January 23, 2015

Mystery Science Theater 3000 painting

It was such a pleasure to create this painting for Gallery 1988's "Is This Thing On?" Comedians Tribute show this February 20th.

8.5 x 11" | Acryla gouache on Arches watercolor paper | framed + signed | $600


I can't tell you enough how the photograph and the scan 
DO NOT DO the NEON of the paints justice at all!  

This piece just GLOWS in person (thank you Acryla)

I asked to do one of my all-time favorite shows, Mystery Science Theater 3000, since lately I'm rewatching lots of the episodes while simultaneously working on Pirates of Mars volume 2 comic pages.

So it seemed like a good time to capitalize on recent interests/work merging.

Fans of the show will notice that this is Mike's silhouette.  I think he's my favorite host, but that's like comparing Oreos and Fudge Stripe cookies, they are both wonderful.

I thought maybe it would be nice to do a recruitment poster for Gizmonic Institute and use this painting as the base.  Will have prints available soon!

Please enjoy some retro space art that I looked at for this piece, as well as the opening for MST3K seasons 5 (which is when Joel leaves and Mike takes over ep. #512 mitchell - what no I'm not a super fan at all)

It is also an homage to an old DC comics series called "Mystery in Space", and "Planet Comics" which both had super rad cover art.

I meant to change "Mystery IN Space" to "OF space" but honestly forgot, haha

January 15, 2015

Pirates of Mars character designs: Lt. Hobbes

Here are some model sheets I did to prep for volume 2 of Pirates of Mars.

Watched Escape from New York for the first time, and a whole slew of other shoot 'em up films to nab weapon ideas.

Working on pages now - almost done and ready to for color!  But first! To JJ for approval :)

January 14, 2015

Lily for sale

Hello all,

Just posting a link to buy the original painting that is currently on display at Gallery 1988 LA's "Crazy 4 Cult" show

I am so excited to say there are lots and lots of projects happening here at the studio, which is why I can't seem to carve out time for this blog like I used to, but hopefully will manage it better in the future.

Hope you are enduring the winter okay - here in New England temps went from balmy and unusually high 50s to MINUS 20 - WOW.  Needless to say our furnace is cranked like we live in a cabin a Jack London story.

January 9, 2015

Challenger issue #3 comic pages

 Above is page 59,
Below is page 62

I'm happy to say that the Challenger graphic novel for Mirror Comics is finished (for my part, pencils, inks + a bit of tone) now it's off to Gabby for coloring and Dominic for lettering and then it'll be released!

Thanks to the wonderful Kickstarter backers who made it possible, I can't wait to start fulfilling those commission requests and even a few paintings.

This project has made me a faster sequential artist as well as helping to refine my process.

Sometimes my brain hiccups when switching from painting to sequential art, and sometimes I think it looks like a bunch of different artists are making these pages.

But I'm sure other people have gone through that speed bump, too - it's all about putting new influences and materials in to practice and that definitely affects how the work comes out.

January 3, 2015

Portrait commission: Tasha's Mum

It made me very happy to be trusted with the task of painting a client's mother this holiday season - things like that are delicate matters, at least I think so, and it was truly a pleasure to do.

This holiday season has really been one of the best of my life.

We started this year in Japan, and ended it feeling the closest I've ever felt to family, no matter where they are in the world.

Going to try to get back into studying the language - I've really fallen off and it's pretty rusty - AND back to weight training, feeling a little soft from lots of delicious holiday eating.