Santa left a pink slip in my stocking!
posted: December 27, 2010
Well, it's been a great 4 years, but I'm not going to be a part of the newer, trimmed-down version of Drawger. I got my pink slip last night. There are no hard feelings on my part... heck, I'm happy to have remained as long as I have. Drawger is chock-full of so much great talent. It was an honor to belong to a group of people that I have so admired over the years.
  I have a new blog set up at illobook. You can check me out there and say hello.
I leave you with three of my most recent jobs. One for The Utne Reader, another for The Boston Globe, and lastly a gig poster for a local band. Best of luck to those who will remain at Drawger and to those who will be moving on. See you around!
The Utne Reader- Art Direction, Stephanie Glaros

The Boston Globe- Art Direction, Jane Martin

One Amazin' Kid, gig poster- Art direction, Christopher Kincaid

Leftover Turkey
posted: November 28, 2010
I found this Holiday magazine at a local antique store last summer. My intention was to post it just before Thanksgiving, but it slipped my mind. I thought it was a great image and wanted to share. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
Holiday magazine cover, November 1965

Illustration detail. Limerick by Ogden Nash. Wayne Ensrud, illustrator

Also, does anyone know who the illustrator is for this playing card? I found it on the ground at a gas station over the holiday. Looks very Golden Bookish. I'd like to find the whole deck now!
CD Release Party part 2
posted: November 21, 2010
I drove down to Columbia, SC for the Original Friend release party this weekend. It was a great turn out and loads of fun. Lunch Money played the CD from start to finish and the kids (and adults) loved it! Afterward, the band and I signed CDs and posters. The CD will be available for purchase on Lunch Money’s website this Tuesday. iTunes downloads will also be available… but you don’t get the fancy-schmancy packaging.

Here are the remaining CD panels and some of my favorite illustrations from the booklet. Also, a video tour of the CD!
this is the section behind the CD

extra panel, 1

extra panel, 2

CD back

booklet illustration for "My Bed"

Booklet illustration for "Getaway Car"

Booklet illustration for "I want to push buttons"

Booklet illustration for "Picking Teams"

Lunch Money CD release party
posted: November 16, 2010
Lunch Money, Original Friend CD cover

This Saturday, November 20th, is the release date of Lunch Money's 3rd album, Original Friend. This is the second album I've illustrated and designed for them. I put a lot of work into it and it was great fun. I'll reveal the rest of the panels and booklet illustrations after it's officially out. We want to keep it a surprise.  

To celebrate the the album's release, Lunch Money is performing the new alubum from start to finish at the Children's Room (Richland County Public Library), November 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Columbia, SC. I created a limited-edition, 2-color silkscreen poster as a free giveaway.  Bring yo kids, bring yo wife, bring yo husbands too... cuz they singin' for everybody!

2-color, silkscreen poster measures 5.5 x 17.

A New Approach
posted: October 22, 2010
I've worked the same way for years now. I sketch. I tighten sketch. I scan sketch. I place sketch in illustrator and digitally trace node to node, add colors and textures until finish. While I love working in illustrator, I missed the nuances you get with physical pencil or pen to paper. So, I've been experimenting. I've been using a sweet brush pen in my sketchbooks for about a year now. Learning how to us it, how to hold it, how much pressure to apply. I'm no master, but I'm getting the hang of it. In my free time I work on a little graphic novel idea. I've been inking it with my brush pen, and using black colored pencil to add shading. So, lately I'm taking what I'm learning from my little graphic novel and combining that with my typical illustrator/texture style. It's exciting to discover new techniques. And even more exciting using those new techniques for paying jobs!
sketchbook with the Japanese Kaimei brush pen.
original sketch

sketch was scanned and traced in illustrator. I then printed out the line art and traced it with my pen brush.

Here is Neptune inked with black colored pencil added. I placed this in illustrator and did all my coloring. Then exported it all back out to Photoshop and...

Here's the final result.

cub den den
posted: October 12, 2010

Drawger has been a bumming me out the past few days. Thought I'd lighten the mood a bit with a mailer I'm sending out soon. Cheers!
New eeBoo Pre-school games
posted: September 10, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of working with the fine folks over at eeBoo again. With eeBoo, I always know that my illustrations are going to be coupled with excellent design. Nothing is worse than working hard on something, only to have it ruined with poor typography or a bad layout.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
posted: May 21, 2010
If there is a kindie music illustration niche, I believe I've found it. This is the third kid's music album I've illustrated/designed so far. Joe and Justin aka- The Okee Dokee brothers, liked what I did with The Jellydots and Lunch Money. So, they asked if I would like to illustrate their next album. I said,  "Heck yeah!" But they said, "Not so fast partner! We don't want no citified illustration, we want it dirty. I said, "I'll do you one better... I'll throw some mud on it and leave it in the hot North Carolina sun for a fortnight!" Hopefully, my image relays the high-energy, clever, fun music found on the CD. It may be labeled 'kid's music', but I've been listening to it on my own, no kid in sight. Lately, I find myself humming the tunes to myself. I love me some good bluegrass and this album is no exception. Below are some of my initial sketches/ideas-
a little take on Remus and Romulus.

the sketch that almost was.

Handcar is the winner.

posted: March 9, 2010
Music writer, Stefan Shepherd has reviewed the two CDs I illustrated and designed (Lunch Money and The Jellydots) on his children's music blog, Zooglobble. I guess he took a liking to my work and he interviewed me a while back. Recently, he asked me to come up with a new logo for his site and I was obliged.
logo alternative
Stefan requested I try to convey sharing in the logo. He also wanted the kids to be active in some way... not just listening.
grouping of first sketches.
Just as I was about to send in the above group of sketches... this image popped in my head. I quickly doodled it and added it to the mix. Funny how that happens.
eeBoo Robots
posted: March 8, 2010
Here's my latest job for eeBoo. It's to go on sketchbooks and a case for colored pencils. I created a tight version and sent it in, but they liked to the looseness and spontaneity of my sketch. So, I went back to my sketch and did a variation on that. I quite enjoyed doing a looser style.
final sketchy version. beep boop bip.
first color version.