Monday, December 14, 2009

Tune Time! Nicolades

Completed during finals crunch time. Who says I can't multitask?

Nicolades by RRADAR


Thursday, December 3, 2009

the Almighty Aphex Twin

I've been excited about the idea of doing an Aphex Twin piece since I first thought of concentrating my thesis around musical interpretation. If there is one definitive pioneer of the electronic genre, its Richard D. James. I used his torrential style as a jumping off point to experiment and push the approach I've been attempting which consists of using flat graphics with more rendered elements. I'm happy with the result.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Paul Wheeler

Another promo poster for my friend Paul Wheeler's upcoming senior recital at the New School in New York. He mentioned Santa and Ak-47's . I went with the medieval St. Nicolas in the hope of upgrading the bad-assity.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Out of Orbit

This is one of my submissions to the newest installment (hopefully to become annual) of the "Orbit" series published by the MICA Illustration Club. I helped run the show last year and Craig has taken over for this year's issue - you can buy them at Art Market this Dec.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Prime Time of Your Life

promo piece for a friend of mine's monthly club night in Chapel Hill. he makes some pro-level electronic jams - check em out: Hidden Cat

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spread 'em.

Here are some pages from a story I'm working on written by my good friend Max Walukas. I'll give more plot details later, but the basic story unfolds around a boy stealing the moon. Since the story takes place in the southwest (a place which had a huge impact on me when I drove through it this summer) I wanted to have the environment be as much of a character as the boy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


my submission for Alyssa Nassner's Harry Potter-themed zine.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Now for something completely different. I make electronic jams and you should check them out here:

New song "KIX1031" is up and also available for dl in 320 format here:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes - what a band.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

L-Vis 1990

L-Vis 1990 makes some sweet songs. He also looks like he belongs in high fashion.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Big Boi

In celebration of Big Boi's dope song "Shine Blockas" (feat. Gucci Mane), I decided to make him the subject of this quick spot. I wanted to see how I worked under a self-imposed 4 hour deadline. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth

hey everyone. this is the latest in my thesis focusing on portraits of musicians. mikael akerfeldt is the main song writer and singer/guitarist for the melodically-leaning but not "melodic" death metal (metal genres are a universe unto themselves). i wanted to set him up as prophetic and in control of what he is revealing to the viewer. i struggled a lot with the likeness (as with all likenesses) but i think, in the end, he is recognizable. comments and critique always welcome!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2nd piece for thesis. Done for the band black moth super rainbow

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Rough done for CENTERSTAGE For Young Playwrights promo poster. Did this pretty quick but I'm fairly pleased!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Painting the Third!

This is the last of the three paintings I did during my internship. I had a really hard time getting the composition to work and was getting pretty frustrated because, though nearly all of the elements were already in place, it wasn't quite clicking. I wanted to get the piece scanned for the comic-con and ended up with 20 min left to resolve the painting and ended up popping the two red triangles which, I hope, pull the piece together. It's amazing to see what a big difference those two, seemingly, little elements make on the composition.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

working out characters for a new book. this coyote will not be so orange

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And Whose Vapors We Slowly Coalesce

2nd of 3 new paintings. I'm showing them in the order that I painted them so, based on critique and general feedback, I've considered new approaches and tried to refine the process and content. This one I struggled a lot with, especially compositionally because there are a lot of elements to balance. I remember teachers telling me the concept of your eye "resting" when looking at a piece and that was something I had a very hard time achieving with the composition. The composition and color were inspired by seeing a folded bag behind an electric green silkscreen. Also, I tried to stay away from symmetrical, central, and figure dominated pieces after noticing a lot of my personal work has those qualities. Thanks so much for the feedback on the previous piece. More critique is always appreciated.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Lights in the Deluge

While interning I've been fortunate enough to have some time to work on some personal pieces at James' studio. I approached these pieces much differently than I would a normal assignment, mostly because I didn't do any preliminary sketches which left room for exploration. The work changed a lot when I was working on it as I would paint over parts completely, glaze areas back, and switch mediums. I got some great critiques and feel like I learned a lot about making an image thanks to the generous input of James. Here's the first piece and I'll be posting the others in installments to try and get back in the habit of posting regularly. I would love to hear some feedback!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Big Ol' Sketch Dump

Hey everybody. It has been too long, as usual. I've been really busy working on both sketches and some bigger pieces. The paintings are almost finished and should be up within a week or so. Also, i got twitter! ( Let me know if you're on twitter, I need to build up my good base of friends. Below are a some of the better pages from my sketchbook. I've almost finished this one up. Hope summer is going well!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

These were done for Drawing from the Masters with Mark Karnes. It was a great class that reaffirmed the importance of master copies. I find them to be pretty relaxing and I always feel like I've learned a lot when I'm done. The 2nd piece was done after the Nerdrum copy (1st picture). It was a kind of reinterpretation, I mostly focused on the texture and general composition. Both are Charcoal and a bit of pastel on BFK.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

This is a scene for my concept class in which we redesigned a dated (yet quality) sci-fi movie. I chose Logan's Run and while it was a good story, I feel like watching the movie or not watching the movie would have little to no consequence in your life. So, I tried to stick with the story and essentially gave it a boost to the future! Not sure if its better than the original, but I'm happy with it I think. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Some experiments from the sketchbook.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I have really been enjoying the amazing freedom that the subject of space offers. Who's to tell you what can or can't exist out there? We're talking multi-dimensional glaciers.

By the way, I really really hate the image compression of blogger. It kinda just sucks the life out of the darks. Anyways...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sketch Experiments

A bit of an experiment. I'm trying to get more confident with color and stay away from pastels for everything. I'm not sure I love this piece but its a new and interesting direction for me to explore.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Behold! A dump!

Yes, yes. It has been quite a while since my last update and I apologize. It has taken a little longer than expected to get the wheels rolling this semester but I finally feel like I am picking up steam.

These first posts are for my Character Development class. The class has been surprisingly helpful so far and has forced to me to work on another "style". Though I try to stay away from that word, the class is definitely helping me to think of different approaches. So far, I've been pretty happy with the result!

Next, work that needs no explanation, sketchbook pages!

Thanks to you all who follow this and get on me for not updating ;)

I promise it won't be as long till next post.