Throwback Thursday: Bernie Brewer Statue



Here’s another project from my “secret files” that I finally have permission to show:

Back in 2012 I was hired by Idea Planet to help out with a display for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, in conjunction with Southwest Airlines. They were having a promotional event that included a booth where fans could have their pictures taken next to a life-sized statue of the team mascot, Bernie Brewer. Idea Planet designed the booth and asked me to do turnarounds that the sculptor could use as reference for the statue.

My drawings are above. Below is a photo the client sent me of the final result. The sculptor seems to have modified my design, especially the arms, but overall everything looks colorful and fun. I’m sure people enjoyed goofing around with the statue and I was glad to be a part of it.


Throwback Thursday: Target FPO Maker Comps

Here’s another never-before-seen piece from my files.

Way back in 2010 I was hired by the award-winning Minneapolis agency KNOCK to help them sketch up some FPO marker comps for Target. Target needed some endcap signage with a wine-and-cheese theme and KNOCK was pitching them some concepts. If my memory is correct they sent me some rough thumbnails along with some specific samples of the types of food, wine, glasses, etc. that they were looking for, then I sketched these up.

I was able to spend a little more time than normal polishing these up to make them look very clean and tight, a luxury I don’t always have. It was a lot of fun.

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Hasbro “Wheel Pals” Packaging Art


I’ve been very fortunate to work on a lot of fun projects for Hasbro over the past few years. 95% of it is concept and presentation art for internal use only, which means I have to keep it under lock and key. I’ve got dozens and dozens of images that I would really love to put in my portfolio but I can’t. The toy biz is very competitive. I completely understand my clients’ need for confidentiality and I’m happy to oblige. Still, it’s fun to have something I can finally reveal!

Back in 2011 I was hired to illustrate a few packaging backgrounds for an exclusive set from the Playskool Wheel Pals line. The idea was to do something with a fun, youthful color-crayon feel.

To my knowledge only one toy from this exclusive set made it into stores: the Winter Friends set. Above is the original illustration I submitted to their packaging team. Below is the final result. (Apologies for the low-quality pics. I couldn’t find any clean “official” photos online so I snapped these with my phone.)


Announcing smARTer Minneapolis!

FINAL-Colored with Layout

Back in 2011 I was hired by illustrator/designer Sherwin Schwartzrock to assist him with a back-of-the-program ad for Target Field (if you’re as clueless about sports as I am, that’s the Minnesota Twins baseball stadium). We were under a time crunch so he provided me with a rough sketch, I quickly inked it, and then he laid in the color and text. My contribution was actually pretty minimal and so I never even bothered to post it.

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I was reminded of the project earlier today when Sherwin announced that his illustration and design studio (formerly Schwartzrock Graphic Arts) has been rebranded and is now “smARTer Minneapolis”. Sherwin is one of the most talented and professional people I know. He has the rare combination of being an excellent artist, a creative thinker, and also a sharp and trustworthy businessman. Jump into his shiny new website and take it for a spin: 


Tick Infographic for StarTribune


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The Minneapolis StarTribune recently approached me about doing a series of weekly infographics which they would write and I would illustrate. The plan was to feature them in the newspaper and on their website, and to have them sponsored by a large Minnesota company. They hired me to do this sample infographic about wood ticks to help sell the concept. I guess they couldn’t work out the sponsorship so the plan was dropped. But it was fun and I got paid so I was happy.