John Franklin Phillips

John Franklin Phillips

Illustrator / Senior Designer at Push Digital. Columbia, SC
This was done as a preliminary drawing for Charleston City Paper’s annual YEDI issue. This never made it to print, but the assignment was to basically work with a bunch of “What if?” scenarios and illustrate them. I did several of these, which I’ll likely post later.
"What if Sean Brock moved to Nashville?" Well, I guess he’d be a country/western singer. I really just wanted to draw Buck Owens.

This was done as a preliminary drawing for Charleston City Paper’s annual YEDI issue. This never made it to print, but the assignment was to basically work with a bunch of “What if?” scenarios and illustrate them. I did several of these, which I’ll likely post later.

"What if Sean Brock moved to Nashville?" Well, I guess he’d be a country/western singer. I really just wanted to draw Buck Owens.

Seven Days VT got in touch with me again for a quick project based on a short story by Michael Freed-Thall. Here’s my illustration to accompany “Fort Stockton Blues.”
You can read the actual story here: http://www.7dvt.com/2013fort-stockton-blues

Seven Days VT got in touch with me again for a quick project based on a short story by Michael Freed-Thall. Here’s my illustration to accompany “Fort Stockton Blues.”

You can read the actual story here: http://www.7dvt.com/2013fort-stockton-blues

New work for Alpine Shop, Vermont. 50th Anniversary Ski Catalog cover illustration.

New work for Alpine Shop, Vermont. 50th Anniversary Ski Catalog cover illustration.

Quick india ink / watercolor sketch I did awhile back. Maybe 20 minutes or less.

Quick india ink / watercolor sketch I did awhile back. Maybe 20 minutes or less.

I was recently asked to work on three tactical illustrations by Outdoor Life art director Jim Walsh for the August issue. These are always a lot of fun to work on and I’m especially happy with how these turned out.

I had some free time today, so decided to do a quick sketch of a wasp with one of those Pentel Brush pens that come pre-loaded with ink. After I somehow managed to figure out how to get the ink flowing (the instructions were in Japanese / Kanji) I started inking with it and realized that it’s 90% as good as a “real” sable brush with “real” ink. I’ll probably be using this thing every day now.

I had some free time today, so decided to do a quick sketch of a wasp with one of those Pentel Brush pens that come pre-loaded with ink. After I somehow managed to figure out how to get the ink flowing (the instructions were in Japanese / Kanji) I started inking with it and realized that it’s 90% as good as a “real” sable brush with “real” ink. I’ll probably be using this thing every day now.

Here’s an illustration I did for the latest issue of Answers magazine.

Here’s an illustration I did for the latest issue of Answers magazine.

Not much to say about this. Started in my sketchbook and decided to finish drawing it.

Not much to say about this. Started in my sketchbook and decided to finish drawing it.

In The Morning, I Will Sing (2004)
Since I’m drawing birds lately, here’s one I did back in 2004. India ink on illustration board.

In The Morning, I Will Sing (2004)

Since I’m drawing birds lately, here’s one I did back in 2004. India ink on illustration board.

I listen to quite a bit of late-night radio while drawing and lately I’ve heard some interesting stuff about how birds are beginning to sound different. This is leading people to speculate that their navigational systems might be disrupted somehow, whether by an approaching asteroid, rogue planet, pole shift, etc.

One thing which resonated with me was when someone remarked that they had observed a bird emitting some sort of electronic sound. So, rather than draw the analog signal, I drew more of an analog to digital conversion (which is actually backwards, but the more accurate depiction wouldn’t illustrate well). This is basically the thumbnail and concept sketch of that. I should have an actual finished version of this in the next few days.

Left hook to the body…

Left hook to the body…

I’ve been a boxing fan for as long as I can remember and recently thought of a way to incorporate that into my illustration work. This is more or less an experiment in both concept and style. It’s usually tough to do, but lately I’ve been trying to limit myself to only a few colors and keeping things as simple as possible. I don’t think I could ever get tired of drawing anything boxing related.
Here are two portraits of professional boxers Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, which are part of a larger project that I’m working on.

I’ve been a boxing fan for as long as I can remember and recently thought of a way to incorporate that into my illustration work. This is more or less an experiment in both concept and style. It’s usually tough to do, but lately I’ve been trying to limit myself to only a few colors and keeping things as simple as possible. I don’t think I could ever get tired of drawing anything boxing related.

Here are two portraits of professional boxers Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, which are part of a larger project that I’m working on.

Here’s a preliminary draft of something for tomorrow’s CityPaper

Here’s a preliminary draft of something for tomorrow’s CityPaper

Just something for practice. Maybe for another drawing.

Just something for practice. Maybe for another drawing.