What Gives?

Well, the holidays are officially over. With the arrival of my daughter  from college (with her boyfriend) and the many parties and meals that followed, I didn’t get a chance to post! I ended up working on a myriad of things though. Here’s a sampling!

Probably the strangest assignment: My good friends at Lumina Wine and Beer wanted a window splash for Asheboro’s annual Christmas on Sunset. I’d never done one, but they were paying in wine…so I was in! Here it is, halfway through:


Then there was a hidden pictures double-page spread for a Highlights collection:Powell_rushhour_final….plus, an illustration for Highlights For Children itself (rough and finish)
image3 Cook…followed by a cover for a Highlights joke book (I’ll do the interior illustrations as well). I can’t show the finish on this one!
image4 crackupscover_rough_3

Then, to completely switch gears, I took on a group of commissions for a bunch of friends who wanted a spaceship each, revolving around the same theme:ships

Did somebody say “Switch Gears”? Logos! Here’s one I did for a new microbrew:
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and one I did for a Kick-Ass band out of Greensboro!
Luxuriant-Sedans_CHROMEan earlier version:

And let’s not forget our Wide Open cartoons!






That’s All Folks!


Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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6 Responses

  1. ldia says:

    Love ’em all! Was wondering do you finish your sketches by hand or with Illustrator? And how long before you were able to make a living doing art? Thanks.

    • Lydia says:

      Name is Lydia ^. You’d think with small fingers I’d have more luck typing on my phone 🙁

    • Rich Powell says:

      Haha…Hi Lydia. It depends. With logos, it’s usually done in Illustrator following the initial sketch and clean-up in Photoshop. Illustrations are usually done in pencil and then inked (not always). I scan these and do the color in Photoshop…most times!

      Living? I’ve been doing this for 25 years, freelancing solid for about 15. Still find it hard to make ends meet every month!

  2. Debbie says:

    And don’t forget my awesome and spectacular drawing you did for me (and pretty close to the last minute, too)!

  3. Frank Pryor says:

    Uh, I really, really like your stuff! How’s that?

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