Thursday, January 31, 2019

My MAD Magazine art!

 I was contacted by an art director from MAD to see if I'd be interested in creating and illustration for them. My reply was, "let me think about that for a second... um, YES!" Ironically they were doing a parody of the classic Famous Monsters of Filmland mag and wanted to spotlight some of the "real" monsters of Hollywood. They wanted to have a Basil Gogos vibe on Mr. Cosby and this is what I came up with.
They had me put ol' Harvey in the upper corner and the creepy mascot character.
And this is how the layout ran in the mag. Pretty great layout and hilarious writing!

More Famous Monster's covers

For the 200th anniversary of Dracula and my last cover done for Famous Monsters as they no longer put out a monthly magazine.
Issue celebrating the amazing actor, Doug Jones!

My Ghostbusters cover. I wanted to spotlight Egon, as actor Harold Ramis had recently passed. He's tempting the demon dogs with the infamous Twinkie!
Game of Thrones spotlighting the Mother of Dragons. (my wife helped by being my model for her pose).
Mad Max tribute cover!
My Lost In Space cover with my original Dr. Smith face that I had to change in the 11th hour.
Force Awakens!
Flash Gordon. There were lots of changes and last minute additions but was really happy with the outcome.
Bruce Campbell tribute cover. Hail to the King, baby!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Famous Monsters Magazine

These are the first four covers I've done for Famous Monsters. I can remember reading this mag as a kid- or should I say I remember my older brother scaring the crap out of me with them as a little kid ;) So it was a great honor that the Editor-in-Chief tapped me to take a shot at doing some covers for them.

The first was El Santo and was a lot of fun. Got to go crazy with the wolfman and the vampire ladies.

The second was for horror enthusiast and collector Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist for Metallica) as his alter ego, Kirk Von Hammett. This was done as a special comic con edition that year and I was supposed to go down there and sign some magazines with Kirk, but it was also a couple weeks after my son was born so I had to pass. I did hear that all the magazine sold out :)

The most special cover I've done thus far has to be the Ray Harryhausen tribute cover. I grew up watching and loving his films- the Sinbad series being my favs.  I really wanted this one to be emotional and put all my heart into it. Can't wait to show my son all his movies.

The last one was for the Supernatural tv show. The editor wanted it to be a parody of the famous painting, "American Gothic" except with the house burning in the background. As I was blocking in my base colors I thought, "what if just everything was in flames?!" I submitted my first pass which was mostly just reds and oranges- everything just consumed by fire- and the editor said, "Well this isn't what I was expecting... But I love it! Keep going!" I think I had the most fun with this one, partly because it was such a departure from what I usually do. And creating these faces in the flames was just so fun and I got to keep it sketchy and loose. Really just dig the energy of this one :)

The Bride and The Creature

The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Finished this one just in time for the recent Monsterpalooza convention, where I also had the prestigious honor to have it included in the Museum Gallery at the show. Was very please how he turned out. Have made a limited edition canvas giclee print run of 50 and have already sold quite a few. Email me if interested.

And finally painted the Bride of Frankenstein. She is such a cool, iconic character and was really fun to paint. From the get-go I wanted to paint her with electric blue accents and I think she came out really well. Prints available of her as well.

Monday, April 22, 2013


This was done for the recent Monsterpalooza in Burbank for the April 12th-14th show. I was notified late about getting into the show so I only had time to complete Frankie, but I have plans to paint his bride too. This one was unveiled at the show and had a very good response. I still have a few prints available for those of you who are interested.

Here's a couple new ones just for fun, just because I love these shows and just because I love these actors. Above is the very complex baddass Tyrion Lannister from HBO's Game of Thrones, played by the equally bad ass Peter Dinklage. This is still a work in progress and I may even do a follow up piece with a few modifications ;)
From the last scene of the last episode of the 4th season of the incredible Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston as the ever darkening, Walter White. Says Walter, "I won..."

This is another commission piece I'm doing for a friend. I've been working on it off and on when I have the time. It's Chow Yun Fat from The Killer. I'd say its almost done, tho I do love this state when there's a lot left  to be painted; so much energy comes thru with the line work still exposed. May just call this one done... but I'll probably paint it up a little more. I'll see what my friend says ;)