The Aggression of Recession

Today’s piece is inspired by the helplessness one experiences in a recession — faced with overwhelming odds of high gas prices, job prospects that are continually elusive, and the ominous sense that you are somehow being sniffed out by a ferocious predator...

Interviewing for the following position: Employer

Following is a list of questions I drafted for interviewing prospective employers: *What are your qualifications as an employer? *How many have you employed in the past five years? *What has been your turnover rate in the past five years? *Are you continuously...

Working with Crayon

I like drawing. I like that my daughter likes drawing. So this weekend, I invited her for a drawing session and we found a comfy spot, sat down, and got our art on. I brought a pad and pencil. She chose a coloring book and crayons as her arsenal for aesthetic warfare....

The Thorn or the Salve?

Here we are again.  You’re reading. I’m writing. And I’ve updated the site, which meant sweeping away the cobwebs, getting rid of some less-than-desirable works, and adding in some more current work. Truth is, I had let this site go on too long...

Thriving or Surviving

Every day you wake up and breathe, it is another opportunity to do something legen — wait for it — dary. But we don’t really think of it that way.  I suppose if I were to interview a thousand very honest people and ask them about the first thing they...

The Art of Seeing What’s Not There, Or, Imagination

Yesterday, my daughter — who has been a constant source of amazement for me lately — decided to take a fake cardboard guitar we made for her and stand on the coffee table in our living room to give a brief, private concert.  (She didn’t end up...

iOS 7 and Flat Design

After so much scientific proof to the contrary, maybe — just maybe — the world is flat. No longer are we trying to capture realism with Apple’s former vanguard in skeumorphism.  No longer are we slapping a ton of gradients and drop shadows...

The Paradox of Privacy

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  You can’t both possess it and enjoy it.  In it’s most literal sense —  once you eat the cake in its entirety, you no longer “have” it in the same way that you once did. In this age of...

Art Critics Everywhere

Art critics — they’re everywhere. As a Graphic Designer, it’s difficult to be hired to design something because of your field of expertise, only to be criticized by someone who has no idea what he is talking about.  Immediately the old adage,...

The Fear of the Blank Page

Even before I began to compose this, I didn’t know where to begin. At the beginning of nearly every illustration, I have a fear of the blank page. And isn’t that the point?  For all the planning, outlining, themes, topics, and elements of a composition...