Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weston Ruddy Wheat Packaging Photos

Below are photos of the produced Weston Ruddy Wheat packaging. The work was originally posted back in April right after completing the design and illustration for the red wheat brew. The beer is now available in stores. Check out Weston Brewing Company to find out more.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What the Gardener Saw

I have decided to include my personal work with my commercial work here on I Draw All Day. My current project is entitled "What the Gardener Saw", you can view some of the work here and on my WTGS Facebook page.

What the Gardener Saw is a series of paintings and sculptures. Each piece has a botanical theme/name referring to the Victorian-era means of communication called “The Language of Flowers”. Various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.

I am currently collaborating with author J. Alexander Greenwood on a novella based on this work. An excerpt from the book will be available soon. The completion of this work is slated for next year, the culmination of 5 years work. A permanent website for this collection is currently being developed. The scope being a way to convey the story of the 'Gardener' visually and through the written word.  Below are some of the paintings, sketches and sculptures.

"The Fertile Mind of Helebore Mandrake"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on Wood Panel
Photo by Steve Wilson

"The Lost of Agrimony Bodge"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on Wood Panel

Photo by Steve Wilson

"The Odd Encounter of Baltus McCloud"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on Wood Panel
Photo by Steve Wilson

"Oleander Mandrake: Grey Man of Frog Ophrys"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on Wood Panel
Photo by Steve Wilson

"The Eyes of Hortensia Teasel"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on Wood Panel
Photo by Steve Wilson

"Helenium Mandrake: The Gift of Madness"
by David Allen Terrill
Oil on wood panel
24" x24"
Photo by Steve Wilson

"Seelen Loch"
by David Allen Terrill
Bronze on African Mahogany Base 

Various sketches from my sketchbooks

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pilate's Cross Book Trailer

Back in December of 2009, I was fortunate enough to create the book cover for J. Alexander Greenwood's novel, Pilate's Cross. My very talented friend has just released a book trailer of his work. I have posted it here for your viewing pleasure along with the press release explaining the plot in more detail.

Mystery Thriller "Pilate's Cross" Based on Real Life Murders
10.08.2010– In the early 1950s, a professor in tiny Peru, Nebraska strode into a college president's office and shot him dead, then killed himself. Though few remember this terrible event, it inspired J. Alexander Greenwood to write the novel "Pilate's Cross." A two-minute film about the book premiered October 13, 2010.

Today Greenwood is a public relations consultant in Kansas City, but in late 2003 he moved to Nebraska's Peru State College for a two-year stint as director of marketing and public relations. Nestled in the rural "Campus of a Thousand Oaks," he found the inspiration for a mystery story.

“The real core of this book is about the open secrets that can fester in a community until an outsider raises questions,” Greenwood said. "When I worked in Peru, every day I’d walk past a plaque in the administration building that honored the college’s former president and dean, who both died on the same day in the 1950s. It didn’t hint at anything nefarious; it could have been a car wreck for all I knew. I finally asked--and it was worse than I ever imagined.”

Greenwood eventually gained access to police records, crime scene photos, witness affidavits and news coverage of the decades-old murders, but the resulting book is not a thinly veiled fictionalization of an historical event.

“The professor’s motive was, in the grand scheme of things, terribly petty,” Greenwood said. “'Pilate’s Cross' is inspired by the questions this terrible crime created; but as a work of fiction it is set in a different place and has a more complex motive for the murders."

"Nearly all aspects of the book, including the location, characters and most importantly the mystery are strictly products of my imagination.”

However, recent real-life events are chilling in their similarities, and lead Greenwood to reconsider marketing the book.

"In April the former president of the college took his own life as news of a financial scandal was about to break. Though I wrote this book two years ago--three years after I left Peru--I had some serious trepidation about promoting it in the wake of this tragedy."

He added, "The 'college president' character isn't based on my former boss, and I would be very concerned if readers thought he was. Peru was very good to me, and it's very important that people know this book was not meant to mar his memory or upset anyone--especially my friends in Peru, Nebraska."

"Pilate's Cross" has been described as 'The X-Files' meets 'The Prisoner.' It follows newly transplanted college instructor John Pilate, his sarcastic imaginary pal Simon and lovely friend Kate as they investigate the unsolved mystery of a murdered president of Cross College. In too deep to wash his hands of the mystery, he risks his life to get to the truth of what really happened in 1963 and why it's just as deadly more than 40 years later.

The book's cinematic structure made it an ideal project for a book trailer by celebrated digital media design company T2 + Back Alley Films of Kansas City. The trailer's world premiere was at 1:13 p.m. CST on October 13, 2010 at

"T2 is simply the best in the business. I'm over the moon at T2's interpretation of the book," Greenwood said. "The trailer really transports you right into the world of Cross Township--like a movie."

T2's concept and screen execution was teamed with Wheeler Audio of Kansas City to record actors and mix sound for the trailer. Greenwood wrote the dialog and voiced two of the characters.

"The trailer was truly a collaborative effort between T2, Wheeler and me," Greenwood said. "I just hope that the book lives up to the high expectations set by the trailer."

T2 + Back Alley Films, led by CEO Teri Rogers is a nationally recognized digital media agency that creates all forms of new media content. Their specialties include motion graphics design, experiential design, augmented reality and other forms of new media, as well as original films and documentaries, digital production and postproduction.

Cover artist David Terrill designed a book cover as intricate as the plot.

"David's cover reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock film poster," Greenwood said. "There's a lot going on in his concept. It really elicits the book's themes of isolation, danger and mystery."

Greenwood and Terrill are now collaborating on a novella based on a series of Terrill's paintings titled "What the Gardener Saw." Greenwood is also working on a follow-up to "Pilate's Cross."

"The reviews have been very good so far, and I love writing about these characters, so why not?" Greenwood said.

"Pilate's Cross" is a Premium Selection at Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Diesel eBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Sony, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone.

The book's website at has links to retailers where the book is sold; as well as excerpts, more information about the author and an interview about the origins of the book.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nerdbot: Oddmund T-Shirts

Back in July, I was lucky enough to be asked to illustrate a T-Shirt for my friends that create Nerdbots. I chose to illustrate and design a Nerdbot named Oddmund, They have been printed, and they turned out great. Below are some photos of Oddmund being modeled by my sweet daughter while playing in the yard.

You can purchase your own Oddmund shirt here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Rhythm & Ribs Identity Logo

I am currently working on creating a new identity system for the Rhythm & Ribs 18th & Vine Blues and Jazz Festival. The request was made to base the new look on the sax player from the publicity poster. I took my original illustration and created a "vectored" version. This new illustration has the ability to be resized as needed. The logo has been converted to four colors and has been simplified for an easier read. 

I am currently working on letterhead, envelope and business card designs using this new logo. I will share these pieces when they are completed. 

Thanks for looking.

R&R Logo

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Updated: Rhythm & RIbs Poster: Artist Lineup

Below is the finalized poster for this year's Rhythm & Ribs event with the artist lineup. Performing are, Nicholas Payton - Artist in Residence, "A Tribute to Donny Hathaway" featuring Kirk Whalum and Lalah Hathaway and Sugarfoot's Ohio Players. A roster of local talent will be announced soon. 

Visit the American Jazz Museum's website for more information about the event taking place on October 9, 2010, in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rhythm & Ribs Poster with Artist Lineup and Sponsors

Friday, July 23, 2010

An Illustrator Photographing France

Back in 2003 my wife and I went to France for our honeymoon. We spent time in Paris sight seeing, painting in Monet's Garden located in Giverny and trekking to Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy. I am not a photographer, but I do love to take pictures. It helps me work on my composition skills, while recording the moment. After arriving home, I took the photos into Photoshop and applied some grit, texture and color manipulation to emulate the look of antique prints. I treated the photographs like paintings. Below are some of my favorite pieces from our trip.

View of Mont St. Michel during low tide

The Eiffel Tower and surrounding Paris from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral

Door detail from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Sainte Radegonde Church, Giverny
burial site of Claude Monet

Sainte Radegonde Church, Giverny