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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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STRANGE DEDUCTIONS

These illustrations were commissioned for a 2012 blog post on H&R Block’s website. Some things that actual taxpayers were able to deduct on their tax return included posing oil for a bodybuilder and clarinet lessons to help a child’s overbite. I added the green color to repost them here.
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7″ KARA

I was asked to produce a colored image of Becca Killburn’s 7″ Kara. At conventions, I have made and sold a number of sketches. This was my first remote commission and it was to be in color. I was excited to draw something for someone away from all the distractions...
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SPIDERMAN EINSTEIN

This was an evolving collage. It started as self-portrait for a 1996 photo assignment in college. I later digitally superimposed a photo of a statue of Don Quixote over my chest. This version can be found in Bits and Pieces #1. Ultimately, I combined the original collage with a drawing...
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SILVER SURFER SLIDE

As I was designing my Martians for Martian Debut in 2010, I made this particular drawing while I was thinking about how to visualize the Martians nearly instantaneously traveling from one place to another. The pose made me think of Marvel’s Silver Surfer, so that’s what this image became. I...
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NIGHTCRAWLER GRILL

I painted this sketch of the X-Man Nightcrawler in the late ‘90s. The jeep grill is panel art from my 2010 comic Martian Debut. The two were collaged together in 2012.
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