Friday, March 30, 2012


Select works of mine are now available as small prints on deviantART.  deviantART is an online social network for artists and art enthusiasts.  Just another way to connect, exhibit, collaborate, communicate, and share with the growing and ever-changing art and design community.
Logo design by Rey F. Jawahir.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Collage, Assemblage, and Abstract Expressionism

About as far back as I can remember I've been influenced by collage and assemblage and art movements such as Dada, Constructivism, German Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism.  Works by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Louise Nevelson have always had some form of influence on my work.  I find the freedom and immediacy of collage and juxtaposition of various forms and images inspiring.  Often while traveling I'll build up sketchbooks with both drawings and collage and often a combination the two techniques.  

Here are a couple of early collage/mixed media works of mine based off travel experiences.  My work is often documentary in nature. 

If art movements such as the above mentioned are of interest, this summer I'll be teaching an art appreciation class and much of it will be focused on 20th century art.  

Friday, March 16, 2012

Exhibition At Illinois Central College

Recently I was asked to exhibit work in the 305A Gallery at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL.  The exhibition will run from November 21 thru December 7, 2012.  Thanks to Gallery Curator Jacob Grant and the IL Central College Art Department for this opportunity!  

This was certainly some good news to receive while being laid up and recovering from bilateral hernia surgery.  Looking forward to it and I'll be sure and post more information as the time draws closer.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cartoon/Comic 101 Class at Spiva

Saturday, March 10 from 1-4 pm I'll be teaching an introductory cartoon/comic drawing class at Spiva Center For The Arts in Joplin, MO for ages 12+.  If you are interested in cartooning, comics, Manga, and animation, this is definitely the class for you.  Students will create characters and stories utilizing basic drawing techniques used by professionals.  For more information and registration, please visit them on the web at

This image is from my graphic novel Small Wonders.  To download a FREE PDF of the first 30 pages please visit

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie  (June 13, 1929 - March 3, 2012) Undeniably a true visionary, brilliant concept artist, and an inspiration to so many.

Friday, March 2, 2012

1950's and 1960's Animation Background Influences

Recently I've been laid up and recovering from surgery (sleeping a lot and watching films).  I revisited a couple of animated films I hadn't seen in years.  As a kid I was heavily influenced by Disney animation (still am).  Two films that I find absolutely stunning visually also came out consecutively.  Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961) stand out for many reasons.  Both films are stylistically unique compared to every film prior to that.  Sleeping Beauty was in production from 1953-1958 and was the last Disney film to use hand inked cells.  The film was made to look like a Pre-Renaissance, Gothic illustrated book with sophisticated, elaborate and highly detailed environments and they also did away with the softer, more rounded look of previous films in favor of a more angular and stylized look.  Production manager Ken Anderson orchestrated the films overall look along with chief background designer and colorist Eyvind Earle.  He was given a significant amount of freedom in designing the settings, selecting colors and hand painted the majority of the exquisite and ornate backgrounds.  Today the film is still hailed as being one of the greatest and most innovative animated features ever made.  To view some of the stunning backgrounds for this film and many other animated films click here.

Similarities of the angular and more graphic style of the film Sleeping Beauty are also found in 101 Dalmatians and most subsequent films.  Dalmatians ushered in the new Xerox process in which the animators pencil drawings were transferred directly to the cells.  This is a very contemporary film with a contemporary London setting and is heavily influenced by Picasso's cubist movement and graphic design of the 1950's.  To view some of the stunning backgrounds for this film and many other animated films click here.

If this animation background website is of interest to you, I also highly recommend checking out the book Layout & Background from Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series.  This book is a treasure trove of stunning environment renderings from their earliest films to the most recent releases.