Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Secret Life Of Plants


The Secret Life Of Plants: Seattle Weekly 1994

This illustration went with an article by Tony Daniel about the absolute monstrous, omnivorous and hideous nature of Blackberries.

I hate gardening. That's why I live in the Sonoran Desert.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Old School G


Another page from my second "graphic novel" Filthy. Published by Fantagraphics in 1999.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jungle View


This illustration appeared in Seattle Weekly in 1994. It went with an article by Rick Anderson about Seattle homelessness.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Slumboy In The Drudgepit


A page from my second "graphic novel" Filthy. Published by Fantagraphics in 1999.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cigarettes And Aluminum Trees


A ridiculously large (6' x 8') mixed media drawing on paper from 1983. A real mess this one is.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Just Say Hi...........

India Ink on Paper - 1997

Web Culture - Seattle Weekly 1997

This illustration was for an article by Kathleen Durkan about the potential for "Old Media" to control the Internet.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fat Like Me


This illustration appeared in Seattle Weekly in 1995 with a humorous article by Nicholas O'Connell.


Friday, October 14, 2016

A Wussy Duel


This was a large installation piece from 1986.

The larger graphic element was painted directly on the gallery wall.

The central more colorful element is a bas relief oil painting on panel, plywood and cardboard hung on the wall after the more graphic element was finished.

The work was destroyed upon removal.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Camille Paglia's Ego


This illustration appeared in the Seattle Weekly in 1994.

It went with an article written by Kathryn Robinson about a lecture given by Camille Paglia.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Portrait Of Vivian

Oil on Panel - 2016

A portrait of my Wire Fox Terrier Vivian enjoying herself in her home in the Sonoran Desert.


Oil on Panel - 2016

A detail.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Chinatown Highrise

Oil on Paper - 2016

Painted from memory. I used to walk by this SF building almost every single day in the 1980's.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Cadillac Style


This ballpoint pen illustration appeared in the Seattle Weekly in 1995.

It went with an article by Ben Weber about  adventures in automotive excellence in Oklahoma.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Leopard Skin Pillbox Dunce Cap


Live Fringe Or Die - Seattle Weekly 1995.

Cover illustration for magazine issue about Seattle's theater revival in the mid 1990's.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Portrait Of Ted Hughes

India Ink on Bristol - 2016


The Poet Laureate of England from 1984 until his death in 1998. The widower of Sylvia Plath.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Origami Kouros Minoan Version

Mixed Media on Paper - 1985

A large work on paper. Self portrait as an expressionist Greek ruin in a Japantown toy shop.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Portrait Of Michael Television

Watercolor on Paper - 2016

Another portrait of another one of the villainous children from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This time the media savvy Mike TeeVee.

If I ever got to illustrate this book, this is the way Master Mike TeeVee would look.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Where's My Ear Trumpet?!


This illustration appeared in Seattle Weekly in 1997. It accompanied an article by Rick Anderson about the Washington State Supreme Court titled "Justice's Deaf Ear".

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Milo Maurice The Magic Cat


A page from my second "graphic novel" Filthy. Published by Fantagraphics Books in 1999.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Oedipus Wrecks

Mixed Media on Vinyl and Wallpaper - 1985

Another giant head painting from the Eighties with a bad pun in its title, that is more comical than it could ever be tragic. At this point in time I was really poor and I couldn't afford linen or canvas, so I was painting on things I found on the street or in dumpsters in front of gutted buildings.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Siren


This mixed media collage was commissioned by Jacob Covey for a book he wrote and art directed titled "Beasts". 

It is one of numerous illustrations of mythological creatures profiled in the book. The book was published by Fantagraphics in 2006.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Nervy Brute


This is a page from my second "graphic novel" Filthy. It was published by Fantagraphics in 1999.
In the book it was printed in black and white. Here you can observe it in all of its technicolor glory.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

One With Your Name On It

Acrylic on Panel - 1982

This painting was in a show in the early 1980's that was juried by Phyllis Kind, Director of Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago and New York. She was very kind to me and gave me the purchase award.

It hangs in the permanent collection of The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Like A Trolling Drone


Memo from Theo via hot rocks and crazy goats:

For magazine illustrator's, the contents page of Rolling Stone is one of the choicest assignments you can land. There are very few things that surpass it, such as a cover assignment for The New Yorker.

It is the first thing you see when you open the cover of Rolling Stone, hence it is an assignment that opens many doors in ones career. So after years of scrawling for "alternative music zines" I was shocked that day in late Summer 2001 when Fred Woodward and Gail Anderson rang my telephone to tell me they had an extremely quick turnaround assignment for me on the contents page.

They had to have it in less than 48 hours. I would go without sleep to get it done and in their hands.

Now please bear in mind that the competition for this is like trying to get cast on a television show starring Jennifer Aniston, who just so happened to be the cover star of the very same issue.


No. It is even harder than that. It is like trying to get a date with Jennifer Aniston, who by the way is Greek. Just like me. Maybe if you're Greek and your parents know Jennifer Aniston's parents from the Greek Orthodox Church, when both of you were babies, and they arranged your marriage before either of you could crawl, in order to prevent either of you from ever marrying a white person, thereby having children with two distinct eyebrows. Maybe if this be the case you could get a date with Jennifer Aniston. Otherwise forget it. You're dead to her.

So two Greeks are in the same exact issue of Rolling Stone! What are the odds? Only a Greek Bookie could tell you. Did you know that Telly Savalas is Jennifer Aniston's Godfather?

That's right, Kojak.

How cool is that? To have a total bad ass like Telly Savalas as your Godfather!


I should have been so lucky. About my Godfather I will only say this. It is a good thing my parents didn't die while I was a child. Like I said earlier, the typical outcome for an illustrator landing the contents page assignment in Rolling Stone was that their career took off like an APOLLO Rocket launch. (Apollo is another Greek, this time a God). Every art director in the world would see your work and they would start to call you and offer you more work.

It is promo that you get paid for. How Greek is that?!

Trojan promo baby! In disguise as an illustration in a magazine.


I didn't sleep and I got the illustration done in time. It was for some band I'd never even heard of, never mind heard, Alien Ant Farm. I hope that their career is doing better than mine, and that they haven't been reduced to playing gyro's stands. Now I was all set and waiting for my telephone to really start ringing, and my email to start filling up. Except for one thing that was about to happen.

What philosophers and mathematicians (Greeks again) call a Black Swan. Maybe it was Zeus again, and he screwed me just like he did Leda! It was late Summer 2001. This issue of Rolling Stone came out the week of September 11, 2001. That's right. The same exact week that the World Trade Center came down. Nobody cared about a vacuous pop culture magazine that week. Not even your Greek family! It is probably the worst selling issue in the history of Rolling Stone, like if they put Yanni on the cover. Jennifer Aniston's career made it through it. Alien Ant Farm and me? Not so much.


 About a year later my friend Jeffrey Neumann asks me if I have seen the AIGA Annual for 2001.

AIGA is the American Institute of Graphic Arts. I told him no, I hadn't. He told me that they gave me one of the top awards for illustration in 2001, for the Alien Ant Farm piece in Rolling Stone!





This is equivalent to being on that aforementioned television show with Jennifer Aniston, winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Single Episode, and no one tells you about it. They don't invite you to the banquet or the awards ceremony. Nothing, nada, zilch.

Just like Ulysses stranded on that island with those goats, I'm sitting there slack jawed, drool in my beard, while Jeffrey tells me all about it. The big shot at AIGA who bestowed this honor upon me while simultaneously deciding never to tell me about it, said something to the effect that they had seen a lot of work in recent years that was pretending to be alternative and weird.

But that my work was obviously the real deal. Authentic and strange.

That's me, Uncle Theo. The poster child for beautiful freaks.





Friday, July 29, 2016

Portrait Of Veruca Salt

Watercolor on Paper - 2016

During my childhood in the 1960's, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my second favorite book.

The only books (I realize that the use of the plural here makes no sense) I liked better were the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. I tend to think of those as a singular thing, even if they aren't.

So there.

I would simply be thrilled if I ever got to illustrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and this is my idea of Veruca Salt.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Black Elephant


This illustration appeared in Seattle Weekly in 1996 for an article by Eric Scigliano about a troubled coal plant dropping smog and acid rain on Mount Rainier.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Swimming In The Sea Of Swill


In honor of day two at Comic Con San Diego, this page is from my second "graphic novel" Filthy.

Filthy was published by Fantagraphics in 1999. This drawing was also exhibited at The Museum of American Illustration at The Society of Illustrators in New York, New York in the exhibition "30 Years of Fantagraphics" in 2006.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Winkie's Splendid Existence


Since the San Diego Comic Con begins tomorrow, it seems appropriate to post the front cover of Scary! This book was my first "graphic novel" and it was published by Fantagraphics in 1997.

It is also featured in American Illustration 17.