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A miscellany: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year December 24 Observations 2015 February 15 Above are a couple of recent landscape drawings. Last year, I made several hundred of these types of studies. Most... owl book progress October 13 Quick snaps from a work in progress for Schwartz & Wade. The text is by Laura Godwin. The project is caoably and... Baby Owl February 23 I'm working a new book for Schwartz & Wade. Here are some sketch details. Lot of work to do yet so I'll... Before I go to work July 7 There were lots of animals hanging around the South Natick Dam in the last week or two. As the water level goes down... Bird Brain May 16 I draw birds a lot. Most of them are of the imaginary variety. Some of these doodles and personal works have... The Short Form August 24 The Short Form: brush on some paint draw characters with ballpoint pen add... Bird Brain August 11 I'm drawing birds a lot this summer (no real surprise there). Most of it is for my own enjoyment but it goes... Frog Wrangling June 11 A while back, I too had some business to conduct with Jim Burke who is the creative director behind Dellas Graphics... Messing around March 7 Like knitting or quilting, when I have a few minutes and don't know what to do with it, I retreat to doodling... Status Update January 12 It's a really rainy miserable day here in the western suburbs. Sketching sketching and more sketching for two... The Life & Death of a Pencil Tip May 27 News Flash: pencil lead breaks! I save these little things. I have collections of pencil stubs, scraps of paper... Drawing Nature March 14 I've always thought that the only difference between illustration and what we call fine art is where the text... Glimpses of this and that December 21 December Errata December 16 First: A recent passle of illustrations done for The Christian Science Monitor for their 2010 end of the year Gift... destination: UNKNOWN November 20 Open publication If you really like this sort of thing a printed version is available here. Cabinet of Curiosities June 28 Tucked into a corner of a European Decorative Arts gallery at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a curious... Pointy People May 18 Pointy People Portfolio by Rob Dunlavey     For Patrick May 11 Below is the progression of sketches for this half-page editorial illustration for "Rethinking Schools"... Ashes, Dust & Ephemera March 30 There's a design company not far from my house. It's a kind of sleepy, well-tended place. I don't know... Urban Sprawl February 1 Last week (or was it the week before?) I received a package from France. The contents, when fussed over, checked-in... City in the snow January 6 When I feel the need to procrastinate or just have fun, I draw these buildings. Some, like this one, are cut, scored... Studio Peek December 18 No ping pong table. No large collectors edition posters. No extensive library full of awards and expensive design... Voyage à Paris November 13 I've wanted to see Paris for a very long time (ever since French lessons in 3rd grade!). Various factors have... Sculptures de papier October 12 My Crystal Cities have gone 3-d and now squatters have moved in. The guess the secret's getting... (Un)Limited too October 5 This little project was spearheaded by Julia Talcott. The artists who participated are: Julia... A mild case of schizophrenia September 22 Joy Ride March 30 The other morning my chair was occupied by the night watchman so I had to set up operation on the floor. No problem. It... robd interview March 24 For those of you who care (Hi Mom!!), Julien Chung, illustrator extraordinaire, has concluded a three-part (but... Crystal Cities Portfolio March 13 Here's a portfolio (give it a minute to load) of thirty images selected from a current series: "Crystal... THINK small March 9 Over the past few weeks my studio has become infested with these small & insane bits of paper; each one with... Night Studio February 28 I'm usually up and in my studio well before the sun makes its way to this side of the Atlantic Ocean. This gives me one... Not Valentines Day February 10 This was for a piece that ran in the New York Times last weekend. It was  for an essay by a man marvelling at how... Under the influence February 10 I told a friend this morning that I had stumbled into a "delirious detour" from the work represented in my... January February 5 In Sketchbookland: January's haul was good. I started doing these decorative architectural doodles and the torrent show... Kneejerk November 21 This was about a guy who sued his employer for firing him while he was recovering from knee surgery and on a medical... New Website November 8 I've revised my website. Have a look and tell me what you think: www.robd.com Let Them Eat Cake October 27 Dave Gothard's Uncle Moneybags deer-in-the-headlights reminded me of a fat cat I drew a few years ago. C'mon, you've... Integrated Building Systems October 24 The process of making an illustration is often like the subject of this spread I recently completed for NFPA Journal.... Credit Default Swaps October 2 Newsweek Magazine Senior Art Director Dan Revitte asked me to draw him a picture of these financial "weapons of... Animals August 5 Julien Chung, a fabulous and prolific illustrator from Montreal has posted parts 1 and 2 of a 3-part interview with me... Character Design Portfolio July 22   Recent Paintings July 11 Here's a new gallery of recent paintings done since January 2008. They're on plywood panels or canvas and are generally... Sketches - Finals 3 May 14 Some of you may know Tim Davin, the art director at Canadian Business Magazine in Toronto. We hadn't  worked... Painting in Progress May 7 I imagine that there are many ways to go about a dedicated and disciplined painting regimen. For several years I... Sketches - Finals 2 May 2 This full page illustration was done recently for a college law journal article about a steel industry merger that... Sketches - Finals 1 April 17 The transition from a sketch to a final illustration is where illustrators define  themselves. The sketch stage is... a few new Kryptonite paintings April 14 I've added a few new images to my Kryptonite gallery. I'm working larger (away from my sketchbooks) in preparation for... Spot Illustration: Arc Flashes April 3 I'm back doing some things for Dave Yount AD of the NFPA Journal. This one was about changes to warning labels used on... Snowboard Graphics February 26 Salomon has run a competition for wild and crazy snowboard designs for the past couple of years. I've been meaning to... The Golden Chickie December 17 Many thanks to PLANSPONSOR for this fun 1/2 page commission I was privileged to create last week. The AD was stern in... Envelope Paintings October 14 In 1992, after admiring a painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser done on a folded out envelope, I started a similar... Under the Influence September 29 Lately, I've been hauling these big fat coffee table books about Hungarian and Russian Folk Art home from the library... Trash Day September 23 It's trash day right?? Hope I'm not the only one! Here's my contribution: a cover illustration from the vault regarding... Mixed Messages August 7 Here's a job I recently completed. I'll share a little of the process that went into it. It was for Plansponsor... CMEE SEGD award winner July 27 Two years ago I completed work on a large commission for CMEE (the Children's Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton,... Time Flies July 24 This seems to be the summer to contribute to different artistic causes. This one is just a bit of efficient... Astrid Lindgren Exhibit July 19 A month ago I received some SPAM from Illustrakids to submit an illustration for an exhibit about Astrid Lindgren the... Saturday Morning June 16 Optimized Popeye June 5 Here's a view of a final bit of cover art I did last week. The concept started as  a doodle along with a few more... Squirrillustration May 15 Last week I worked on a full page illustration for Liz Hale at the Los Angeles Times. I thought I'd share a bit of the... New Galleries April 30 When you have minute, view two new galleries of mine:Collage SketchesSketchbook: March-April 2007When commissions are... Seeing Green April 27 Here's a recent illustration concerning "green" businesses. The editor wanted a "vibe" rather than... Good client April 5 Here are some sketches and finishes for a recent illo for PLANSPONSOR Magazine. SooJin Buzelli, A.D. What are you drawing today? March 5 I'm drawing underperforming students. How exciting! Explaining the Explanation February 10 PLANSPONSOR Magazine art director SooJin Buzelli contacted me through illoz.com a week or two ago to do a 1/3 page... Recent sketchbook pages December 27 It's been a while since I posted any sketches. Here's a smattering of recent efforts from two books (November-December... 2007 Calendar: Get 'em now! December 8 I'm mailing out my self-promo 2007 calendar. Let me know where I can send your copy.They are 18 x 24" and mailed... Vector work: Rocket Park November 17 Rocket ParkThis project won't be public for a year or so but I can share a few draft images now. These are... Playboy… again October 30 I also have done one illustration in my life for Playboy (back in 1991). And here it is. Lucky you!Following the thread... Adirondack Life October 28 I've been working hard today getting a batch of illustrations done for a small magazine in upstate New York: Adirondack... My Little Monkey October 6 Leo Espinosa's post about the Hawaiian Hula Monkey doll made me consider posting a gallery of monkey doodles. What is... Let's Dump Pluto! August 21 Fellow Drawgerite, Edel Rodriguez, commissioned a spot illustration last week for the back page of TIME. He said he... Sorry, more sketches… August 17 My current sketchbook:Where is all this activity headed?Is there any commercial potential?See more in the new gallery. Sunday Magazine, Durban, South Africa August 4 I just made this little tidbit for a newspaper in Durban, South Africa.• Pretty cool design studio... Musical Animals July 28 Did I hear someone say "musical animals"?I just finished this insane little pastry for a First Grade reader... Computer Game backgrounds July 14 I recently got some fan mail regarding background paintings I'd made back in the early 1990's for several computer... This summer… July 7 July will be a KILLER month: there are 4-5 fairly large jobs and a few smaller ones all with looming sketch deadlines.... New Work: New Client… end of the road May 11 Well, all good things must come to an end. The Hewlett-Packard "Anthem" commercial I contributed designs for... New Work: New Client… the Journey continues April 20 This project has entered a new phase where all the bits and pieces are supposed to organize themselves into something... New Work: New Client April 11 I'm doing a bunch of "graphic research" for a LA based film studio. Elements from this series of images will...