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Commissions: Corporate & Personal

A regular part of my corporate client work consists of creating illustrations to help communicate the benefits of new products and technologies.

 

These cartoons and illustrations are used in advertising, marketing and presentations. With regard to presentations, one of my specialties is finding effective ways to portray concepts, and adding humor to maintain audience interest.

 15 illustrations created for a presentation to McDonald's

executive management at their Chicago headquarters,

introducing a new technology being implemented.

A cartoon commissioned to depict Universal Studios' & Comcast's opposition to a new Orlando Florida theme park featuring the world's highest roller coaster. (It appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and several other Florida media outlets.)

Personal Commissions

I often create custom cartoons and illustrations for companies and individuals who want a special gift for a friend or colleague.

 

How it works:  We can discuss your illustration through email or over the phone, and arrange the particular details. I will need a few clear photos of your friend or colleague.

 

I'll provide you with sketches via email. After making any needed revisions, I'll proceed with finished artwork, sending you high quality digital files that you can have printed locally at a Kinkos or print shop on a high quality printer. (Or if you'd rather, I can take care of the printing and ship you the artwork.) I create the artwork in sizes that allow for easy framing.

 

Please contact me for more information.

A large digital painting of the CEO of MGA Entertainment, and creator of Bratz dolls, and LOL Surprise toys. I worked from several photos, refined sketches, and then after approval, sent the finished painting digitally to the client. They sent it to a large fine art printing firm, 
who printed it on 24 x 36 canvas with archival ink.

 

 

An illustration of the executive  Vice President and Head of Marketing of Public Storage, Inc. (He is also skier and a fan of one of my favorite ski towns.) This was commissioned to be presented to him as a gift. I created it at  18" X 24", and it was printed on canvas in high resolution, and framed by the client.

 

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This was a personal commission for a gentleman in New York City who wanted to create a high detail cartoon illustration print to give to each of several friends. He wanted a group scene set in a famous casino with he and his friends seated at a high stakes poker table. I worked from individual photos of everyone, and since they were typical phone snapshots taken with uneven lighting, and not everyone leaning the same way, the trick was giving everyone the same same light source (highlights and shadows), with a similar range of emotion/smiles. etc. I also made the decision to draw everyone in tuxedos to fit the tone and to make it cohesive. The gave the client a high resolution digital file which he easily uploaded to an online specialty printer, to have the canvases printed and framed.
 

 

One of several humorous illustrations of recording artists, "The Swon Brothers", created for Arista Records and used in album artwork, social media and promotion.

A caricature based greeting card cartoon created for Coca Cola Corp. magnate Bruce Grossman, his wife, and their famous $40M super yacht, "Forever One".

Reference photos provided by the client:

An illustration of The Vice President of Skechers Shoes, Inc. She is pictured on the campus of her Alma Mater, Cal State Fulleton, near a statue called "Fallen David"...aling with her favorite "Sprinkles"  cupcakes, and of course, some Skechers.

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Retirement gift illustration cmmissioned by global executive placement firm, Heidrick & Struggles. This was created for a exec who had spent 30 years with them, and presented to him at his retirement party. Finished size: 11 X 17, then matted and framed. I was provided with photos and subjects to cover, ideas for milestones, etc. - B&W ink with watercolor.

 

This is a specialty that I have offered to other companies, and the format I began using two years ago has since been requested by several other companies. (Another illustration created in that format is discussed below as an example of my process.)

A large format illustration created as a gift for  retiring judge, depicting him

driving his Subaru on a Massachussetts race track. (Click to enlarge)

Poster, banner and T-shirt art created for the 5-time winning 168 Sprint Car Racing team. (Clicken to embiggen)

An example of my process:

 

The following illustration was created for global utility sector leader, Capgemini this past summer. The Paris-based company has twice as many employees as Google, and oddly, until being hired to so this, I'm embarrassed to say had never heard of them.

 

They celebrated the retirement of one of their top executives recently. I was commissioned to create a gift illustrating several key milestones during his tenure. I was given a list of these achievments and asked to illustrate them in a lighthearted and humorous manner.

Reference photos

First step: I worked closely with one of Capgemini's executuve VPs in creating the concept...and then began drwaing the B&W sketch. After discussing the sketch, some minor revisions were made, and a few more scenes were added.

Final art was drawn in ink, and color was added in the form of digital watercolor washes. The artwork was sent as an 11 x 17 high resolution file, which was printed and then matted and framed by the client. (Click to enlarge).

A photo of the gentleman, his assistant, and another Capgemini executive (whom I worked with on the piece), at the celebration in Toronto.

After the presentation of the piece at Perry's retirement party in Toronto

A humorous illustration done for a financial advising firm in New York.

 

This was a gift for a retiring director and his replacement at the firm. I drew from several photos for each person depicted. The finished piece was emailed as a high resolution file and emailed to the client...who had it printed locally at a Kinkos office at 11" X 14", then matted and framed.

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A piece drawn for the "White Marlin Open", the world's largest ocean gamefish tournament in Ocean City, MD

A cartoon illustration created for a family in Los Angeles, who framed it and gave it to their obstetrician, (whose heroic efforts saved their baby.)

Two cartoons created for a client in New York who wished to show a friend's love of music ...(and below), his cars being "detailed" by armadillos.

            Here is a blog post with more commisioned illustration samples and further explanation of my process.

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