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Thursday, September 30, 2010

His name is Malfred. And yes, he does windows.

Another piece for the upcoming Savage Mojo sourcebook "Clockwork Dreams". This is for the Automaton Butler item/merit. He makes tea. (Oh how I wish he were real, and mine.)
Cranking out the work, cranking out the work.There will be a giant sketch and painting pile here around next week!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jack the Gentleman

The Autumn Society and the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society are teaming up for a show at Proximity Gallery on October 1, 2010. This will be a Halloween-themed show with over 30 artists displaying some amazing pieces.

Anyway, this is my piece for the show. I always loved the idea of the "original" Jack who carried the Devil's glowing ember around in a lantern (though I love pumpkins too much to not paint a pumpkin instead of a turnip). Over time, he turned into this Magritte / Sleepy Hollow abstract in my mind. (As shown here.)

Here are the goods:
Please stop by Proximity on October 1 for the opening or some time during the month of October when the gallery is open. Proximity is located at 2434 East Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125. For more information, please contact Proximity, or you can go here for more info.

I'm so, so psyched... everyone's work looks so great. It's going to be killer.

Cheers, A

P.s. If you like this image and want a cheap print of it, it's for sale here.

 EDIT AFTERTHOUGHT:  Since I think it's funny, I'm posting this too.

Photo reference is sometimes tough to get right. Lighting, anatomy... these things can be tricky, and even the most talented of illustrators - far better than I'll ever be - get called out for bad photo reference.

So, what do you do when you've got an image of a person holding thier glowing pumpkin head over the place their head should be? HOW do you stage that?  You make do. You go to the arts and crafts store. Or, like this, you find that crazy old ceramic pumpkin your husband's relative made (that's been hiding in the cellar), and you find inspiration. Ish.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New product on Etsy: Custom cameo portraits!

Have you always wanted a original victorian-look cameo portrait of you, your sweetheart, your child or loved one?
I'm now making available for order CUSTOM cameo portrait silhouettes (black outline, as shown in sample image above), designed and luxuriously illustrated for you! This makes an incredible gift for a mom, sweetheart, or a even a wedding or anniversary gift.
It's easy: You choose the color theme, then send me visual reference of the individual you'd like me to illustrate, plus any theme you'd like me to include (i.e. ivy, flowers, dragonflies) in the background pattern.

Click on the image above or the link here to visit my Etsy listing for more info!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I've got a steam-locomotive-load (har, har... oof) of illustrations to do over the next couple of months. (I've been sparse for a reason). Luckily I'm allowed to put up works-in-progress. Expect to see a lot more in the weeks to come.
Here's a fairy larcenist. Little arms. Good for lock picking.

And a piece about fashion (complete with gossipin' jerks). I'm hugely keen on the idea that fairy fashion features wearing live animals.

More later. Have a spectacular evening, folks.