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I'M A DINOSAUR FAN
Brontosaurus seeing small plastic versions of himself

Just saying, but what would a real dinosaur think if it came upon a kid in the woods playing with a miniature plastic version of itself?

I completed a series of dinosaur scenes for my grandchildren. They're fun to do and take a great deal of time to draw and colorize. I'm not sure the kids understand that their granddad was the artist [they're very young], but they have a lot of dinosaur questions when they see the art.

ZOOS & ATTRACTIONS
Zoo animal with examples of donors and copy points

This project was interesting and exciting. I created 18 illustrations for the new Brevard Zoo Tropical Rainforest exhibit.
In addition to the art, I also asked for their OK to design the bubble shapes, colors, and descriptions, donor recognition, and the modular mechanical sign system itself.

We agreed before I started the assignment that I wasn't creating exact representations of the animals. Afterall, visitors could see the actual animal a few feet away and there were a handful of good photographers shooting almost everyday. These were intended to be gestural and interpretive.

PERSONAL ART
John Hall Wellfleet Harbor House

I've admired this classic Wellfleet, Mass. harborside vacation house for years. Framed, matted art would be perfect over their mantle.

AND STILL MORE DINOSAURS
T-Rex encounters small alien space craft crashed into tree near a treehouse with children

What more excitement would a child want in his own backyard than a tree fort, shocked spacelings trapped in a tree, and an angry, marauding T-rex looking for a meal? The perfect trifecta it seemed to me.

ASPARAGUS
Asparagus urinal cartoon

A friend of mine threw out the idea for this New Yorker style cartoon and I drew it up. Very funny, I think.
I sent it to the New Yorker and didn't hear a word back. I guess this level of bathroom humor falls outside their cheeky cartoon vocabulary. I've done their cartoon caption contest on a number of occasions. There are obviously people out there with funnier and droller cartoon caption minds than mine.

CUTE COUPLE
Couple sitting at a table chatting

Illustration for use in social media, print, and client presentation. I suppose they'd need Covid masks and a sheet of plastic between them these days.
This drawing, for me, is the reason cartoon art is so interesting and valuable. As I recall, the young man's face is 2 lines and the young woman's face is three. His hair is four squiggles. The gal's hair is a bunch of loopy curls. Their eye are simple dots. Despite the simplicity, their expression is easy to understand and uncomplicated. I can't put words in their mouths, but can imagine what they might be saying to each other.

FLORIDA CATTLE
Cattle in field

A bull and his calves for a county tourism blog about Brevard County places and things to do that visitors might never think about.

EDITORIAL CARTOONS
Beach side at burned out Pumpkin Patch house

After Al Neuharth's Pumpkin Center on Cocoa Beach burned to the ground in 2016 (he passed in 2013), I sketched this comment on how the newspaper business has changed from print to the Internet.
The newspaper rejected the art, saying it was disrespectful to Neuharth's memory. But I thought it was a perfect reflection of the passing of print and how different generations are dealing with media, whether printed or digital.

EDITORIAL CARTOONS
Shart week editorial cartoon

What do sharks think about during shark week?
This is one of my favorite editorial cartoons. Fun and slightly evil at the same time.

ON THE BEACH
Editorial cartoon detail

This is a detail of an illustration I did for hurricanes on the Space Coast. These gals were walking by a TV weatherman pretending that the storm was just off shore. He had a fan blowing his hair. The line work for these women is simple and expressive. They didn't stop to gawk, they just walked by and didn't give the scene much thought other than the general bewilderment most of us experience during the excessive coverage of tropical storms and hurricanes.

FOOD ART
Food art Lobster

Menu art for my brother's Cape Cod seafood restaurant on South Wellfleet's Rte 6.
Boiled lobsters aren't hard to draw since they don't move much. The white dots on his eyeballs suggest that he's looking at you.

ADVERTISING ART
Lipton tennis tournament ad illustration

Ad art from the flip phone era.
OK, OK, this is pre-smart phone ad art, but it's still fun and expressive.

SKETCHES
Man scratching head, thinking very hard

Just pondering, in black line. I'm a fan of line art and then coloring inside the lines (thank you Mrs. Anderson from my first grade class in Elkhart, Indiana]. I've done one or two oil portraits, but adding color without the benefit of a dark holding lines throws me off.

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