Illustration is my sandbox

In May of 1989 I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design, with a degree in illustration. Thirty years ago. The plan was to become a freelance illustrator. Stepping right out of school, the work became finding clients that hired freelance illustrators. It’s been a great fit. I was twenty one years old hustling gigs, now at fifty one, I’m still hustling illustration.

I love the process of creating. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more relaxed.

Here’s an image I created over the weekend. State trooper, giving guy a ticket, driver crying, hoping to dodge a ticket, the tears do not work. Publisher: LifeWay, HomeLife Magazine, Art Director: Dawn Wyse.

If I had to sum up thirty years of my career in one sentence. Illustration is my sandbox.


Give Me Back My Book!

Happy to share that readers are enjoying Give Me Back My Book! Recently the book has won two awards, notably given by votes from students and librarians. Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, Star of the North Honor. Also, Mississippi Children’s Choice Magnolia Award- PK-2nd grade category. Ethan and I had a great time collaborating on this book. We enjoyed reading the book together at the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Ethan Long and Travis Foster, National Book Festival, Washington D.C. 2017

Ethan Long and Travis Foster, National Book Festival, Washington D.C. 2017


A funny thing happened

Always great to hear from Dawn Wyse. Dawn is the Art Director for Home Life Magazine, she sends work for a monthly section called A Funny Thing Happened. Here are a few of the recent images I’ve created. Traditional pen and ink drawings, colored in photoshop.