Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beastie Beastie Beastie Boys

"Another Dimension, Another Dimension"
Mixed media on board
12" diameter

This is my piece for the Beastie Boys tribute show in January at Gallery 1988. I had a lot of fun with this one. Enjoy!


"This Crazy Dream I Had"
Ink and Photoshop

I had this dream where Darth Vader was turning people into zombies at the mall; I was part of this team of rookie Batmen sent to stop him. It was the nerdiest dream I've ever had.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Phantom Menagerie pieces

So Phantom Menagerie is tonight. Be there or be square!
Here are the pieces I made for the show:

"Fall of the Forest King"
Ink and acrylic on 12" x 12" paper

Screenprint and acrylic on 16" x 28" paper

[sorry for the poor-quality pictures]
These are prints that I made, inspired by the band Beirut. I touched each one up with some acrylic color; the hummingbirds in all of the prints are hand-painted, and four of the prints are fully-colored like in the top picture.

Also in the show is my "The Elephant in the Room" piece, which was also shown in The Circus Show (but didn't sell).

Hope to see you tonight!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Concept Art Attack!

Character redesigns! In the top half of the page (and a little bit of the middle of the page) are sketches of Lord of the Rings characters re-imagined as hippies (with the villains representing "The MAN"). I thought it was pretty funny, but because the characters are pretty hippie-like in the first place, I tried to do something a little more radical; in the rest of the page are sketches for characters of a post-apocalyptic Oz. I focused on the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and flying monkeys.

Here's the final composed piece:

"Wizard of Odd"
Ink on illustration board

These are sketches inspired by my astrological sign, Cancer. Some of the things associated with Cancer are the crab, water, rubies, and pearls. I went all over the place -- there are hermit people wearing over-sized hermit crab shells as hats, circus freaks with claw-like hands, nautical-themed pin-up girls (so fun to do!), cyborgs, and a giant mechanical crab vehicle that scavenges for pearls and other treasures under the sea.

Here's the final composition:

Ink on 10" x 15" illustration board

The "final" pieces could use a bit of touching up in terms of value and lighting, so if I change them I'll post the new images.


Screenprint on paper
Small editions

One of my first screenprinting assignments from this semester. Fun!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Got It Covered

"White Light"
Mixed media on The Beatles' White Album

My piece for Cover Band @ Gallery 1988. It was really funny getting the White Album to work on, since it's pretty much a blank canvas. I decided to emphasize the "white" theme, as well as to reference the Beatles' fascination with meditation and spirituality during the making of the album. Also: Blackbird!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cover Band @ Gallery 1988 LA

"Over 50 artists employ the greatest LP covers of all time as their canvas."

Head on over to Gallery 1988 on October 7 to check out what's sure to be an awesome show. Art + music = win.

I'll post an image of my piece soon.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Go Figure

Here are some of the drawings I did in a figure drawing class last semester. I was organizing a bunch of files and found these again, so I thought I'd post them.

Some of these were really quick drawings, while others were made during considerably longer sessions; a couple of them were reworked outside of class. We were encouraged to explore a variety of styles. I really enjoyed doing the caricatures and the more stylized drawings, but there's nothing like good old-fashioned figure drawing and portraiture.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Ink and Photoshop - 6" x 10.5"

This is an illustration I did for the front of my business cards.

Below are the fronts of a bunch of business cards I scrambled to make so I could pass them out in time for the Paper Pushers show (sorry for the poor-quality pictures). They had some additional, kinda-funny things also handwritten on the back, along with my contact info. If you found this blog through one of these cards, hello and welcome!

Some of them don't make sense unless you read what's on the back. Unfortunately I didn't have time to take a picture or scan the backs before the show...the front is where all the action happens anyway!
They're a limited set of 30, each hand-drawn/written. Yeah, it took a while.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Paper Pushers opening reception

I headed to San Francisco last Friday to attend the opening reception of Paper Pushers at Gallery 1988. It was packed, but I managed to make my way around the gallery to see a lot of amazing art. I was really happy to be able to participate in the show and I already can't wait to see what people come up with for next year's show!

And this Friday is the Crazy 4 Cult show at Gallery 1988 LA! Can't wait!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Circus Show piece

"The Elephant in the Room"
Ink, acrylic, and watercolor on 9" x 12" illustration board.

Here it is all nicely framed.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Paper Pushers!

Here are the FINAL looks for my Paper Pushers pieces, with string and everything. The colors are a bit different here than in the other post because I was using different scanners and I had to do color adjustments on a computer with a different screen, but these are the true colors (on this computer screen anyway). Enjoy.
Each piece of each triptych is 5" x 9".

Ink, colored pencil, and string on paper


"Ashes to Ashes"

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Circus Show WIP

This is my sketch for the Circus Show and Other Atrocities next month at A Bitchin' Space in Sacramento. The show seeks to bring to light the cruelty inflicted on animals in the circus.

And here's the sketch all inked up:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Works in Progress for Paper Pushers

"Telephone" sketches

This first triptych is a boy playing telephone with his 'other selves.' The three drawings (which will be on separate pieces of paper) will all be connected by real strings at the bottom of the cups in the drawings.

"Werewolf" sketches

This next series of drawings is a girl pretending she's transforming into a wolf. The lanterns (which are supposed to represent a full moon) will be connected by real string.

"Ashes to Ashes" sketches

This last triptych is of a girl representing a phoenix. The girls will be connected by strings, which represent a single life-line. I wasn't sure how I would go about this set at first because I hadn't done any thumbnails, but I just jumped right into it and I'm happy with how it turned out. I think the girl setting herself ablaze is my favorite drawing of all three triptychs.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sketch for the big summer painting

Here's my sketch for the big painting I'm working on for our summer painting workshop. The theme is "dreams" and my concept is that the mind is like a camera viewing the world through its lense, and dreams are what develop.

Here it is transferred onto my board. Usually my paintings are small, around 9" x 12", but this one is four times as big as I'm used to. Still, I'm really excited to get this one going.

Monday, June 9, 2008


Acrylic, pen & ink, and watercolors on 12" x 16" illustration board

This is another submission for the Crazy4Cult show over at Gallery1988. It's inspired by "Dawn of the Dead."

[Again, I scanned this before I remembered to sign it. I should stop doing that.]

Digital Paintings - Spring Semester

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mini Group Show Art

"Too Late"
Pen and ink on paper

This comic is a part of a larger collection of comics from JT's class. All of the comics are connected by the first and last things said in each comic. For example, "Can't you tell" was the last thing said in the previous comic and the first thing said in mine, and "Things aren't like they were before" is the last thing said in my comic and the first thing said in the next comic.

"PiƱata Head"
Pen & ink and watercolor on illustration board.

"The Lion" and "The Unicorn"
Pen & ink and watercolor on paper.