Friday, March 6, 2015

Leda Good Times Roll

Second state of Leda and the Swan, now in a poster format.

Czech Food

This is almost the Czech national dish -- cabbage, dumplings, and pork. Countless variations. It's common name is Vepřo-knedlo-zelo, and why not.
It's everywhere here in Prague, and so am I -- you almost can't tell us apart.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Take Me To Your Leda

I'm writing books in Prague at the moment, where Alfie Mucha is all the rage -- you remember him, little chap with a pointed beard, naked women in and out the shop at all hours, but couldn't he ever draw, it was a wonder I'm telling you -- and got an opportunity to do a mural in the style of the master. This is about three-quarters done, needs cleaning up.

The subject is Leda and the Swan, one of the countless stories of the ancient Greeks in which Zeus disguises himself as something totally unsexy and still manages to get some action -- the first real master of "negging", I presume. For some reason, possibly good taste, Mucha himself never illustrated this subject, although many artists throughout history have done.

So for the next couple of weeks I'm learning how much better Pan Mucha was at art than I am.

The yellow bits will be gold leaf in the final version.

Whiskey Shakespeare

Don't ask. I had reasons.

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Not Dead

Just so you know.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Trailers, The Accidental Highwayman

The book comes out in October, and these contain no spoilers.

Everything was done on the computer I'm writing from now, except live elements, which were shot in my back yard with a green screen tacked to the side of the house. Everybody in LA has a green screen. The sheep are stock footage, but only because sheep are fairly scarce around here. I am indebted to the Great Buz Carter, who performed all crew duties on the live shoot.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Let it never again be said I have failed to represent pulled pork. Red and green cabbage slaw garnish.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Faerie Poster

An unused (so far) promotional poster illustration for my next novel, The Accidental Highwayman. Not quite final state. Publicity is about to kick in on this project, including four book trailers.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Poster Comp

Channeling the stellar Drew Struzan here.  You can tell this is Photoshop by the woman's chin at the top: part of it is repeated in her collar, because I moved her head.  Comps are just to convey an approximate sense of what's going to be done.

I haven't been posting here because everything I've done lately has been either proprietary (going into books) or awful (no need to show it to anyone).

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hot Dog

Summer approaches.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Steak Dinner

Observation: the more traditionally American a meal gets, the browner it gets.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shoyu Ramen

Tokyo-style ramen noodles with pork.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Still Life: Bacon

Because it's so important to make important art.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Grandpa Jimi

Jimi Hendrix would be 71 years old now.  Think on that.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pace Yourself

I'm editing two novels this midwinter.  It's not a bad idea to have a couple of projects going at once - but not at precisely the same stage at the same time.

Still, getting there.

Friday, January 18, 2013

My Nephew Quint

I swear to you one of his fingers wouldn't get a suntan, he had it up his nose so much.

Happy 14th, my man!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goodbye Twinkie

After a series of 'corporate restructurings' that saddled the Hostess baking company with a billion dollars in debt (thank you, venture capitalists), the corporation has announced it's going out of business.  In homage, here's half a Twinkie.

Friday, June 1, 2012


A couple of low resolution snapshots inspired me to use photo retouching techniques to take them well past the 'retouched' phase and into the 'completely different image, really a painting' phase.  Because the techniques are usually used in the beauty and fashion print industry, I chose to take them in that direction, but not striving for beauty.  Rather a surreal effect.

Who knows.  Anyway, I sure like Photoshop.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Zombie Art!

This guy, Jason Chan, does all the usual hot-chicks-with-a-twist type stuff that the kids are nutty about these days, but he's got a particularly good eye for narrative details.  And then... he did this picture, which contains more adventurous horror than my entire zombie novel.  In a single frame.

Well, maybe not more, but apparently a picture is worth 50,000 words.