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Imaginary Ornithology

October 15th, 2021

I’ve been drawing a lot of birds lately. Sacha has started down the rabbit hole — wrong metaphor of course — of birding and I’ve been riding her coattails, reading guide books and staring at colorful little beasts up in random trees with binoculars. Of course, the imagination wanders and I started drawing my own birds.

A few weeks ago I came across a call for entries for a show at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles. I’m a fan of this gallery, as they specialize in animation art, illustration, and surrealism. A few colleagues show there, and I’ve thought about sending stuff in for a while. I feel like the pencil drawings I’ve been making over the last year are the first work I’ve done that would really fit into a place like this. They set a limit of six entries per artist, and I was sort of beside myself when I learned that all six of my birds were accepted.

The show is called Power in Numbers. It’s a one-night show, each piece is priced at $100, and everything is 5 x 7 inches. It’ll be up for one night, November 19, at Gallery Nucleus in LA.

researching robots

January 8th, 2014

Hey how ya doin? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Here are some interesting things I found today in “The Modern Home Physician, Illustrated” c.1942, which is a book I bought at a flea market years ago. I’m working on an illustration of robots and this stuff comes in handy. Sometime in the next couple of months I can post the how and why. (If you’ve been here a while, you might actually figure part of it out if you’re super-observant. If you do, drop me an email and you’ll get a prize.)





sitting positions

Also, if it interests you, I jumped on the late train and started doing that Instagram thing. If you’re already there, which you probably are, follow me

father and son

November 5th, 2010

boy and dad

These are the main characters in the Everything Goes books I’m working on. This is part of a cutaway illustration that will show, kinda, how a car works. It’s a multilayered thing and is proving to be really difficult to get it all tidy and informative. You can see the sketch below.

In the manuscript they are listed as “boy” and “dad.” I’m being asked by my editor to name the kid. Ideas, anyone?

Potato Chip Science

June 4th, 2010

Workman just published a new activity kit called Potato Chip Science, for which I drew the cover illustration. If you’re looking at the picture thinking “well Brian, your going insane, for that is not a book. It’s a bag of potato chips!” I couldn’t blame you. The packaging is meant to resemble a bag of chips, and in fact the bag is filled with plastic chips (something like those packing peanuts you get in shipping boxes). There is also a book of fun projects one can make with potatoes, as well as some of the materials you would need to do the projects.
Originally I was up for illustrating the entire book, but in the end they asked me to do the cover. Go out and get yourself this kit and spend the weekend making stuff out of potatoes!

Space Vacation for Nickelodeon

May 7th, 2009

Last week I made this illustration for the July 2009 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine. The story is something along the lines of questions people wanted to ask. The question illustrated herein is “when will we take vacations in space?”
The answer, as we all know, is the year 2023. Probably sometime around late April.
And if you haven’t tried it already, you should spend a couple of days drawing rocket ships and planets like I did. It’s way fun.

Space Vacation

Update: here is the illustration in the magazine.

Space Vacations illustration in Nick Mag