Black & White Illustrations

Black & White Illustrations

Ever since I can remember I have loved the look and feel of Black and White photos and images. To this day I still prefer to watch shows and movies that were filmed in B&W. In my mind, B&W images are timeless.

A good majority of my art, especially my realistic work, tends to be created in either Graphite or Charcoal. Working with pencils is my 1st go to when I want to create an image in B&W. I love to blend.

On the other hand, most of my cartoonish work is done with Pen and Ink or Ball point pen. My High School art teacher, Mr. Philip Spaziani, was a master with Pen and Ink. He took me under his wing, and taught me various techniques that I still use to this day. However, he would probably be a little upset with me turning to the ball point pen instead of using the tradional quill pen and ink well. Maybe not, he was one of the most open minded art teachers I ever met. Anyway's, I can't help it. I love working with ball point pen. I use it like one would use a pencil. Don't ask me why. I just do. Maybe it stems from the lack of money I had when I  was attending College, and  all I could afford to buy was a pack of pen's for just a few dollars. Not to mention I don't have to stop and sharpen it or dip it in an ink well.

Okay maybe I'm just lazy, but I love the energy and feel of that I can obtain from a good BIC when sketching.

Thanks for looking. Enjoy.

Sledder - Charcoal

Uncle Larry - Charcoal

Corn Husker - Graphite

Sweeper - Graphite

Owl - Graphite

Pooh - Graphite

Motocross - Graphite

Snow Leopard - Graphite

Lil' Ronnie and Santa - Graphite

Wash Tub - Graphite

Eros and Psyche - Graphite

Mariah - Pen & Ink

Bingo at the Beach - Pen & Ink

Princess - Ballpoint pen

Lydia - Ballpoint pen

Lydia's Bridge - Ballpoint pen

2nd Best Jester - Pen & Ink

RIT tiger - Pen & Ink

Gracie's Dinner Time Theatre

At the start of the Winter semester of my Junior year at RIT, I began illustrating for a student run campus newsletter called Gracie's Dinner Time Theatre. Before I met the writer's/ editors, Kelley Gunter and Sean Hammond, I used to pick this newsletter up on my way to the dining hall. Well, before it was banned. It was funny, weird and very edgy. I loved it. After meeting Kelley through a friend, she mentioned that they were looking for an illustrator that was open minded, and wouldn't be offended by the articles that Sean and her wrote. I had the feeling I would be in for a wild ride after meeting her. She was something of a legandary figure since the start of my Freshmen year. Kelley was the "Barefoot Girl". Most people thought she was some sort of wicca. Not only by the way she dressed, but she was this mystical entity that never wore shoes and would gracefully glide across campus (the 1/4 mile) in the middle of the winter without any shoes on her feet. While most of my friends would get frostibite on their feet and hands, she was unharmed by Old Man Winter and Jack Frost's kiss. Anyway, I told Kelley that I would give it a try, and besides the size restrictions that they gave me to work with, I had an awesome time illustrating for this publication. They were great to work with, and they allowed me so much freedom with my art. The more I pushed the envelope they loved it, and vice versa. Unfortunatly, after a year of beautiful insanity, and due to the lack of time I had in my schedule, I sadly ended my run as the staff illustrator. I would fill in occasionally when they needed an artist on short notice, but I had other events in my creative life that needed attention. Working with Sean and Kelley was an amazing experience. Thanks where ever you are.

The 1st issue I worked on. Vol 3. Issue 4, 1 / 14 / 96

Vol 3. Issue 8, 2 / 11 / 96

Vol 3. Issue 9, 2 / 18 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 1, 3 / 17 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 2, 3 / 24 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 3, 3 / 31 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 4, 4 / 7 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 5, 4 / 14 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 6, 4 / 21 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 7, 4 / 28 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 8, 5 / 5 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 9, 5 / 12 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 10, 5 / 19 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 8, 5 / 5 / 96 - Squirrel

Vol 4. Issue 7, 4 / 28 / 96 - Inside CIA/ RIT Conspiracy

Vol 4. Issue 9, 5 / 12 / 96 - Use the Force Luke

Vol 4. Issue 1, 3 / 17 / 96 - Scooby Doo

Vol 4. Issue 1, 3 / 17 / 96 - Daffy

Vol 4. Issue 1, 3 / 17 / 96 - Boris & Natasha

Winter /  Spring Semester's 1996 

Fall /  Winter  Semester's  1996-97 

The GDT Rider Cards  1996-97 

Vol 5. Issue 1, 9 / 8 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 2, 9 / 15 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 3, 9 / 22 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 4, 9 / 29 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 5, 10 / 6 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 6, 10 / 13 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 7, 10 / 20 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 8, 10 / 27 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 9, 11 / 3 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 10, 11 / 10 / 96

Vol 6. Issue 7, 2 / 9 / 97

Vol 5. Issue 1, 9 / 8 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 1, 9 / 8 / 96


Vol 5. Issue 1, 9 / 8 / 96


Vol 5. Issue 2, 9 / 15 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 10, 11 / 10 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 2, 9 / 15 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 3, 9 / 22 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 4, 9 / 29 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 5, 10 / 6 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 6, 10 / 13 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 7, 10 / 20 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 8, 10 / 27 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 9, 11 / 3 / 96

Vol 5. Issue 10, 11 / 10 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 2, 3 / 24 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 3, 3 / 31 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 4, 4 / 7 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 5, 4 / 14 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 6, 4 / 21 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 7, 4 / 28 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 8, 5 / 5 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 9, 5 / 12 / 96

Vol 4. Issue 10, 5 / 19 / 96

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