I just finished an animal illustration marathon for the zoo. I've been running non stop for the past 2 weeks (except for a little break over the weekend). There were sixty five illustrations to do, I think. I can't remember exactly, I'm kind of brain dead. Anyway, here's some snippets. The final art are full bodied animals which will be part of some signage at the Philadelphia Zoo's new Children Zoo opening this coming Spring.
28 September 2012
22 September 2012
Below is an illustration I did for the back cover of October's Highlights magazine. This one is based on our annual Great Pumpkin Day celebration. This year is our 12th year of getting together with friends and family to eat, drink and carve pumpkins to welcome autumn. It started with myself and two friends but has grown to some fifty guests, many of whom are pictured here.
I just wanted to remind you that Highlights is greatest children's magazine on earth. You really should get the children in your life a subscription.
19 September 2012
I'm currently collaborating with author Brion J. Shreffler on a non-fiction travel/food blog called, "I'm Only Conscious of the Rush." The illustrations are way out of my norm in their looseness and painterly style so it is pretty fun for me. I hope you'll join Brion on his adventure to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin. A more detailed description is below.
In Brion's words:
"Based on my trip to Austin,TX for SXSW back in March, 'I'm conscious only of the rush' is an adventure story that blends together food & music narrative journalism.
Featuring illustrations by Philly artist Chuck Dillon, the project is ongoing, with me soon to return to Austin for an epilogue. I also plan to revisit several other cities along the route I took from Philadelphia, in addition to visiting new cities in order to catch up with musicians and artists I came into contact with at SXSW. The thing that keeps Austin weird (a self-applied badge of honor) is the same DIY mentality that turns a little Texas town into the center of the music universe for 1 week in March. Bands from Berlin, London, Tokyo, Portland, Sao Paolo, NYC, and Brisbane descend on Austin along with music fans the world over. It.is.[cussing].nuts. But the DIY mentality isn't just for music--it permeates Austin culture, with a robust food truck scene and entrepreneurial spirit (everything from designer t-shirts + clothing, craft goods, metal works, bicycles, and more) that's evident on every street thankfully devoid of a national chain presence (only in Austin will you find a shop that is a bike repair/dealer, coffee shop, and art dealer all in one). In a sense then, SXSW is an argument for culture, a statement about what America should be, about the beauty of art, of what we can make our world when we create--music, food, business, etc--rather than follow."
18 September 2012
I'm currently finishing up a big project for the Philadelphia Zoo's new children zoo which should be open next spring. Among many animal illustrations (60 or so) I also have to make American Sign Language signs as shown above. Can anyone guess what is being signed?
All artwork is Copyright © The Philadelphia Zoo 2012
11 September 2012
If you follow me on Facebook you know that I have insanely vivid dreams. I've had them most of my life. I'm not one to look into their meaning but I'd be happy to hear what anyone has to say about them in the comments. Mostly I just find them entertaining, disturbing or downright funny. I hope you will too- but mostly for the funny.
Anyway, I started a new dream blog aptly named, Head Injury Induced Dreams (or as the address says, bump30x30). Whether I actually receive dreams from the head trauma I participated in over the years I do not know, but I thought it was a fun title.
Update: photo of a recent head injury.
10 September 2012
Here's a bunch of snippet sneak peeks at some upcoming stuff I did for Highlights. The first two are Hidden Pictures and the last two are for What's Wrong? back covers. I'm not sure exactly when they'll be published but I'm assume the Pumpkin one will be on the back cover of this coming October issue and the Dogsled Race will be sometime in the winter (February?). As for Hidden Pictures, I have absolutely no idea.
I also wanted to point out that there is now a fun Hidden Picture and What's Wrong? game on the Highlights site. The Hidden Picture game features some of my work as well as many other excellent illustrations by the wonderful Highlights' illustrators. Be sure to check it out!
The Dogsled Race What's Wrong? has more people in it then I have ever drawn in a single illustration. If I remember correctly, it has 105 humans not to mention 17 dogs. I know, I lost my mind.
08 September 2012
I've been working on a big project for the Philadelphia Zoo so I haven't had time to post anything here but here's some photos of pages from my recent sketchbook. I do a lot of drawing in my sketchbook during church so don't mind the little notes.