Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Revolution" Book Cover

One more book cover that is now out. Working with my favorite designer again, Lisa Pompilio.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Sadie Walker is Stranded" Book Cover

Just saw that this book cover I illustrated is now available on Amazon for pre-orders. I had a great time working on this with designer Lisa Pompilio!

Monday, August 1, 2011


I've been working really hard lately on a number of fun projects but I won't be able to share the work for quite awhile. In the meantime, here are some rough thumbnails for a recent book project that was canceled...

Friday, April 15, 2011

NBA Playoffs Illustration

I created this illustration for the today's (Friday April 15th) Wall Street Journal. The article compares each team to a mode of transportation -- it was a fun assignment!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Cover Awards

I just saw that two book covers I worked on with the awesome art directors at St. Martin's Press are nominated for this year's best cover at Spinetingler Magazine-- "Expiration Date" and "The Four Stages of Cruelty".

If you'd like to vote, here is a link to the contest:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Outdoor Life Bear Attack Illustrations

These illustrations are in the April issue of Outdoor Life Magazine for an article about a bear attack in Alaska.

Some of the initial options I presented...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Process work-- Gouache sketches

These sketches are from a job last fall that I thought I'd scan and post before I gave them away. They were done as little warm-ups-- 2.5 x 3.5 inch paintings that I try to finish in about 30-45 minutes. I kind of like the result because working this way keeps me from getting hung up on details and forces me to boil the pictures down to the essentials. There isn't much detail, but maybe the detail isn't necessary for a successful picture? I wish I had the courage to work this directly on a "finished" piece... hopefully someday I'll get there...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Web Site Redesign

Charlie Griak Illustration

I finally made the jump to a non-flash web site for my work (something a lot of people have recommended recently). It was a little bit of a learning curve for someone like me who doesn't know that much about coding, but I'm really happy with the results. After working with flash for years I am excited about how flexible a WordPress site is and how easy it will be to update with new work.

I also switched my blog so it lives within my overall site. But I will probably continue to post here as well...