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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Greek Tragedy

Mixed Media on Linoleum and Paper - 1985

This painting was huge (8' x 6'). I found some old linoleum from the 1930's in a dumpster in Chinatown in San Francisco. I carried as many pieces of it back to my studio as I possibly could, making several trips before the dumpster was hauled away.

I incorporated pieces of this linoleum into large collage paintings of heads that I was making at the time. It was the Eighties after all, and huge bombastic expressionistic tragedy was de rigueur.

My attempts at this sort of thing never had gravitas and always seemed humorous instead.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

China Cabinet

Egg Tempera and Graphite on Panel - 1981

Another egg tempera painting, this time with a short story scrawled upon it with graphite.

This was part of the same two person show at the Diego Rivera Gallery in the San Francisco Art Institute.

The show was called "Paintings For Disturbed Citizens" and we even ran a tacky AM Radio advertisement.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


The REI Challenge: This was a cover illustration for the Seattle Weekly in 1997.

The semi-violated blank space across the top is where their logo went. It was for an article by Cooper Moo and Gerry Riggs titled "Into The Store: A Personal Account Of The REI Disaster."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Twisty Ideas

A page from my first "graphic novel" Scary! Published by Fantagraphics in 1997.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

I Love You This Much!

Egg Tempera on Panel - 1981

Way back in art school I took a painting class that taught me how to paint with egg tempera. It is how people in Europe painted prior to the invention of oil paint. Basically you suspend powdered pigment in raw egg yolks, with the raw yolk as your medium.

You have to keep your paint in the refrigerator.

If you've never done this, I know it seems counter-intuitive to use the yolk instead of the white, because after all the white is transparent. But the yellow of the yolk doesn't have any effect on the colors. What it does do is offer an amazing shiny glazed quality that is somewhat transparent and allows for many layers that shimmer through one another with natural light.

Most people who paint this way are fairly dainty with their paint handling and tend towards hyper-realism as the technique lends itself to that sort of thing very well by hiding brushstrokes.

The egg tempera paintings I made in 1981 were the opposite of that.

They were very rough and goopy. But then I was having a very rough and goopy time.

This painting was in a two person show at Diego Rivera Gallery in the San Francisco Art Institute.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Evil Prince

Ink on Bristol - 2016

The title page from a new short story I am currently working on:

The Appalling Birth, Beastly Infancy, Dreadful Childhood, the Ghastly Adolescence, and the Monstrous Shuddersome Early Death of the Wastrel Prince Indigo Spheres.