Friday, November 29, 2013

Dog Chooses Holiday Card Concepts

doodling around for the Holidays. Probably won't be the card for this year, but still it was fun to get the pen out.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

self portraits in honor of self portrait day.

I missed Self Portrait day (November 1).. I didn't know about it, so this weekend I did a couple of very small self portraits. Fun Stuff.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Holiday Card 2013... maybe

Starting to keep ahead of challenges... A proposal for this year's Holiday Card. This one is a collaboration of my concept and my late beloved wife Lee Ann's textile designs.  I hope that this would excite her... I am sure that she would have a lot to say Art Direction wise, and that would be more than welcomed.  -miss you my love... so much.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Monsters Nesting Dolls

I bought a set of nesting doll blanks. For almost a year I had no idea what to do with them until my dear friend Kevin Buntin suggested Classic Movie Monsters. Well.... I can't pass that idea up. So I spent the last month picking at these guys on and off. Just finished the last one on the last full week of August. I'm happy with them. I highly recommend doing something like this. It is well worth the effort.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Portfolio piece- worked this up as a wraparound design. I think it works quite nicely.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

sketch dump 2013, the first in a long time

Crypticon 2, first night... an absolute heavenly opportunity for people watching and tiny little sketches/ doodles.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Jersey Devil

A slight, ok a major over hall on the take of the Jersey Devil.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Zabu and Red Wing

Zabu and Red Wing from the Pet Avengers.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Frog of Thunder: variant color

so I started futzing with the color of the background... the frog pops a bit more, but I think I still like the first.... maybe.

Frog of Thunder: final color

it's done.

Frog Thor- Pet Avenger

So I just couldn't get the idea of the Frog of Thunder out of my head... so I stayed up way too late and worked this black and white version up. Coloring it will come this weekend, but I think he's cute as cute can be... with his mighty hammer 'meowmeow'.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


From the Inhumans Collection. Plate 2, Maximus the Mad, brother to BlackBolt and usurper of the Inhumans Royal Family.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

lockjaw finished

Lockjaw- finished.

It was a fun piece to work up. Now the question is, do I finish the series as a Pet Avengers series, or an Inhumans series. hmmmmmm.... decisions, decisions.

scratchboard self portrait

Self Portrait...
found some small scratchboard pieces and some open time... so I did a lil' portrait. 5x7.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

lockjaw wip

Starting a series of scratchboard comic book portraits. Characters that I think are visually interesting, or characteristically appealing. First one on the board... Lockjaw from the Inhumans.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Well, it's done... and done early. IMC 2013 assignment for the Graveyard Book is finished. Well, at least this one is. Now to see how far I can get with a second piece. The AD's approved of this one and I have gotten quite a bit of positive noise for this. Time to see if I can ride this wave.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

IMC 2013 Assignment: linework for Graveyard Book done

The linework portion for my assignment: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen is done... Working on color palette treatments now. We shall see what the next day or so brings, but now, I am very happy.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Illustration Master Class 2013- thumbnails and sketch

Illustration Master Class 2013 is less than 72 hours away. I have my preliminary drawing complete, I have my thumbnail sketches done.  OH, and unlike last year... I have my driver's license renewed. I shall do my best to give a full report from the bunker like last year.
OH, this year's topic for me... Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book. If you haven't read it, please do so. I loved it and have read it two and a half times. And I have only read a handful of books more than once that are not art books.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Elizabeth Dane

The Elizabeth Dane:
John Carpenter's The Fog 
from wiki-  In 1880, six of the founders of Antonio Bay (including Malone's grandfather) deliberately sank and plundered a clipper ship named the Elizabeth Dane. The ship was owned by Blake, a wealthy man with leprosy who wanted to establish a colony near Antonio Bay. During a foggy night, the six conspirators lit a fire on the beach near treacherous rocks, and the crew of the ship, deceived by the false beacon, crashed into them. Everyone aboard the ship perished. The six conspirators were motivated both by greed and disgust at the notion of having a leper colony nearby. Antonio Bay and its church were then founded with the gold plundered from the ship.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Salem's Lot: The Marston House

Salem's Lot:  The Marston House.  The newest edition to the Illustration on the Dark side.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Danny at the window from Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot: Danny at the window
One of the first books I ever read without being forced to was Salem's Lot. I was way to young to read it and it gave me nightmares for months, but it left a fever within me for the macabre and the scary that exists to this day.  This piece is dedicated to Ron, Kevin, and my sister Barbara. You three kept feeding my love of what goes bump in the night. I thank you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

illustration for Business card: Eyes

Thinking of reworking my illustration business card... Since I have been building a Horror based portfolio for the last year, A leave behind that reflects what I do would probably be a good thing. So here is (at least for the time being) my solution... unless a better one presents itself.  Heck, I may have a couple of different images. One steampunk, one horror, one editorial cartoon. Hmmmmmm....

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Carriage Final

I finished it today. The Carriage is an image that I see as the start or the end of a story. That story, I don't have it as of yet. I may never have it... but I am happy with this image.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Carriage; work in progress post 1/ session 3

session 3, or half way through session 3... or perhaps... And Welcome to session 3.5!!!!!
Size of the original piece is 14"x18".

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Snow Day

After a day of 10" snowfall with another 6-10+ on the way... the snow kids are in abundance on any bump or hill.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Nest

The Nest.  The latest in my series of dark illustrations, three sisters of the undead found by some poor person who with night vision on a camera or goggles has stumbled into the wrong place at the wrong time.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mythbusters- TV's new odd couple

still on a cartoon kick... just planning on riding it out. The latest- Adam Savage and Jamie Heyneman... The Mythbusters.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Zeppelin- celebration day

I sat down and watched  Celebration Day. A Led Zeppelin concert that took place back in 2007. It was very interesting to see how these icons have aged over the years. They are looked upon as almost royalty by my generation. I was compelled to work this piece up.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

moe-dok, larry-dok, curly-dok

A dear friend sparked an idea on an illustration featuring the Marvel Comics Character, MODOK... well like it or not, this is my solution.