one till the last falls down on the clothespin; the clothespin opens, letting go of the balloon string; the balloon rises, hits the paddle which lifts and causes the red billiard ball to roll onto the Drinking Bird’s head, which goes down; his tail snaps up flipping the switch that turns on the Open sign.

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