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S is for School

April 16, 2018

Hooray for school days! My latest addition to the ABC series for Gibbs Smith is a wonderful way to introduce your little learner to all things school!

Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Technology

Fast on the heels of the engineering book comes technology! Learn about historic discoveries and how technology affects our lives today.

Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Engineering

Excited to announce a new addition to my STEAM book series! This title shows kids how the science of engineering plays an integral role in our everyday lives.







Frankenstein Mills Packaging

It’s rare to have a client who hands over complete artistic license, but the creator of this incredibly delicious pancake and waffle mix did just that. I had as much fun designing these boxes as I did eating the finished product!

London Publisher Kane Miller, Here and There Book

Explore the world with large format, 47 page book that was truly a labor of love for me! Learn about celebrations, traditions and everyday life in countries around globe.

Brackitz Toys Poster and Artwork

March 1, 2018

Toy companies always offer opportunities to do fun artwork. I was pleased to see how these came out.

Henry Doorly Zoo Poster

Bozell launches a new ad campaign for the Henry Doorly Zoo and I had the privilege of creating the artwork.

Communication Arts 58th Illustration Annual

I was excited to see a selection of my art from my historic ABC books accepted in the internationally prestigious Communication Arts Illustration Annual.

STEM Book Series

Announcing my new line of educational STEM books. They’re being launched with the wonderful help and backing of the publisher Gibbs Smith.


Target Stores Feature S is for Santa

December 11, 2017

Excited to see my book S is for Santa debuting nationwide in Target stores!

Barnes And Noble Features B is for Boo

The latest batch of my ABC books includes holiday themes. What a thrill to have Barnes and Noble feature my B is for Boo in their Halloween Seasonal Display!

National Astronaut Day Poster

April 11, 2017

I had the great pleasure to work with Uniphi who amongst other things, manages 25 astronauts. This is a poster I created for them to celebrate and create interest in National Astronaut’s Day.

G is for GoGo

February 27, 2017

Take a trip back to the swinging 60s with the newest addition to my historical ABC book series with publisher Gibbs Smith.

J is for Jazz

Announcing a fun addition to my historical ABC books. J is for Jazz!


Headbanz Game

December 5, 2016

I had a good time working with Cloud 88 Design boutique on the new series of Headbanz games.01paprockiheadbanz




Above is a selection of cards for the game.

Nebraska Lottery

September 19, 2016

It’s circus time! I was asked to create characters for this crazy environment SKAR created for the Nebraska Lottery.



Babylit Book Series

August 30, 2016

I’m excited to announce the latest additions to my line of BabyLit alphabet books, S is or Sabertooth, R is for Railway, and A is for Atom!






Never one to shy away from a challenge, I was asked to create a mural for Shirtique’s San Francisco store location. Included in the scene are happy finds for anyone familiar with the Bay Area.




August 11, 2016

I was one of three Nebraskan artist asked to contribute for a Surly Beer poster release event. Besides having a lot of beer and fun I think the poster came out well. Below is my pen artwork and on the final digital color version of the poster.



HOW Design Magazine

August 9, 2016

When Your Bread and Butter Stops Bringing Home the Bacon

This article published by How documents the success and struggles I’ve encounter in business. I lay out my advice on how to overcome failure and be a successful artist and business owner.

Here are a few high profile projects that were included in the story.


Clockwise from top left: My work for campaigns for Healthy Choice entrees, a Pepsi mural in Las Vegas, promotional art, Secret Deodorant and GNC supplements.


Above and below: contrasting my older, sleeker style of work my looser approach.


HOW Design Magazine

May 1, 2016

I had the privilege of writing an article for How magazine about my career as a freelancer. I ventured off on my own 15 years ago and haven’t looked back since. Managing my career has been a daily challenge for me, and I have experienced both feast and famine, but it has been the most rewarding thing I have done for myself professionally.

Insight from a Rocky Road to Creative Self-Employer


2016 Republican National Convention Logo

April 24, 2016

In the summer of 2015, I was contacted by Falls Communications out of Cleveland, Ohio to help on a high-profile project. They needed my help to create the elephant for the RNC logo. I created over 20 variations of elephants – here are a few examples.

I inserted my elephant design into a more traditional logo format. It was great to see the designers at Falls Communications take my elements and create something fresh and unexpected.

The 2016 RNC Convention is shaping up to be one of historical proportions, and I’m proud my art gets to be a small part of it.




M is for Monocle, A Victorian Alphabet

April 5, 2016


Here are two versions for the letter “I” from the Victorian alphabet book. I is for ice cream was my initial idea but my publisher suggested I is for inkwell. I’m glad they did! I love the writer at his drawing table straining his imagination – I can certainly relate to the struggle!

Blood, Sweat, and Tonic

April 2, 2016

After a long, hard slog of illustrating some great books for other authors, I’ve finally found a partner to take a chance on my own concept of historically-themed ABC books! Publisher Gibbs Smith saw the potential and has started publishing my books under their BabyLit brand. The first three to kick off the series are the wild west, medieval Europe, and Victorian eras. Three additional books for the series will be hitting the bookstore shelves in the coming months.

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