October 31, 2008


The new issue of Virginia Living Magazine is out! Look to the back page to find the "Curse Tree" illustration. Thanks again to the Art Director, Tyler Darden for the great opportunity. The story that I wrote with it is below.
Entangled in the roots of Jamestown’s “curse tree” are the tombs of Dr. James Blair and his wife, Sarah Harrison Blair. Legend says that the giant sycamore tree that sprouted between the lovers is the haunted manifestation of a disapproving mother-in-law. Cursing the union of her daughter to the much older suitor, she avowed to never rest until the marriage was dissolved. After her passing, the lovers lived happily ever after, or so it would seem.

Dr. Blair led a distinguished public life in Jamestown with his wife, until her passing in 1713. James Blair was laid to rest, next to her, in 1743. Soon thereafter, the “curse tree” took root between the graves, and separated the lovers as it grew, pushing the two over seven feet apart, and placing the remains of Sarah Harrison Blair within inches of the tomb of her mother.

October 30, 2008


While I believe that anything can be art, I strongly disagree with the idea that everything is art.

Spectrum 16 Call for Entries

Spectrum 16 is now open for submissions. Visit their website for an application, and check out the Peter de Sève Call for Entries illustration below. Looks like they went with the second sketch.

History tests positive for steroids

This week's featured illustrator is Gregory Manchess.

George Lois on Advertising Age

Legendary designer/art director George Lois was recently featured in a ten minute interview on adage.com.

Lois responds to the high-profile battery powered Esquire cover, which he calls gimmicky, by emphasizing the importance of The Idea in cover design. He talks about the now famous Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, and why he thinks it shouldn't have run despite being a smart cover piece. He also touches on the idea that photography can't solve every problem, which of course is exactly why we're in business.

Lois has a new book out, George Lois: On Creating the Big Idea which is now on my Christmas list. Mom, Dad, if you're reading this...

Tor.com Interview with Dan Dos Santos

At Tor.com, Irene Gallo interviews Dan Dos Santos.

October 29, 2008

The Line Work of David Stone Martin

On Today's Inspiration: David Stone Martin "Bending a Wire" and his crowquill pen-point drawings.

Mexican Street Dogs

This week I started painting portraits of street dogs. A common sight throughout the country, street animals are both part of the texture of street life as well as a genuine health and humanitarian problem. But no level of government, from civic to federal has ever been able or willing to affect the situation and I doubt it is something they ever will tackle. The country just isn’t hard wired that way. So large populations of undernourished dogs survive by scavenging garbage or on scraps they are given by compassionate people. And often they don’t survive.

My daughter has taken to feeding a dog she passes on the walk to school each day. “Ojos Tristes” or “Sad Eyes” as she calls her, happily greats Isabella each morning when she see her coming. Then Isabella places a handful of dog food from her back pack on the sidewalk for Ojos Tristes and goes on her way.

New Art: Yan Nascimbene for The Wall Street Journal

Yan Nascimbene recently completed a piece about the consumer goods market for the MarketWatch section of the Wall Street Journal, for art director Jia Baek.

The piece will appear on or around November 3, 2008.

October 27, 2008


I'm currently working on a solo show for the fall at Ghost Print Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. I'm also working on a pitch for a graphic novel (and for myself), an animation short with a few colleagues at VCU, and a multimedia art idea that might just change the world... wishful thinking, but it's got me excited.

Those things said, I don't have anything that I can show, as all that I mentioned are either in their infancy, or I want them to be a surprise...

I'm sharing a few details of things in progress. Hopefully, I will be able to bring some of these broader reaching ideas to life.

October 24, 2008


I find that I must make myself create art. It is not a compulsion, but a discipline. Many of the illustrators, painters, and artists that I know react the same way. I love drawing in my sketchbook, creating ideas, observing, etc., because it is for me (although I choose to share my sketchbooks with others). They are meant to be utilitarian.

I seem to want to do anything but start a painting: that's the hard part. I know that each time I work, I am in for a battle. Every successful painting that I have created has gone through an "ugly" stage. If it comes out on the other side, then it has passed the test of trial by fire. If it does not come out of this ugly stage, then it is a failure. This happens more than I would like to admit. Time is no friend of mine...

A blank canvas means judgement, especially if the work has an application. I know that others will see the work, good or bad. Getting myself into the studio takes true will power, and I find that establishing some kind of schedule can be of some assistance. I used to keep office hours when my studio was outside of the house. Nowadays, my studio is in my home, and the line between personal life and work is blurry indeed.

Pinocchio, Mendacious Boy Puppet, Plunges to Death at Museum

Via Unbeige: "Pinocchio, the Italian boy puppet who was the subject of a 1940 Walt Disney movie about his early life, died yesterday morning after falling from an upper floor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Police have not determined whether the death was a suicide, homicide, or accident." More...

October 23, 2008

Isabelle Arsenault on Lost At E Minor

At Lost At E Minor: The charming work of Canadian illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.

Art Directors Club Announces '08 Hall of Fame Inductees

This week the New York Art Directors Club announced its 2008 Hall of Fame inductees, seven individuals representing the fields of advertising, design, architecture, filmmaking, illustration, academia and photography. The official induction will take place at a black-tie benefit gala dinner on November 6, 2008, at the ADC Gallery in New York, with proceeds going toward ADC scholarship programs.

The honorees are:

  • Alex Bogusky, co-chairman, Crispin Porter + Bogusky;

  • Ray Eames (posthumous), designer, architect and filmmaker;

  • Sir John Hegarty, chairman, worldwide creative director, Bartle Bogle Hegarty;

  • Maira Kalman, illustrator, artist, designer;

  • John Maeda, president, Rhode Island School of Design

  • R. Roger Remington, Massimo and Leila Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology;

  • Bruce Weber, fashion photographer.

Past inductees include Andy Warhol, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, and Louise Fili, who has been the stylish brain behind our identity and promotional materials for over a decade.

ADC celebrates the 2008 Hall of Fame inductions with a series of Fame Festival week events, all taking place at the ADC Gallery, 106 West 29th Street, New York.

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October 19, 2008


Q: What advice would you give a student entering the field of illustration (image making)?

A: In school, the idea that I might not find success as an artist never entered my mind. I found illustration my second year in art school, and I fell in love with the visual problem solving required in the discipline. I was aware of the horrible attrition rate of professional artists, and I would shrug off the doubts as if they were other people's concerns. Reality set in when I graduated. I began asking the tough questions- What am I doing differently than the thousands of other students graduating from art schools across the world? How to I begin? How good is my product? Who will by my product?

I waited tables, worked at a gym, taught a bit, worked retail, and somewhere I found the courage to look above the mire that my life had become. I found a community in the Illustration Academy, and I committed to a total immersion of my life in art- much as it had been in school.

Be sure to embrace your arts community. You are not above it, better than it, etc. An artist can't live in isolation. The period immediately following school can be very depressing. It is the first time that you aren't punished, or rewarded for doing/not doing your work. You aren't required to be anywhere, or to answer to anyone. The lack of parameters can be very difficult for the undisciplined. You must set goals, set a schedule, and follow them. There will be more on goal setting next post.

October 18, 2008

This Weekend: International Vintage Poster Fair in NYC

If you're looking for something to do in NYC this weekend, I recommend paying a visit to The International Vintage Poster Fair taking place through Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St, 4th Floor. Admission is $15 for the whole weekend, and you'll get up close to some of the most beautiful vintage lithographs from around the world, all vetted for their authenticity.

A favorite of mine was the Ma Maison de Papier booth. The Belgian dealer was extremely knowledgeable about each poster, enthusiastically explaining the history of the products that were featured in the posters, cultural references that were humorous or dramatic at the time the poster was made, printing techniques, and the backgrounds of the illustrators.

Also of interest was The East is Red, posters from Mao's China. The images are very striking, and some quite affordable. If you liked Art and China's Revolution (through Jan. 11 at Asia Society), you'll want to loiter a bit at this booth.

I also saw an Alphonse Mucha being sold. Damn those losing lottery tickets! It could've been me...

October 17, 2008

Skull Reference Photos

Free reference! 15 high-res skulls at different angles Skull Reference Photos from Jimiyo/GoMediaZine.

Ruminating with Ruben Leyva

If you throw a rock in Oaxaca, you’ll hit an artist. Some people would say, “In that case, throw it hard”. Happily, I am not such a person, so I was delighted to get the chance to meet the painter Ruben Leyva, one of the gran maestros of the Oaxacan art scene.

I was actually pounding the streets looking for a decent art supply store, when I inquired in a downtown gallery if they had a suggestion. They invited me to a studio in the back and Ruben was there working on a ceramic installation. I didn’t know who he was but once he started showing me his work it became evident he’s a heavy hitter.

Ruben is also a really nice guy. His work is rich with whimsy, irony and a playful symbolism. His newest project is a book of photographs taken during the 2006 teachers’ strike. They include images of riot police behind barriers, soldiers on patrol, and burning automobiles on deserted streets.

October 16, 2008

Online Store Now Available!


My Online store is now up and running! I plan on updating items for sale, as they become available. Something that you don't see available (prints, sketches, tshirts, etc.)? You can email us at forsale@sterlinghundley.com, and we'll see if we can make it available.


My Online store is now up and running! I plan on updating items for sale, as they become available. Something that you don't see available (prints, sketches, tshirts, etc.)? You can email us at forsale@sterlinghundley.com, and we'll see if we can make it available.


Drink? Pillow? Pretzels? Poetry?

This week's featured illustrator is Yan Nascimbene.

James Jean on the work of Rob Sato

At Lost at E Minor today: James Jean on the work of Rob Sato.

Art in Odd Places, NYC

October in NYC brings us Art in Odd Places. Like a scavenger hunt, New Yorkers will use a map to discover art in unexpected places around the Union Square area.

Interview with theispot.com's Dave Tabler

Partfaliaz interviews Dave Tabler of theispot.com. partfaliaz.free.fr/dave_tabler_theispot.htm

October 14, 2008

New Art: Ted Wright Logo for Sea Ray Yachts

I was recently commissioned to design a new logo for Sea Ray Boats.

They stage an event called the Sea Ray Yacht Rendezvous where they take new yacht owners to the Bahamas on a large caravan and teach them how to use their new boats in the open water. It is a week-long event involving as many as 100 boats following one another for the adventure. They leave from Miami loaded with provisions and mechanics in preparation for any obstacle that might present itself during the trip.

It's a terrific event, set in a beautiful location. The owners love it and it's a great way for new boaters to learn about their boats and to meet others with the same interest.

Can't Talk, Perusing Mattias Adolfsson Prints at Etsy

From Mattias Inks: "...I've decided to start selling original drawings via Etsy, please come in and look at the goods for a while, I'm planning to sell almost all of my originals so if you have some favorite not in the shop yet please contact me..."

October 13, 2008


I'm posting a drawing from my weekend trip to Texas, to jury the Art Directors Club of Houston. I came away inspired and tired. I met a great group of people, and I hope to be able to stay in touch with my new friends. Thank you to the ADCH, and congratulations to all of those who entered.

Ron Miriello, Creative Director,Grafico, San Diego
Jeffrey Brown, Photographer, San Diego
Michael Borosky, Creative Director,11, San Francisco
Holly Holzschla, Web Guru

Solomon Group Now on theispot.com

The Solomon illustration group has decided to add a presence on theispot.com to our promotional menu. We've launched an 18 image portfolio for each of our artists, which we'll be updating frequently as time goes by. You can take a look at the portfolios here.

Banksy in NYC: The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

Banksy's Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill at 89 Seventh Ave. South.

"Demonstrating his twisted but thought provoking sense of humor, Banksy designed a pet shop that includes fish sticks swimming in a fish tank, a chimpanzee watching chimp porn, a fur coat playing a cat, and hot dog hamsters."
-Ariston Anderson (more)


New work for Virginia Living.

Peter Francisco, The Virginia Giant
By: Sterling Hundley

In a time of overwhelming odds, our Revolutionary Nation needed an extraordinary hero. Peter Francisco, was just such a hero. At 6’6” and 260 pounds, Francisco was a giant in stature and a juggernaut in will. In 1776, at the age of sixteen, Francisco joined the 10th Virginia Regiment. The Virginia Giant, as he was referred to on the lips of storytellers, is credited with inhuman feats of strength, heroism, and bravery. Legend tells that the Virginia Hercules leveled eleven British soldiers in one battle, escaped from nine soldiers after being captured, was wounded six times, rescued his commanding officer, and single handedly carried a cannon on his back, away from the advancing enemy. Many of these feats are recorded as credible history, and if possible, the legend of Peter Francisco has grown larger than the man.

October 12, 2008


Do you find commercial illustration to be confining?

No, I don't. The idea of illustration is confining. The reality is that the medium allows the artist who can think, and manifest those thoughts as pictures and words, to move laterally, indefinitely. My aspirations to create personal work for gallery walls deals more with the close-ended nature of illustration. The illustrator is limited in both time and space in which to make an impression on the viewer. As a result, they have to do a lot of the problem solving and heavy lifting for the viewer. Art in galleries is afforded the luxury of both time and space. The viewer has made the effort to seek out the work, hence they have plenty of time to consider it. As a result, fine art can be much more open ended. There is a hierarchy in the art world that no one ever speaks about. Fine art is white collar, even royalty in [some] people's eyes. Illustration is blue collar. Other artistic disciplines flesh out that spectrum somewhere. People get bitter about this. I'm not trying to change the natural order, only figure out how I can live in as many of those places as possible.

October 10, 2008

Thomas Woodruff's Solar System

P.P.O.W. Gallery presents Thomas Woodruff's Solar System (The Turning Heads) from October 9-November 15, 2008. The series is a visual play on the old parlor trick of the “upside-down head”, some resemble mandalas or icons of worship. Others, turned on their heads, could pass for heavy metal album covers. The paintings are rendered on black silk velvet and motorized to turn themselves upside down. Read more about the series in the gallery's press release. Opening Reception tonight from 6-8pm, 525 West 25th St., NYC 10001.

October 9, 2008


"Curse Tree" for Virginia Living has been completed. Thanks again to Art Director Tyler Darden for his faith in me. To see the final, and read the story, pick up the December issue of Virginia Living magazine, and look to the back page! I will post the image and story here after the magazine is released.

Process work for "Curse Tree" for Virginia Living. Approved sketch, workspace, and process, step 1 (background elements on tracing paper). step 2 (figuring out the interaction of the tree and the tombs).step 3 and 4 (I will update soon) step 5(applying value to the final surface. Details from the finished image.


If you never make a bad painting, you aren't trying hard enough. If you always make bad paintings, you are trying way to hard.

Warning: Sketches May Trigger Pavlovian Desire to Commission Artwork

⇑The Finish:

⇓The Sketches:

October 8, 2008


Be sure to visit my new website. I have included 7 galleries with sketchbooks, another blog for questions, answers, and advice, and a for sale section that will make available original paintings, limited edition prints, posters, prints, etc. I hope to have this section up and running by the middle of October (around the 17th).

New work for North American Review:

Client: North American Review
AD: Gary Kelley
Timeline: I had roughly a month to work on this project from the assignment date. The final was completed over a three day period.
Gary was amazing to work for. Understanding that the budget was sparse, he gave me complete freedom to create something that I was excited about. The idea for this assignment came from a sketch in my sketchbook (see sketchbook 1, image 1), that deals with our ailing environment.
Description- We are in a struggle for our lives. With recent speculation that 1/4 of the world's mammals will be extinct in our lifetime, the dying off of honeybees, due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder- remember, they pollenate nearly everything), the dying off of bats by the tens of thousands (the worlds most plentiful mammals), over 30,000 species becoming extinct WEEKLY, the world's water sources drying up, etc., etc., it is time that we realized that we are not indepent of all other life. We are very much a part of the cycle of life, and we are the problem. This image will be a part of a series that I am working on, addressing many of these issues. The original sketch is for "FOOD". The finished illustration is for "WATER". I am planning on a third image "SHELTER". We are conjoined with all life. Perhaps this dying economy will make us change decisions that we make on a daily basis that can initiate a decline in our abuse of all living things. Who knows...

October 7, 2008

Mark Summers is Quickest on the Draw

The challenge I gave myself when I started this series of illustrations for Texas Monthly was to complete each drawing in exactly one day. I have been doing exactly that. What I like about this particular illustration is that, for the first time, a lot of the color is done with pastel. I've Never tried it before, but it's resulted in some cool effects.

October 6, 2008

Yeah, 2D animation's still got it.

Art of the Title interviews Hameed Shaukat, the producer for the gorgeous 2D bookends to the movie Kung Fu Panda. You can also view the two sequences on their site - beautiful.

James Bennett Bailout Illo for Wall Street Journal

James Bennett's latest finished assignment for The Wall Street Journal is an illustration of Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke trying to repair a sad little piggy bank. Art Director Dan Smith.

220+ Skateboard Graphics

From Blog.Spoongraphics, a gallery of 220+ Stunning Creative Skateboard Graphics.

October 5, 2008


I have activated the Community>Advice and the Contact>Students>Q/A links on my website. "The Blue Collar" blog will function as a place where I can share the reasoning behind my work, ideas, thought process, etc. The "Advice" blog (advice.sterlinghundley.com) will be used to answer many of your questions. As always, thank you for contributing!


Q: How did you come up with and develop your style/technique?

A: I don't believe in style, and technique is nothing more than surface treatment, if it is not paired properly with the right visual solution.

I prefer to think of this in terms of personal voice, which is actually, a personal point of view. I define this simply, as deciding what you like and dislike about your work through trial and error.
You keep what works and discard what doesn't. In short, a personal voice is something that develops over time and it is a difficult thing to think your way through. The answer is in the action of doing. It is important to focus as much attention on what you paint, as how you paint it. As much as we need to know the fundamentals of picture making, we must understand the fundamentals of visual problem solving. Picture making can be addressed through the big questions: How? (technique), What? (subject matter), and Why? (visual problem solving/personal philosophy). These are all things that are encompassed in the idea of Personal Point of View.

If you subscribe to the idea that an artist's responsibility is to record the time in which we live (and I do), then your work should be ever-evolving, as the world changes around you. My approach is grounded in philosophies that change. These grand ideas become the thread that links a body of work together. The first time that I was aware of this, I was trying to combine line and tone. It took me some time, but all of the work was created towards that common goal. That helped to make it cohesive. Recently I've been attempting to show process in the finals. Currently, I am searching for ways of combining the narrative and the conceptual in my images, as well as a more painterly approach to conceptual work.

An artist who does not change and mature throughout their career is looking inwards at themselves, and they are not looking outwardly at the world. After all, aren't artists supposed to have curious minds?

October 2, 2008

Don't Get Caught Underdressed. Even When Dog Sitting.

This week's featured illustrator is Tim Bower.


Well, it is done. I've finally built and updated my own website. I've added a ton of new content. It isn't 100% functional yet, but most of the links are active. I still need to activate the links for advice, descriptions, and the for sale categories. I'm planning on having all of them running by October 14th. Updates can be found by scrolling down on the front page.

Please let me know if you find any issues. I hope that you enjoy the work!


Because Someday We'll Have to Cook Our Own Food

We know that weeks of depressing news coming out of Wall Street might make you want to hide under the covers with your comics. But when times are hard, you must not despair... you must prepare!

If I learned anything from my beloved grandmother, who raised five siblings during the Great Depression, it's the importance of being resourceful. She would have approved of tasks like making your own soap, charting the addresses and hours of all your local thrift stores, growing your own penicillin, or my favorite option, starting a victory garden.

When the time, and the tomato, is ripe, wash up, put on your best second-hand duds, and turn your garden, through the alchemical magic of cooking, into a dinner fit for a pre-bailout CEO. For recipes, check out The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook, pictured below. Cover illustration by Ted Wright.