Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Skeleton riding a coffin skateboard: Part 2

In the earlier version, the skeleton sort of looked like he was flying... instead of doing an ollie. Now that the crucial banana peel has been added below his board, he appears to be skating on a road and not flying through the cosmos.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Kasa "Umbrellaman" Obake

Kasa-Obake is a strange type of mischievous spirit from Japanese folklore called a Tsukumogami.

It's said that a Tsukumogami is born from a useful household object when it reaches its 100th year of existence. The object receives the gift of self-awareness in payment for its many years of helpful service. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Geisha Smoking A Joint

I tried to draw the pot smoking Geisha in a simple and clean style like in the old Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The color palette is MÅ“bius inspired.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Skeleton riding a coffin skateboard

I originally tried to draw this in 2008, but I left my sketchbook containing the first skateboarding skeleton image on top of my car, and then drove off. I didn't know it at the time, but all of my art flew into the road when I hit the first curve. Several hours later I realized what happened and hunted down my roadkill artwork. There wasn't much left of it.

About a year ago I saw the scrap of paper that had my first skateboarding skeleton rough sketch, and I decided that I still liked the idea and was finally ready to take another shot at finishing it.

Here is my most recent drawing:
...And here is the first drawing that got run over by traffic (oops!):

I used to love to skate, but after several years, I fell really hard and I realized (for the first time ever) that skating was dangerous and I was not invincible. 

Thanks to all the people who went skating with me back in SB. Those were some good times.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Familiar Face"

I've been working on this one since January. It has been sitting around for over a month now while I've been deciding whether or not to declare it as finished work. Finally, yes, I can say for certain that it is finished.

There's nothing too profound to say about the concept. The idea just kind of came to me one night:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


This image is from a dream of mine from all the way back in 2007 or 2008.

Here's what happened:
The moon floated down from the sky and hovered in front of me. The moon was really crazy looking in this dream. It was full of weird crystals and patterns and it was glowing in a really odd way. I tried to make a grab at it while it was near, but it floated away as soon as I began to show any interest in it. I chased that moon all over dreamland and was eventually able to catch it, but as soon as the moon touched my hands, it began to melt. I felt incredibly sad that I had ruined the moon; I really wished that I had never even tried to pursue it in the first place.

Since dreaming this up, I've always interpreted the moon (this dream only) to be a metaphor for failure, or at very least it represented something similar to a goal that was never achieved.

 On the brighter side, the painting itself is no disappointment. Finally, after seven or eight years, I can cross this off my list of things I've been meaning to paint.