2018 Illustration Round up part 1

The future of Business for the Boston Globe

The autumn entry into my 4 seasons of high fashion women with giant breed dogs series. A Borzoi sittin’ shotgun in a 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS. Centuries old Korean art tattoos, a Bicorne Skimmer hat by Lilly Daché, and the suit is by Frost Brothers. This piece was chosen for the Society of Illustrators annual show. 

For the Radio Times in London about Daryl Gregory’s book, Spoonbenders about a family who pretended to have psychic superpowers in the 70s. The wanted something with a 70s gig poster feeling

In 1870 the Croquet Association outlawed "Sparking", which is stepping on your ball when it's touching your opponents ball, striking your own and sending theirs flying. It is still used in backyard games and is the most fun aspect of the game for me. If you savagely "spark" someone's ball you could be asking for a fight. 1950s stylings, Japanese Ukiyo-e tattoos. Prim and proper meets rebellion and self expression. This series was chosen for the Society of Illustrator's annual show. 

As the Waymo v. Uber trail begins it has Silicon Valley asking where the line between intellectual property ends and theft begins. Uber is accused of colluding with Anthony Levandowski (an early engineer who left Waymo in 2016 to work for Uber) to steal self driving car secrets. Basically there is an existential question of when does knowledge become trade secrets?

When I lived in Tokyo I took up the Japanese tradition of sending a new year zodiac animal postcard. 2018 is the year of the dog. This dog is based on an Inu Hariko (lucky dog toys that are the protectors of children and pregnant women). The bottom left says 2018 (in a special year numbering system) and the character below it is the special character for dog used only for year of the dog. On the top left it basically says Happy New Year.

Bring it don't sing it! 1950s stylings, Japanese Ukiyo-e tattoos. Prim and proper meets rebellion and self expression. This series was chosen for the Society of Illustrator's annual show.

for a story about VR

Insert your best classy yet trashy insult here. 1950s stylings, Japanese Ukiyo-e tattoos. Prim and proper meets rebellion and self expression. This series was chosen for the Society of Illustrator's annual show. 

story about various opioid epidemic points like: how society needs to stop treating the addicted as criminals and treat it as an illness and stop blaming them. The basic moral is that it’s our problem, not solely theirs. For Emory Alumni magazine.

Xmas 2018

I made Guiness and beef stew and bob made Irish soda bread to go with it.

next morning we made Shakshuka for breakfast and bob also made a French batard loaf to go with it.

for dinner we ground up a 50/50 mix of chicken thigh and breast but there wasn't anything available that had skin and fat on it

still have forgotten to get good photos of the nuggs but I tried a batter also this time (too thin for onion rings which is why the few test rings here look so bad). Bob made a copy of Mc'Donald's signature sauce that was pretty good. We still need to have a few more sauce ideas.

we got matching Christmas elf hooded onsie pajamas for the whole family. The are super warm cuz they are made out of microfleece and a lot of the time too warm.

after opening presents this is what xmas morning looks like in 2018





bob got me this salt set. The Welsh smoked salt is a big standout. I also got windproof running pants that are super warm, taster glasses, portable battery, wacom pen, Aaron Weisenfeld art book, pepper mill, wireless vertical mouse, and probably more. Jen got a parmesan cheese grinder, books including my year of rest and relaxation, and a lot of wine. Bob got a present from us that is waiting here to give him on 1/21/19, a chef's knife, and I can't remember what else. We gave mom vintage stamps with Newfoundland dogs on them from various countries like Canada, Guinea, Morocco, Sudan and more. Dad got a lot of coding stuff for arduino and rasperby pi.

Dad smoked this roast and it was amazing.

also challenged ourselves to use parsnips so we made gratin de parnais and wished afterward that it was just potatoes and not half parsnips. It was good though and the star anise made a unique flavor
The annual bouche de noel never even got eaten because there was so much food going on.



Guiness battered onion rings, this time with thicker onion ring specific batter


French dip au jus made with bob's homemade bread and Guiness battered onion rings. Delish

the next morning mashed potato donuts.

He could just eat us all

Good dugs.

So in conclusion there are some tweaks that could make Xmas more enjoyable. We definitely cooked too much which ended up taking over most of the days and our cheer and attention. Dad being post surgery prevented board games etc from happening. There was no snow for winter fun. It's always so hard to stay hydrated. We did make a pretty decent effort to bring the cheer this year like I said we would, we just spent too much time cooking. 

The December Bits


Those dang New Orleans tourists on cans of Prophets and Nomads gose beer for Collective Arts Brewery in Canada. I've heard this can is available in some places in the USA.


lots of instant pot action and this grease splatter screen thing actually works for the most part
we were both really busy during the lead up to xmas as always so I went to Lowe's to get an xmas tree and did have or take the time to look at the tree that was already wrapped up in plastic netting, it looked ok so i brought it home then literally 2 full grocery bags worth of needles fell out of it. The tree was kind of serviceable, def not the best. buying a tree from a big box store vs the guys that come in from out of town to sell you a really expensive tree is a decision that isn't the nicest to make. a tree for $30 at lowes or $60 on the street..... Those guys aren't even local and then Lowe's is a big corporate faceless monster. At least I learned the lesson that you should inspect the tree, just wait in that line to have the netting cut off so you can check out what you're buying >.<

made a wreath out of the extra branches though. Jen was working furiously to finish all her stuff for her graduating show during all this

went upstate to help my parents out cuz my dad got knee surgery again.

their new fancy generator for when the power goes out during snow storms

$600+ to fill this tank.



Jen's graduation show from Shillington 
She gave this to Ellen and Luke and they actually framed it

more Karaoke, this time at Space Karaoke in K town and it was super expensive which is too bad cuz it was a cool place with a bar outside and dance floor. It was so expensive that we can't go back there

A finger lakes winery that is our favorite. Not saying who it is cuz I guess this does happen to corks sometimes and we don't want to trash them. The wine was still good though.


our xmas present to each other came finally, the TCL 6 series 55" tv. Jen wasn't super stoked about it but I think was just happy that our gift thing to each other could be over. 
We enjoyed it while we could be noticed dark vertical banding all over the screen when a bright scene would show. So for example on planet earth II a hawk dive bombing some critter in prospect park against a white sky and you see dark blotches. I looked this up and tons of reviews online from people with the same problem some even having it after getting 3 of the tvs. The panel lottery they call it. DSE (dirty screen effect) is what they call the blotches. So best buy came to pick it up and refunded me and now we're back to the tiny 32 inch 12 yr old TV and now Jen wishes we had our bigger TV. I'm just waiting for the price of the other TV i was considering to drop and then we'll be back in the game. Just a matter of time.

an Indonesian Civet Cat digested this coffee which makes it super expensive and it's delicious. Cori got this for us when they went to Bali.