Drawing is Seeing

April 6, 2013By PaulDrawing, News, Teaching

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 … Read More

Protein: Crunchy and Delicious

February 18, 2013By PaulNews, Recent projects

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 … Read More

A Good, Clean Splash

February 5, 2013By PaulNews, Packaging illustration, Recent projects

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. … Read More

Too Cute to Kill?

January 13, 2013By PaulNews, Recent projects

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 … Read More

New Herbal Teas for Alvita

April 24, 2012By PaulNews

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 … Read More

The T-rex of Snakes

March 25, 2012By PaulNews

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 … Read More

Artist in Residence: Tumamoc Hill

November 3, 2011By PaulNews

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 … Read More

Milk for your muscles

September 5, 2011By PaulNews

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 … Read More

Desert Terroir

August 22, 2011By PaulBooks, News

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 … Read More

Bat Questions

July 20, 2011By PaulNews

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 … Read More