July 31, 2011

Eleanor Zine feature - My studio

The super lovely Bianca invited me to be a part of an upcoming issue of Eleanor 'Zine, as part of a series on art studios and workspaces.

I had recently switched to a Mac (I converted!) so happily the place was already (mostly) tidy.

July 29, 2011

Pee Wee's Big Adventure Show

"Do you have any dreams, Pee Wee?"
gouache + pencil on Reeves BFK paper - 12 x 16


If you are in LA, please check it out!

You can find my piece there along with so so many other amazing pieces I wish I could see in person.  Someday, California!

July 28, 2011

Zombie Bomb on the iPad

Hey friends,

Another comic anthology I was involved with last year was ZombieBomb! Dead Not Dead! put together by my buddy Adam Miller.

I illustrated a short story by Steve Jones called "the Cargo" and you can find that, along with every subsequent issue by downloading the super cool new app

Did I mention this is also free?

As in no money?

As in without fee?

As in requires no payment?
 Pirates of Mars will be up on Amazon.com and the Kindle very soon!
We're getting the files together right now!

July 27, 2011

Crab Fest at the Sole

for Worcester Magazine

For the past couple weeks Andy and I have been going to the Sole Proprietor for their annual crab fest.  And it's kind of addicting.  I recommend any of them, but the crab stuffed portobello mushrooms are tops... yum

July 25, 2011

Weekend doodles

 We had a really nice weekend!  After seeing Captain America on Friday, we went out for TexMex at Tortilla Sams.

Saturday night we took the dog for a walk and found our neighbors having the loveliest summer-night birthday party (above)

Then we headed out for some black raspberry ice cream (for me) and watermelon sherbet (for him)

I got this outfit at a thrift store for $7 

And now it's Sunday, which means Three Stooges, brunch and a walk in the park before getting back to work again on Monday.

July 23, 2011

Captain America + Jack Kirby

I love comics.     I love movies.     I love art.

And loving all of these things has ruined me in some ways.

Because I love comics, I can't watch a movie without picking everything to pieces.  Because I love art, I can't read a comic without picking everything to pieces... etc... etc.

Which brings me to Captain America.

I have a few issues with you, movie

  1. No matter how great your hair is, ladies, please wear a helmet while in the midst of a fire-fight.
  2. Once you take a special serum and you are mega-hot, you also suddenly know how, with a slight running start, jump 100 foot gaps and pro moto-cross.
  3. You can tell when something is a set.  Brooklyn was never, ever that clean.  Please just film the movie on location - New Yorkers don't care.
  4. A USO kick-line, fire-works spectacular doesn't need to be singing for 20 minutes straight. We get it.
  5. Why wasn't Sharon Carter part of the bad-assery that is SHEILD?
  6. Why does a villain get to just up and forge an entire empire like overnight?

Anyway, why even care?  I really don't know.

But I assume it's like a classical musician that has to talk about a stupid commercial jingle for 35 minutes to discuss her "issues with the harmonies"

I did enjoy how the movie has the comic version actually exist alongside the "real guy".  And it was cast really well.  Loved Dum-Dum!

So, the moral of the story 

 Maybe - we see what can be improved so we can hopefully in turn, see what needs to be improved in our own work.

I have to say, Captain America wasn't a character close to my heart - but I'm sure if I was a kid in 1940s, I'd be his biggest fan.

However, Jack Kirby IS close to my heart.  He was the first comic book artist I was exposed to that also did spectacular paintings.  (This was before I knew about Dave McKean, Bill Sienkewicz, etc...)

His work just blew my mind.  There was an inventiveness to it - like he just went crazy and had fun.


July 22, 2011

I'm a loner, Dottie... a rebel

gouache + colored pencil   |   12x18"    |   framed + signed
Hey friends,

I currently finished up the Pee Wee's Big Adventure painting for Gallery 1988.

Before I make a painting like this - one that has a ton of elements in it, I make a digital collage for reference.  Maybe you'll notice I switched Dottie to be looking at Pee Wee, for stronger composition.

I'm sad I can't fit everything in this painting - this is one of my all time favorite movies ever and there are so many characters, I can't decide who to cut!  If I squish them all in, it could look way too crowded!

So just had to pick some favorites...

July 20, 2011

The Firefighter

Recently Andy and I were commissioned together to create a portrait of a female fire fighter.  We've worked together before, either coloring his comic pages, or inking his pencils, but this was the first collaborative painting.  It was really fun :)

He pencilled, I painted gouache over

Did I already post this?  Apologies if I did!

July 19, 2011

Summer nights + day classes

Thanks to Jim for the wonderful apperitifs-get-together

summer breakfasts - and my favorite fig spread from Whole Food's


This summer I'm teaching some teen classes at the Worcester Art Museum.  This is my 3rd or 4th summer doing so, I can't believe how time evaporates like that.

My classes are usually for teens, 11-13 and 14-17, but sometimes I guest teach an adult class every once in a while.

I hope you'll take a class with me this summer!  I have lots of new project ideas, (some of which involve hurling paint off the sculpture room balcony if its is available)


Happy Summer!

July 18, 2011

Catwoman + Harley Quinn sketches

Hey everybody,

Another new ink sketch is up on eBay this week!  Harley Quinn coming up soon...

[up now]

[up tonight]

We're sad that Wizard World Boston con was cancelled :(  We were never told why.  Oh well, we'll still be at the Austin Con this November!

Things are crazy again here in the studio - working on lots of projects with some wonderful new clients I'm excited to be working with.

Also, lots of new galleries scheduled for the 2012 season, which means many new images to start devising.  Phew!

new promotional postcards

Went a little crazy downloading new fonts this weekend... ah I love fonts

and thanks to Mai for the wonderful Kit Kat assortment!


{clockwise from top} wasabi, chili, green tea, miso, soy bean

July 14, 2011

Inspiration: Mai the Psychic Girl (舞)

In preparation for Frankenstein, I've been reading tons of classic American comics like Silver-Sufer, Lee/Ditko Spider-man, and so on...

But I've been really into Mai, the Psychic Girl a lot, because I think the art by Ikegami Ryoichi is pretty amazing.

He also did a great version of Spider-man or uh, スパイダーマン

It's definitely got an 80s-fashion feel to it, but I like that :)

July 12, 2011

Strawberry summer

some preliminary sketches for a client

found a little strawberry growing behind the apartment!  surprise... 

I'm pretty sure this guy lives across the street from this park.  And he literally drives about 6.5 ft from his car park to the curb.  Not a bad commute.

amazing sushi at Minado - the red one is beet sushi!

amazing cloud formations this week!  Ahh... so nice