So I've already submitted one fake record design to the Last Record Shop exhibit at Public Pool gallery in Hamtramck, but I found time to do one more, a loving homage/tongue-in-cheek parody of the late '80s 4AD records I love (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, and the Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation, mainly). I got nothin' on legendary record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver, but hopefully this is close enough for rock 'n' roll - or phony shoegaze/etherpop, in this case. (Cover photo of Miss Holly Hock by Jonathan Satterfield.) The Last Record Shop will be open from September 7 to October 18, 2014!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
|"Death Race (2008)" vs. "Death Race 2000 (1975)"|
When I was at Metro Times, I started up a practice of using drawings, rather than publicity photos, to illustrate the lead movie review. I drew a lot of them myself, and many were contributed by a few other illustrators. Bad movies were usually better subjects than good ones - I could poke fun at the dogs - but it was also cool to try to boil a great film down to its essence in a quick sketch. Some of mine weren't that great, but here are a few that I still like.
|"Air Guitar Nation" (2006)|
|"The Omen" (2006)|
|"High Noon" (1952)|
|"Rocky Balboa" (2006)|
|"Pandora's Box" (1929)|
|"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)|
Friday, July 04, 2014
Happy 4th of July, y'all! Here's another Doofus and Dainty article, courtesy of Metro Times, with some tips on how not to blow yourself up with those high-power firecrackers you can buy in Michigan nowadays. Illustration by me, natch.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Hamtramck's Public Pool art space has put out a call to artists for fake record albums for a show called "The Last Record Shop." The plan is to collect up a bunch of phony LPs, featuring real sleeve art for made-up bands, and stage a faux music store in the gallery, where the public can flip through the racks and buy the artworks. Check the link for details - still two months until the deadline! Meanwhile, here's what I hope will be the first of two or three records I'll be creating for the show.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
For a summer solstice event at Hamtramck art space Popps Packing, a music/performance/art show inspired by both Sun Ra and Carl Sagan, I took a quote of Sagan's from the original "Cosmos" series to its literal conclusion. I baked four apple pies, decorated them with the quote, and wrote and printed a '70s-style recipe card for Apple Pie a la Sagan. Here's a photo of the resulting "art/pie piece," along with the recipe - cut out and keep! (Or contact me about getting your own hard copy, ready for your recipe index file.)
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Metro Times was nice enough to throw me another illustration gig for a story about mosh pit etiquette. It's all fun and games until someone gets their liberty spikes smooshed, kids, so let's be careful out there.
Monday, May 19, 2014
...or so I'm told, but I can't play a lick. So instead, when Oakwood Hospital wanted some of my drawings as part of a display of local artists at their facility in Dearborn, I contributed these four musically-themed sketches. They were all drawn live at performances I attended over the last few years.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sunday, May 04, 2014
In her video "Carrying the Milk," Marina Abramovic holds a bowlful motionless for several minutes until her hands start to shake from the strain and the milk spills. The tension was obviously getting to some kids who were watching the video at the Detroit Institute of Arts the other night.
Bonus sketch: another one of Barlach's "Avenger," just because I like the piece so much.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
...sometimes. After so much of my artwork over the years being assigned from various clients, I'm trying to get back to, essentially, giving myself the assignments - so I'll get to be the guy who tells me "I've got a great idea for a cartoon!" It's been too long. Here are a couple of early attempts from recent months. (See "Standoff" below for another, and note the sketch version of "BFFs" below from the "Monster Draw" last year.)
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Lots going on, art-wise: The "Demented Detroit" cartoon show at Henry Ford Community College just came down tonight, but you can still see a few of my cartoons in the "Kapow" comics show at Eastern Michigan University, and (if you hurry) four of my drawings as part of the "12 On 12" group show at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn (below).
Metro Times got me to do some illustrations for this week's article urging out-of-towners to be respectful when they come to Detroit for Opening Day at the baseball stadium.
In the same issue, I've got another baseball themed drawing, this one for the latest Optik ad.
And last but not least (well, okay, it's also least) is, uh, this thing, now in the permanent collection of the Specs Howard School marketing department's coffee/storage room, for some reason...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Posting this now because it finally has a home (other than the portfolio in my closet). I swapped it with another local artist for some swell photographs. This was created for a show at 323 Gallery in Royal Oak a few years ago. Artists were asked to express their views on Detroit. So here are (only a very few) of mine. I've got others.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Again this year, I participated in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's fundraiser, the "Monster Drawing Rally," in which dozens of local artists each draw for an hour in front of a crowd of visitors, with the resulting art being sold for $40 a pop to support the museum. Apparently this has become a widespread thing, with other museums and galleries around the country holding their own events. Anyway, it's a blast, and I managed to knock out three drawings in my hour this year, including, by request, the return of one of my old mini-comic characters - that bemused, button-down simian, Business Chimp.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time to take down the show of drawings I've had up at Cafe 1923 here in Hamtramck for the last several weeks. They were all sketches I've done of objects at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and they were on display while the debate raged (still unsettled) over whether the city can sell off some of the museum's collection to pay its debts. Here's a sample of the ones I've managed to photograph or scan, to give a feel of the show. (And thanks to Hatch Hamtramck for the opportunity.)