Friday, December 23, 2011

Little Red Riding House

I told myself that I'd get one more painting done before the year ends and I did this little painting yesterday. It is gouache on watercolor paper. About 12"x15" or so. Also, I was as sick as a dog while painting it.

I took some process photo shots with my iPhone while I was painting it and put a little collage below. You can see that I started out with a sketch, but the details changed quite a bit as a painted. When I'm not doing commercial work, I like to avoid doing too much planning.

Monday, December 05, 2011


Ahh...young love. But a very useful card in Pettyland if you want to lower your Sanity score. Or avoid Pam.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Three Headed Politician

There's a lot of these lately. Hope no one is getting sick of them yet.


Curt is an old friend of mine from high school who used to do these twisted drawings of elongated heads. Curt was also prone to girlfriend issues. Here is his Companion card in Pettyland. The three heads on the sides are based on his drawing style.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Nuclear War!

Been busy lately, but managed to squeeze out another Pettyland card. What could be more '80's than a Nuclear War event card? Like the rest, this little ditty was created in Photoshop.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Incredible Luck!

Another Pettyland card. This time featuring a character known as Dots, who used to be a major character in my art circa 1990 but that I haven't drawn in about 10 years. Like the other illustrations, this one was done in Photoshop.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Pixie Dolls Done!

I've finished painting the dolls that I've been working on for the upcoming Dig for Fire, art inspired by the Pixies show.There are five dolls in total. All were created using the same process, as detailed in the previous post. Here are a few images. Some of the dolls have small details that are hard to photograph -- the second largest doll, for example, actually has two faces, on opposite sides, that blend together as the image wraps around.


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Russian Dolls Inspired by the Pixies

I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in an art show inspired by the work of the Pixies, opening at the C.A.V.E gallery in September. You can check out the details on the facebook page here:

I am painting a set of 5 physical Russian Nesting dolls for the show. Rather than focus on a specific song or lyric for inspiration, my process has been to endlessly listen to all of their albums while I sketch. As I’m drawing, I pick up on particular words, patterns, or riffs that inspire that shape the design. Here’s an example of what some of these sketches look like: 

I also wanted to try something a little different with the dolls themselves; I wanted them to look different than conventional nesting dolls, both in terms of form and content. Rather than cover them in paint and apply a nice shiny varnish, I wanted to have some of the art process show through. This is probably a reaction to having worked on Stacking, where all of the art was created digitally -- with none of the physicality of the medium coming into play.

So I bought a wood burning kit and burnt in the lines of the design directly into the wood. This creates little valleys and cuts in the wood surface itself and creates an interesting “broken” line style. Having never used a wood burner before, it’s kind of slow-going and I also burnt one of my fingers. After the wood burning was done, I applied a few coats of transparent acrylic medium to seal everything and to also make sure that the paint would sit on the surface. Because I wanted some of the wood to show through and not cover up the wood burner “lines” entirely, I applied the paint pretty thinly, and having the surface sealed helped with that. Here’s a front and back view of the first doll. It’s still a work in progress, and I’ll undoubtedly tweak it as I develop the other dolls so that they all harmonize together.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Satanic Blob of Death

Another Petty Land card illustration. I'm too lazy to put it into the card format, but the text would read "A product of Heavy Metal back masking has manifested in Petty Land. It will not attack any members of Caligula. Lateral Thinking: 9 ".

All of which makes no sense to anyone who hasn't played Petty Land.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Heart Attack, Pettyland style

Another Pettyland card illustration. I dropped this one into the WIP card design. As with all of the illustrations, they are done in Photoshop.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mx Missile Politician

Another Pettyland card illustration! A three headed 80's politician with an MX Missile spine.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Hollow Eggs

Another fairy tale, of sorts. This is tweedle dee and tweedle dum -- if they were constructed from partially broken, hollow eggs with candy cane spinal columns. And wearing lederhosen, of course.

Pen and ink on actual paper.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Teapot with Lederhosen

A quick little ditty. Colored pencil, ink, watercolor, and marker on some rough newsprint type paper.