Author Archives: Gregory T Nelson

About Gregory T Nelson

I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would look forward to Saturday mornings when I would draw the characters from the cartoons I watched. My passion is and has always been drawing and painting so it only seemed natural to make this my life-long pursuit. My current illustration work consists of pen and ink and watercolor with an expressive line quality that is alive with variety and texture. My drawings have been described as “consistent, with great energy and very upbeat and fun” which fits right in with how they are made. My process starts with a great deal of research followed with rough pencil drawings. I work over the pencil drawings with pen and ink and complete them with varying levels of watercolor and washes. This process seems to make sense to me and I see a direct connection to some of the earlier work that I did while I was and undergrad student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the work I was doing when I entered the ISDP Master’s Program at Syracuse University. I also love to explore and to learn so teaching became a natural fit. I have been teaching college students since 1995 and have been fortunate to work at some impressive places and to work with even more impressive people. Currently, I teach Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a team of exciting faculty. The eclectic mix of friends that I have made along the way has enriched my life and every experience in a unique way. My editorial and greeting card illustrations have been created for clients including Charlotte Wedding Magazine, ABA Journal, P.S. Greetings, Orange Coast Magazine, K.L. Publications, and Midwest Home Magazine. I am also currently working on a self-initiated children’s book project as the writer and designer of a series of stories based on my own children. I am fortunate to have been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, to receive ADDY awards for my graphic design work, and to have my illustrations as a spotlight on the AltPick web site. My series of portrait drawings of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates has been featured on and in various off-line media outlets. I’m always looking for the next project so feel free to check out my work or get in touch.

Black Tooth Bart Illustration


Black Tooth Bart Illustration.

One last post for 2017. I have been busy recreating many of the images from my portfolio as digital/vector based illustrations. I am fitting these in between creating new works as well. I enjoy the digital process and love the outcome. I have a new series planned for early 2018 so it’s back to work!


Merry Christmas Illustration


Merry Christmas!

A new illustration for our Christmas card this year. They are going out in the mail soon! You can also buy these on my Etsy page or get in touch with me directly if you do not see them on the site.

Pirate Illustration

Chortles Flynn

Chortles Flynn Pirate. 

A digital illustration version of an older pirate drawing. This is part of a larger piece. I need to finish a few other pirates first.

Soccer Girl Illustration


Just in time for the Fall sports and she’s ready for the big game.

Circus Clown Illustration

Clown on Unicycle

Clown on a Unicycle Illustration

Another detail of a clown from a larger vector illustration. This time he’s riding a unicycle. You can check out the full piece on my web site:

Clown Girl Illustration

Clown Girl

I’m working on some new vector illustration material. This is a piece of a larger composition. I’m going back in to some of my past works and rendering them as vector illustrations. I’ll post the finished piece soon when it’s finished.

Chicken Chili Illustration


Chicken Chili Recipe

I’m busy reworking many of my past illustrations done in watercolor and pen and ink as digital illustrations. I’m really liking how these are turning out even though I never thought that I would appreciate them as digital pieces.

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