Thursday, October 29, 2015
This Saturday I will be in Saginaw, MI for the Deadworld Halloween Comicfest at Coy's Comics. The event will go from noon until 8pm and I will be there with Gary Reed And Marvel/DC inker Jason Moore. I will have most of the usual stuff, including two Deadworld prints and some Deadworld books and will be signing bottles of dead world Soda, as well, so stop on by.
Btw, that zombie pig is drinking a Deadworld soda that I drew the label for.
Monday, October 26, 2015
These are the sketch cards that I did for the very soon to be released Thunderbirds 50th card set by Unstoppable Cards. This set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Thunderbirds tv series by Gerry Anderson.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
watercolor and ink on bristol
watercolor and ink on bristol
Here's a couple more from the Day Of The Dead show currently going on at St. Cece's in Detroit. The show runs until Nov. 2.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Tonight from 7-9pm, I will be live on the Motown Mojo podcast. Just go to motownmojolive.com and you can listen in as we chat about who knows what. I will be in the studio with musician Cara Elise and comic book writer Chad Gibson. It should be a hoot.
You can listen to this broadcast and all others at motownmojolive.com.
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Day of the Dead show at St. Cece's in Corktown starts tonight and runs through November 2nd. The show features many skilled locals such as, John Marroquin, Chris Sanchez, Kelly O'Hara, Emily Zelasko, Jeff Sornig and a few others. So, come on down, have a drink, some grub and view some cool artwork.
I have seven pieces, all animal and fish sugar skull type of things, all 5x7 watercolor and ink.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Friday, October 9, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
So.... this guy.
As I was returning home today from The VBWorks I pulled up to a light where there was a dump truck pulling a trailer and two other cars in front of me. The guy right in front of me pulls over to jump in front of the dump truck. I think, good idea, because he will probably be slow as heck. So, light turns green, the guy in front of me looks up into his rearview mirror at me and just sits there. Just long enough for me to get stuck by the dump truck. Said guy flies around him. So, I have to wait a bit for the road to widen, then I go around. I pull up behind this dude, not thinking too much about what he was about. Then, as the road widens he drifts into the middle and slows down making sure to look at me in his mirror. I put my hands up, thinking "what the heck is going on here?' I wasn't speeding nor riding his tail. We get up to the light and he rolls his window down and is screaming at me asking me if I know how to drive. Every other word is an expletive. I say, sure I do. Do you? He then proceeds to say 'how dare you ask me that! I'm a police officer!' I respond my saying, 'at which mall?' He hits the ceiling. He was trying so hard to justify his poor driving by abusing his job as a rent-a-cop, I thought he was going to blow a gasket. When I showed absolutely no respect for him, you know, trying to impersonate a police officer, he sped off. I got in the final FU, though.
Of course, this is a stylized cartoon of the prick, but I think I nailed his expression. I should have asked him for his badge number and precinct. He would have exploded.
Monday, October 5, 2015
So, this happened about a month ago. I was talking to a neighbor and he was going on about some potential hoodlums or some such thing and he gave the typical gun guy answer to all non-situations, which is shown in the top panel. You know what I'm talking about, guys who are never really in any type of danger, but are armed to the teeth. So, then this wasp (everything is a bee to some, but it was a wasp) flies by and well, you know how tough guys are......
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Last week I was contacted by the marketing director at Patience Brewster, an ornament manufacturer in Massachusetts to answer a few questions about my artwork. At first, I thought of it as a spam thing, but upon further review I saw the opportunity for this to benefit both parties. Doing just what a good marketing director does. Also, when I visited the site of Brewster, I didn't find what I was expecting, something sappy or overtly religious. Instead, I found a very creative artist making very cool looking Christmas ornaments. You should read her story and view her products. Click the link above to go to her site.
So, here is the short interview:
So, here is the short interview:
As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?
This is an often asked question and it is a tough one to answer at times. As a child, one is bombarded with images in the form of coloring books, children’s books, tv shows and the like. So, what sticks? What was a watershed moment in my burgeoning art life? As with most people my age, one of the artists that struck me upside the head was Maurice Sendak and the book was Where The Wild Things Are. The book stood out for me from all the rest with not only the artwork, but the imagination of it all. Having a forest growing in Max’s bedroom was bonkers to me. I think I went to bed with a canopy of branches and leaves after that. I think I still do. And the monsters we're all unique, not your standard disney fare (which I still loved). I think this book above all others kickstarted my imagination and was the first time I actually thought of things differently. Possibilities…
The other artist would have been Dr. Suess. Again, imagination overdrive. This was also my first experience with surrealism, without having known just what surrealism was. It obviously stuck with me throughout my life. When I discovered Salvador dali, I guess it was an obvious path for me. Dr. Suess had all these likable characters that maybe shouldn’t have been liked. There were trouble makers, for sure, as in the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. It was conflicting and thrilling all at the same time. I often found myself devouring the backgrounds maybe more than the main characters themselves. And Dr, Suess taught without one even knowing that they had been schooled.
As a shy child I went to these worlds often because there was the kind of adventure I needed and wanted.
It’s all about the adventure.
As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your artwork?
It’s all about the adventure.
When I was in my early twenties, an artist friend asked me how I viewed my art, as a story, a narrative or as an expressed emotion or feeling. Although my work has always had an emotion of one kind or another i have always looked at myself as a storyteller, so yes, my work usually has a narrative to it. It was a great question and caused me to look at my work more attentively and ask similar questions. As Guillermo del Toro has said that he looks at his body of work as one big film, I feel as though I am trying to tell a certain story. It’s a struggle and express that story at times. Even though, most of my work is in illustration and a lot of that is with licensed properties, I still feel that there is a common thread underlying everything. I think most artists can say that with ease.
But, I do want to convey the adventure of it all.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Most recently, we (my cartooning partner Kevin Minor) were told that our comic Stoopid Stuf was “both hilarious and horrifying at the same time.” I liked that.
At most times I feel that I am still struggling to find an audience, but what makes it all worthwhile is when you stick to your guns, your vision and someone from ‘your tribe’ finds you and the work resonates with them on some level. I usually have something specific in mind when I create a cartoon or a piece and when someone sees something almost completely different in it, yet still has the same impact, that excites me. Sometimes, it’s about layers.
What is your dream project?
It has been said that every cartoonist or illustrator has at least one graphic novel that they need to do in their lifetime. I have at least three that I have been kicking around in my head that need to be told. I suffer from graphic gridlock, among other things. One has been already written, well plotted out. It just needs to be drawn now.
But, having said that most days at the drawing table are my dream projects. It’s better than working in a factory. It’s a life worth living.
What artist’s, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)
Without me knowing it at the time, the adventure started with my grandfathers. One was a master craftsman and one of the best woodworkers I have ever known. This wasn’t my chosen form of expression, but I learned a lot from him. He had that childlike wonder with him until the day he dies and even though he barely left his workshop lair, I always thought of him as being on an adventure. Something always had his motor running. He found his passion and it served him well. Helping him with his model railroading, building furniture, making experimental molds for toy soldiers, castles, swords, all sorts of great stuff. I retell his stories often.
My other grandpa was an awesome artist, but not professionally. We differ there, because I wanted my life to be a combination of my passion and my income. He had a great illustrative quality to his work and I always marveled at how he made what I struggle with look easy. Even after having a stroke, his sketches were amazing.
Two creative guys that I learned a lot from.
The other artists that I have been inspired by seems endless, but here’s a few that have had an impact on my: Bill Waterson, Barry Windsor-Smith, Michael Golden, Berke Breathed, Maurice Sendak, Dr, Suess, Jim Henson, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Gustav Klimt, August Rodin, Michelangelo, Giancarlo Bernini, Arthur Rackham, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Gary Larson, Charles Shulz, and so many more. And throw in a bunch of writers and musicians, as well.
I also have many colleagues and artist friends that I continually find and draw inspiration from. It is a great thing to do comic conventions and have a built in friend/colleague ecosystem.