Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sneak Peek




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Tangerine in 2010

So the color police decided the the "hot" color for 2010 was going to be turquoise/teal:

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well being.”

Blah, blah, blah well I'm not buying it. I say Tangerine. 2010 just feels like a tangerine year to me. Anyway, Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Skeletor applies his mental powers towards a capitalistic venture.

Sweetness why you pay $4.99 a minute fee for psychic advice? I, Skel-Mon will give it to you for less than $1 a minute? That's right, less than $1 a minute! Tank you for calling young lady. Dis be Skel-Mon. About 10 months ago accordin' to the 10 of Cups, there was an event with the short stocky man. Don't know what me sayin'? Tink back mon... 10 months ago... I didn't say you knew the stocky man well, but there be a short stocky man. YES te one shaped like a bell!! Tat is te one I talkin' about! Baby... I'm here with bad news for you. The Fool's card has shown to say you often foolish, you foolish to doubt me earlier 'bout the stocky man, you foolish with the stocky man... Caller you ready to continue? You called' me fool-mon. You do not already know dis he did you dirty. My friend, it was your foolishness that let this snake in your grass with out proper cover. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout now. Go take the test, the burning and discoloration is not a coincidence.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'Member that episode...

When Skeletor got so fed up with Beast-Mans failures that he started swinging at him with his big ass axe and chopped of his finger tip? C'mon you 'member (humor me here). They looked all over for it so Needle and Thread-Man could sew it back on. Well, they never found it and Beast-Man was surprised as anyone when he eventually grew back a new one. Being a particularity unintelligent minion he was unaware of his ability to regenerate. Nor did he know his missing fingertip, laying just out of site under Skeletors dresser could do a bit of regenerating of it's own. Can you say "spinoff".

Fun Fact: I used to draw pictures of Orko all the time but always colored him purple because in my head I saw him as purple. Why? Because I was too poor to have a color tv and didn't know what color anything was. One day a kid at school called me on it, "Nice drawing, but Orko is red". Silence on my part. I was genuinely shocked.


Here is Moss Man, he was my favorite he-man action figure as a kid. cool he-man article, Happy Holidays.

moss man





~Skeletor and Orko chillin' (He-man Theme)

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Flip the script...

This past Tuesday I rented Angles & Demons and after watching it I wanted to try my brain at creating an ambigram of my name. Ambigrams are those typographical treatments that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint, direction, or orientation. In my research I found that this display-type form originated in the late nineteenth century, rendering the stories claim of them dating back some 400 years historically incorrect. The ones featured in the film (earth, wind, fire, water, and illuminati) were created in blackletter by current king-supreme of ambigrams is Mr. John Langdon

Ambgrams are not mutually exclusive to blackletter-type, they can be created in any style in which the artist is comfortable and/or competent. I did feel the pairing was complimentary and stayed with it. Rather than using contemporary blackletter I used characteristics indicative the late 19th century blackletter based off the of Albion-Gotisch created in 1880 by Hausschnitt Von Benjamin Krebs Nachf. The other type on this page is based off 19th century letterpress.
and flipped....



I went through a period of time where I drew a lot of stuff like this. Not so much any more. The big difference is I don't use Design markers anymore as water colors suit my temperament much better and are way more forgiving. They also never dry up so they are definitely one of the more frugal mediums. I just brought an old tooth brush to the office/studio for spattering stuff but I forgot to bring some india ink. I have been wanting to play with india ink for weeks now. I have a huge bottle somewhere.

Ink and watercolor and acrylic on paper

The Best Part of Waking up...


I'm going to be in mexico the next two weeks, I'll try to post but I won't have a scanner so we'll see how that goes. Happy Holidays Art people.

The Orb



~Sweet dreams are made of this...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Time for a REBUS

Left the ol' sketch book at home, so I made you a rebus. I'll give the following hint: 

The correct phrase is 6 words. 

Remember, this is where pictures make a phrase and details have a purpose. See if you can crack it. Enjoy.


7'" x 10" pencil on watercolor paper

I consider drawings like these stacking blocks. I just keep them around and work on them whenever, they are never really finished I just get tired of working on them or I forget they exist and they end up in a pile somewhere. No themes no ideas just randomness and visual problem solving, little exercises really. Just found this one the other day. I think the scan shows too much of the texture from the paper it's much more subtle in person.

Holding Steady



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dough boy

This is a celebrity Sandwich spokesperson getting freaky and revealing his naughtier inner toppings. Beloved Son of Mayor McCheese. He has a true tale to tell. Stay tuned next week for details...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Creep's Rabid Glare

made use of a few of the stickers I had laying around and made this creep. Finally tried out some weird children's watercolors I purchased at walgreens and believe it or not I'm pretty impressed with their performance. They are all very nontraditional children's paint colors too which is initially why I bought them. Now I just need to find a place to stick this dude.

The Intense Gaze
11" x 6.25" marker, and watercolor on various sticker stickers


with letter-forms, typefaces, lettering... well the entire universe of typography, my work is very type focused. The majority of my drawings take place during moments of conceptual thinking or brainstorming for clients projects. This tends to leave my personal work in a state of static, never evolving and always pushed off to the side. As of recent I've been re-inspired and feeling the creative juices flowing through my insides. With this change in my body and mind, I have several projects lined up and am very excited to progress and share. Here we have a doodle that developed from the humanistic attributes of the letter "V". The lettering for the V is a unique typeface I recently developed and will be using more frequently. The Heavy-Script paired with the letter is based off 1930s Showcards. 

Winter's coming.

5" x 7" ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper

I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out. That's okay though, I don't like a lot of things and my own work is on the list often enough. That being said, even when I feel like something is going south I try to stick with it just in case the next line or brush stroke results in a improvement of some kind, at least improvement enough to keep me motivated enough to see it through. Maybe it's because I was thinking of the long cold Chicago winter ahead and all the salty slush that will soak my feet and leave white powdery continents on the toes of my shoe's or all the wet heavy snow I will be shoveling into piles or... whatever, who knows, either way here it is and I'm kinda happy with it just not sure in what sense. At least I have a warm winter coat which makes all the difference in the world.

The two above are pre build up and before I added the buildings and junk, which I almost like better, but I really felt like I needed some atmosphere in there.

Dimensions 11

Also a color version here..



~Theres no smiling in metal, kid.....

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

On my way to where the air is sweet.

Shoot, had some difficulty deciding do I draw Cookie-Monster, the first addict I came to know or the Grouch, the one that showed me home is whatever you define it to be. Fuck addicts, Grouch took it.

~We're queer we're here...the year is 1969! (Sesame Street theme)

...whats really up?...its was a bromance at its finest...

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Snuffaluffagus Love

Only Snuffaluffagus knows his friend
the count can bring them all back to life.



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One Mans Trash...

ink, acrylic and watercolors on watercolor paper

Of course I remember Jim Henson and his two most popular endeavors The Muppets and Sesame Street. Doubtless I spent countless hours watching both so I was a bit surprised that I don't really remember ever loving either. I enjoyed them for sure but neither affected me like other child hood movies, tv shows and books I can still site as influences today. To be honest Jim Henson and a good portion of his characters always gave me the creeps. Not sure why. In fact I recently watched a series of adapted fairy tales and Greek and Roman myths that were produced by Jim Henson Studios in the early 90's and those creeped me out too. There were two exceptions, Kermit The Frog and Oscar The Grouch but If those two green mofo's had a fight to the death, I would be rooting for Oscar. That guy had an influence on me. His furrowed brow, his I could care less attitude, his love for shit other people threw away (I could totally relate), his pet worm and last but not least his humble trash can abode. I loved that can and when Oscar ducked down in there I imagined an infinitely large alternate universe was inside. It was like the Tardis in there and as a kid that sent my head reeling. How could you have a space that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside. Clearly the fundamental laws of physics had no jurisdiction on Oscars can. For me that can was the most magical thing on Sesame Street. The fact that they never even made an attempt to show what Oscars life was like inside the can just made it that much more compelling. It was brilliant. Several decades later I bought trash cans just like that for my house. I bought one for my studio. I even painted a set black and used them as planters in my back yard. I used to draw them all the time. My first piece along the train line in Chicago was flanked by two trash can characters. All traced back to that can on Sesame Street. I've never thought of trash the same since.

Harry the Lost Muppet

Harry the lost Muppet

Harry really hated having a hand jammed up him telling him what to do and when he couldn't self medicate anymore he decided to cut himself open in an attempt to destroy his master.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Tonight Nancey and I were babysitting some little kids we know and I figured what better variable to inspire me than the mind of a 2 year old. So basically I hung out going back and forth with Moises Casanova. We used some acrylic paints, some markers and some craft papers. Generally my doodle partners are 18+ but this was a truly enlightening experience. Young kid's hold nothing sacred and won't think twice before they start scratching and dumping all over what you just finished drawing. AND THIS IS SO BADASS. Then you're stuck because yeah they're doing their own thing and you wanna respect that but at the same time it's a whole other ball game, you can just as easily go nuts all over what they just dropped loose on you. So it's needless to say the experience definitely wasn't boring. Leave it to little dudes to shock, surprise, and make you feel like an old, playing it safe dweeb. So yeah when I got home I did a quick doodle on some more of the craft paper because the collabo got a lil too muddy for me and I felt that the bright ass craft paper would contrast it nicely. enjoy

PS. This is just one of many things I created with Moises tonight, kids are a non-stop cyclone of power when it comes to art. You just have to focus it or it will destroy everything in it's path. Just ask Sneaky T!

Reach on up and reach on in...

Inya Day / Paul Johnson flashbacks all week long...

Keep pushin on
things are going to get better
it won’t take long
keep-on pushin to the top

Once A Wizard...



~"Cuz, IT'S bigger than Hip Hop"

"what exactly is the "IT that dead prez speaks of...

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Nothing in Particular

Mostly red ultra fine point Sharpie, some water color action and a bit of work from a Sakura pigma brush pen that is dying. I didn't try to makes this make sense I just started drawing with the sharpie, nothing in mind and figured whatever I ended up with I would block in with the watercolors. That's about it. Stuff like this I keep in a folder and when I get around to it I put them in whatever sketchbook I'm carrying around or into a big photo album, the hardcopy kind with the clear sticky plastic. I have a hard time throwing any kind of drawings away, I save most of them in some form or another. Most of what I consider my best ideas come about this way so naturally I wouldn't want to throw them out. The desk rig below.

Gotta love the mini water color kits, they go anywhere.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

War Machine


Something's Weird

I was working on this while riding the train this morning. It's a bit heavy handed for a train drawing but because the paper on this page is all messed up I had to draw darker lines just to see what I was doing. I don't know if it's the pencil (standard yellow No.2), the quality of the paper (standard cheap sketchbook) or the type of eraser (Tough Stuff Eraser Stick) but something was weird. Whatever it was, the page got all gummed up and no matter how hard I rubbed I couldn't get rid of my old scraggly pencil lines. Rats. So, I buffed the whole thing down with my sleeve, good call on wearing the black hoodie, then I pulled out some values with the eraser stick and deepened up the defining lines as best I could. If your thinking, man that is a lot of babbling about a little sketch done on the train ride to work, you might be right, but that's what's going on in my head. I'ts like the first battle of the day and I do get a bit depressed when I draw stuff whack stuff in my sketchbook and that's no way to start things off. So I did my best to work it out, seems like that what's life pretty much about most of the time, that's what we all do all the time. I don't usually talk up my process much, process is just how we get to where we want to be, it's also as far as I am concerned, the most important part. So if there is a place to go on about the minutia of what I do everyday as it pertains to something so integral to my life as drawing it would be here. At least I would hope so. The train rig below.

War & Death

When we all rise to be better men solutions without bloodshed will be adopted to policy. "If there is a next time, let us invest in erasable lead rather than a fresh crop of body-less head." 


ussr space cannibal

The cosmonaut captain's corpse partially eaten by his crew. Freeze-dried in the vacuum of space, floating amongst the beauty of the universe, light-years away from the war which led to the consumption of his soul.