Drawing is Seeing

Drawing is Seeing

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Drawing, News, Teaching | No Comments

I spent the last week of March in Prescott, Arizona, as artist in residence at Skyview, a unique charter school based on Howard Gardner’s multiple intel­li­gences. That means every student takes art and music. I call my workshop Drawing is Seeing. The title states my approach in simple terms. Drawing helps us observe things around […]

Protein: Crunchy and Delicious

Protein: Crunchy and Delicious

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in News, Recent projects | No Comments

Cytosport is a major manufac­turer of sports nutri­tion products. Their line of Muscle Milk bars are enough to make one decide to go to the gym and start working out– if only to have a good excuse to eat lots of them. They have the same amount of protein that’s in a hamburger, but basically […]

A Good, Clean Splash

A Good, Clean Splash

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in News, Packaging illustration, Recent projects | 2 Comments

Twinlab is a major manufac­turer and marketer of sports nutri­tion products. Responding to an evolving market, the brand managers decided that the next gener­a­tion of nutri­tional drinks would need to be for the mass market, appealing to both women and men, and be free of all artifi­cial flavors, color­ings, sweet­eners, and question­able or banned substances. […]

Too Cute to Kill?

Too Cute to Kill?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in News, Recent projects | No Comments

Corry’s Snail and Bug Death comes in a package that has been around since the 1930s and has a lot of brand recog­ni­tion. When Corry’s asked Ron Rifkin of The Design Office in Oakland to update the classic design, he decided the illus­tra­tion needed some help too. Still, it was very impor­tant that loyal customers […]

New Herbal Teas for Alvita

New Herbal Teas for Alvita

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in News | 2 Comments

Anyone who browses at high-end health food stores has seen Alvita Tea packages, featuring their recog­niz­able botan­ical water­color art on white, and the dark blue branding on the box layouts. You can’t help noticing them–the plants are so beautiful and appealing to the eye and the design so simple and elegant that it stands out […]

The T-rex of Snakes

The T-rex of Snakes

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in News | No Comments

You can see my painting of Titanoboa, the largest snake on Earth in the April 2012 edition of Smithsonsian Magazine. The biggest, at least as far as we know: it lived a safe 58 million years ago. When the editor from Smithsonian Magazine contacted me with a rush job, they had tried photog­raphy of a scale […]

Artist in Residence: Tumamoc Hill

Artist in Residence: Tumamoc Hill

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in News | No Comments

This past spring, I was invited to be the artist in residence at Tumamoc Hill, “Hill of the Horned Lizard”, a Sonoran Desert preserve owned by the University of Arizona. I bought a sketch­book and dedicated it only to drawing on this hill. This is an open ended project, but in return for use of an […]

Milk for your muscles

Milk for your muscles

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in News | No Comments

When Cytosport, maker of Muscle Milk® protein bars, decided to launch a new series of bars with a new package design, they tried photog­raphy first. But to repre­sent their product in the most delicious way possible, they needed a blend of realism and fantasy. That was a job for illus­tra­tion. It had to look as […]

Desert Terroir

Desert Terroir

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Books, News | One Comment

Or is that Desert Terror? I didn’t know what a terroir was either, until I illus­trated this book of food history and stories by Gary Paul Nabhan last winter. Desert Terroir will be published by The University of Texas Press in 2012. Terroir, of course, comes from the French word terre, meaning “land,” and refers to […]

Bat Questions

Bat Questions

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in News | 3 Comments

Do you have questions about bats? If not, you will after reading this new book by Rose Hauk, published by Western National Parks Association, illus­trated by Paul Mirocha. Basic bat anatomy: so you know how to ask a good question.     I have made a lot of scien­tific illus­tra­tions and I’m always looking for […]