I have a lot to post so I'll do it all in a series so I don't lose your attention. The spring has been fruitful this year and for that I am more than thankful. This first offering is a job sent my way via the amazing AD Michiko Toki over at California magazine. She's been nothing but a pleasure to work with and I hope to continue working with her and Cal mag in the future.

This project wasn't a portrait in the beginning, but it evolved, as many illustration jobs do, into its final form seen here. The original job was pushed back in the mag and didn't have room for an illustration. Instead, I was given the opportunity to do a straightforward portrait of the most prolific American author you've never heard of: Max Brand, the pen name of Frederick Faust. He was an amazing writer who was known to write more than 12,000 words over a weekend. He is most well-known for his Western pulps and this was my inspiration for the portrait. I took this opportunity to test a technique I've been wanting to work with for years. I was lucky enough to have the trust of the AD and I just went with it.

It's a simple line drawing, easy enough, with two styles of digital color applied. I liked the two styles so much I sent both off for final along with different cropping applied. Tell me what you think and I'll post more work in the coming days.

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