Monday, December 20, 2010

sketchbook







Here are some sketches from this past week.  Thank you Jenna Chew for giving me this little book, it's from England and I like a lot.  I have a few older sketchbooks that I haven't scanned yet, but I will have them up here very soon.  I promise.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

nudes

These are some drawings and paintings from the live model figure drawing sessions with TAD.






  

  





Tuesday, November 30, 2010

TAD RVA open house

If you are in the area, come by and say hi!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SI

I was fortunate enough to have this piece selected for the Society of Illustrators 53rd annual.  This is my first time having work in the competition and I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arcade Fire


 Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, the artists behind the music of Arcade Fire. (collage with mixed media on cardboard)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cotton Model



I saw an odd advertisement the other day with a lady modeling cotton and posing with a bunch of sheep.  So just having some fun with gouache.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

a man with a solution



This piece was based of an article about the growing popularity of bicycling in New York City and how it is now one of the most bike friendly cities in the world.  The city has attempted to adapt to this with such things as providing more bicycle racks and designated lanes.  This is a good thing for the environment, personal health and limitation of automobile traffic, and in my opinion is the best way to get around in a city.  There has also been, however, a negative effect.  Many cyclists break laws such as riding in the wrong direction down lanes, running stop lights, riding on sidewalks, etc., which considering the heavy traffic and high population of the city can cause problems.   This has resulted in many injuries and even deaths through various collisions.

So, this is a proposed solution.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tortoise



A poster for Tortoise, the amazing instrumental band that came to Richmond earlier this month.  This piece was inspired by film noir, with the genre's use of dramatic angles and lighting to build suspenseful tension, usually taking place in a city setting.  The band's Jazz inspired moody music would be perfectly set for one of these old black and white movies.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Acme Thunderer

Monday, September 6, 2010

natalie portman


I love her and cannot wait for Black Swan.

Monday, August 23, 2010

indian style












Here are some recent sketchbook experiments with Native American portraits.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ian curtis



This is an experimental portrait of the epileptic singer from Joy Division. (pastel and oil, 15' x 20')

Friday, August 13, 2010

Degas


This is a portrait of one of my favorite artists, Edgar Degas.  This guy just doesn't stop blowing my mind, so I had to paint him.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

tweedy


Jeff Tweedy from the band Wilco. (collage, acrylic, ink, crayon, pastel, oil, wax)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Roy


This is a portrait that I painted of my good friend's father that recently passed away.  He always seemed to be a very happy Harley ridin' family man that built an amazing life from nearly nothing.  I did this as a gift to his family in celebration of his life. (black ink, gouache, acrylic, and mostly oils)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Willie G

This is a 4' by 2' screenprint from a while back made from an enlarged sketchbook drawing of my friend and artist Will Godwin.  I have a few extras if anybody is interested.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Prisoner Bees


This painting was based off an article in Mother Jones about certain organizations using prisoners with good behavior to do "green" jobs such as organic farming and working with bees.  The prisoners are paid next to nothing and use primitive methods when compared to major horticultural businesses; however, they often have better results.  This image was created on the idea that the prisoners are doing the bees' work. 
mixed media on paper, 9" x 12"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

fight the white 1.17 (europe 09)


everything is out of my hands (this is the end)

        This is the final page from Fight The White, the journal that I kept through my travels in Europe over this past summer. It was a long, weird and exciting trip, but after missing two flights home, I survived. I will be in the works to get this sketchbook printed and sell it through my site (more on that soon).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

fight the white 1.16 (europe 09)


tour de france, arc de triomf

Thursday, February 11, 2010

fight the white 1.15 (europe 09)


(left)  La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's monumental work of architecture from Antoni Gaudi, still in progress.
(right)  The beautiful city view from Lapin's balcony.

Monday, February 8, 2010

fight the white 1.14 (europe 09)


Jazzy Madrid

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

fight the white 1.13 (europe 09)



Cinque Terre with Ozzy/ Italia.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

fight the white 1.12 (europe 09)



Chance and her cape of finding peace in the madness

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

fight the white 1.10





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