Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LA Weekly - Why The Time to Get High in L.A. is NOW!

A recent illustration for LA Weekly.  The article talks about what happened when Ben and Keith go to one of those shady Venice Beach doctors, got a scrip, and then bought pot at a dispensary or two. "Though we've got to great lengths to be legal, we're suddenly a pair of paranoid ninth graders. And, again, we've surely paid too much: We're probably supposed to be tasting hints of boysenberry and coriander, but all I can smell is garbage."
Read more about the adventures online HERE

Friday, October 19, 2012

MF Gallery's Halloween Show

Here's another side of my work, something different.  I have some original watercolors of my SHAPES series in the MF Gallery's Halloween Show in Brooklyn this year.  The opening night party last weekend was a blast and the owners Frank and Martina are great hosts and very talented artists.  The show is up through November 11th and is located on Bond Street.
Below are some shots of the show.  Check out all the artists and pieces  HERE!
Frank is doing some really cool sculpture lately, check out his the mounted head (top right)
I've been working on another portfolio for years, nay decades, as some of you close to me may know, but have yet to plug the trigger in terms of seriously getting it out there.  Just been caught up working on it and reworking on it in my spare time, creating this odd world.  These characters are the tip of the iceberg, a glimpse of things to come. Fantasy, weird creatures, maps, comics, Magical Tales!  I was was going to launch a new website this fall featuring it all but got a book job that has kept me very busy so it's been put off until early 2013.  Until then... behold several cast members - Boca Ratoni, Rico Sluggs the Sinister Minister & Stagg Willy and The Fronyon Man.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Zombie Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi as you've never seen him before - UNDEAD!
Got some prints up on Etsy, perfect for those who love zombies and Star Wars.
Available HERE

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Promethues (re)Bound: An Alternate Opening

This idea was hatched back in June.  Beers and schwama with John Powers and William Powhida.  We were all excited about the new Alien "prequel" Prometheus and talked about it at length.  But after seeing, while pretty cool, we saw it as a missed opportunity in parts, especially the opening, was kinda confused by it. Anyway, using the script as a guide, John and Bill added and subtracted parts to create a new fan fiction of the movie.  I agreed to an illustration showcasing the changes.  What started as one turned into many.  The idea of aliens causing the dinosaur apocalypse event was very enticing to me and I had a blast working in widescreen so it just evolved from there. Below if the new opening of the our movie, with a bit more spectacle and specificity, and did I mention dinosaurs!
[Open with scenes of the primal Universe, the big bang, stars are born, and planets form. Zoom down to see huge volcanoes, storming seas, life emerges]
Titles: Yucat√°n Peninsula, 65 million years ago
[The shot pulls back through a lush rain forest densely populated by huge feathered dinosaurs.]
[Pulling upwards and zooming out until we see the earth as seen from space.]
[A huge alien vessel approaches.]
[As the ship slowly makes contact with the outer atmosphere, it triggers a huge explosion that sets the atmosphere ablaze.]

[[The ship moves slowly downward until it perches on one point at the ridge of the newly formed Chicxuluba Crater, next to a giant waterfall that has formed in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Exiting an aperture at the vessel’s low point, two dozen almost transparently pale, hairless, humanoids are forced from the ship by a dozen black, insectoid xenomorphs. The humanoids, who are clearly terrified as they are dogged and herded, form a tight circle near the edge of a newly formed cliff.]

[The humanoids appear weak and sick - the blacks of their eyes are engorged, their skin, mottled. The xenomorphs define a perimeter as the humanoids are ravaged from within and, one by one, begin to collapse. As they do, they begin spouting snakes and octopus-like creatures from their mouths, genitals, and finally from the cracking flesh of their abdomens and skulls. We now see the much larger figure - its head and shoulders encased in a globe of translucent organic material that appears to be a Portuguese Man of War, it is still recognizable as a living Space Jockey. The “Engineer” backs away cautiously, as if afraid of the Trilobites, and begin moving towards the ship as xenomorphs rush in, unafraid, to devour the white translucent creatures. The ship is shown lifting off as the humanoids’ flesh is left to break apart, loosing their DNA on earth’s eco system like exploding seed pods.]

Fade to black

I dunno, that would have been a cooler opening in my book, right?!  

To read the rest of the script changes, check out John Powers' updated Star Wars Modern

Below is the whole sequence, scrollable.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oregon Business Portraits

I did a series for portraits for Oregon Business lately featuring some of the top CEOs in Oregon - Mark Parker (Nike), Mark Donegan (Precision Castparts), Earl Lewis (FLIR Systems), Patricia Moss (Cascade Bancorp)  & Sidney DeBoer (Lithia Motors).

Check out the article here.

Mark Parker, CEO of Nike