Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

I’m like Nike

I was in Eugene on Independence Day to run in the Butte to Butte 10K. It was a really fun race. Special thanks go to my friend Jody who kept telling me how awesome it was going to be for about six months leading up to the race itself.

One of the reasons that made this year’s Butte to Butte so special was the Olympic Track & Field trials, which took place in Eugene this year. For those of you not up on your track history, Eugene is Track Town, USA. Steve Prefontaine ran for the University of Oregon (and sported a darn fine moustache). Bill Bowerman (and here) and Phil Knight, the guys who co-founded Nike, coached and ran, respectively, at the UO. The Olympic track trials have taken place there four times in the past 30 years. It was somewhat humbling running in the town with that kind of history. But we took it all on and finished with admirable times. We even got our names in the newspaper.

One of the things that caught my attention in Eugene was the ubiquitous presence of Nike. Specifically, the graphics promoting the track events were really eye-catching. I liked them so much I decided to try my hand at replicating them. Nike, let this be my formal submission as graphic designer.nikehardestteamtomake josh-like-nike

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new illustration portfolio

joshshalekCongratulations, me. I just put up a brand new portfolio of my illustrations. You can access it right here, or you can see it by clicking on the Illustration link on my brand new homepage.

This is all a way of saying: if you need some drawings done, you’ve been reading the right blog.

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chalkboard drawing

I was recently commissioned to do a chalkboard drawing for Reed College Reunions. If you’re back at Reed, you can see this in Kaul Auditorium. For everybody else, here’s what it looks like:



It was a real treat to work on such a large scale. (Note: to cartoonists, anything bigger than a 3″ by 3″ square is considered large scale.) So as not to become overwhelmed, I made a small collage and printed it on a transparency. I then borrowed an overhead projector (which was covered in dust; no one uses these brilliant contraptions anymore apparently) to project the collage onto the chalkboard. The chalk drawing was done with sidewalk chalk and wet-erase chalk markers for the lettering.

let it be

picture book

What follows are a few pages of a children’s book I was hired to illustrate back in 2015. The book hasn’t hit shelves yet, so I am omitting the text and only presenting the art as an example of my work. I drew these on two sets of pages, the ink outlines on one and the watercolors on another. I then put them together digitally.
It was a big project for me: 24 full color pages, and I had to come up with character designs for the prospector and his mule based on the author’s instructions. The end result is different from anything I’ve done. The process taught me a lot. I made the original sketches on the computer, then printed them out and used a lightbox to ink onto Bristol Board. Digital pencils/traditional brush and ink is a technique I’ve since used for my comics.

It’s a cute story about working together and the value of friendship. I hope I can share a way to purchase it sometime soon.

24 page children’s book, watercolor and digital ink, 2015

24 page children’s book, watercolor and digital ink, 2015

24 page children’s book, watercolor and digital ink, 2015


A series of surfer girls I posted on Instagram.
What can I say? They’re fun to draw.

drawn couches

After many years of taking pictures of discarded couches, I began drawing them.

desert landscapes

I drew these using the Procreate app on my iPad Pro.
Been experimenting with a hand drawn look on the computer and I think I’m zeroing in on it.
Stay tuned! I’m sure there will be more where this came from.

inktober week 2

inktober week 3