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 ;)

This was a commission piece I finished up towards the end of last year of harry Houdini. The client was quite pleased so that always makes me happy as well. No Prints will be available for this one per the client's wishes, but I wanted to post for you all to see.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

      Last night was the unveiling of two new pieces at the Classic Monster art show at Halloweentown in Burbank.
Was really a great show and a huge turn-out with lots of enthusiastic patrons. People were lined up outside down the block in the rain! Some waiting over 40 mins to get in.  So needless to say it was a very successful event.

     So I have always wanted to paint the Lon Chaney version of the Phantom of the Opera. He's one of my earliest memories from the monster movies of that era and just so cool and creepy. He's the first painting I did in my recent series of four. (then came Karloff as the mummy and Bela's Dracula).  I finished the series off with the Masque of the Red Death (also from The Phantom of the Opera). The phantom dons this disguise to enter the masquerade ball. Very cool moment in the film. I just wanted to paint this one as if you were looking into an inferno as this character is so filled with pain and rage!

   These were a lot of fun to paint and I'm already starting on few new ones for all you monster fans out there. At some point I'll have to jump in on some more of my favorite musicians and other movie moments, but for now I've been bitten by the monster! And I must obey!