The other day the nice folks at Wacom included one of my toy design concept drawings on their Behance “Featured” gallery. Like most artists who work digitally, I’m a long-time user of Wacom’s products. They make quality hardware and they are the go-to brand for digital drawing equipment (tablets, Cintiqs, etc.). It’s a real honor to have them shine their massive spotlight in my direction.
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.
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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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.)