Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Stuff

Hey everyone.  I finally got a new scanner so I'm going to start putting up some of this new stuff on my Flickr

Friday, December 19, 2014

Albin Brunovsky paintings

In 2009 I posted several Brunovsky images in among a lot of other blathering . Since then his art has spread around the internet much much more and I'd like to think I made some contribution to that. But next to none of his painting was online and you'd think maybe that was because his painting was inferior but it obviously isn't.
 In the time since I bought Complete Graphic Work he's become one of my main guiding lights, I can't think of anyone I rate higher, it's an astonishing book with hundreds of images. It's expensive but it's not even vaguely close to a rip off, it's absolutely packed.
 I hoped a book of his painting would come out someday and I just became aware earlier this year of such a book. In the introduction it says it simply wasn't possible to be as completist with the paintings as they were with the graphic work but there's still so much there, many of the paintings are amazing variations of the graphic works but there's quite a bunch of complete originals too.
Buy both Painting Work and Complete Graphic Work here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



March 6 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 8-11 PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Last year we sorted through 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.  How many will we see this year? Past shows have featured as many as 330 pieces and as few as 100, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent. Will you be among them?


We have recently revised our submission policy. Read the following carefully before submitting.
La Luz de Jesus Gallery reviews submissions from October 1st to December 31st only, in consideration for our annual group show.
Size restrictions apply: only pieces under 24″ on largest side will be considered. Artists not located locally will be responsible for the cost of returning their own work. No glass will be accepted on any piece that requires shipping. All art must have its own hanging or standing mechanism. Paintings must be wired or cleated.
If you wish to submit work for consideration, you must follow these guidelines and those below. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.
We showcase mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture. Our focus is not abstract expressionism and we are not accepting submissions of video or digital art, photography, edition printing or conceptual installations.
Also, please be aware that because of the large volume of unsolicited submissions we receive, we cannot, and will not, personally respond or offer you a review of your materials.


Artists may submit 3-8 low resolution (72 ppi, 760 pixels on the largest side), unzipped jpegs.
File names must be saved in this format: LastName_Title-of-Artwork.jpg
Indicate within the body of the email the following info for each work:
Your Name
“The Title”
Medium (Oil on canvas, etc)
Dimension Width” x Height” (x Depth” -if applicable)
Framed dimension Width” x Height” (x Depth” -if applicable)
$ Retail price range
Include this info within the body of the email, NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT. Also include your complete contact information (your name, mailing address, phone number, email and website address).
These submissions may be sent to: with “Group Show Submission” in the subject line. It is not necessary to send a follow up email. We will get in touch with you only if we are interested.
Email submissions that do not follow this format will not be reviewed.”


Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are…
“Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”
“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.”
Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene.
Contact the gallery director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Arthur Machen collection at risk

 This will only take a few minutes, it's very simple.

 I've got some images by another artist to scan in soon, amazing stuff.

 This might be the first year of my life when I haven't done one properly finished image. I've no excuses.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A cosy tavern in full colour

A panel from my comic on Hieronymus Bosch (from chapter 4) which i had posted before in its earlier stages. The palet is a lot warmer than what i prefer to use in general, so it was a difficult colouring job. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter masquerade

"Winter masquerade", Shaltmira, 2014
A4, paper, Faber - Castell rapitographs. 12 hours

Up the nose

A random sketch.

Monday, December 08, 2014

burr dden

Hey everyone, I still haven't been able to get scans of the new stuff I'm working on but I post work in progress shots over on my instagram:


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

tattoo skull part one

i made line yesterday, soon will the black come (hat, shadow, eyes, hair...)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Things We Do

These are a couple of panels from a new Ray Murphy comic I finished recently. The story is a loose adaptation of a chinese fairy tale, and I made it for a fairy tale-themed German-Chinese anthology project.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

i hadn't drawn a whole comic strip with actual words for years, so i had a try, and did most of this in one day. i hate the sound of my own writing, so edited out quite a bit of text from the rough version and even now am thinking up schemes to do away with most of the text remaining...ha, but talking about it does not make it any better!

Friday, November 07, 2014


Cover of a new sketchbook. Inspired by the damned souls falling into the pit by Roger Van der Weyden, Dirc Bouts and the like.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Off with her head!

A collaboration between Alkbazz (on the left) and myself (on the right). Which took me three eternities to finish, i must admit. Nope, i'm not too happy with how my part turned out. But you can't win every time...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Highly Toxic Mutant Collaboration

Just recently created this pretty little chap along with Mark Landauer - you can see more of Mark's work here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The streets of 's-Hertogenbosch, 1482

A panel from chapter two of my Jheronimus book. The protagonist in search for source material for The Garden of Earthly Delights. One might think of medieval towns as riddled with just narrow alleys, but this is not the case in 's-Hertogenbosch, judging from how the main streets have not changed according to old city maps. (There were more canals than there are now, however)
My confidence about the colouring grows. Steady as she goes...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


gosh it was forever ago Zeke asked if I wanted to join this blog, and it's really about time I said hello with a few of my drawings. I don't know where to start so I just grabbed whatever came to hand. If this is of any interest to you, maybe you would like to have a look at my tumblr which I'm trying to develop a habit with at the mo.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The jolly pyromaniac

An oldie from the days I was doing my Thank god it's Ugly anthology. The face was drawn by my pal Matthias Giesen. I did the rest after it had been sitting in a drawer for over a decade.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

They hang pigs, don't they? pt 2

... In fact, it's a beautiful day for a hanging!

Continuing colouring my graphic novel on Hieronimus Bosch. I'm in chapter two now. Crowds are an important element and pretty difficult. I don't want them to end up as one brownish slush, but not too brightly coloured either. The bright blue sky I'm also still a bit doubtful about, despite my sardonic opening line. It does not quite fit the colour range I had chosen.

It would be tempting to pick colours from Bosch's paintings directly, but that is a bit weak IMO. And they are quite diverse anyway. The Garden of Earthly Delights is quite fresh-looking -in contrast to the semi-grisaille of The Wayfarer, for instance.

The exectutioner is a detail not to be missed. No black hood or studbelts - that is something out of modern day cartoons. In old images, you won't find any in that stereotypical garb. They were obliged to wear special clothing connected to their dishonourable profession, but this would be local. I could not find out what was the costum in s-Hertogenbosch around 1500, so I picked something yellow-ish. Yellow being the least favoured colour and connected to Judas and the Jews, of course.

Monday, October 06, 2014

new linocut

I recently visited my friend Marc Brunier-Mestas who gave me some good lino, so I'm cutting now everyday... sometimes it's like you're not inspired but at the end it's only a matter of missing good material!

Monday, September 29, 2014


My contribution to the book “Chasing Posada” a tribute to José Guadalupe Posada and his relationship to the city*.

*This was drawn before Islamic State’s started their cowardly and bloody ad campaign.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014


2014 - As a Parallel Program of MANIFESTA 10 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art
St. Petersburg’s Street Art Museum is holding its first exhibition - CASUS PACIS / MOTIVE FOR PEACE.
Especially for the exhibition ZIGENDEMONIC has painted a small room, where you can get if you walk down the stairs.
On the walls are depicted in recognizable decorative manner, terrible events that gripped the country this year - people are dying, spilled blood, broken body everywhere, flames and ashes.  /

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The colour of mud

Started colouring the pages of my graphic novel on Bosch (160 pages!)

A few minor changes on this one, which i had done as a test some months before.

Monday, September 08, 2014


26 hours of drawing. SIN CITY. finished. 2x3m size. Acrylic markers only. Vilnius Street Art Festival. #shaltmira#vilniusstreetartfestival #streetart #blackandwhite 

DAY 3 - 8 HOURS 

DAY 1 - 7 HOURS <......................................................> DAY 2 - 11 HOURS.