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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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DUSTY HULK

After 9/11, we were told to expect subsequent attacks. We were told on a daily basis just how safe we were supposed to feel. Even if the threat was not genuine, the tension and fear that political leaders and the media instilled in us, perhaps to make us feel dependent...
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UNION SQUARE BATMAN

In 1999, I started to think about blind contour drawing as a means of achieving a fluid and gestural illustration style. I first drew this figure in my sketchbook as a nondescript man with some undefined weight bearing down on him. I then added the S-shaped cape to make the...
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