Friday, December 28, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Traveling Magician


Another digital rough sketch. I want to get back into doing these smaller scale digital pics again, similar to the stuff in the imaginary museum.

edit - messed with it more..

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Crunchy Crunchy Llama Fetus!





































Thanks to flickr I now have an obsession with llama fetuses, and not just any dead llama fetus but the dried crunchy kind that probably go good with dipping sauce.

There's hundreds of these wretched suns of bitches on there, check it out.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

CRETIN

cretin zine
I've been working on variations on this zine for a few years now, sort of teetering between different ideas. It all gelled recently though in a form i'm pretty excited about. I've been reading enormous stacks of Richie Rich, Archie, Sad Sack, Mad Magazine & junk like that, paying about as much attention to the old novelty ads as the actual comics. Anyhow, as you might know, i teach little kids how to draw comics & comical drawing styles, & i've got a son & before that, i worked in the children's room of the library, but it's always a bit of a teetering line that i walk. I've decided to directly produce all my output for kids, because i'm so disgusted by what's out there for them (it's all Japanese or Japanese influence crapola or emasculated PC nonsense) & my son has to live in this future world of nonsense. With another kid on the way, it makes it all the more urgent to reform the American cultural landscape into what i consider to be REAL AMERICAN CULTURE. Anyhow, i've also been watching the recently released Woody Woodpecker & Popeye collections which are blowing my socks off! So much cartoony violence! I love it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Black Riders


Here's a digital collage sketch I threw together last night. I've got this idea for a giant demonic race of these vintage racers with some Big Daddy Roth inspiration thrown in for good measure. This is just a conceptual rough of one rider. The full composition would have dozens of em racing around with some crash and burning, others fighting back and forth across their vehicles, bunch of Mad Max meets Hieronymus Bosch insanity going down!

drawing (a) monster

Friday, December 07, 2007

Tardigrada

Here I copied a microscopic photograph of an organism called tardigrada, or "water bear". I found this particular picture in a Watchtower some jehova's witness gave me, but there's more awesome images of it to be found via google and check out the cool video on this site.

Also, no cthulhu, but a random monster in the same vein.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Once more into the Fray!

Ugly In Norwalk

Fray magazine, who, in their own words "...is about true, personal stories and original art..." is back. They went away a while ago as you might recall. I'd actually been a fan of the mag in the past.

When my friend, and art collective compatriot, Chris Bishop exercised his capacity as illustration wrangler there and asked me to contribute an illustration for their (then) forthcoming relaunch, I was pretty excited.

The final image is seen above, the full article it accompanies can be read here, and the (extensive) process work behind creating the image can be found below.

Initially, I doodled a quick sketch in Alias Sketchbook Pro. I like the program's simple tools. They force me to not spend a ton of time on this step, which is good. As you'll see, the image changes a lot from this color rough as we go on.

Thumbnail sketch for an editorial.

After figuring out the colors, or so I thought, I started inking the piece. I knew that the bank robber in the tale needed to look smug and satisfied. He thinks he got away with his heist. I planned on putting a helicopter in the side window, but time would later dictate otherwise.

Fray

Herein lies the point of derailment. I had just reinstalled Painter 6.1. Yes, you read that right, Metacreation's Painter 6. Not Corel's subsequent releases. What can I say? I'm a purist! I wanted to try and lay some painterly colors under the inks as a sort of cathartic experimentation. No one wants to stagnate, right? Trying new things is integral to getting better.

Note the pathetic, laughable, placeholder helicopter!

Fray
Testin'.

I wasn't feeling the color scheme any longer, so I jumped into a total repaint under the inks. Since this method isn't my typical one, I was really feeling around blindly and hoping for something to just click.

Fray Redo

While not bad, my lack of experience with this style ultimately slowed me down.

Detail

As I should've done from the start, I opted for my normal style. Things immediately started to feel right with the piece.

Fuck Digital Painting

Fuck Digital Painting

Some further tweaking with the colors, and I was pretty confident I could wrap it up quickly (which was necessary - I had wasted much of my own time with the painterly experimentation).

Fray

Ultimately, I opted for a strong red and blue lightsource to indicate the presence of the police and, while not as fun or engaging as a helicopter, it suffices. Lesson learned: experiment on work that doesn't have a deadline!

Fray Mag




One last thing; I haven't had much of a chance to post lately, but I have been reading. You guys are really blowing shit outta the water. Yay for y'all!

Dingus goes face to face with his own face


A new story idea...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

the mysterious world of fear, ugliness and death.

I found a fantastic old "child protection" article linked from the Blurp Balls site, posted by RAG. The article is basically about everything i was into in the 80s, outside of music. But if they added music, then i'm sure that would be suspect as well!

Child's Play - OR IS IT?
http://www.kubik.org/vcm/toys.htm

"Toys in the Mad Scientist series include one called the "Monster Lab Set." It bids you to "make disgusting, gross monsters… then sizzle the flesh off their bones." On the box a group of young boys dips a creature in a frothing vat of pretend acid. How about the "Glowing Glop Kit?" The advertising tells youngsters, "Squeeze 'em! Alien Blood oozes from their eyes."

The gross toy boom prompted a popular brand of children's candy that looks like spiders and rats.

Some adults are concerned with trends toward grossness in lines of toys such as the Garbage Pail kids because the ugliness desensitizes children gradually till they are no longer offended by violence, sadism and the grotesque."

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

White Justice












































voida voida theme park


This is a sketchbook drawing I started at a gig and then finished off on a train and at home.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Scenes from my past...

trashycatcolor
This is Trashy Cat. I don't like cats in general, but i do like scrappy alley cats that don't live indoors.
commandocomixcolor
Commando Comix. A comic based on my favorite Ramones Song. Trashy Cat is featured at the end there. Also featured is Teutonic Terrapin & the Communist Straw Man.
colonel mustard's hot dog
Colonel Mustards secured the holy trinity of Oakland Grand-Lake businesses, the other two being the Grand-Lake Smoke Shop & the Grand-Lake Theatre. You could buy a hot dog, see a 50¢ movie, get a Mad Magazine & some nickel candy & you're set for the day. Nowadays, kids don't buy comic books, hot dogs are out of style, movies are too expensive & kids don't leave the house to see them, there is no such thing as nickel candy & what the hell!?!
coliseum pizza color
The Masked Men (my teenage punk band) thrived on cheap Coliseum Pizza in our mysterious deep east oakland garage. They were the only & cheapest pizza place that would deliver to us. I hear that the owner just blasted a would-be robber, thus securing the philosophy of Coliseum Pizza & myself, which is to take the law into your own hands.

Friday, November 16, 2007

blood in the bowling alley




These are a poster and 2 sided flyer for an event put on by last.fm http://www.last.fm/group/Last.fm+Presents

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

E.P.E.P.











MADBALLS!!!!!!


Here's an interview with Jim Groman who is working on the new line.

And here's an official Madball blog called Madballs Central!

Click here to see an awesome sticker sheet of Madballs that is supposed to be on sale at Target?

Anyway... MADBALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

1965 records poster


This is a poster for the 1965 records christmas fayre

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Vegan Zombie Tee


I have had this general concept in my head for a while. I wasn't contracted by anyone to make this image, so the tee exists solely in my noggin for now. Someday!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Halloween Treats

halloween showbag tag

So, I'm obsessed with making these things called Showbags. Which are, according to the generally reliable, yet obviously corrupted Wikipedia: "A distinctive feature of Australian fairs and carnivals (known locally as shows) is the showbag, a themed carry bag of commercial merchandise. The bag is usually made of plastic or heavy paper, and is printed with graphics promoting the theme or manufacturer. Showbags were orginated unoffically from New Zealand. They were used as a form of insteading of giving one big gift they were used to give a lot smaller gifts in one bag."

Anyhow, i started making them for my Mr. Sean's Cartoon Club! & i just made one for all of the trick or treaters who came by for Halloween. I made a comic specifically for the showbag, promoting the proper celebration of Halloween. Check it out.
halloweenie 1
halloweenie 2
halloweenie 3
halloweenie 4
I'm now pressuring for a New Year Showbag to give as gifts.

Monday, November 05, 2007

cultvideotheek


This is a collaboration with Marc Van Helburg for Cultvideotheek in Breda, Holland.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Lovecraft Nation























Here's the left panel of the triptych I did for the Lovecraft show. I put the right panel on the Skeleton Cave.