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Zack Rock  Drawing Stuff So You Don't Have To. My new book is out now!

It’s the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Throughout my neighborhood in Berlin, candles have been placed beside the brass markers outside those buildings where the victims of Nazi cleansing had lived. Reminders of the end result of nationalism, demagoguery and bigotry.
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#kristallnacht #neverforget #neveragain #berlin #nazi #nazism #stumblingstones #stolpersteine

Not many places can brag they have a delicious style of beans named in their honor. Just Boston, Massachusetts; Lima, Peru; and of course Refried, Saskatchewan. So when I put together this city nickname illustration for @LanternPress, I was sure to highlight the one and only thing Boston is known for. Beans.
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#beans #magicalfruit #crock #beancrock #beantown #boston #massachusetts #FaneuilHall #FaneuilHallMarketplace #nickname #can #fork #illustration #art #AdobePhotoshop #AdobeIllustrator #vectorart #digitalart

RUH-ROH! Was voting TODAY?! Don't worry, America, you still have time to cast your ballot in the most consequential election since the last one. Even if you live in a mostly red or blue state, YOUR VOTE HELLA MATTERS. Many races will come down a handful of votes, so GET OUT THERE AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Your Doritos will still be there when you're done.
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#sketchbook #watercolor #watercolorPainting #watercolorsketch #illustration #illustrationgram #illustrationoninstagram #illustrationofinstagram #beagle #doritos #vote2018 #vote #midtermelections #midterms #midterms2018 #rockthevote #dumptrump #trump #america #usa #snacks #votedemocrat

My cover for @TheNormalSchool magazine from a couple years back. A sort of portrait of Berlin, a city that welcomes wanderers and weirdos and refugees (myself included).
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#berlin #brlo #bear #trabant #berlinwall #berlinermauer #berlinbear #berlinbaer #thenormalschool #illustration #art #watercolor

Looking forward to seeing "First Man," but I wish it was more musical like Damien Chazelle's earlier films. And called "Moon La La Landing." Anyway, here's an illustration I did of Houston "Space City" Texas for @LanternPress!
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#illustration #digitalart #digitalillustration #art #vectorart #adobeillustrator #houston #spacecity #damienchazelle #lalaland #firstman #astronaut #spacecowboy #cowboy #spaceshuttle #rocketlaunch #lonestarstate #houston #texas #nasa #pun

*SWIPE FOR DETAILS* Readers of my books, Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum and A Good Story (in stores still!), know I don’t shy away from packing an illustration with as many obscure references and bad puns as possible. This page from the unpublished final project of my MA in Children’s Book Illustration is no exception.

Surrounding the main character, a music-loving goat named Mel Goate (itself a reference to Mel Torme), are records from Pjork, Marvin Bray, Bing Crowsby, and Johann Sebastian Bark. Looming above him is of course the Beast Boys, Goatzart, and Carmen Miramda. And off to the right, spelling out “MUSIC,” is the M from the Misfits, U2’s U, Kiss’s S, Nail Inch Nails’ I, and a C from Chicago. Oh, and the musical notation is from Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” obvs.

A young reader wouldn’t get ANY of this. Which is one reason I didn’t try hard to get Mel Goate and the Purple Velvet Tuxedo published. That, and I hate drawing goats. Weird heads.
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#throwbackthursday #tbt #illustration #watercolor #painting #art #picturebooks #childrensbooks #childrensillustration #childrensbooks #kidlit #beachboys #mozart #carmenmiranda #misfits #u2 #kiss #nin #nineinchnails #chicago #franksinatra #goat #music #gramophone

"Take the Great American Road Trip" is an item that's sat unchecked on my bucket list for decades. So I was thrilled to do a series of Route 66 illustrations for @LanternPress! So thrilled that maybe I forgot the Cazabon Dinosaurs weren't technically on the Mother Road 😬
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#illustration #digitalart #digitalillustration #art #route66 #themotherroad #roadtrip #greatamericanroadtrip #cadillacranch #santamonica #santamonicapier #wigwam #wigwammotel #stayinawigwam #amarillo #cazabondinosaurs #cazabon #peewee #peeweesbigadventure #kingoftheroad #hittheroad #roadsideattraction #cadillac #woodie #vacation #holiday

A Guzman is hard to find. Oh wait, here’s one! Trying out gouache for the first time by painting everyone’s favorite Puerto Rican character actor, Luis Guzman. Check out my Instagram Story for a step-by-step look at the painting process, and check out Boogie Nights, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Narcos, Keanu, and a million other films for Luis’s work @loueyfromthehood

#illustration #painting #art #gouache #portrait #puertorican #characteractor #actor #luisguzman #blowingkisses #mwah

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