Practice Makes Perfect…Hopefully?

I was recently contracted to complete a 4 issue comic book for a film company based out of Indiana. What a dream!! I’ve wanted to get paid to draw a comic book since I was a child.

In preparation, I wanted to practice creating a page in order to establish a reliable and efficient digital workflow. The process will certainly take some refining; however, I think I’m off to a good start. I created this page using a combination of Photoshop CS6 and Clip Studio Pro (aka Manga Studio 5)

Enjoy… and please wish me luck… gonna need it!


And the winner is…not me…but it’s all good!

Arcade OdysseyHive Illus WEB

In May 2015 I entered a competition to design the label for Chicago-based brewery Arcade Brewery’s next “Public Brew” – Odyssey Hive. This beer is an American Pale Ale brewed with Honey – so I wanted to do my a take on Homer’s Odyssey in which our patriot hero, lost at sea, is confronted by a swarm of giant bees out to steal his beloved booze – how dare they!!!

Unfortunately, mine was not selected; however, I had a great time creating this illustration, and I couldn’t have been more thankful for all the support and votes from my friends and family – that alone was worth it!

Technique-wise, I drew and inked the image freehand, scanned it, placed it within the specified template provided by Arcade Brewery, and colored it in Photoshop CS6.

Here’s the inked illustration just after I scanned it…

Odyssey Hive Inked WEB

Here’s the penciled image just after starting to ink…

Odyssey Hive Pencil WEB

And in it’s infancy…the initial concept mocked up in Photoshop…

Odyssey Hive Initial Concept WEB


Design for DOV Clothing…

DOV Seal 01 Final LOW RES

This past winter, I designed a seal for the fantastic Chicago-based clothing company DOV Clothing. It’s available on a long sleeve tee or on a hat – both of extremely high quality and very comfortable!

The owner, Brad, could not have been cooler to work with, and I’m hoping to have the chance to do more designs for them down the line. Stay tuned for those, but for now enjoy…

DOV Seal ShirtDOV Seal Hat

The Awning of a New Era…

Cork Awning FINAL Vector - Richardson

In August 2014, I won a contest to redesign the awning for a great Chicago dive bar called Cork Lounge. The original artwork from concept to completion took only a few days; however the process to get the actual awning installed took months, finally getting up on the building at the end of December!

BIG THANKS to my friend Erin for pointing out the contest, to Cork Lounge for appreciating my artwork, to PBR for being a source of inspiration and consumption, and to Chesterfield Awning Co for doing the gruntwork of printing and installing this beast!

As for the technical artistic process: I draw all the linework freehand, colored it in Photoshop CS6, and cropped and vectorized it using Illustrator CS6.

Here’s the awning in action…

Cork Awning Live PicThe original linework…

Cork Awning Orig Linework


Cork Awning FINAL Vector - Richardson Cork Awning FINAL Vector - Richardson


My Illustrations are ALIVE!!!

Throughout the 2014 election season, I had the great pleasure of being a go-to illustrator for the production house Adelstein Liston in Chicago. For numerous animated smear ads across the country, I provided illustrations in pieces which were then animated by Adelstein’s very talented staff of motion graphics designers. It was a lot of planning, quick-turnarounds, and wrist-numbing drawing and coloring…but also a ton of fun and a great learning experience.

Below is an example of one of them. Others can be seen in my “Animation Contributions” page.

‘Tis the season…for holiday EP art!

I was commissioned by Chicago R&B singer Adam Ness to design an album cover and Facebook banner for his 2014 holiday EP. Although it’s not the most intricate and detailed artwork I’ve done recently, it was still significant in that it’s one of the first projects I’ve done entirely digitally. That’s right, folks…No old-school pencil and paper involved here! These were completed using my Monoprice pen tablet and Photoshop CS6.

Happy Holidays!

Ness Holiday EP 2014 Cover

Here’s the Facebook banner…I rearranged the elements, allowing them to show up clearly on both home computers and mobile devices…

Ness Holiday EP 2014 Facebook Banner