Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I decided to grow a scruffy beard and go all ZZ top this Winter. I forgot how much a beard itches, but that's the trade-off for the fact that it ups my "street cred" a notch. Look how badass I look. Well, maybe...not. But, I feel like getting a tattoo or doing something bad. There...I just knocked over a mug of pencils....Man, I'm bad!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
I'm a big fan of The Colbert Report, so when I decided to do a quick spot caricature postcard to promote my caricature work, I just had to do something with him. My next card is a demented Christmas postcard. That of course, has to be done and placed in the prinitng queue immediately. But at least Colbert is ready. Hope he hits a good note with art directors!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
These last few days were really rough. Lots of turmoil on the personal front. But almost back to normal. Here's a painting I did from a show with my friend Peter Hamlin called "Apocalypse Soon!" from a while back in the Rocco Timeline.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Mark Todd has a great show going on at La Luz de Jesus through most of November and you all gotta go see it. He's always had a passion for Superhero comics and in this show he used that as a theme throughout. The pieces are very dynamic and it's incredible to see how Mark's style just keeps evolving. As much as I loved the painted works I keep thinking about the smaller silk-screen and collage pieces on the west wall. Rocco says "Check it out"
Friday, November 02, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Oh yeah...He Bad! I'm still animating this darn 5 minute short, but it is getting much closer to finished. This old walk cycle I did, months ago now, still makes me laugh. I may post sequences longer than 30 seconds or even a minute soon just as a teaser or trailer. But for now...he walks, he sashays, my friend.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I'm about to ship off this painting to it's new home back in New York. I was very proud of this one because it was the first piece I did for the "Abusement Park" Show a few years ago. I felt that it set the tone for the 12 pieces I painted for that show and really fed my desire to paint more ambitious paintings. There's a show in the Spring that I'm now preparing several new works for and I want those pieces to really blow a few minds. So, there's much work to be done, otherwise I'll just look like a braggert.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I went to ride my bike to the supermarket and thought I'd shoot some pics as the sun was setting over West Hollywood just to capture what the air quality is like with all the fires ablaze around us. I believe that most of the smoggy cloudbanks are coming from the Lake Arrowhead area, but some could be coming from Malibu/Canyon Country. It does make for some pretty sunsets, but who cares about a pretty sunset when your house is on fire, right? Just as I was going past the West Hollywood Police Station a chopper was landing on their helipad and someone said it was Governor Schwarzenneger, but I can't be too sure. In this last pic, you can see the actual sunset above the Von's Supermarket on Santa Monica Blvd. The sun had just dropped below the roof, but you can see the fire truck filled with firefighters all getting free sandwhiches inside the Von's Deli.
I did this one for Tom Carlson at The Riverfront New Times in St. Louis this morning. It got me thinking about costumes again for Halloween. Time is running out for me to figure out what to wear for a Halloween party, but necessity is sometimes the bastard child of invention...hmmm.
Monday, October 08, 2007
I'm so excited that this is finally out on dvd in a week. This is the kind of show I want to create and sell. Yeehaw! Adicka-dicka-globba-gobba-ding-dong!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This image is on my new newspaper mailer going out later today. I just did a postcard mailer for magazines and children's industry folk using the image from the Film Festival poster I painted earlier in the month. Now that The Fall is upon us I have to plant those postcard promotion seeds and try to get as much editorial work as I can. Usually I find my busy season starts from late August and continues through late January, but this year it's been kind of sluggish. I got caught on some low-paying/tine consuming projects that kept me from promoting like I should have been doing. So, there's no time like the present. I'm hoping to do a Hallowwen promotion of some kind. Maybe a paper puppet. We'll see...we'll see.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm fortunate to have some great Alternative newspapers calling me in pinches for illustrations like this. Art Director Aaron Huffman over at The Stranger needed this little beaut' pretty fast and I had some company at the time, so it was squeezed out in the wee hours. but I think he was happy and that it did come out pretty good. That cocaine bag is such a whore. I like how needy Ecstasy looks.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Here are some shots from The Blab Show I went to last weekend. It sure was a heck of a lot of fun and man I wish I had entered more work for that issue of Blab. Also, my friends Mark Todd and Esther Watson had work in this show. Check it out online at
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Here's the painting I did for The Coolidge Theatre's Children's Film Festival in Boston. It's an historic old theatre that has this amazing festival for kids starting in a couple of weeks and going through some time in November. If you are in the area up there, here's a link to their theatre web site for more information.
It was a real pleasure doing this piece for them. Hopefully I'll get to do more of these!
And feel free to leave me a message on my new voicemail.
Monday, May 28, 2007
I just finished promotional images for an intimate one-man show at The Met Theatre here in LA. It's my 4th theatre promotional image locally and I think it came out well and reflects the spirit of the show. The show is called "John Smith, I'm Alive" and is a really funny and smart little production that I have high hopes for. I'm also doing an animated digital billboard for them which I know is very unnusual. But there'll be a follow-up post with pictures of that in action when it's in full bloom somwhere over the next 2 weeks.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I just finished this illustration for The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram about break-up songs in country music. Thought it might be interesting to post. Since I seem to be deep in the middle of some time-consuming projects there hasn't been much to blog about so I figured I would post this. I'll be finishing up my animation and book projects soon and will post images and work from both soon.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
My friend Sean Steppanoff has been putting together his new issue of "Gristle" and I'm one of the artists in that one. It's an issue about Death. So here's the image I came up with for it. I thought I would just do a montage of symbols and little flashes of things that make me think of Death. I think I'll make a postcard image out of this one.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I tend to bitch and whine about getting my ass over to Alhambra for a show at Nucleus, but every time I get there I feel glad I did.
As usual it's taken me more than a week to finally post this, but the show is still going. Great show too. If you can get over to Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City you should see the show. Many people will compare Marion Peck's work to her boyfriend Mark Ryden's work for obvious reasons, but I see many differences between them. She is undeniably in the "Ryden" zone though. But her paintings have a very "French" quality to them. They are very flowery and ornate and rich to look at. Her work has a very aristocratic quality to every stroke. And like Mark her work is just inspiring to take in. It's an event for sure. So here are some of my usual blurry shots. Someday I will learn how to take a sharper picture, but some of these aren't so awful. I hope they respect the art.
Monday, April 09, 2007
This is what my new mailer image looks like that I just got out. It's a digital piece made for the Children's Publishing Industry, so I hope it snags me some interesting calls. Now that I'm no longer working freelance for the animated tv pilot in North Hollywood that I previously mentioned I am back to promoting my illustration and cartoon work again. Seems like old times. I know the drill. It's my personal goal to get one mailer out each month for roughly 6 months and each mailer will target a different type of client, so I better get my rest. It's an ambitious goal, but I gotta do it.
There's this great new show called "Saul of The Molemen" running on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Sunday line-up and I wanted to share. If you loved "Land of The Lost", "Doctor Who" and "The Sid and Marty Croft Hour" you will eat this shit up! It's beginning to hit it's stride so check it out. Here are 2 parts of Episode 2 for your perousal.
Now that my car has a new clutch I could take my sad carcass on over to Mark Todd and Esther Watson's Easter dinner at their place in Sierra Madre. It was a room full of good people and good food. And kids hunting for Easter Eggs in the back yard. Just a small gathering, but man am I glad I got out of my little studio to trek over to their place. It's a world of difference from the swinging bachelor pad here in West Hollywood. It's hard to see but Esther made this amazing cake in the shape of a giant mutant chick with removable eye. I think that was her homage to Sammy Davis Jr. Here are some really blurry photos of the highlights. Happy Easter!