Friday, June 27, 2008

Color This!

From the amazing mind of Illustrator/Fantastic Dude Justin Gray comes an adult themed coloring book as a part of his big upcoming show in Philadelphia. He was kind enough to ask me to do a couple of designs for it's pages. Please have a look, and if you like it, contact Mr. Gray and he just might be able to get one into your hands! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Some samples from my most recent sketchbook...

Technology scares me a little bit.

Sketch for the digital painting, "The Seeker".

Sketch for The Academy of Art University's 3-D animation desktop image. This is the image (modified in the final) that the poor students had to see as soon as they turned on their computer...for a whole semester. The final included lots of delicious pustules taking over the mutant cyborg slug's surface. Juicy.

I did this drawing for a group of students at AAU who were doing a collaborative video game project. They needed a character that would fit into a western steam punk environment for a FPS they were creating. (FPS is short for first person shooter for all you non gamer folks out there). They were quite happy with the design.

Hadn't picked up my colored inks and brushes for a while. Decided to paint this happy floating dude. But where is he floating off to? I still haven't decided.

So I have gotten some comments on the above piece and most want to know if I wrote the story to go along with the image. I cannot take credit for it. Here's what happened...I was at a friends house in Oakland eating some home made fried chicken, sweet potato pie, playing video games, drinking beers etc. I broke out the sketchbook halfway through the day and cranked this drawing out. My friend's friend was there and was interested in the drawing and I handed it over to her and asked her to write a story for it. She happily jumped in and left me (us) the story you see above. I was pleasantly surprised. I hope you enjoy our little spontaneous colab.

I'm pretty sure he will be in a painting at some point...

Strange dreams of floating over the ocean in N.J.

More peace. Less bar codes.

Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Afternoon walk with Bones.

Bones summoned a laser from out of the sky and vaporized a friendly neighborhood tree. He's a bad, bad, man. Here's some street art and textures I came across.

And this is how the day ended...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sneak peek!

The first image is an old sketch I dug up recently and decided to turn into a finished digital piece. Here's a sneak peak of the work in's the tongue. Ewwwww...

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Wind Blew Softly

Yellowstone National Park

Theater Production Poster

This poster featured one of my mixed media pieces for a theater production of Robert Caisley's War story "Front". The play ran at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The original piece of art mysteriously disappeared after it was photographed for the poster. Lame.

Cut Your Losses

Another piece for The Hive Gallery show. Mixed Media, 22"x28" on stretched canvas.

January 2008 at the Hive Gallery

Part of a series (shown before framing) of mixed media bookmark sized pieces that I did for the wonderful folks at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. They were kind enough to invite me to be the small wall artist that month.

"My Son Will Show You The Way"

This piece was painted for a large group show at the San Jose Museum of Art entitled "We Are Family".

The inspiration for the piece came from a horror flick entitled "The Hills Have Eyes" that I accidentally watched one night. It contained a rather bizarre desert mutant rape scene in a mobile home. Romantic, I know.

It is acrylic on a 22"x28" stretched canvas. It was originally custom framed by my good buddy Nathan Segovia, a bay area creative type who was kind enough to put some energy into the project.


Sunday, June 15, 2008



Mixed media sketchbook piece.

Aww, shit. I think I just hit a bird.

That bird turned out to be the largest half of a dragon fly I had ever seen. He was stuck in the grille of our Ford F150. We placed him on the hood of the car to check him out and jumped back when he started undulating, seemingly trying to move his phantom abdomen.

They like to shoot at stuff in Arizona.

It's always super comforting when you pull off the side of the road in the middle of nowhere Arizona to find an unofficial shooting range 15 feet from the highway. This fine collection of various caliber shells and bullets took about 45 seconds to compile.

The Clouds Be Thick In South Dakota

These two titans lingered, flirting with each other for miles over the land of South Dakota. They only touched for this moment and then drifted apart again just out of each other's reach. Shot from the car during a 2004 cross country trip.


The Seeker

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