Thursday, August 25, 2016

x.41


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"

I found the inspiration for X.41 in an ink doodle on a post it note. A fairly straightforward redraft was the basis for my final painting. The color palette is a purposeful homage to the Oms from the film FANTASTIC PLANET.




Sunday, July 3, 2016

x.40


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"

Extract 40 is a revisit of an idea from some years ago - when I made some digital studies to get a feel for my alien menagerie as paintings. I’m happy with the subtle evolution it’s taken.



Preliminary sketches and the never quite finished digital painting from 2006.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Year of the Monkey


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"

On February 8th, 127 days ago, the Year of the Monkey commenced. I began marking the Lunar New Year with a painting for my alien menagerie in 2011, the Year of the Rabbit. This is my sixth entry, and the first to be late. It’s an unfortunate circumstance for a series that celebrates the passage of time! Not to be deterred, I’m willing to take a chance that sharing this late is better than not at all.

With any luck, I will be completing the Chinese zodiac in the Year of the Tiger 2022 and celebrating my own completion of the sixty year cycle.


These are some of the sketches that evolved into my own space monkey.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

2015 is coming to an end soon!

I didn’t get to spend as much time with my alien menagerie project as I’d hoped this year, but I consider it a victory to end 2015 with the second installment of “Santas From Another Planet”



These are some of the sketches that led to the final design.



Inspired by my love of the Ugly Stickers and Odd Rods from the late 60’s, “Santas From Another Planet” is a Holiday card with a trading card attached to the front.


I hope you have an enjoyable Holiday Season!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

x.39 Optikus


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"

Back in art school, I used to twist every assignment into something science fictional with the aim of building a portfolio to get work as a book jacket illustrator. Now I have an even more specific instinct to see how any theme for a show can lead to an alien menagerie piece. In 2012 the Society of Illustrators Member show called for illustrators to create art that illustrates one of the traditional five methods of perception. I didn’t submit anything, but I did put down some ideas and held onto them. Recently I’ve taken those and made X.39, who I’m calling “Optikus”.

I took the name from a song by the band KTU, just because I liked the sound of it. It turns out that “optikus” is “optician” in Hungarian.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Year of the Sheep!


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"


~working out the year of the sheep, some sketches.


新年快樂
새해 많이 받으세요
chúc mng năm mi

Happy Lunar New Year!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

x.38 outer-space-asparagus-man


acrylic on Fabriano 300 watercolor paper 8" x 10"





The doodle on the left is where I began working on x.38. I developed it in a few different directions, and the sketch in the middle is one of them, but I wasn't ready to commit. When I found the doodle on the right in my stash of alien menagerie drawings, the path to a final idea became much more apparent. The simple ball-point pen doodle was inspired by how I would assemble the bud from a Rose of Sharon with the flower to make a small 'person' when I was about five years old.





 I think it was inevitable that this memory would find it's way into my alien menagerie eventually.





The 'Phylosians' from Star Trek: the Animated Series were also on my mind. Always thought they were cool.