Sunday, December 28, 2008

Guerrilla Art - 2008 Year End Wrap Up

These photos somehow "slipped through the cracks" and never made their way to the blog until now. I believe all three photos depict free art left on the streets of Kalamazoo, MI. Hopefully the pieces have all found happy homes.

2008 was a stellar year for guerrilla art. My art was seen on the streets of Chicago, San Francisco, Hollywood, New Orleans, Hawaii, Australia, Brasil, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, Tel Aviv and many others.

Photo Credits: Bonus Saves

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Illustration Friday - Voices

Originally this was going to be an illustration of John Candy. As I was trying to capture his likeness the facial features seemed more fitting for an aging rock star. As I was searching for rock star photo references I stumbled upon Brett Michaels (Voice of Poison) and James Hetfield (voice of Metallica). I used photo references of Brett Michaels' cowboy hat and the mouth from James Hetfield. This was the result.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Private Collections Photos

Here a couple pics from people who sent photos of what they've done with my art (or rather their art). It's always nice to see my art in their new homes... I wish I had more to show.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, VA has an up and coming Free Art movement entitled the "Real Small Art League". The league is headed by a gal named Tiffany Glass Ferreira who has a unique approach using google maps to track free art pieces.

A number of months ago she placed some of my pieces in unique spots around Richmond, VA. One of those unique places happened to be the VCUArts Anderson Gallery.

If anyone is interested in having their art placed in Richmond, VA visit this site for more information:

Friday, December 05, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Brasil

My flickr buddy placed some of my art on the streets of brasil for people to find, take home and enjoy.

These pieces were painted on cardboard using a hand-cut stencil and spray paint.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Kalamazoo

This is a recent batch of guerrilla art I created, before they hit the streets of Kalamazoo. They'll most likely be stapled to utility poles where people will be encouraged to take the pieces home to enjoy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Batch of ACEO Cards


I've been in the mood to draw ACEOs (Art Cards) lately.

Here's the definition for ACEOs:
ACEOs are known as Art Card Editions and Originals. These 2.5" x 3.5" cards are also referred to as Artist Trading Cards (ATC). These Small Format Art (SFA) pieces are created in a wide variety of media.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

FREE ART Event - Belfast


Earlier in the week my art was on "very temporary" display at the University of Belfast. I was among over one hundred other street artists taking part in the "It's Yours, Take It" free art project. We all submitted art that was going to be free for the taking. Turns out, once people converged on the event, all the art was gone in 10 minutes.

More photos of the event can be found here:

Photography Credit: Dogtired

Friday, October 31, 2008

Anthony Bourdain Fan Art


I decided to experiment with the Shepard Fairey style of illustration he used on the popular Obama poster. So being a fan of the Travel Channel's "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" I thought he'd make a good subject.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

700 Mole Men Submission

#160 - Miss Artemisia Soilchurn, a wormwool carder

This is my submission to the 700 Mole Men project. Mole men names are based on a recently published book by John Hodgman. The names are all odd, but I felt like challenging myself with this one.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Scotts, Michigan

Brazilian artist, sola e a comedia da vida seca sent me some of his free art to place around my "stomping grounds". In this case it was placed at the old mill and an old gas station in Scotts, Michigan. The piece left at the mill was found quickly by a young boy who was thrilled with his find.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Recent Batch of ACEO Drawings

I haven't drawn any art cards (ACEOs) in awhile so I decided to take some time this this week to draw a few. Usually I ink the characters but I really felt like breaking out the pencils lately.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Pop Culture Vector Art Portraits

For the past couple days I've had this inexplicable urge to illustrate Charles Bronson... well I drew Charles Bronson, then things really got out of hand and I wound up illustrating Grizzly Adams and Jack. Fortunately, I don't have any urges to illustrate ALF or Doogie Howser.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quirky New Illustration

One night last week I was in the mood to draw some wings, some skulls, brain matter, an old boat and a squid. As a result I decided to combine all those things into this really busy illustration.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Collabs with noitaN - Bonus Saves - Itzy


Last weekend noitaN, Itzy, Bonus Saves and myself got together for an impromptu art hook-up. It was a great day for it too. It rained mercilessly and at one point there was a tornado warning... we kept painting and drawing (despite concerns from relatives). Lo and behold Ten hours later we emerged with some crazy lookin' pieces.

Top photo:
Skull & Line work: Me
Tentacles and paint wash: noitaN

Middle Photo
Skull & Line work: Me
Tentacles and paint wash: noitaN

Bottom Photo:
Intestines & Ribs: Me
Octopus: noitaN
Bonus character: Bonus Saves

photo credit: itzy

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Collaboration with Tricia Anders

Tricia Anders and I recently completed a collaboration piece. She supplied me her drawing and I added elements of my own. The finished piece turned out really well that I thought it'd be fun to apply the design to a pair of shoes (via

I'm a huge fan of Tricia's art. Her work is amazingly imaginative. Go check her out work here:

Friday, September 05, 2008

Artistic Philanthropy - Five City Free Art Project

Here are my cardboard paintings submissions to the "It's Yours Take It" free art project. The free art project will be held in five cities: Belfast, Brazil, Hollywood, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These cardboard paintings will be placed in public places for people to find and take home.

If you want to see your art travel the world, get involved here:

Friday, August 29, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Boston, MA


I almost forgot that I sent art to the "It's Yours Take It" free art project in Boston. In addition to my own art, I sent some mini floral canvases from my flickr buddy "I Know Tiffany".

Link to the It's Yours Take It flickr group:

Special thanks to IYTI hosts Lazar & Stinker for excellent photo coverage.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Vector Art Compositing in Photoshop

Purposely breaking out of my normal routine this week. I've deliberately carved out time to composite some of my vector illustrations in Photoshop.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Winnepeg, Canada


Over the weekend my art appeared on the streets of Winnepeg, Canada as part of the "It's Yours Take It" free art project.

Learn more about the "It's Yours, Take It" free art project:

Photo Credits: Relish

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Strawberry Shortcake and a Zombie

I've been working on a lot of random illustration projects lately. Here's just a couple of recent pieces.


Sunday, August 03, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Chicago, Australia, Singapore

It's been another busy week of guerrilla art. This week my art was seen in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, Under a pier overlooking the ocean in Australia and on the streets of Singapore. The Australia and Singapore locations were part of the "It's Yours, Take It" Free Art Project originating from this flickr group:

Photo Credit: too8pe

Photo Credit: junkyprojects

Photo Credit: Bonus Saves

Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Week of Guerilla Art

It's been a busy week of guerrilla art. My art has appeared on the streets of Tehran (Iran), Southsea (United Kingdom) and Wellington (New Zealand).

Back in May I submitted a stack of guerrilla art to My Dog Sighs, the curator of the United Kingdom branch of the It's Yours Take It free art project. This free art project just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's amazing to see, since the first one was just held in March.

Addt'l photos from the day's event:

Photo Credits: MyDogSighs & B3232

I was recently invited to submit some street art stickers for the "Tehran Sticker Combo" project. These are a couple photos of their placements.

Photo Credits: A1one

DRYPnz found a break in the New Zealand weather long enough to put some of our art on the streets of Wellington, New Zealand.

View more of DRYPnz Art here:
Photo Credits: DRYPnz

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sign Designs

These are a couple recent sign designs I've created. Since my design background is geared more toward printing and packaging this was a nice change.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Stenciled Guerrilla Art - Southwest Michigan

Placed in Fulton, Michigan
Placed in Mendon, Michigan

I've been experimenting with "street art" stencils lately. The deer painting was my first attempt. I used acrylic on cardboard. Eventually I'll try spray painting.... These pieces were left in public places for people to find.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

NoLa RISING Art Submission


Recently I submitted a cardboard painting to the NOLA RISING Free Art Campaign. According to the NOLA RISING website: "NoLa Rising is a post-Katrina art campaign encouraging people in all faubourgs of Greater New Orleans to publicly display works of art, regardless of how simple or untutored it may seem to be, for the purpose of rebuilding and restoring the human spirit in our city. NOLA is a unique and beautiful city that has historically embraced the spirit of personal freedom that supports the growth of the artist, musician and writer ... the goal of the NoLa Rising Project is to showcase that spirit."

Many thanks to Rex Dingler for taking the photo of the woman who chose to take my painting home.

Additional photos of the free art event can be seen here:

For more information on NOLA RISING visit their blog:

Photo Credit: Rex Dingler

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Chicago

Painting in progress
Finished painting
The paintings new owner

A couple weeks ago, fellow Kalamazoo guerrilla artist Bonus Saves and I, collaborated on our largest cardboard painting to date. The cardboard painting measures conservatively 4 foot by 8 foot. I painted the large two faced character and Bonus incorporated his blue characters.

Bonus is very active in the Chicago street art scene so he took this piece during one of his visits. As with all our art it's free for the taking. On this rare occasion the finder contacted Bonus with a photo of her new found art. In the world of guerrilla art having the finder make contact with the artist is pretty rare.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tehran Sticker Art Project

I was recently invited to submit some street art stickers for the "Tehran Sticker Combo" project. Admittedly, I'm not "into" sticker street art, but the opportunity to have my art seen on the streets of Tehran is too good to pass up. Fortunately, I have access to a full color vinyl printer/cutter.

If any artists would like to get involved, here's some addt'l info "lifted" from the flickr group:

Tehran sticker Combo Will be the Project for late july 2008 in tehran -IRAN
The project will be in two divided parts Indoor combo board and Outdoor Bombin’ the urban sildwalks .

All Street Artists Around the world are welcomed to participate the with their hand made / Printed stickers .
-Send as much as you can.
(We will keep some for “Combo Indoor” and use the rest for Outdoor combos.)
all participated artists will be listed and linked from the event page : : “coming soon”
-Please Do not send huge stickers/posters or wheatpaste.
-please add your Tag+url/Email on a paper and attach it to your pack .
Photos of Indoor and outdoor Combo + List of Participated Artists will also get published in bRAINSTORM PDF magazine issue 10 in August 2008.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Free Art Totem - Kalamazoo, Michigan

Fellow Kalamazoo guerrilla artist, Bonus Saves, braved tornado warnings and high winds to put up this "free art totem" in downtown Kalamazoo.

Artists top to bottom: Me, Me, Bonus Saves, Bonus Saves, Tigapics, Nobody, Starhead Boy, & Slurkle.

Photo Credit: Bonus Saves

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Guerrilla Art - Kalamazoo, Michigan

This is a collaboration between fellow guerrilla artist, Bonus Saves and myself. Bonus painted the blue characters and I contributed the "volleyball" characters. The art was painted on recycled cardboard and stapled into place. As always our art is free for the taking....

Photo Credit: Bonus Saves

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Completed Portrait Commissions

Recently completed 12"x16" acrylic on canvas portrait commissions.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Drawings of Junger, Twain, Crane, Fitzgerald, Orwell and Tolkien

A new batch of author inspired drawings done on pages from their books.
From top (L to R):
Sebastian Junger (A Perfect Storm), Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn), Stephen Crane (Red Badge of Courage)
From Bottom (L to R):
F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), George Orwell (1984), JRR Tolkein (The Hobbit)

Similar drawings can be found in my etsy store:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Poe, Thoreau & Steinbeck Drawings!

New drawings for my etsy store. The author's portraits are drawn on pages from their books.