People do amazing things. From driving a golf ball farther than any man to throwing a baseball 100 miles per hour. I am fascinated by the sequence of technique, and how professionals often put their own personal twist on this technique to become outliers in their sport. I love the challenge of diagramming movement. Picking apart a sequence, step-by-step, and editing it down to key moments, then drawing those moments to be anatomically precise to their form. I've created dozens of pieces illustrating this idea. Each piece is created from watching film, video, and countless photos, crossed-referenced with expert sources to verify the diagram is correct. I also layer the steps to create simple GIF animations. Here are some of my favorites.
Justin Thomas – The Longest Drive in Golf
How a 145-pound golfer defied physics to become one of the game's longest drivers. The step-by-step sequence ran in The Wall Street Journal, and the GIF version above was created for WSJ.com web and mobile usage.
How to Train for a Triathlon
One of three illustrations for a triathlon feature for Men's Health.
James Harden's Secret Talent — Slowing Down
James Harden's world-class deceleration allowed him to lead the NBA in scoring. Here we break down his patent step-back jump shot, that utilizes this skill. The step-by-step sequence ran in The Wall Street Journal, and the GIF version above was created for WSJ.com web and mobile usage.
How Miguel Cabrera Breaks the Rules of Hitting
Cabrera's ever-changing batting stance ignores nearly everything but one moment during his swing – the body's position the moment before he makes contact with the ball.
The Most Clutch Shots in NBA History
This animated piece breaks down Kyrie Irving's 3-point shot in the 2016 NBA Finals, in Game 7. This shot swung his teams odds of winning the game, more than any other shot in the history of the league. Here's how he compares to the top five iconic shots in NBA history.
Throwing 100 Miles Per Hour
What a pitcher's body goes through when throwing a 100-miles-per-hour pitch.
The Most Stolen Move in NBA History
Breaking down Dirk's one-legged step-back jump shot, for a feature about how it became the NBA's most stolen move. All the kids are doing it.
World Cup Outliers
Short, tall, fast, young and old: How these athletes use their bodies and minds to best advantage.
Put Your Pants on Like a New York Met
Sean Gilmartin puts his pants on two legs at once. Here's how he does it.
Field & Stream
I'm obsessed with all things outdoors, but particularly, fishing. I got my first subscription to Field & Stream Magazine when I was in third grade. I spent many late nights drawing photos from the magazine as a kid, and trying to recreate "Taps Tips", which was an illustrated how-to feature in the back of the magazine showing fisherman and hunters tricks in the field, such as making a first aid kit out of a tin sardine can. I started a relationship with the magazine in 2007, and have been creating fishing and hunting how-to's ever since. I hope there is a kid out there somewhere copying them.
Wall Street Journal
Here are some selected works from The Wall Street Journal's news and enterprise coverage. Highlights are "Dark Markets", which was chosen as a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award, and "Battle Field Advances", which showcases new military technology used in the Iraq War. "Battlefield Advances" was a quick project that came together under a tight 3-day deadline. After reviewing data on I.E.D. deaths and the use of robotic systems in combat, we decided to expand the feature and, working with sources in Washington D.C., added a broader picture diagraming soldier tech.
Dark Markets — High-frequency Traders
This piece was part of an ongoing WSJ series on dark market trading showing how high-frequency traders step in front of orders by ordinary investors. We wanted to build the steps into a story board dark comic, creating characters out of both the high-frequency trade and ordinary trade. The narrative was a real challenge but gave readers a unique experience from our usual stock-trader infographics.
The Best and Worst Coach Seats on U.S. Airlines
Need a guide to booking the best airline for comfort? We built this piece scraping data from SeatGuru.com, to show where you get the best comfort for your buck when flying domestic economy.
Battlefield Advances — The Iraq War
New military technology used in the Iraq War.
Dark Markets — Shadow Trading
Another installment of Wall Street Journal's award-winning Dark Market series, illustrating how a company used a secret affiliate to pocket $32.2 million in illegal trading profits.
What Smartphone Size is Best for Your Hand?
The Length of your thumb and index finger mean some phones will be more comfortable to use. Readers can follow these steps to see how phones with small, medium and large screens fit their hands.
This piece highlights four new steak cuts now found in restaurants and grocery stores priced between premium steaks and inexpensive ground beef.
Silo of Survival
Adapted from the science fiction novel series, The Wool, by Hugh Howey.
The Science of Shopping Lines
Breaking down the way we shop.
An assortment of technical information graphics for various advertising clients.
Two movie posters for the IMAX feature, Tornado Alley.
Farm to Table
The journey of milk from farm to consumer, for Pfizer.
Cracking Open the Alaskan Snow Crab
Everything you wanted to know about the alaskan snow crab, created for Red Lobster. This was for a lead-up to a restaurant-wide snow crab special, to educate customers about one of their most popular dishes.
Here's a few of my digital paintings from a large series for Tag Heuer. Artwork is hand-drawn in pencil then digitally painted in Adobe illustrator and layered for animation. The art looks hand drawn, but retains its vector quality so it can be scaled to use for everything from post cards to billboards.
Breaking news and anniversary informational graphics from my time spent working on the graphics team at the Associated Press. Each day brought new challenges, and exciting opportunities.
Pope John Paul II's Funeral
This news deadline piece was created after the death of Pope John Paul II. Working with a team of editors, researchers and designers, we completed this piece in under 48 hours.
Anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (cropped)
A closeup of detail in this piece overlays the area destroyed by fires after the quake with the modern city. The map is hand-drawn in pencil, and colored digitally.
WWII Flag Raising on Iwo Jima
I created a handful of WWII pieces surrounding the 60th anniversary, but the Battle for Iwo Jima is one of my favorites. After the series ran I received notes from veterans giving us positive feedback and personal stories of their experiences.