"DEAD MEAT" Screen Print

Lately, I've been exploring the links between ancient mythology and popular culture. This is the first in a series that I am creating that draws parallels between the stories of Theseus and Rocky Balboa. "DEAD MEAT" is a four-color screen print produced by Burlesque of North America. It turned out better than I could have imagined with a nice metallic gold ink for the shorts and glove details. The prints are 18x24" on thick Cougar White paper. This edition is limited to fifty prints, signed and numbered. They can be purchased right here on this post or in the Store section of my site.

3 Colors + Metallic Gold on 18x24" Cougar White Paper
$40 (+$8 shipped via USPS rolled in tube)

DEAD MEAT, framed

2/24 - 2/26 Image Expo, Oakland, CA

Wonder Woman sketch

There's a new comics event happening this weeekend in Oakland. Come check out the first annual Image Expo at the Oakland Convention center. I'll be tabling in Artist Alley (table #501), so stop over and say hello. I'll have prints for sale in addition to some new original works and some stuff from the archives. Here's a description from the Image Expo website:

IMAGE COMIC EXPO is a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center. Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing throughout the weekend for signings, panels, and special events. Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of today’s best creator-owned comics, including: Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan.

Image Comic Expo
February 24-26, 2012
Oakland Convention Center
550 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Friday, Feb 24: 3pm–8pm
Saturday, Feb 25: 10am–6pm
Sunday, Feb 26: 10am–5pm


1/31 Hi-Fructose hosts Sketch Tuesday in SF

This Tuesday January 31st, I'll be a featured artist for Sketch Tuesday at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. I've been drawing a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketches lately so I'm sure I'll be making a few more at the event. Get in on some affordable art from some amazing talent. Check out the list and description from the Hi-Fructose calendar event page:

Bring your sketchpads, pencils, mini travel paint kits or what have you, and join Hi-Fructose as we host 111 Minna's 63rd Sketch Tuesday, the first Sketch Tuesday of 2012!

Tuesday January 31st, 2012

6pm - 10pm

11 Minna SF

Featured artists:

















What is this? 

Each month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists. Inspired by Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally, 111 Minna offers patrons the opportunity to see local artists at work and get acquainted with them. It is also a way for artists to meet each other and to be inspired by each other’s creative process.

Sketch Tuesdays offers the local arts community a place to congregate, to talk, to create and to be seen. There is usually room for artists to just drop in and start drawing, but the good seats are reserved for the invited artists.

Art is for sale at reasonable prices and will be displayed until the event closes. This is a great opportunity to become a collector and to meet some very talented people!!

For more on this monthly gathering visit http://www.sketchtuesdays.com/

2011 in Pictures

I'm sitting here in a huge, empty, Viennesse apartment feeling reflective. It's odd finishing out the year in another country, so far from friends and family. 2011 been the most eventful year on record for me and, for posterity's sake, here are some of the highlights:


Chase with my art!ILM - Me and Bonnie with Carbonite Jar JarEmerald City Comicon - Dallas2011-03-16_13-12-48_741


Tentacles cakeWarhol Reimagined at Project OnePhoto Booth at Atta and Annie's Wedding 2Maker Faire 2011 - Electric GiraffeFanimeCon 2011 - 11
BHOF '11 Saturday Danceparty - Pickles, Lulu, and meMetar Cabin - Ausable River 2hfbooth23Scientist of Tomorrow's YesterdayLulu and Me


Kaiju Big Battel 1Me and Buzz AldrinDomino, Miss Self-Absorbed, and DeadpoolIMG_0223Theseus vs. the Minotaur, Round 2

There you have it. What's in store for 2012? Definitely more artwork, more adventures, and more fun! I hope that you are part of it. Happy New Year to you and yours. 

11/5-6 LA Designer Con and Comikaze

Lambda Lambda Lambda - Adams College, 1984

This weekend I'll be in Los Angeles for two incredible events! Saturday is Designer Con at the Pasadena Convention Center. I'll be attempting to take up as much space as possible in my 10x10' booth with lots of new prints and rarities. I hear the collectors like those rarities. On Sunday I'll be doubling up with Chamanvision at the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center for Comikaze Expo 2011. It's sure to be a fun-filled weekend, so please stop by and say hello. Here's all the infos:

Designer Con
Table #430
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 online / $7 at the door (free after 3 pm!)
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Comikaze Expo 2011
Table #122 (I'll only be there on Sunday)
Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 11am-6pm
Los Angeles Convention Center

Bad Dads at Spoke Art, Oct 29th


"Bad Dads", a tribute to the films of Wes Anderson is happening on Halloween in San Francisco at Spoke Art Gallery. The group show will feature numerous interpretations of Anderson's films from The Royal Tenenbaums to The Fantastic Mr. Fox. My piece, "Kumar" is based on a scene from Bottle Rocket. Here's a clip from the film:

"Bad Dads", an art show tribute the the films of Wes Anderson
Opening October 29th
On view until November 25th
Spoke Art Gallery
816 Sutter St. - San Francisco

APE 2011, Oct 1-2 San Francisco

Photo from APE '10 by Mike Yoshioka

It's time once again for the Alternative Press Expo at the Concourse Center in San Francisco. If you know me, you know that APE is my favorite convention. There are a few reasons for that. The first reason is that it's mere blocks from where I live! The second reason is that all my favorite comics and art folk come to town exhibit or attend. Lastly, there's a bar in the beautiful wood and skylit convention center. Let me repeat that...THERE'S A BAR IN THE BUILDING! So, really there's no excuse for you not to come out and support your favorite artist/writer/creatives from all over the world. I will have new artwork on display and for sale as prints. Please come by and say hello.

Saturday,October 1
11am - 7pm

Sunday,October 2
11am - 6pm

The Concourse
635 8th Street
San Francisco, CA

Aldrin After Andy

In April 2011, Project One Gallery in San Francisco held an event called "Warhol Reimagined". The group exhibition was organized by art/culture website, Warholian.com. According to their website:

For Warhol Reimagined, Warholian asked some of the best talent in the art community today to come forward and rework Warhol’s classic imagery. The group of fifty-nine artists were divided into two groups- the “Factory Artists” and the “Soup Can Artists”. Each artist was assigned an image and panel and given the directive to reinterpret the selected Warhol image into their own unique aesthetic.....

...The Warholian Factory Artists were given a 20″x24″ panel, and asked to pick from a selection of over 60 of Warhol’s works. The works were chosen based on their importance in Warhol’s lifetime body of art and prominence. These included his most classic portraits of celebrities, early body of illustrations, self-portraits and his most classic iconic pieces.

I chose "Moonwalk 405", featuring a pink Buzz Aldrin on the Moon as my starting point for re-interpretation. Here's the original image:

Moonwalk 405, Andy WarholI wanted to see how Warhol made this image, so I started looking at the source material for print. NASA has a great public record photo library and there plenty of hi-resolution photos from the Apollo missions. I was surprised to learn that Moonwalk 405 is actually made of of two different photos composited together. In addition, the photograph of Buzz Aldrin is flipped so that his right arm is bent instead of his left. I assume that because of the image reversal, Warhol chose to eliminate the American flag patch since it would appear reversed in the finished print.

Once I had the original source material, I decided that I wanted to change the composition so that it was more of a portrait. I would "fix" the flip and add back in some of the details of the Apollo-era space suit. The flag would still be there, but instead of a composited-in flag, I would re-add the flag patch to Buzz's left shoulder. I decided that I definitely wanted to keep the color scheme and screenprinted graphic quality of the original print. I brought the source material onto my computer and started laying in the basic shapes and lines in Adobe Illustrator. Here are a few shots of the process:

Once I had a digital draft of what I wanted to create, it was time to transfer the design to the 20"x24" panel for paint. 

After a few days of painting, the finished artwork looked pretty close to the digital version.

The opening reception for the event was a success. I was blown away by the presentation and quality of the work and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Warholian.com has a great slideshow of the opening here. My piece, "Aldrin After Andy" sold at the event but I have prints available for sale here.



NYC, LA, SF, and Vienna!

"The Stranger", for Quentin vs. Coen Round 3What a terrific year so far! In summary: AOL.com hired me to create some arachnid themed poster art. Manifold, the firm behind the AOL gig, commissioned a custom piece for their office. I worked with Bolt Creative on their "Battle of the Gods" game. Then, SyFy's DVICE contracted me for some superhero themed art. I did lots of traveling back to Michigan, to Las Vegas for Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, to San Jose for Fanime 2011, and then to San Diego for Comic Con to assist Hi-Fructose Magazine at their booth. THEN, I went back to San Diego for Tiki Oasis, "South of the Border" where I got to show off my Miss Piggy velvet painting. I've just finished website artwork for monochrom's upcoming "Sierra Zulu" feature film project and Purebred's short film, "Lucifer's Crewcut".

Now that you're all caught up, here's what's next!

10/1-10/2 APE, The Alternative Press Expo, The Concourse, San Francisco

10/1-10/2 Quentin vs. Coen Round 3, Beyond Eden Art Fair, Los Angeles

10/13 Celestial Matters, benefiting the Challenger Research Center, Charles Bank Gallery, NYC

10/30 Bad Dads - A Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco

12/1-12/31 Winter Artist in Residence at MuseumsQuartier, Vienna Austria