Monday, September 15, 2014

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

A portrait of mortician and death theorist Caitlin Doughty, in honour of her book being released today. 

Dark smiles and congratulations. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pencils Complete

Today I finished up all the pencils for the remainder of the graphic novel.

My trusty Moleskine pencils countdown may now be put to rest.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Penciled Page of Perspective

This is a page for the graphic novel which I just finished penciling. 

While I really struggle with perspective, my good friend Dan (of Space Mullet fame) always sets me straight with good advice. The top panel on this page was made ten times easier from a trick he showed me a while back.

Thank you again, Dan; I owe you for so many things that I'm losing track. 

If you haven't seen Dan's work, go here now. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Penciling, penciling, penciling...

I am closing in on finishing up the blue pencil sketches for the graphic novel.

The final stub count is pending. 

In a couple weeks its back to having ink-covered hands.

Monday, July 28, 2014


This is an excerpt from a graphic novel spread I finished up today.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Old Sketch

I was going through some old files on my computer tonight and I found this sketch I did almost two years ago.

It still creeps me out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Illustration Capillary Action

I've discovered that if I rest the tip of one of my fountain pens on my finger and let it sit there for about ten seconds, capillary action goes wild.

I warn you, it's addictive once you've started. I don't recommend this activity the night before a job interview or if you are a dental hygienist.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blue pencil sketch

Here is an intensive blue pencil sketch for an upcoming two-page spread in the graphic novel.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Here is an illustration I did a while back for Issue #38 of Ghettoblaster magazine. The article the illustration accompanied was showcasing a curated collection of detective inspired music.

As always, many thanks to my friends at Ghettoblaster for always bringing me such fun assignments my way.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Inking Blahs

Inking the blahs is far different from having the inking blahs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Escapologist Illustration

This is an illustration did a little while ago for New Escapologist magazine. The image accompanied a short story entitled, "A Danger" written by Scottish emerging author Allan Wilson.

You might be able to tell that this illustration looks a little different than my typical style. I decided to try experimenting using a felt brush pen as opposed to my Lamy fountain pens.

Many thanks to my friends over at New Escapologist and for all the incredible thought, dedication, and inspiration. Really, you should check them out.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Portrait sketch of Dvořák

Here is a portrait sketch I did last night of the famous Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. He certainly has a face that I could draw over and over again, just as I can listen to his music over and over again.

I saw Dvořák's opera "Rusalka" a few months back and it left me enchanted. Up till then, I had only been familiar with his more famous symphonies and slavic dances. Perhaps it was the visual elements layered on top of his music, or the inherent tragedy within the story, or even my state of mind that evening, but regardless, the opera surpassed all my experiences with Dvořák prior. I highly encourage anyone to seek it out.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

C2E2 and a New Book

I am excited to announce that I just finished up a new art book, which is a curated collection of some of my favourite portrait drawings that I have done over the years. The book will be sold online soon, but they will first be available at my table at C2E2 later this week. 

If you are going to be at C2E2 (4/25-4/27), please stop by and say hello. I will be in Artist Alley at table number S4. In addition to my books, you will also be able to see the progress on the graphic novel I am currently illustrating (The Hunting Accident).

I will be doing a limited number of commissions at the show, so if you would like to reserve one in advance send me an e-mail in the next couple days.

Lastly, rumor has it that I will be giving out free stickers to those who ask.

I hope to see you this weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba

This is an illustration I did a while back for issue #37 of Ghettoblaster magazine.

The article the illustration accompanied was entitled, "It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba," and was a review of a compilation of Jewish-Latin music from 1930-1980.

Please don't try to dance the steps I drew.

Many thanks to my friends at Ghettoblaster for giving me this fun assignment.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Converse Shoes Pop-In Shop at Nordstrom

Last week I had an exciting project come my way: I was one of fourteen people asked by Converse to come up with a design and then hand draw it on a number of pairs of sneakers for a promotion they are doing with Nordstrom.

I will post some more photos later of the process of drawing on the shoes, but click here to see Nordstrom's promotional piece on all the different artist's designs.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Robert Walser

I did not know about the writer Robert Walser until very recently while reading a back issue of New Escapologist, in which Reggie Chamberlain-King wrote a wonderful article about Walser.

Walser was a fascinating man with a life–and death–steeped in mystery.

I started searching for photos of him, was taken by his face, and consequently decided to do a sketch the other night.

Many thanks to the New Escapologist team for their consistent gems of stimulation.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe Obituaries

This was an idea I had that Out of Print allowed me to write and draw for their Halloween campaign last year.

Suffice it to say, this was fun. Lots of fun.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Self-portrait, 2:19 a.m.

I was late in the studio last night and heavy contemplation ensued, quickly followed by a self-portrait.

The drawing knows something I don't.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Escapologist Illustration

This is an illustration I did a while back for New Escapologist, Issue #9.

The illustration was for an article entitled, "How to think about 'How to change the world' in a world of wicked problems," written by the brilliant designer Neil Scott.

Many thanks to my pals at New Escapologist for asking me to do this for them.

If you don't what New Escapologist is, go here. Now.