Friday, September 19, 2014

COMMISSIONS: Head of Wisdom

10 inches by 8 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on watercolor paper
September 18, 2014

A piece drawn specifically to trade. For some plastic toys. Which I am honestly incredibly fond of.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COMMISSIONS: Single flue harpoon tattoo

A good friend of mind asked me to create a fairly realistic black and white image of a single flue harpoon that he could then tattoo on his forearm. This was surprisingly difficult because, when trying to depict a harpoon fairly accurately, there is not a lot of room for visual improvisation. In the end, I created three separate designs, each with elements that could be transposed with one another so that he and the tattoo artist could essentially build the best harpoon. I'll keep you posted with photos of the finished piece once it turns into ink on skin.

I get a fair amount of requests to use my art as the basis for a tattoo, and my answer is always "Yes" because honestly it's an incredible compliment. So if you would like to use one of my illustrations as a tattoo, please just send me an email first to let me know, and then send me a few pics of the final tattoo. That's the only cost. I do occasionally design tattoos as well, but it's a bit time-consuming for me so you'll have to be very patient if this is something you want.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

INVISIBLE CITIES: Aglaura

The 25th of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and my ninth overall, the colorless city Aglaura. You can see the entire series so far, along with work by my fellow artists Joe Kuth and Leighton Connor, at our group art tumblr Seeing Calvino which is updated every Wednesday with new art.

"So if I wished to describe Aglaura to you, sticking to what I personally saw and experienced, I should have to tell you that it is a colorless city, without character, planted there at random. But this would not be true, either: at certain hours, in certain places along the street, you see opening before you the hint of something unmistakable, rare, perhaps magnificent; you would like to say what it is, but everything previously said of Aglaura imprisons your words and obliges you to repeat rather than say."

10 inches by 8 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
September 16, 2014


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: Sam & Max

For a group art tumblr that I am a part of called Character Wednesday. This one was a collabo!

Title: You crack me up, little buddy! (Sam & Max)

14 inches by 11 inches
ink on watercolor paper
September 15, 2014

artists: r.s. rudy and Matt Kish


SPX 2014

Last weekend, my wife and I drove from Ohio to Bethesda, Maryland to spend an afternoon at SPX. We enjoyed it a great deal, and here are the few photos we took of the artists, the show, and the books and comics we brought back, all in more or less the order we encountered them.

The show seemed huge this year. Almost too huge, really. We spent hours walking around and I know we missed a lot. This is just a tiny portion of the madness.



















And unexpected pleasure was meeting Phil McAndrew. Here he is drawing in a copy of his small art zine. I liked the MAD Magazine hat he was wearing.


A better photo of Phil, who was genuinely nice.


Another pleasant surprise was being able to meet Alan Brown, the artist known as Medusawolf, face to face. Alan created one of the most amazing paintings of the Witch-king of Angmar I have ever seen (and which I am lucky enough to own) and he was really cool to talk to. He said he doesn't like photos, so I didn't take one of him, but I found this online and thought it would be okay to post it. The woman next to him (I am embarrassed that I've forgotten her name) is Alan's collaborator and the one who actually creates Alan's prints.


Pat Aulisio here is My Favorite Man. He was much more lucid than I expected him to be.


My wife and I have had the good fortune of knowing Shawn Cheng for a very long time, and honestly it is always a great joy to see him. Shawn is a wonderful dude and one of my favorite artists of all time. Here he is at the Cartozia Tales table, and seated to his left is Lupi McGinty, also a contributor to Cartozia Tales and a talented artist.


Both my wife and I were fairly stunned to stumble across Renee French, here signing copies of her new graphic novel Baby Bjornstrand. It's always a little strange to come face to face with a legend. Next to Renee is Michael Deforge.

From left to right here are Jason Leivian, owner / operator of Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon,  the gifted and jovial Mr. Zack Soto who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, and Francois Vigneault.

Patrick Kyle, here drawing in a copy of his brand new book Distance Mover.


We ran into my good friend Tom Williams, which was awesome! Tom in a normal mood...


And Tom, superjazzed because he was almost able to touch Michael Deforge...


I was looking forward to meeting Josh Bayer again and talking to him a bit about his comics old and new. Josh is a solid dude with a bottomless wellspring of creativity and talent and a passion for comics that burns brightly. It was real real good to see him again.


Nick Bertozzi drawing in an issue of Rubber Necker for my friend Tom.

Now, on to the books we brought home. First, this monstrous thing (the photo doesn't show the size, which I believe to be about 18" by 24"), Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, the Little Nemo tribute book from Locust Moon Press...


From top to bottom, left to right, The Emperor's New Clothes by Jonah Kinigstein, Fukitor by Jason Karns, Blades & Lazers 1 & 2 by Benjamin Marra, and Birth Canal by T. Toye.

From top to bottom, left to right, B9 by Phil McAndrew, Crying in Front of Your Dog and Other Stories by Phil McAndrew, In the Sounds and Seas volume 2 by Marnie Galloway, Cartozia Tales #5 by various, Distance Mover by Patrick Kyle, Mendel by Patrick Kyle and Cartozia Tales #6 by various.

From top to bottom, left to right, one of Josh Bayer's first comics (the big broadsheet affair), Suspect Device #1 by various, The Greater Good by Pat Aulisio and Josh Bayer, 9th Art Ink #4 by Jude Killory, a strange PhotoShop zine by Pat Aulisio, Sushi Time by Jude Killory and Bowman Pin-Ups by various (including me!)

From top to bottom, left to right, Ovoyyamar 1 by Medusawolf, Hot Dog Beach #1 by Lale Westvind, Tarantulina by various, Ovoyyamar 2 by Medusawolf and Screw Job by various.

From left to right, (In a Sense) Lost & Found by Roman Muradov, Ariol vol. 5 by Emmanuel Guibert and Syllabus by Lynda Barry.

From left to right, Object 10 by Kilian Eng, The Mourning Star 1 & 2 by Kazimir Strzepek and Bartkira by various.

I finally had the chance to see and dig through Frank Santoro's long box! I had a nice haul, and for a mere $1.75 I scored four issues of Don McGregor's Sabre and three issues of Mike Grell's Starslayer!

Two delightful drawings on found paper by Phil McAndrew.

And when I got home, this had arrived from Canada...Philippe Druillet's Vuzz. I think this may be the only Druillet book I don't own.

Friday, September 12, 2014