Against the Odds

September 18, 2012

Strands Apparel in San Francisco will be releasing my “Against All Odds”     t-shirt this Fall!

Against the Odds


Purple Flower Print

August 10, 2012 is offering my cut-paper piece Purple Flower Print as an archival digital print. Thank you Zoe Bios Creative!

Purple Flower Print

Surgeon Sketch

July 22, 2012

Here’s a sketch I did of my friend, Armand Sears. Something about the backwards hat and magnified eyes made me turn him into a surgeon.

AJ surgeon sketch

Irmin Schmidt & Can

June 15, 2012

Another extremely pleasurable assignment from LA Record. In fact, I was already working on a portrait of Irmin Schmidt, keyboardist and founding member of the German “Krautrock” group Can when Chris Ziegler asked me if I could quickly create an image to accompany Ron Garmon’s interview with Schmidt entitled “There is a Nice Story.” Chris must’ve been surprised with the level of detail of this piece, which includes many references to Schmidt’s career and sub-portraits of Malcom Mooney, Can’s first singer and Can themselves in an early 70’s incarnation with their second singer, Damo Suzuki. My concept for this portrait was to create an image that could be view from all angles, with elements that are upside down from every angle as well, thus creating more opportunities for discovery beyond the initial impression. I used technical pens, conté crayon and acrylic on bristol board with digital color.

Irmin Schmidt

This is my original black and white drawing of Can performing on The Beat Club, a German TV show in 1972.


and this is my original conté crayon drawing of Malcolm Mooney in the late 60’s.

Malcolm Mooney

Hard C

January 8, 2012

Doesn’t get along with H’s.

Hardass C

Bryan Ferry

October 13, 2011

Yes! Bryan Ferry, one of my idols. It was a pleasure to create this portrait to accompany Oliver Hall’s interview with him for LA Record entitled “I’m Feeling Fine.” I used my pseudo-Bob Peak montage technique, including Ferry’s favorite car, a paparazzi photo of him texting, fashion shots of him by Mick Rock and a scene from the video for Roxy Music’s  “Same Old Scene” with Ferry in the studio singing and playing keyboard. I used conté crayon, graphite and digital color.

Bryan Ferry

Here’s one of the original drawings in conté crayon on bristol board.

Bryan Ferry_Drawings_Same Old Scene

and another in conté crayon on pantone paper.

Bryan Ferry_Drawings_Shorts

John Cale Bootleg

May 11, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised to see a portrait of John Cale that I did years ago had been reappropriated for a bootleg CD cover. The time periods don’t exactly match and the graphic design is a bit dodgy, but how could I not love it?

Cale Bootleg

Peter Case

December 5, 2010

LA Record made an exception to their interviews-only format when Peter Case of The Plimsouls wrote a piece of prose for their Winter 2009 issue. Here’s my illustration for “Stage Fright” featuring Peter Case with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Stage Fright

Here are some album cover interpretations I did for the same issue’s reviews section.

Curtis Lane Fol Chen

Amanda Jo Williams The Like


August 28, 2010

This is a portrait of the Australian post-punk band X (not the X from Los Angeles) I did for an interview in LA Record entitled  ”I Don’t Think We Had Anything Nice to Say About Anyone or Anything,” and yes, that’s a miniature Batman climbing a palm tree with a can of Foster’s Lager in his hand.


Transit Stories

January 21, 2010

I did some illustrations for Bianca Barrigan’s excellent zine “Transit Stories.”food glasses hat swords twoforone camera