ARTICHOKE PRESENTS

RETHINKING THE ION

I need to draw more. For fun. For practice. More on that later… In the past, when I had a story ready to illustrate, I would go through a process of learning to draw again as I tried to establish an art style that would best service the narrative. Back...
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WHITE CAT

Another 2003 drawing of Rita the Cat. Rita was very affectionate with those she liked, and actively ignored or avoided those she did not. She also suffered from separation anxiety. Rita would only eat if you sat and watched her. She hated being left home alone and if she could...
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GREEN CAT

I moved to NYC in 2001 and lived in a Manhattan apartment with my brother and one of his classmates. I was attending graduate school at Parsons that fall and worked weekends in my landlord’s antique store. One hot Saturday, I kept the front door open to keep the air...
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ANT

In high school and college, I took toys apart to make characters for my stop motion projects. I made this humanoid ant by removing limbs and other body parts from the Transformers toy for Inferno from the Beast Wars series. In this image, this robotic ant-man sits upon a planet,...
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LIONESS

This is a piece of panel art from my 2010 comic Martian Debut. The digital work I did on this was originally done in color. This black and white version was later created for printing purposes. (So far, I’ve only been able to afford printing my books in black and...
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THE SANDMAN

The Sandman comic book series introduced me to both Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Gaiman’s writing and McKean’s artwork set a high bar for what can be accomplished in comics. The story was epic. Whenever the narrative journey turned away from its title character, it always added thoughtful complexity and...
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HOLY COWIMARI

The original collage was made as part of my 1999 show Cowimari at DONNA’S in Baltimore that featured 17 drawings, paintings and collages. After I moved to New York, I cut out a photocopy of that collage and combined it with 2 of my experiments with photography from college to...
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BIRD GOD

While in college, I saw a retrospective show for Sigmar Polke’s photography. The German artist took a very painterly and hands-on approach to how he applied the chemicals while developing his prints, resulting in drips and splatters that would obscure parts of the image. I adopted this grungy aesthetic for...
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BAT FISHING

I made this in the late ‘90s, using a transparency I kept from a high school presentation on echolocation. I’m not sure where I found the photo, but I always loved the image. I used scotch tape to remove the ink from the plastic sheet around the bat, and then...
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