Monday, November 30, 2009

Glam Punk Mormon Librarian

Hey everybody, I hope my U.S. friends had a delightfully stuffed Thanksgiving! I know I did.
This particular illustration isn't particularly holiday-themed, but it does warm the cockles of my heart to see video of skinny 70's punk rockers dressed in women's clothing with hair teased to epic proportions. I was recently asked to do in illustration for the Calendar section of LA Weekly, and one of the events was a reading of the book "I, Doll", written by Arthur "Killer" Kane of the New York Dolls.
Not being familiar with the Dolls, Wikipedia soon informed me that they were big influences in the early years of punk/rock and included people with such stage names as "Sylvain Sylvain" and "Johnny Thunders".

Arthur is on the far right--photo by Bob Gruen

So anyway. Unfortunately, Arthur "Killer" Kane died in 2004 of leukemia, but before he did he converted to Mormonism, became a librarian, and also got a metal plate in his head. It sounds like quite a life. So here's to Arthur:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tough Love & Unitasking!

2 illustrations for the November Los Angeles Confidential here!
I think it's fitting that I am currently watching Tough Love 2, and I did these spots for an article about LA Dating written by Steve Ward, the host/matchmaker! As a fan of the show (as crazy/silly as it is) I was excited. :)

This second illustration was a lot of fun too, it was for an article on "unitasking" by Arianna Huffington. I thought it was interesting that taking ONE task to completion is much more efficient than trying to multitask and do several things at once (which I think I and most other people are often guilty of.)

Both pieces were AD'd by the wonderful Anthony Arias. Thanks Anthony!

Unrelated, but the new Spectrum 16 arrived...hoo boy, there's some awesome work in there! I'm honored to share the pages with so many talented artists. I was also pleased to see Sam & I's work on the same page, and a big congrats to my buddy Jeremy for winning gold!
I have a backlog of pieces to show, so more soon guys!