Friday, December 10, 2010

Zahhhhmbay Zahhhhmbay

She has risen!

The story is that this chick is a groupie for the band I AM THE TRIREME, who died and came back from the grave because the late night groundskeeper at the cemetery was listening to her favorite song, so she killed him and took his mp3 player. And his braaaaaaains.

Here's some shots from the process...


To find out more about I AM THE TRIREME
visit their myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/iattpa


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Monday, December 6, 2010

In your heeead in your heeeead.

I haven't posted in a while, so's I figures it's about time I give an insight into what I'm doing. I've recently had to drop the projects I was working on to start something I need finished by this Thursday 11:59 PM. I started today around noon and am approximately at the 10% mark.

She came back from the grave to kill the late shift graveyard groundskeeper for his mp3 player, because she heard him listening to her favorite band.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tata Gala 2010

Hey guys, I have some exciting news! A piece of mine was recently selected to show in a juried exhibition that raises money for a really great cause. Sponsored by Juxtapoze Magazine, the Tata Gala is a show of illustrators, painters, designers and photographers, with proceeds benefitting breast cancer research. Each piece in the show is centered around le lovely lady lumps, in effort to draw attention to the need to find a cure and preserve these beautiful things we call boobs.

My piece was selected to be shown along with several other artists, on a 50 inch LCD monitor... that's only 10 inches less than my height! It was also chosen to receive the honor of "Distinguished Merit" which I was thoroughly stoked about, since I feel this is probably my favorite piece I've done to date. Here it is:


The piece is entitled "Verity" and meant to express the moment in the sickness when the realization that this isn't a nightmare finally, truly, sets in with the patient. I used my usual colored pencil, graphite, digital color combo for the figure, and figured out how to utilize some oil, water color, and ink textures for the background. Far more serious, and far more rendered than the majority of the work I've been doing, I'm glad to see that this was such a success.

Yesterday evening was the Florida show at the Sarasota Design Center. The New York "Best of the Breast" show is February 5th-25th at Sacred Gallery on Broadway. I'm not sure if my piece is going to be in that or not, but it's still worth checking out!

Find out more about the Tata Gala at:
For more on how YOU can help breast cancer research, please visit:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from Kristin Leigh and C.O'D.

I made this as a poster for The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. My original idea for a COD piece was a cartoon of the witchy woman performing sinful acts in ritual worship of the Dark Lord.... but this is a more tasteful option.
I was very excited to see such a great response from the other rally-goers... And I'm sure dressing up like Sarah Palin had something to do with it. So many people were eager to snap a photo of/with me, and those who didn't still chuckled, grinned, gave me thumbs up and even hugs! The hugs were my favorite because it was two cute grampas and a high school punk kid.
Here's a better look at the creepy crawlies in the background of the piece. I plan on eventually turning them into a fabric pattern.

My dearest thanks to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central, the National Mall, the volunteer workers especially the two who started laughing as soon as I came up the escalator into D.C. en garb, the guy who shared his animal crackers, the Minnesota family who helped me get on camera and raised their tall son to have manners and let me get in front to see, the American flag greenmen for being awesome, anyone who smiled at me, Mandy and Eric for driving, Megan, Greg, Sarah, and Scott for allowing us to stay at their houses, anyone who gave me food, and all the drunk U.D. freshman who provided delightful evening entertainment after the rally.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lady Gaga's holiday meat dress

Lady Gaga, known for her wonderful fashion sense, is always inspiring fashion trends. So this holiday season, why not take one from Mother Monster herself and deck yourself with boughs of animal flesh... reindeer edition with a deluxe white deer hood, to keep you warm and toasty during the most wonderful time of year. Above, Gaga models the Dasher version of this 9 style designer collection.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'd rather be part of the Donner Party.

Made this. For funsies.

I'm in the process of making stickers... as promos, for the Tea Party of course. If you want one ask me.
Feel free to use this image on whatever you feel like... and rest assured that my sharing usage of this is totally the Christian kind of sharing, not the pinko socialist kind of sharing.

Go America!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hispanic Batman strikes again.

Hey guys, I did another pice for Hispanic Batman. This one was used as an advertisement for the Collected Archives... which, as some of you will remember, I posted about this past July (refer to Hispanic Batman Collected Archives post). You can find this ad in Royal Flush, book 7.... which you should buy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birbig Time

I recently did an illustration of comedian Mike Birbiglia, for Royal Flush Magazine. I was pretty pleased with it, and really thrilled to find out yesterday that it went over well with Mr. Birbigs himself. Nothing feels better than hearing positive words about your work from a famous person you drew vomiting.

The full page illustration goes alongside an interview with Birbiglia. It, along with some other illustrations of mine (which I will post at a later date) appear in Book 7 of Royal Flush. This book is going to be the best one yet, with a super awesome dual cover– one side featuring Rob Zombie by Ed Repka and the other side featuring, my heroes, the gang from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia by Pat McQuade. The inside is chocked full of awesomeness that's sure to keep you entertained for hours.

To preorder a copy of Book 7 please visit http://royalflushmagazine.com/merch/

Otherwise it's going to be released October 12th, 2010... but a special lenticular hologram edition will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble on October 26th, 2010 (limited to 1,000 copies)

Check out more about Mike Birbiglia and his upcoming book Sleepwalk With Me, also to be released October 12th, at http://www.birbigs.com/


Friday, October 1, 2010

Aqua Buddhists for Rand Paul.

My latest sea monster:
Aqua Buddha

What's an Aqua Buddha, you ask?
Let me explain...

This is Dr. Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, and candidate for the Kentucky U.S. Senate seat. Just like any other good Christian politician, he's got a closet full of non-Christian skeletons. Back in the day, when young Randy was just a lad attending Baylor, he was part of a super fun secret society known as the NoZe Brothers, whose mission was to terrorize the administration, pull all kinds of wacky liberal pranks, and apparently force female students to smoke bongs and worship bizarre deities.

photo: The NoZe Brothers. Rand is the one who could pass for Church Lady dressed as a Vietnamese rice farmer.

A woman who knew Randy and the funky bunch (pictured above) in their glory days reported that one time after trying to convince her to get high with them, the crew blindfolded her, took her to a creek, and forced her to bow down in worship of a god called "Aqua Buddha."

This story is far too good to let slide by. I've given it some very serious thought, and come up with my idea of what this Aqua Buddha fellow looks like. I may even go L. Ron with this one, and start my own religion, and write a whole series of holy books, of course featuring young Randy as prophet number one. Probably not though. I do intend to put this on a shirt though. Let me know if you want one.


Here's the underdrawing:


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

P is for popcorn

This week's Alphabattle letter on Lettercult.com was P. After constructing the letter, I thought it would be fun to come up with a functional use for it. It was more than obvious that this letter would be perfect for a popcorn container.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The truth is out there.

Or at least it will be once The Conspiracy is released by Philadelphia rapper Abstrakt. Not only did I do the illustration and design work, but I've also listened to the mixtape and let me be the first to tell you, it's really good. You're going to want one.
front:
back:
and then the actual cd:
Abstrakt speaks on some really heavy topics like corruption in our government, but also maintains a level of humor in his lyrics and the way he juxtaposes concepts and ideas (Avatar and blue balls... need I say more?) The mixtape also features other talented musicians like Julian Frampton and Fese. And of course, the reason I got so excited about this job... aliens. You want to buy this cd. Contact Abstrakt directly or just let me know and I'll get you one.

for more on Abstrakt visit:


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fish and Chicks: personal exercise in color, light and shadow


I did this just as a personal exercise for myself because I wanted to explore lighting and shadow. I feel like a lot of my work lacks a bold contrast between light and dark, and that's something pretty crucial to conveying the human form... so I should probably start doing it. I also wanted to get back to my original color sensibility... which is to figure out a way to use the whole rainbow. I think I pulled it off pretty well here, and managed to use the color as a secondary means of communicating the shape and glisten of the tail. If I were to put this image to practical use, I would use it as a cd cover for a screamo band. Probably Chiodos.

For my next project I'm going to be doing another project centered on the female figure, which was sort of the motivation for doing this exercise. More updates on that as it unfolds.

Friday, September 3, 2010

adventures in screen printing

I took a printmaking class and got to make some fun things. My first projects were simple but as the weeks went on I started coming up with cooler ideas for potential projects. Then the course ended. Needless to say I have an unsatiated hunger and will be returning to this in the near future. In the meantime, here's some things I did in the class, starting with my first exercises...


Our final project was to make (20) five track mix cds with double sided covers to exchange with everyone else in the class. This is how mine came out, with some of the other cds from the exchange.

detail:
interior:

The idea was to have a theme, so I picked Armageddon via demon koala bears. The songs weren't so much about the end of the world (nor demon koala bears) as they were songs I'd want to have on my walkman as I watch the Apocalypse happen from my window.

1. you can't always get what you want
2. good times bad times
3. within you without you
4. nothing but flowers
5. spirit in the sky

Saturday, August 28, 2010

N in a night.


My one hour projects are starting to go a little more smoothly.

This was my sketch:I'm glad I didn't go in the doily valentine direction and opted with a more formal approach. A helpful trick I learned: stop trying to do so much extraneous crap and just make something that looks clean and nice.

Check out www.lettercult.com tomorrow, they'll have all the other submissions.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Now, in the revolutionary technology of 2D!

Here's a fun project. Paper doll of myself in some of my various disguises. I actually made a couple of these. I was going to give them out as self promotions... because it's a play on the silliness of the shamelessness that's required for success from self promotions.

This is what the back page reads:
"Has your best friend been acting like a tool, spending too much time with his lame girlfriend, or developed a new set of interests that don't correspond to your own? Not to fear! I'll be Your New Best Friend, pocket-sized for portability! Take me anywhere! And dress me up. I have an ensemble for nearly every occasion, so surely I can be whatever kind of friend you need!"


Friday, August 13, 2010

What should I wear today? How about NO shirt?

Make life easier for yourself and anyone you meet by establishing things on the forefront. Perfect for pessimists, sourpusses, negative nancies, teenagers, women, Republican senators, and anyone who enjoys being difficult.

$20