As a kid, I was a big fan of the Rockford Files. The show featured a running gag about Jim Rockford’s yellow pages ad. I went looking for the ad of a t-shirt, and could only find low quality screen captures. I did find the photograph that the original as was based on. So, I drew this homage to the original. Like the original, this phonebook ad doesn’t include a phone number…
The second is a series of illustrations about a hapless steamboat captain.
This illustration is the first in a series that explore the exploits of the captain of a rum soaked cruise through a nondescript Disney inspired tropical jungle.
This illustration was mainly an excuse to play with dappled "jungle" light.
I made this illustration our cat for my wife on our 24th wedding anniversary.
This is a drawing of Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room birds and one of the little tiki's that drop from the tree in the waiting area behind the Dole Whip stand.
This illustration is a blend of tiki culture and retro sci-fi. The drink, the Lunar Ambrosia, is blended and features glowing ice cubes for effect.
I've always been a fan of the villainous space queens in 50's sci-fi. They're constantly ordering people to their deaths while lamenting the resourcefulness of the story's hero. A hero that they secretly love...
This illustration was inspired by a tiki mug that I bought from House of Tabu. I began to imagine how the cracks and crevices a traditional wooden tiki might blend into the gnarled wrinkles of a mummy. That got me thinking about how trees in the high desert seem to grow out of rocks with tough, finger like, roots.
Anyway, this drawing is named for the drink I came up with to fill the mug I bought. Ancient Egypt was known for beer. I decided to concoct a tiki-beer-coctail. I think that it worked pretty well.
This illustration is based on my version of Don the Beachcomber's original recipe. The tiki is based upon petroglyphs I photographed on the Big Island, Vintage masks and the voodoo version of zombies.
This is a classic blended drink from Don The Beachcomber. It's usually a reasonably mild drink (by tiki drink standards). Mine gets a significant kick from the very strong homemade liqueur I make.
A new series of illustrations inspired by some of my favorite tiki drinks. The recipe is basically from Beach Bum Berry's book. The tiki figure is based on a petroglyph I photographed on the Big Island.
Buy the t-shirt: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2435813-the-aquadisiac
I'm a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Film Crew, Cinematic Titanic, Rifftrax and just about anything else the various employees of the Gizmonic Institute have done. I missed the Mads Tour when it was in San Francisco. I would have love to have seen them. Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu were both great in the Cinematic Titanic Live & MST3K Reunion shows.
I always enjoyed the weird manic vs calm thing going on in Deep 13. Frank played it cool right up to (and sometimes past) the moment when Dr. Forrester was ready to actually kill him. Anyway, I tried to capture some of that in this illustration.
I've become really interested in what the punk rock singers I've listened to for 20-30 years look like today. It all started when I saw Jello Biafra in the crowd of a concert. He looked familiar, but different. Anyway, the Circle Jerks are still one of my favorite bands & Keith Morris is still one of the best front men in music.
Unfortunately, I have to work from published photos and video clips —which lands this portrait squarely in the fan-art category.
Recently I was given the opportunity to illustrate a book cover for an upcoming historical novel about King Arthur. The book combines legends with historical facts and people to create a very interesting look at Arthur. For the cover, I tried to create a "real person": Older, strong, dresses in the appropriate clothing for the era. The border area represents a dream he has in the book. The dragon was particularly fun to design and draw. It's a naturalistic representation of a 5th century monster. I based it on the same animals storytellers of the period did: crocodiles, whales, bats and constrictor snakes. I did dozens of sketches until I arrived at a dragon that the author and I felt struck the right balance.
I made this piece for a friend's band. I took the photo during a visit to my home town in Ohio. Sadly, it's a fairly representative photo.