Thursday, December 30, 2010

I have a piece in today's NYT letters section. It's about the FDA pulling a popular breast cancer drug. The pill capsules are scanned and altered plier handles which worked out quite nicely. I also broke open an actual cold pill capsule on the scanner bed to add some texture. Thanks once again to Aviva for the assignment.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holiday! Here's my most recent book cover done for Knopf. The book is about the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The direction was to include photos from the trial and the main players. During the trial Eichmann sat encased in a bulletproof glass box and we decided to use that idea and that geometry to conceptually link the characters. I love how it came out and working with the fantastic Barbara DeWilde was a pleasure.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

It's time again for another Post-It show at Giant Robot! I painted a total of 23 post-its, and here are a few of my favorites.

Thanks again to Mark Todd and Esther Watson who continue to include me in this ever expanding show. I can't wait to see what Matt Greoning, Nicholas Blechman, Chris Buzelli, Lou Beach, Ryan Heshka, and all my friends have contributed. At only $20 each I might have to take home a few pieces.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I have a piece in today's New York Times Op-Ed letters page about the troops in Iraq and the lack of patriotism on the mainland. This was super last minute and a nice challenge to see how fast I can produce a quality image. Also thanks to Eric Davison for the use of his freakishly large hand.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out for the packed Mini Show! Both my pieces sold and went to a great cause! I forgot to take pictures, so instead here's some promo pieces I'm working on.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This Sat night I have two pieces in an awesome benefit show for Art Center's Mini Lai scholarship fund for illustration. It's a one night only show with art mostly under $300! There will be lots of great art from alums like Calef Brown, Rob & Chris Clayton, Tavis Coburn, Alex Gross, Andrew Hem, Jason Holley, Tara McPherson, Martha Rich, Mark Ryden, Aaron Smith, Mark Todd, Ed Ushiro, Jaime Zollars and many more. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I have an illustration in this weekend's New York Times Book Review. Thanks a bunch to one of my favorite ADs Nicholas Blechman for the assignment.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

I have an illustration in the New York Times Op-Ed today. It's for an article about re-visiting Haiti after the earthquake. A really moving and interesting first person account. Thanks always to awesome AD Aviva Michaelov. If you are interested in the Op-Ed section there's a great online feature about the Op-Ed turning 40 that was released last weekend. Aviva had a hand in including some great illustration, and watching the video makes me proud to be an illustrator for such a legendary newspaper.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Super excited to be in the most recent Hospital Brut (special Asiatroma Japan issue) by Le Dernier Cri. I've been a longtime fan of this awesome french publisher/collective, so it's an honor to be included in one of their books, especially with the likes of Stu Mead, Gary Panter, and Jonathon Rosen. You can buy this limited edition, serigraphed book here. warning: book and website are NSFW.

pics via Pakito Bolino & Le Dernier Cri

Saturday, September 4, 2010

About 6 months ago I worked on a couple of book covers for Little, Brown & Co. They were just released, so I can finally show them off. Here are the two final covers which look great with the clean sans serif type treatment, thanks to AD and designer Keith Hayes.

The Collector cover was a winner immediately, but Daniel Martin went through a few changes before we hit on the winning design. I like them all, but in the end the publisher decided to go with a much cleaner and innocuous image, which I think still turned out fantastic. Here are a few of the ones that didn't make it.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I am really proud of my new piece in today's New York Times. It is about a new test that predicts Alzheimers. The sun is shining through to give it a hopeful note. I really love how it came out. Thanks a bunch to Aviva over at the Op-Ed.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Here's a little something I'm working on. Thanks to Rob Clayton for the cool pic.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Here's a small series of Yokai illustrations. Yokai are Japanese demon/spirits, and all of these are based on real folklore.

Rokuro-Kubi: a woman who's neck uncontrollably stretches.

Hayakume: a Yokai who guards temples from vandals and thieves. If he sees a thief, one of his eyes flies off and attatches itself to the theif.

Dorotabo: A dead farmer who resembles a rotting corpse and haunts his abused land.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

I've got an illo in today's New York Times letters section on doctors who monitor tortured detainees. Here's the final and some sketches. Thanks a bunch to Kim Bost for this one!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Here's a little slide show portfolio of most of my recent work. don't know how I'm going to use it yet, but it's pretty cool.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Playboy Jazz Fest is tomorrow at the Hollywood Bowl! Here's an illo I did for Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and Kirk Whalum. It will be in the official jazz fest catalog. Thanks to AD Fred Fehlau.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here are some new haunted house pieces for the next post-it show at Giant Robot in New York. Thanks to Mark Todd and Esther Watson for continuing to include me in these shows! With this continuing series, I'm starting to think about the physical idea of a house and the energy that is left behind when it no longer exists.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Here's a small abstract piece for a show at Ottawa's Canteen Gallery opening May 15th.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Here are some new grotesques. It's kind of amazing how many people like this series. Attraction and repulsion are exactly what I'm going for...and it's just plain fun painting flawed people.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I've been away working on some top secret projects and moving...but now I'm back. I've been wanting to do more portrait work, so here are a few I've been messing around with.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

I've got a piece in a show tomorrow night at Flock Shop curated by my friend and talented artist Patrick Hruby. It's from 8pm-12am in Chinatown for the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the tiger. Stop by and say hi!

here's my tiger. cut paper, paint, and colored pencils:

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm working on a lot of stuff right now. Here's a preview of a little something. stay tuned!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Friday I have six pieces in a group show at Black Maria Gallery curated by the lovely Aaron Smith. It's an all woman show and I'll be sharing the walls with some great friends and artists. Stop by and say hi from 7 - 10:30

"The Ghost of Wilhelm Reich"

a process shot of "Ghost"


"Skin Abstracts #1-#4"
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