June 27, 2014

No Country for Old Men / Quentin vs. Coen @ Spoke Art


My contribution to the Quentin Tarantino vs. Coen Bros. gallery show

"No Country for Old Men"

$400  ||  gouache on water color paper  ||  10"x13"


opens July 5th at Spoke Art in San Francisco!


Thanks Kim!

We're also doing limited edition prints of this painting, which is exciting ~  stay tuned for more on that...

June 25, 2014

More from HeroesCon



I think this was my fav commission of the show next to Steve's Big Barda, which he got inside the Jack Kirby Artist edition book.  Above is "Anna Mendoza" for D





Going to miss the hotel's fruit water in the lobby every morning... Sigh... So good



My piece sold well in the auction, which was a relief as I waited with nervous tension in the back.  (*that's not me holding it, it's one of the awesome ladies that walk around showing the art as it comes up on the block - this year's theme for their costumes was WonderWoman, of course!)

More updates soon!!



Awesome dad right there as Tina


Joe snapped this picture on Friday, and by Sunday we were pretty much cleared out!

Many thanks to all who commissioned me for artwork, bought Pirates of Mars (we sold out!!) and Frankenstein, got prints and original art.

So immensely appreciated

But the con highlight had to have been meeting JJ Kahrs and the lovely Katie for the first time!!  We've worked together for years on Pirates of Mars but never met in person… until now!

And it was epic.

June 20, 2014

Charlotte, NC / HeroesCon



We made our way from MA to Philly, then from PE to Charlotte.  

We had a wonderful dinner with friends and watched a film shoot behind the restaurant!  

They used live rounds of gun fire into a fake restaurant - it was so rad!!  The bad guys were easily recognizable from afar, with their long braids and elaborate body tattoos.

Made it to our hotel near the convention center and set up for the first day of HeroesCon.

Sitting behind Kelly Sue, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, so we have great neighbors.

Worked steadily from before the con opened and don't finish all my commissions yet but will tomorrow.
If you'd like some art stop by and I'll put you on the list!









Got to draw this cutie as Elsa but she originally suggested the ogre!  Too cool

Frozen is definitely a big request this year - my third one this week!





My first time in NC, and I have to say I really like it here!  It's hot and steamy but the people are nice and the food is good - all you need in a great community.

See you tomorrow!


June 16, 2014

Pirates of Mars: Heroes Con exclusive poster

To celebrate the re-release of Pirates of Mars volume 1 (NOW IN COLOR!) and announcing our upcoming volume 2 (AW YEAH) I've created a Heroes Con exclusive promo poster



See you in Charlotte!



June 10, 2014

Helmutt character designs



I think getting the chance to design Helmutt for the Worcester Art Museum has to be one of my favorite assignments ever.

It's also my first time working within a public space (apart from murals) and how visitor's engage with a character in a broad range of ways.

Here are the designs for the standees that were placed in the KNIGHTS! exhibition.

The museum director and the gallery designer wanted to make Helmutt blend into the walls so as not to distract from the existing pieces and mess with the flow of the exhibition.

It's important that the character be almost like a friendly ghost that appeals to all ages, doesn't talk down to the visitor or seem like strictly 'children's museum-only' material.

A hard balance to strike but the input of a great team really lead these designs in a good direction.



I think Helmutt's character is also very progressive in terms of gender identification.

While the dog identifies as a boy, he will frequently show up in historical dresses (as seen in the 16th century Spanish dress above) or pink or with other dashes of femininity.



I also designed the "Paws Off" / Do not Touch signage in the gallery


I also did all the graphics for Helmutt on the iPads - not the coding, that was Tim






I also designed the Art Cart vinyls in the space.  

Neal is demonstrating how a gauntlet functions, and what chain mail feels like. 



I did 2 small pieces for Helmutt's House as well

  • a gouache painting of puppy Helmutt with his first master, Lord Beckwythe (holla, Higgins Armory) 
  • a riff on Norman Rockwell's cover (a piece that is in the WAM collection, too) 
  • and a small colored pencil of Helmutt & pals





June 5, 2014

Me & Helmutt


Have an interview in Access Magazine next month - the Worcester Art Museum's publication - here's a preview :)

In other news, there is so much happening right now it's insane.

Between getting ready for North Carolina, my birthday is next week (29!!!), working on two new paintings (Batgirl + No Country for Old Men), it's bananas around the studio.

Also!! Getting ready to work on Pirates of Mars again as well as more of Frankenstein:1921!

Whoa!  No sleep, just art and coffee.


June 3, 2014

Heroes Con



Wee! So excited that Andy and I will be guests at this year's HERO'S CON in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Will be selling art prints, comics, doing sketches, maybe selling some original paintings and will have one of my Batman-squared series up for charity auction.

See you there!

HeroesCon 2014
June 20-22
Charlotte Convention Center

501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202


ADMISSION:
1-day Pass: $20 FRI -$20 SAT -$15 SUN
3-day Pass: $40
Kids 12 & Under get in FREE!

SHOW HOURS: 
Friday: 11AM-7PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: 11AM-6PM

ORGANIZED BY:

HEROES AREN'T HARD TO FIND
1957 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.375.7462
Fax: 704.375.7464

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9181
Charlotte, NC 28299-9181


June 2, 2014

Colors of the month







 in case the rent gets too high







 I almost never post selfies because I hate them, but here's one anyway.    hello.


Studying at nu cafe before Gillian arrives


lovely design reference


Focusing on miles per hour instead of speed.  Currently running 6.5mph for 60 minutes


Andy teaching a workshop in Hyde Park










Mango tilapia at Mexicali… mmm