Thursday, June 28, 2012

Metal Band T-Shirt Illustration

So long as I'm beating a dead cow, I thought I'd design a mockup of my turkey vulture illustration as a metal band T-shirt.  My thinly veiled metal influence seems to be coming out more and more these days, so I might as well present my illustrations as such.  I'd wear it!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tornadoes and Turkey Vultures

I was compelled to take my fascination with scary looking birds to the next level on my Fort Worth reaction project for The University of Hartford's Illustration MFA program. A native Dallas / Fort Worth artist myself, I took this opportunity to collect some exhaustive reference material from the Fort Worth zoo and do a fun pen & ink piece in LP dimensions with just a hint more color than usual.

12x12, pen & ink on scratchboard.

Oh! and here's a 3D anaglyph version for red/blue glasses!


Lastly, 2D and 3D prints with glasses are both available in my store

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Portrait of David Bowie as Tesla in 'The Prestige'

I was invited to contribute to a David Bowie themed art show in Dallas, and admitting a cursory knowledge of his catalogue (highlighted by I'm Afraid of Americans with NIN mastermind Trent Reznor), I felt most compelled to pay homage to his portrayal of Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.  Having seen and loved most everything by director Christopher Nolan, I felt this was a concept I could run with and keep within my typical aesthetic.  Drawing electrocuted cat = fun!

Challenging myself to work a little larger, and with less comfortable tools, I worked on a sheet of 11x14 bristol board using a Pentel pocket brush pen.  I'm enjoying the line quality you can get with a brush vs a fixed width technical pen, and working a little larger seems to be helping as well.  Hatching with a brush is a little awkward at first, but it's starting to make sense to me.

Posters are available here, and for those of you in Dallas, check out the show page!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Asteroid Field in 3D

A really fun 3D anaglyph for those of you with Red/Blue glasses!  Kinda makes you want to fire up the plasma blasters, doesn't it?

Very soon I'm going to be making up some custom 3D glasses to give out as business cards, with a QR code and url linking to my 3D portfolio (more can be see at

And here's a shot of the 9x12 ink drawing... brush pen on bristol board with white ink detailing.  For the time being, the original is available in my store.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hand-Printed Skull Scarves

Just printed a batch of some new scarves!  It's a little warm outside for these right now, but I'm putting all three of my scarf designs on 25% off sale through the summer.  Just $18!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Tar Pits at La Brea

This illustration was inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits in downtown Los Angeles.  
Combined with the Paige Museum, the tar pits left an impression on me at a really young age... right when I was most fascinated by dinosaurs.

They say that for every mammoth who's remains were excavated from the natural asphalt, they found something like 2 saber-tooth cats, 4 dire wolves, and as many birds of prey.  It was a remarkably carnivorous environment during the last ice age, which made for a really fun drawing.

This is a 24x12 pen on claybord, with a bit of greyscale shading added in photoshop.  I've been working to add a bit of limited palette coloring/shading on top of my pen and ink drawings for some added depth and control over the values.  This one is still super monochromatic, but I expect some more color will be leaking into my illustrations very soon.