Monday, August 30th, 2010

Reason, Truth, and History

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Here’s a mixed-media artwork on the topic of causality in thought. To what extent is the mind involved in our making of choices?



Friday, August 20th, 2010

Sugar Daddy

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Sugar Daddy in action.



Monday, August 16th, 2010

Interviewed by 3×3 Magazine

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The good people of 3×3, the Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Sarah Munt and Charles Hively, have invited me for an interview. My rants and raves can be accessed here.

We had the pleasure of having illustrator, designer, multi-media artist and cartoonist Oliver Weiss over to the studio for lunch. He’s in town for a couple of weeks following his trek out to Pasadena for this year’s ICON conference.

After a few minutes of conversation I could tell Oliver is not your typical illustrator; he’s done just about anything you can imagine including art. He’s been an author of short stories, poems and children’s stories, writer, freelance editor, freelance copywriter for ad agencies, ghost writer, founder and editor-in-chief of his own magazine, web designer, and comic strip writer.

Through all his experiences he has gained valuable insight into the workings of  the editorial, publishing and advertising worlds which puts him head and shoulders above many out there.



Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Food Orgy

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Eating. Digesting. More eating…



Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Longest Journey

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It was worth while to grow old and dusty seeking for truth though truth is unattainable, restating questions that have been stated at the beginning of the world.

Failure would await him, but not disillusionment. It was worth while reading books, and writing a book or two which few would read, and no one, perhaps, endorse.

- From E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey



Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Life is Good

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O Life and Love! O happy throng
Of thoughts, whose only speech is song!
O heart of man! canst thou not be
Blithe as the air is, and as free?

- From Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Day Of Sunshine



Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Things to Come…

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Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.

- From Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

> MORE COLLAGE ART



Friday, July 9th, 2010

Tom, Dick or Harry

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I’m a maid who would marry
And will take with no qualm
Any Tom, Dick or Harry,
Any Harry, Dick or Tom.

I’m a maid mad to marry
And will take double-quick
Any Tom, Dick or Harry,
Any Tom, Harry or Dick.

- From Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate



Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Vic-Vic-Victoria!

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Here’s a recent mixed-media artwork showing a very young female writer from Victorian ages. I really like the overall mood for this one.



Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Who Reads my Book?

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Here’s another whimscial cover artwork I created for The Writer magazine. It illustrates a feature by Richard Goodman where a writer celebrates his readers. It’s a playful piece, and I was going for a multi-faceted image with a great many individual scenes showing people reading a book, and the happy author of that book in their midst.

I wanted this to be funny and full of gleaming sunlight, and so I decided to go for a city-by-the-beach setting with people everywhere, reading a little red book; and the proud writer is red-colored, too. In trying not to distract the attention too much, I used only a few warm colors.

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Monday, June 21st, 2010

The Canadian Connection

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Here’s a fun image on the topic of British-US influences on Canadian English. It uses the individual countries’ national animals – a moose (Canada), the British lion, and the US eagle.

>MORE ANIMALS



Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Labyrinth of the Mind

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I created a full-page illustrated infographic for DIE ZEIT, Germany’s largest weekly newspaper. The page provides an outline of the four main fields in psychotherapy which have evolved over the years – from Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis and Wilhelm Reich’s humanistic psychology up to the streams of systemic psychology and behavioral psychology.

My artwork takes a whimsical approach, and incorporates a large number of fun illustrations. >more



Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

ÜFO’s

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Über-Happy Flying Objects



Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Who’s the Author?

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Here’s a fun little artwork about famous writers, showing silhouettes of people uttering captions  that contain names like Italo Calvino, Marguerite Duras, E.M. Forster, Paul Auster, Günter Grass, Silvia Plath, J.K. Rowling, Virginia Woolf, and others.



Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The White Whale

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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

- Herman Melville, Moby Dick