Sunday, January 31, 2010

AMMO Mag

A couple months ago I was interviewed by AMMO, an independent illustration magazine, for their second issue. It's out now, and you can purchase the issue here: http://www.ammomagazine.co.uk/shop/issue2.html. I haven't gotten my copy yet, but from what I've seen there's a lot of awesome art from a bunch of really cool artists. Here's a sneak peek of the cover (by Nick Deakin) and my interview, which also features a selection of my work:



Thanks to Dave Hughes at AMMO for the feature!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Devil Made Me Do It

Here's my piece for "The Devil Made Me Do It," a show at WWA Gallery in Culver City.



Detail:



"Mine"
Ink and acrylic on paper mounted on wood
18" x 24"

Since the theme of the show is pretty dark, I went dark as well, stylistically and thematically. The piece depicts the consequences of one man's greed and envy. (It's kind of hard to notice at first, but in the dead man's hand is a diamond).
I've always wanted to do a piece with coal miners and canaries. For those who don't know, canaries were used by coal miners as a sort of early detection system for harmful gases...it's not just some weird desire of mine to arbitrarily combine the two! Anyway, I like the juxtaposition of something as delicate and beautiful as a canary with something so rugged and worn-down as a miner.

The show opens Friday, February 12th and the reception is from 7-10pm. Hope you can make it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Candy Land

The LA Vida section of the latest LA Weekly features another one of my "LA-LA Land" illustrations. First, sketches:



The first idea was two late-night party-goers enjoying some street food while still a little buzzed. The second was a bunch of palm trees decorated with Christmas lights (I thought the illustration would be printed the week of Christmas). Last but not least is the chosen idea.



Final:



"Red Queen"
Ink and acrylic on paper
12.5" x 7.5"

[ADs: Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey]

I wanted it to look like (and poke fun at) the escort ads you can find in the back of LA Weekly and other free weeklies. I'm glad they let me do it, because I liked the idea and had a feeling it would be really fun to work on (it was!). You can pick up the issue now, if you're so inclined...

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year, New Stuff

Happy new year, everybody! This is a painting I did today. It isn't really for anything in particular (I mostly just wanted to make something), but I may be putting it into one of the upcoming group shows that I'll be a part of. Stay tuned.





"Space"
Ink, acrylic, and colored pencil on paper mounted on wood
11.5" x 11.5"