Friday, April 18, 2014

Have a Happy Easter

I love this time of the year don't you? The sun's shining, the spring flowers are out, the days are longer. I love coloring the Easter eggs, catching a glimpse of the delight in a child’s eyes as they hunt for eggs, and of course there are the Tentacles...

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Call For Art Submissions

Domeka Parker is an amazing improvisational theater performer and teacher, she is a also friend. Domeka was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on Valentine's day. It is aggressive and has already spread to her lymph nodes. Her treatment will be equally aggressive including chemo, radiation and a mastectomy. We, her family, friends and students, are gathering our forces to assist in her fight. In that effort we are reaching out to artist that may want to donate their art to either of the two projects in the works to raise funds. First, we are planning an art show/improvisational benefit in April and are calling for art submissions. Domeka has a particular love for the warrior woman archetype, though pieces may be any art that is inspired by or inspires Courage. Deadlines for submission would be April 1st. The second effort is to have artist contribute designs for t-shirts and having a Zazzle page that would allow her friends from around the world to help Domeka out (plus get a cool shirt). There is certainly the possibility that a piece of art could be used for both the show and T-shirt if the Artist is willing to donate the image to the cause. If you are interested in submitting work for selection contact us at ArtforDomeka@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Once Upon a Time

Is she saving him, using the life force of an enchanted apple? Is she using his life force to restore the apple and maybe bring spring to an endless winter?

.....and what is with all the bunnies?

In truth I dont know. I leave the story to your imaginations

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Arming of Cinderella

This is kind of a different image for me, I started messing around with this a little while ago, it was inspired by a conversation I had about what I call the Arming of Cinderella and Faux feminism (seem to be having lots of conversation about this stuff these days .women's roles and the stereotypes of women in science, entertainment and politics. These conversations seem to popping everywhere. perhaps as a counter reaction to the girl power brand feminism). Anyway, there was a trend in movies in the late 70s and early 80s where women were engendered with what were typically thought of as male traits. These women were independent, strong, and kicked ass when they had to. The best example of this would be Ripley from Alien. Through out the 70's horror had gone from the old studio monster and radioactive mutant giant insect, to the don't look now he's behind you ,female mutilation, sexually charged slasher movies. Alien turned that trend on it's head. Ripley is the strong female character who makes active judgments and survives what is trying to kill her. The male character's are largely passive - most die quickly, others wait for her command. It is Ripley who makes the plan to defeat the alien which works, while the 'powerless' male Captain makes bad judgments as his unsure plan fails. Her sexuality is derived from her strength rather then from her vulnerability. This trend was soon subverted, and while superficiality following the same blue print, these women were little more then card board cutouts, sure they could kick ass, but, they ultimately needed saving and often fell hopelessly under the spell of the male protagonist. Essentially returning us to the old Cinderella syndrome, only with guns....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The End is Near

Illustration for Firbolg Publishing's "Enter at your own Risk: The End is the Beginning" Which will be released at the WHC2014. The book will feature a cover by Ben Baldwin and interior illustrations by lil'old me. The limited hardcover will be available ONLY at the convention.


as with many of my images this one comes with a sound track... I played this Johnny Cash song repeatedly while painting this image 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The old west just gets weirder and weirder

The Steam Man of the West (by Joseph Lovece) adventures continue with inventor Frank Rude, Jr. and his motley crew in the weird weird Old West. With Frank's newest invention the Electric Horse at their side the preposterous escapades of the intrepid group continue rewrite history.















The idea is that each cover will aline with the last... There are a proposed 10 books in the series so this could get pretty big.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Tragedy to night

I did the comedy thing last night, so today we have tragedy. Tragedy of Shakespearean sort, you know the, "Murder most foul",“O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!” kind of tragedy. Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Lear, the kind where everyone ends up dead.

 Not an illustration of any particular play or story. The image grew from wanting to do a ghost figure then working backward as to who and where the ghost was...

Friday, December 27, 2013

The face of Love

the goddess of love has many faces, most not as gentle as that depicted by Botticelli. 
 
She is more often then not a wild elemental creature, with a great crown of antlers, creating havoc, inciting passions, consuming the senses of men and women, then rending apart the very thing that she has created.
 
She is followed by the great vulture, Remorse,
 that picks through the destruction left in her wake,  
 
.......and she always, always, demands a sacrifice,,,,,,

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cyborg X

Fun little poster to do. In the truest grindhouse tradition, the poster may cross the line of good taste, and move into the realm of campy. I mean a bikini clad babe brandishing a Gatling gun?   Hahahah you gotta Love the sub genre. 
The move does not yet exist and the poster is going to be used to raise interest and funds. The fact that the movie was still in the early production phase meant that the costume designer was still developing the look of the Cyborg and I had to go through several iterations as they made changes as I was working on the poster.Was a bit frustrating, but in the end I think it turned out pretty well

case in point. They requested one more revision, after approving the last one. Better? Worse? dont know, as long as they are happy, Im happy

 

Beauty and the Beast

The moment where love overtakes, the beast is transformed in her eyes, in her heart, long before he is physically transformed.

I love, not what he is, but that he is- Ronald Barthes.

Monday, December 16, 2013

work avoidance,,,,


 why is it always easier to paint something for yourself then something for a 
client?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

lazarus Jones


HEEeeeeeeee's back. some of you (one or two anyway) may remember this guy. First created as inspiration for the Johnny Cash classic 'Aint no Grave'. But since then this guy has been hanging around my consciousness. demanding a name, a story. well meet Lazarus Jones. Fairly unpopular in heaven, in hell and on earth. But he's the one with the gun, and the one standing between us and the annihilation of the universe,,,,,,

to the left is the original image of Lazarus Jones

Monday, November 18, 2013

Assasins


yes, yes, Iknow its been a while, but yes, I am working away on projects-- here are a couple of images fan an assassins guild RPG supplement, that I am doing illos for. The Kickstarter will be launch in late December, so until then you'll have to be content with this little teaser.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Imaginei Books

A couple of covers and a few of the interior illustrations i did a while back for Imaginei Books. These are young adult/ tween books, the original tales are personalized to individuals. You choose the name and characteristics of the hero, making each book special to one person. As an illustrator this created a challenge in that I could not show the hero or main characters of these stories in any detail.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Orycon

Well for the first time in a long time I went to a Orycon (the last time was like 1999), and this is only the second convention Ive gone to in the last 14 years. It was really a great experience. I met lots of nice people, made a few contacts. But most importantly to me is I got to talk about my illustrations- the process, the thoughts behind them, the stories they tell. Something I dont get to do very much. It can be a lonely business Illustrating. So thanks for everyone that came out and spent time with me, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The icing on the orycon cake was that my illustrations took home a few ribbons as well, And though they were giving them out like candy, it was nice to get some official recognition. Below are the three images that took the directors choice and judges choice awards



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Failed to Study



this is the front and back cover to the Lp 'Failed to Study' by the band of the same name. I really love this noir image and in fact kind of wish I were there right now, throwing back some of that hard green, drowning my sorrows, with a dangerous blonde,,,,,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Splitting Lanes and Taking Names

I just finished the cover for the vinyl lp "Splitting Lanes and Taking Names", by The Heathens. A bit of a departure for me in both client and subject matter. But I jumped at the chance to do the retro camp cover for the 12inch vinyl.The Heathens say theyre influenced by beards, dirty Levi's, clean welds, , Frisco style, motorcycling's past and our California scene and out of state extended motorcycle brotherhood. They play so their friends, who smash their fingers making brackets and suffer flash-burn after hours at the welder all day have something cool to do at the end of the week.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Weird Weird West

This is the cover for the anthology  "The Steam Man of the West" its a nice a little bit of steampunk revisionist history about a gang of misfits as they conquer the Weird, Weird West . With a bizarre cast of characters some plucked from history others from the imagination of the author, Joseph A. Lovece. They solve the mysteries of the Frozen Head, the Dragon of Dragon Creek, the Tablet of Destinies, and more. And  always with them is the trusty machine, the Steam Man

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Windy City, Chi-Town, City of Broad Shoulders....

A while back I did a cover for Sneak Attack Games RPG Broken Earth  as part of their Kickstarter project. well it seems that they got their funding and so they asked if I wanted to do a second cover for the companion book. Of course I jumped at the chance. This was to be very similar to the first, but with a different character and city. This time it was to be a woman walking on the edge of Northerly Island with the post apocalyptic Chicago skyline behind her.And there was one more catch...the character was to be the daughter of one of the kickstarter backers.

I think this one turned even better the the first cover. I think I might be getting an handle on doing these city scapes

Good for the Soul

yesterday I decided it was time for a purge. I have tons of old drawings and paintings, overflowing flat file cabinets, as well as close to a dozen flat file boxes. Time to start cleaning some of this crap out. Out with the old, as they say

I must admit  that much of it bad, I don't mean bad in terms of  I was younger and hadn't mastered illustration skills and techniques (though, there is lots of amateurish stuff in the stacks). I mean bad as in bad. Images that didn't work, many left unfinished. Lots of stuff that I did in a hurry because a deadline was crashing down on me. Hundreds of paintings for AEG in the early days of my career fall in the latter category. Illustrations for Warlords, Deadlands, 7th Sea and L5R. I spent yesterday ripping up old canvases reducing a mountain of old work to three barrels of shredded paper (I only got as far as the cabinets, saving the boxes for later--ugh)... It felt great to ride myself of these images, it felt cathartic. That's not to say that everything I found went into the trash. There were many that I quite love and have included a few examples those images that made the cut


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Zombie B.C.

This was an extremely fun piece to do. This is the cover for Zombie B.C. written by Steve Void with interior artwork by Steven Williams. In a world that has become over saturated with Zombies, Steve has come up with something pretty unique, a pre-historic zombie out break.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Shayana

When it comes to drugs and their uses Im about as square as you can get. That's why this project was an odd one for me. This image was done for  Shayana Shop a head shop out of the Netherlands that sells all manner drugs and paraphernalia  The idea was that they wanted to take their mascot (below) and have me reinterpret her in my style for a ad campaign, poster, and T-shirts.
Since this image was wide open, the only requirement being that it had to feature the character Shayana, it allowed me to work in a more free-form organic way. I had the general idea, Shayana and the yin/ yang, but no firm picture of what I wanted it to look like. I knew I wanted it to have a kind of retro feel, going back to artist  like Berry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson and Catherin Jeffery Jones, Roger Dean, artist that were major influences on me when I was just a kid. I start by creating a central character, Shayana  and build out from there with no real plan. Letting the dragon stretch out and curve around, then the tiger and so on and on, growing the canvas as I added more and more elements. Some elements had more meaning then others, for instance as the dragon and tiger represent the yin and yang, with the Peacock, symbolizing immortality,  completing an upward pointing  triangle around Shayana. The upward pointed triangle is also a symbol in itself Representing the element of air. I tried to incorporate elements of air in the back ground with the floating crystals, and birds and by the very point of view of being high above the valley to imply a higher consciousness (maybe gained by taking some of the mushrooms growing in the foreground, I don't know). The ruins and the old globe thing in the background represent the old way of thinking, broken ruined, no longer relevant. I know, i know it all sound kind of pretentious, but the results are pretty cool.