Monday, May 30, 2011

I forgot about this one

A while back there was a sports section story about the fabled Tennessee Panther.  Supposedly, there ARE NO panthers in Tennessee, but that doesn't stop hunters, hikers, campers, bikers, fishermen, and whoever else does stuff outdoors from "spotting" them.  So I came up with this idea of a "Panther" obscured by the trees and the shadows.  Nothing groundbreaking, really, but it doesn't look much like my usual illustrations so I like it.  Sadly, this one ran in black and white and not color.  Oh well.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sink or Swim...or float

Evenin!  It's like 1:08 in the morning and...well, I guess I shouldn't say "like 1:08" because it IS 1:08.  I just waited until it turned 1:09 so I could say something smarmy about how I was kinda right the first time because now that it's ACTUALLY 1:09, my previous statement of "like" 1:08 was more correct...because 1:09 isn't 1:08.  Don't think about it to much.  Just accept it.  Shhhhhh...

So this is the viewpoint cover from today's (Sunday's) paper.  Actually, it's yesterday's paper now since it's LIKE 1:08 in the a.m.

Anyway, this one's ok I suppose.  The story is about the job market for college grads and the debate as to whether or not it's worth your time, energy and money to work very hard and earn your college degree.  There's no gaurantee you'll get a good job upon graduation and you'll likely have a hefty load of student loans to repay.  Sallie Mae WILL call you when you forget to mail them a check...and by "forget" I mean choose to wait an extra week...not that I know anything about that. 

Anyway again, the answer to that question is YES.  YES, you should get your degree because college changes you.  It betters you and opens you up to new opportunities and experiences.  No, I don't mean keg parties or orgies.  I mean meeting new people and being exposed to new ideas.  Different ideas.  So this illustration shows two extremes of many potential post-college job-getting situations.  Job-getting?  Man, I need sleep.  This post is getting on my nerves.  I'm so tired I'm not spell checking.  Deal.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Teu for Tuesday...and by "teu" I mean "two"

It's been a long time since I rock and rolled and maybe even longer since I had back to back illustrations...and by "back to back" I mean "two days in a row".  (Yes, I know I have a problem with overusing "and by something I mean something else" and I abuse the elipsis like it's my own personal, gramattical lackey.  Deal with it.

The Sunday Viewpoint piece was about false (forced) confessions while the Monday M cover was about counting calories and trying not to get I have been since I discovered the Truly Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie (TM) at Kroger!  Mmmmmmm.

Enjoy.  (the illustration.  Not the cookies.  Those are mine so keep your damn hands off.)

P.S.  You can probalby tell I was in one of my "cops are dicks" moods.  Apologies to my friends that are cops.  I don't think you're dicks.  I just think all the rest of the cops are dicks.  ;)  (and by me I mean someone other than Shane McDermott)

Tiger thing

M'eh...I pretty much hate the background and the swords/shield situation is pretty much an afterthought.  This version was created as a print for a benefit.  It was originally created, however, as an illustration for the Southern Heritage Classic, a football game in which two schools (both with tiger mascotts) square off against one another every year.  The original has two orange tigers.  One with blue and white and the other with blue and gray.  Fortunately, the blues were a little different.  There were no swords and the shield was a football stadium.

Anyway...thoughts?  I like my tigers, but that's about it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Illustration dump-type thing

So the top illustration is about health care and how some folks without health insurance still get health care at the expense of increased rates for those who already have health care.  Some people are stepping out into the rain to consider and/or purchase their own  Whatever. 

and then...

"Are you trying ot seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?"  Feel free to subsitute "Mrs. Robinson" with any Annne Bancroft-esque Hogwarts instructor...if such an instructor exists.  This was a quick spot illustration from back in the day when I actually drew the spot illustrations instead of working in vector or with digital photo collages.  The subject was Harry Potter fan fiction or more specifically, Harry Potter porn.  Sad.  I know.  It was titled "Dirty Harry".