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Illustrator Says Pleased To Meet You

March 30, 2010

I’m a freelance illustrator specializing in humorous and editorial illustration.

I intend to feature work-in-progress and experimental work on this blog.

I have a more “formal” portfolio featuring some of my best and most recent work. There are 20 pieces, total. You can click on Image Details for each illustration and read about the assignment and how I created certain effects.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2010 5:48 PM

    Fun to read how your mind works. I bet your bosses loved it!


    • April 18, 2010 9:14 PM

      Not quite sure how it works, but at least it’s still lurchin’ around… : )

      Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate your kind comment.

      Cheers, Mark


  2. John Q permalink
    June 10, 2010 6:10 PM

    Very nice site. Especially liked the Memorial Day cartoon — clever mix of photo and pen. The great illustrator Bernie Fuchs would have approved.


  3. soul . to . earth permalink
    October 9, 2013 11:21 PM

    Ah! I finally found the beginning of dam good work. I shall make my way through the rest. Lovely way to recuperate. Your different strokes do change the world….one sketch at a time.


    • October 11, 2013 9:17 AM

      My dear Radhika! You astound me! How can I possibly thank you for seeking out and liking so much of my work, including this very lame first post?? Changing the world one sketch at a time… yow!! My head’s spinning here! This soul is leaving earth! I’m floating up into the clouds, carried away by your effusive praise!! Good thing I always wear a parachute– I like to be prepared… : )

      Thank you so very much for this lovely comment, and I do hope you’re feeling better!!! : )


      • soul . to . earth permalink
        October 15, 2013 10:16 AM

        Hey, Mark!
        No head spin (or parachutes or thanks) required reg. my sincere praise…’s why:

        When truth is freely expressed in any form, it is felt deeply by all. This stirs up something deep within us. When moved in this way, some folks (dude who shot down your poignant bullet sketch) find it difficult to be eloquent while others seek out more, comment and follow. πŸ˜€

        Suppressing the truth or withholding it from ourselves is quite damaging. Just like water, it will always find its way out……through blogs! By not following too many blogs is how I follow what’s being said.

        And you thought you were the only one to wax eloquent, eh? And, yes, I am feeling much better thanks to a long rest over Thanksgiving.


        • October 16, 2013 8:43 AM

          Whoa, whoa, whoa! This comment is so eloquent, it has achieved massive waxy build-up– a sure sign of greatness!! : )

          I’m truly flattered, my dear Radhika– thank you! And I found your remarks about truth very moving and profound. If expressed truth always stirs and works for good in others, we have a strong obligation to always express truth, be it in words, images, our actions.

          I also agree that the truth will always out. We deny it at our peril. I’ve heard it said that the truth is often spoken in jest, but I didn’t realize it also seeps out in blogs!! You have given me a new insight there!!

          Your eloquence is truly waxy, it’s a pleasure to know you, and I’m glad you’re feeling better!! : )


        • soul . to . earth permalink
          October 16, 2013 9:24 AM

          πŸ˜€ Sincere = [Latin] sine cera (without wax). A ‘truth-stirrer’ whose work I revere is: Stephen Jenkinson [orphanwisdom(dot)com]. If you feel like it, watch an online doc [Griefwalker] on his work at NFB(dot)ca.


        • October 16, 2013 1:40 PM

          What?? You’re a Latin scholar as well?? And sincere actually means “no waxy build-up”?? Incredible!! : )

          There appears to be some controversy over the etymology of the word, but I have no wish to wax disputatious, and I mean that, um, sincerely… : P

          Never heard of Mr. Jenkinson, but if you vouch for him, that’s good enough for me! : )


  4. SingingTuna permalink
    October 26, 2015 1:33 PM

    ::runs in out of breath::
    Gee whiz, Mark! It took me FOREVER to scroll all the way back here! Yeeeeeow!!!

    Just thought I’d stop in and say HI!!! I hope you’re doing great and are busy with lots of work (and fun, too, of course!). I’m sorry that I haven’t re-Tweeted you lately but I deleted that account and all the other social media ones (including the art ones here). It got too big, too fast. ::shivers:: I couldn’t keep up and it just made me miserable. I don’t know how other people do it!

    But the downside to not having them means I’m not around to publicly share my enthusiasm for the best illustrator ever!

    Yes, you.

    Anyway — I’m back to being the SingingTuna. Smaller world, better fit for this introvert. πŸ™‚

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    • October 26, 2015 4:00 PM

      What?? ::does double-take, flips, crawls back up, peers over top of chair::

      You scrolled all the way back to my very boring, very tentative first post?? Yeow-wow-wow!! I’d better send a taxi to take you home, that’s much too far to walk!!

      Thanks for the lovely knock-knock-hello, ’tis much appreciated. No worries re opting out of social media, et. al. Sometimes I’m tempted to chuck the whole business myself. There are days when it seems like the biggest, most useless waste of time ever. Less eHooey, more Reeses and library book sales, say I!!

      You, dear Tuna, are one of the essentials in life– I mean, you personally, not some pale social media copy!! Just being there is all you gots t’do, see?? For this, I give grateful thanks. 😊

      ::waves, jumps out window, lands in convenient pile of leaves, gets pelted with acorns by squirrels::


  5. SingingTuna permalink
    November 3, 2015 8:44 AM

    LOL! Taxi! MARK!!! It’s wonderful to “see” you again!! Missing you on WordPress!!! You do more now on LinkedIn and other places, I guess?
    Well, there’s a post I’d reallyreallyreally like you so see because I’d reallyreallyreally like to hear your “nevers.”
    I know you’re busy and won’t have time to hang around but I’m hoping you can stop by and add your two cents. What’s that after inflation? $47? Haaa.
    Here, if you want:

    I know I’m being a pest; can’t help it. πŸ˜‰


    • November 6, 2015 9:13 PM

      My dear Tuna! You a pest? Never!! You’re always a delight… 😊

      It has been awhile since my last WP blog post. My old computer died, and took Photoshop with it. I’d been using Photoshop for all my image editing and coloring for the last 17 years. The thing is, you can’t buy it anymore and download it to your machine. Adobe now has it installed on remote servers (the famous “Cloud”), and you have to pay an ongoing monthly fee if you want to “buy” it. Long story short: I decided to make the leap and learn an Apple image-editing program called Pixelmator. So most of my time has been devoted to a self-taught crash course in same. Been quite a ride– and one of these days I intend to make it the subject of my next blog post!!

      I liked your Things I’ve Never Done post (“The Nevers!”). In fact, I just left you a list! Pretty easy: being dull and lazy, I had a lot to choose from!! πŸ˜•


      • Robin King permalink
        November 7, 2015 6:07 PM

        Sent you a note about ⬆ but came back to say: You’re going to be a Pixelmator wizard now, making all kinds of magic for us to enjoy! That’s so very, very cool!!


        • November 9, 2015 1:21 PM

          We dun need no Pinball Wizards– we need Pixelmator Wizards!! Well, I’m currently taking Pixelmator Wizardry 101 at Hogwarts Academy, and hope to be awarded my magic digital drawing wand soon!! Many thanks for your support, you sweet Painting Wizard, you!! 😊


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