Monday, November 24, 2014

COMMISSIONS: The Prophet Elisha

7 inches by 11 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
November 23, 2014

This is a commission for what will be a privately published book of Bible stories for children. The client specifically requested that the image be less abstract and more realistic than my usual work, which was a great challenge. The client also asked that the image contain as many visual signifiers of the life of Elisha as possible, hence the inclusion of the head of Elijah above him showing their close relationship, Elisha's red cloak symbolizing him taking on the cloak and mantle (literally and symbolically) of Elijah, the parting of the Jordan River, the miracle of the oil vessels and the miracle of the floating ax.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Hall of Nazgul, phase 1 complete

One half of our stairway is now full of framed Witch-king pieces. It's amazing to see this collection each and every day, whether I am headed downstairs to go to work or headed upstairs to work in the studio. It was difficult to get photos showing the entirety of the wall due to how long it is and my basic digital camera, but these should give you some idea of how this is all looking.

In the first photo, artists whose work is on the all are, from right to left and top to bottom, Skinner, Matthew Houston, Aeron Alfrey (above Matthew Houston's gold piece, not visible in some photos), Danielle Burton, me, my wife, Doug Meyer, G.W. Duncanson, Medusawolf, David Lunde Sanchez, Daria Tessler and Tony LaMothe. You can see all of these and many many more in my World's Largest Personal Collection of Nazgul Art page.

Friday, November 21, 2014

I am interviewed for Cincinnati Magazine

The December issue of Cincinnati Magazine contains an in-depth interview of me that covers a great deal of ground, including my alter ego the Lonely Harpooneer. This is available in the print edition only, not online. The issue is out to subscribers and should hit the stands next week, but my good friend Leighton Connor was kind enough to send me this photo of the start of the piece. I'm excited to see this.


Sketch for commission of the Angel Gabriel.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Something for everyone in my Etsy shop

I want to get some money in my PayPal account so I can get a table at a small press show next spring so I've added a whole bunch of new drawings and paintings to my Etsy shop in a wide variety of price ranges. The work available runs the gamut from illustrations of Queequeg to stuff from my Heart of Darkness to drawings and paintings of Marvel and DC superheroes to an ode to Frank Zappa. Take a look at the link and see if there is anything you like.

The Invisible Cities, part 2

In this blog post, I re-posted the first 6 of my illustrations for Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Now that another 6 are completed, I am doing it again. I like to look at the way these pieces relate to each other, build on one another, and conflict with themselves.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The 34th of Calvino's Invisible Cities and my twelfth overall, Adelma, the city of the dead. You can see the entire series of 34 cities so far, which includes work from my peers Leighton Connor and Joe Kuth, at our tumblr Seeing Calvino, which is updated every Wednesday.

"I thought: 'If Adelma is a city I am seeing in a dream, where you encounter only the dead, the dream frightens me. If Adelma is a real city, inhabited by living people, I need only continue looking at them and the resemblances will dissolve, alien faces appear, bearing anguish. In either case, it is best for me not to insist on staring at them.'"

10 inches by 8 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal and ink on watercolor paper
November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


My painting of Gary Panter's "Jimbo" for the Character Wednesday group art tumblr I am part of.

7 3/4 inches by 11 7/8 inches
acrylic paint and ink on illustration board
November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Moby-Dick Marathon in New York, and more...

My wife and I returned from New York late last night, having had the honor of being readers in the Moby-Dick Marathon. It was an amazing experience, and even though the reading slots were only 10 minutes, it was exhilarating for me. I can see why people become almost addicted to this kind of thing. Huge thanks go out to Amanda Bullock, the Housing Works Bookstore, and every single person who busted their ass to make this Marathon happen. It has to be a backbreaking task, and it probably seems thankless at the time, but it was brilliant and wonderful and I am deeply grateful to have been a part of it.

Here are some photos with a bit of narrative to sum up our trip. The journey started with snow, improbably, in mid-November. MID-NOVEMBER.

Thankfully, for the 11 hour drive, I had an able co-pilot. My wife, seen here giving the "thumbs-up" to let me know all is good.

A rest area somewhere in western Pennsylvania. And a very lucky carved bear.

He seems quite pleased with the kiss.

The snow and I have never been friends.

Fortunately, upon our arrival in New York, we found an area of refuge.

And chicken matzoh ball soup, at the Eldorado Diner in White Plains.

My wife, enjoying a knish before spending a few hours at the Met.

And my wife, inside the Met.

I saw too many incredible things to even begin to catalog them all, but this may have been my favorite.

Something chilling in Grand Central Station.

 My wife, who seemed fascinated by her jawbone on the train.

Thanks to good friend, the artist Josh Bayer, for hipping me to Mysterious Time Machine, maybe the best comic shop I have ever been in. Really just an incredible store, a great staff, and Roger (the owner) is a really sweet guy. I love this place and plan on going back many times.

 The mysterious eye in the subway.

We also connected with good friend Dr. Dave Shaerf, a professor and documentary filmmaker who is working on a Moby-Dick documentary titled Call Us Ishmael. They're on Facebook, so give them a "like." (Dave always makes this face in pictures.)

Approaching the South Street Seaport Museum complex, the site of the Saturday leg of the Moby-Dick Marathon. My excitement was growing!

Finally we arrive. I was really nervous and excited. Mostly excited.

My wife, who read right before me, immersing herself in the text. She was mostly nervous.

My wife, reading. She did exceptionally well.

10 minutes after my reading, Nathaniel Philbrick read. He was, as you would expect, fantastic. This was the best photo I could get without a flash.

After a few hours spent at the Marathon, we got some food and beer at a place with bras all over the ceiling.

Part one of my haul from Mysterious Time Machine.

Part two of my haul from Mysterious Time Machine.

And when I arrived home, this was in my mailbox. Mr. Incompleto and Bloggers by Josh Bayer. Excellent excellent cartooning, go get them at his store here.

I forgot, I bought this little snail at a bizarre gas station / gift shop somewhere in the wilds of western Pennsylvania. I felt immediately connected to him so I brought him home.

Usually in New York I buy way too many books. I substituted that for comics this time, I guess, but I did bring back this amazingly titled art collection Samurai Ghost and Monster Wars. It is as amazing as it sounds.