Monday, April 25, 2011

Communication Arts Illustration Annual!!

JAMES - I'm very excited to announce that my above poster for Lucero's US Tour last year is currently featured in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2011!

I just got the issue in the mail today, and I'm honored and humbled to be in the company of so many great and talented illustrators. The issue is currently on newsstands for the next couple of months, or you could order it online here.

Portland Monthly Illustration!

TOM - I forgot to mention in my last post, but I am back in NYC! It was great living in Portland this winter, but it feels great to be back in my city. While still in Portland last month, I got an opportunity to work on an illustration for Portland Monthly. I had a great time working very closely with the art director, Michael Novak on this illustration. I went through a couple rounds of sketches for this one and there was quite a bit that went into solidifying this idea, but after all was said and done, it was totally worth it because both Michael and I were really happy with the way it turned out.

The article was about the contridiction between Portlands 'green image' and the undeniable truth that the Columbia river, with all it's trade between Portland and the Pacific has the potential to lead the world in the transportation of dirty energy.


We wanted to show the juxtaposition between the classic portlander/enviro and the pollution that the large amount of cargo ships are causing. Above is some of my thought process. I was trying to incorporate ideas of smog, carbon footprint, the 'portland rose', bike riding and of course, the ships.

After that first round, the dimensions of the layout changed, so I went ahead and did another round of tighter sketches in the new vertical shape. As it turned out, we decided to go with a variation of a sketch I did from the first round, incorporating the prefered mode of transportation in Portland, biking, vs. the pollution causing cargo ships in the background.

I worked out the idea and composition a bit and this is the sketch that finally got the go ahead.

Like I said earlier, I'm super happy with the way the whole thing turned out and Michael did a great job with the final layout.

Thanks for reading and Happy Monday everybody!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nerve No More...

TOM - After two years of illustrating a weekly sex column for entitled, 'My First Time', my run has come to an end. I had quite a bit of fun illustrating the section over the years and decided to put together some of my favorites of the series. There was over 90 of these to choose from, so I had to narrow it down quite a bit, I hope you enjoy the look back as much as I did! More new stuff on the way!

Friday, April 1, 2011

An Interview with James Flames - on OMG Posters site

I'm so honored to have been interviewed by the great OMG Posters blog today! Read it here: