Illustration for Lodging Magazine

My latest illustration for an instructive article for the hotel industry’s Lodging Magazine involved rating the entire guest experience at a hotel – at least that’s my understanding, since I did not get to read this article. The editorial staff was running behind on deadlines, so they just gave me an idea to draw & I did it! Sometimes that’s how publishing goes.

They asked for a drawing showing the process of a hotel customer booking a room through her smartphone, receiving confirmation, arriving at the front desk, chatting with hotel staff in the room, and then writing a review of her experience. I started with a rough pencil sketch –

and tightened it up to show the editor –

She approved this and I drew it on coldpress illustration board in prisma pencil, then painted it with acrylic washes. The finished art is below.

St. Patrick’s Day Humor

Over the years I’ve drawn three greeting cards for St. Patrick’s Day – two are funny, one is a sweet Irish scene, with a traditional Irish blessing inside. All are available at my Zazzle shop, and with Zazzle you can even personalize the message inside, if you’d like, to send your customized wishes.

If you want to send merry Irish wishes to friends, please take a look at my Zazzle products by clicking on any of the pictures below. (When you are on the Zazzle page, be sure to click on the little squares along the left hand side of the image, so you can see the inside message of each card; and if you want to add your own personal message, click on the blue “Customize” button to the right of the card image.)

St. Patrick's Day Wish: Irish Cottage Card

St. Patrick’s Day Wish: Irish Cottage Card
by AchillesPortfolio

St. Patrick's Day Humor: Driving Out the Snakes Card

St. Patrick’s Day Humor: Driving Out the Snakes Card
by AchillesPortfolio

St. Patrick's Day Humor: Pot of Mashed Potatoes Card

St. Patrick’s Day Humor: Pot of Mashed Potatoes Card
by AchillesPortfolio

Speaking at the North Penn Arts Alliance

I’m looking forward to speaking to the members of the North Penn Arts Alliance on Wednesday February 6, starting at 7:00 PM. The group meets at the William Trego Arts Center, 125 N Main Street in North Wales, PA 19454. The Trego Center is in an old Church with a parking lot behind the church off Second Street.

I’m getting a slide show together of my children’s book illustrations and gag cartoons, and the public is invited to this free talk. See you there!

Addendum: If you plan to come tonight to my talk, and have not been to the Trego Art Center before – it is located in a building attached to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 125 N. Main St., North Wales. The easiest way to get into the Center is, coming down N. Main St., turn east on E. Walnut St. , go one block and turn left onto N. 2nd St. About halfway down that (1-way) street you will see the back of a large church on the left; park in that parking lot, and the modern-looking addition attached to the right side of the church is the entrance into the Trego Center. Go in the door and to the right and the room is the 2nd on the left.

Latest Illustration for a Hotel Magazine

My most recent illustration for Lodging Magazine accompanied another one of those hard-to-picture articles – it spoke about a lot of thought processes and planning but few concrete images presented themselves. The article explained how hotel management should handle an employee who had been injured on the job and was now returning to work, often in a diminished capacity until the employee was fully recovered.

I’ve found that when the subject matter is rather heavy and step-by-step, sometimes the way to make a more lighthearted illustration is to think in terms of a board game. I used several of the many tips in the article to construct a game with a manager driving an employee on the journey back to full capacity. First a rough doodle to lay out the path –

which I refined a bit, then transferred to illustration board –


and then painted in bright acrylic washes for the finished art.

Cartoon for a Business Greeting Card

I’ve been drawing cartoons related to Thanksgiving for a number of years for Proactive Performance, often about turkeys, sometimes Pilgrims, but always with some touch of business jargon involved. This past Thanksgiving was no exception, as I moved from the first quick sketch –

to a tighter version –

to the finished cartoon for the card, painted in the classic black and white New Yorker style. Inside the card, Proactive Performance President Jim Shute thanks his clients, associates and colleagues for their business and wishes them the best for the holidays. I always enjoy doing Jim’s card since it blends humor with its sincere goodwill.

Eagle Scout Congratulations

Every so often I remind my friends that I have created two illustrations that are quite popular as greeting cards for new Eagle Scouts. My son is an Eagle and he had such a great experience with the Boy Scouts, learning great practical skills and making good friends, while reinforcing the responsibility and morals that we tried to instill as he grew up.

I drew the whimsical Eagle Salute Congratulations card first, for a friend of my son’s who achieved the rank a few years before him. When my son made Eagle and had his Court of Honor alongside his best friend, I painted the Eagle Scout on a hilltop scene.

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To see the inside card messages and other information about my cards click here to visit my Etsy shop, where you can purchase my Eagle Scout cards and other cards I have illustrated.