Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays! Shopping is all done so now it's just work until St. Nick arrives.



Tue 18 Dec 2007
SPACENITE was a great success here at the store. The art opening on December 6th brought over 300-400 people to see over 130 prints of ROM Spaceknight, illustrated by over 100 artists across the world.

The show was a tribute to comic creator Bill Mantlo, who wrote every issue of ROM, as well just about every other Marvel title in the 80’s. This show was organized as a fundraiser for Mantlo, who was injured in a hit and run accident 15 years ago. Severe brain injuries left him without motor functions, and he will live the rest of his life in a brain damage institute. This show was organized with the blessing of Bill’s brother and caregiver, Mike Mantlo.

We sold over $600 worth of posters that evening, but the turnout for the silent auction did not meet our expectations. With the blessing of everyone who bid that evening, we decided to extend the auction online until the end of the month.

This gives an opportunity to all the ROM fans elsewhere to get a chance to own an original illustration of their favorite character. And best of all, all the proceeds go towards Bill Mantlo’s medical care.

The following original pieces are all available on ebay until the auctions end Friday, Dec. 28th. Click on the artist’s name to link to their corresponding auction where you can place your bid.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dave Cockrum Tribute Book

I saw Cliff Meth in NY a few weeks back and was lucky enough to obtain a copy of the limited ed. remarked hc version of the Cockrum Tribute that has my Storm illo in it. Pretty cool! This one has a Mosquito from the Futurians sketch in it.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Spooky Town

We need a bigger table. 75% off today, we went a little crazy adding three new pieces.

Dickie Bat

Unholy Dog of the Night!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Burying Point - Salem, Mass"

"Oh man, Dave, that looks great!. I got stuck in a meeting and just opened it now. Unbelievable. Thanks so much. I love it and Steph will to. The flow is incredible. The stone shadows add to the swirling effect; when you look at it one way it's almost as if the tree is floating alone against an abyss. The man and woman blend so nicely. Man, it looks great!. Thanks so much.

Thanks again, Dave. Another great piece of art!"

Monday, October 08, 2007

Say Cheese

I HATE THE DENTIST! This is obvious i guess?

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Careful What You Ask For

It's 3:46 in the morning and i havent slept in days.
My jaw hurts.............

Gimmee Death!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wonder Woman Day 2

Here's my contribution to this years WW Day Charity Art Auction!
Reading: Children of Dune
Listening to: 70's AM Radio Mix

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

More Yard Work or It's F'in HOT!

Built this small deck out in the yard last week (next to the much needed shed we also built a few months ago) in what felt like 100 degree weather. It's been friggin' HOT out & humid. Anyway, I was sick of sinking into the ground so i needed to do something. Gonna add a rail at a later date but I intend on getting good a blitzed sitting out there. That's Poochie & Benny out there enjoying the hot weather.

Friday, August 03, 2007

BLADE the Vampire Slayer Ink/Wash

Listening to: DRI "Dealing With It"
Reading: Dune: House Corrino

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fun Stuff

Well, I've been crazy busy here. I found a few pictures as I was cleaning up my camera card. I finally grabbed some stuff out of storage a few weeks back, including the fun spinner rack i've had socked away forever. Sold off 95% of my good comics but I still have some fun ones to put on the rack. This is in the studio upstairs. Fun to look at & spin around. I used to have three of these.

My friends Mike & Jen are coming out for a visit this weekend. Looking to do a little partying & gambling. Going down to AC on saturday to play cards and have free drinks. I hope I don't lose my shirt.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Time 2 Wail!

Here's a fun new 5 piece Tama drum set that my friend gave me a few weeks ago. It's gonna need some new cymbals & stands but otherwise it's in perfect order. I've been wailing on it and making the dogs go crazy. Just another noisey distraction but it's fun to beat the hell outta.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Crank it up!

Well, between work and working on the new house I've finally set up most of my basement studio. It all started when the weather last week was incredibly hot and the attic office was an oven. The new AC unit was cranking away and it was comfortable but the damn thing just kept running and running so while I was emptying the dehumidifier down in the basement I realized there was a 20 degree difference between the basement and attic. I decided I'd set up a temporary or second drawing board down there where it was cool. I had all the equipment down there from day one of moving in it just needed to be organized, plugged in and I had to set up another computer (with the recording software etc.) It felt pretty cool to plug in and turn it up. It's been probably 6 months since I picked up a guitar.

Here's the computer which runs the recording/mixing programs. (that's still in the box.)

Here's my ESP and Charvell Bass guitars, all ready to go! There's a 200w P.A. systen I run the Bass thru and I use for any mic set ups. And my 400w Varvin head that powers all the Marshall cabs. That thing is a monster! "Let's piss off the new neighbors." In a pile of other cases there's a few more guitars. A Gibson Flying V, an Ibanez Iceman & my first electric guitar, an old Elecktra. Upstairs on hooks are some others, an Ovation electric/acoustic, another Gibson acoustic, my beloved Charvel 6-string and a blue Fender P-Bass.

Here's a full stack of Marshall cabs and you can see the drawing board w/ a partially inked Captain America page on the lightbox. I'm getting about a page a day done down here & have 14 pgs. of 38 done. I should be working but decided to post this then I'll grab a coffee and get rolling. It's 1:37 am. yawn.

Here's another Marshall in the corner! It gets nice and loud down here. Now I just hafta find room to stick a drumset in.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Captain America Inks

Galactus Inks & Color

Obi-Wan for Issac

My friend Lee's son Issac won 2nd place in my 2006 holiday card contest. This was what he wanted, this is what he got! Obi-Wan.

What started out as kind of a joke ended up being a lot of fun. I think we got 8 or 9 replies. I'll have to dig 'em out and post 'em. No idea where they are. In a box somewhere is my guess.

Back On Track

Finally settled in the new house. What a crazy few months. I'm way behind but finally getting some overdue work done & out the door.

This is a Sandman I started in NY a while ago at the Javitz Convention. It was just a pencil sketch so I put some more time into it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More David Mack @ NY ComicCon

Here's a hardcover of Kabuki "Dreams" with a fun sketch in it. It looks oddly familiar LOL! I got this at the Javitz show.

Steve Leialoha @ WonderCon SFO

Steve had stopped by on Saturday to speak with Gene Colan and we were introduced (though we had met one time previously in San Diego a few years ago). I wanted to grab a nice hardcover, if they were available, of the Fables series so I stopped by Steve's booth on Sunday in search of one. He had one copy of "1001 Nights" and was kind enough to do this cool blue line sketch inside. I have heard great things about this series so I look forward to reading it.

Linda Medley @ WonderCon SFO

I was sitting next to Linda at the con and was watching her work on a nice watercolor commission. We started to talk and after I saw her work spotlighted at the "World's of Wonder" exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum I went searching for one of her books. She pointed me in the direction of Comic Relief (she had no books to sell with her). They had all the individual comics but when I saw this collected hardcover of "Castle Waiting" it was an easy decision. She was kind enough to add this fun drawing and inscription.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

David Mack @ WonderCon SFO

I saw David Mack at the NYC Con the week before but he wasn't doing more than the regular Kabuki quick sketches so I bought a "Dreams" hardcover with said sketch and left it at that. Things were hectic in NY and I knew he would be in San Francisco the next week. So when I saw him at Wonder Con I asked once again if he had a sketch in him, he put me off but I was going to keep asking anyway. I would keep trying at least. Never had a problem getting something in the past so.........

No luck on Friday but by Sunday I think I had worn him down and he agreed to do a Death sketch. I also grabbed a copy of Kabuki #8 with a sketch drawn on it & a fun Kabuki patch (all for my wife who couldn'y attend). David's a good guy & an amazing artist.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Driving Cross Country *sigh*

Well, we moved from California. Yep! And right in the middle of winter no less. Drat! I'll try and draft a more comprehensive recollection of the trip at a later date but one of the lo-lights was our nightmare thru Texas. An ice storm had rolled thru the day before we got there and the imbeciles, who should be ashamed of themselves, did'nt bother to salt or sand the interstate so literally the second we got to "Welcome to Texas" (F-U!) we were greeted by a 3 inch layer of ice completely covering the entire highway, it was basically a 200+ mile long ice rink, and a line of tractor trailers stopped as far as the eye could see. About 24 hours and a dozen or more jack knifed semis we we thru and into Oaklahoma (where the highways were perfectly fine as it was in New Mexico also). As we sat for hours and hours, stopped, while 18 wheeler after 18 wheeler were being scraped off the highways I got a little sick of driving so I handed off the wheel to our dog Benny, who's a pretty good driver, except he's got a bit of a lead paw (see photo & check out the speed-o-meter!) What a trip, glad it's over & I'll NEVER drive thru TexASS again!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Sandman & Delirium on eBay

I'll be posting this and a few other pieces on eBay later today. Gotta drum up some cash. The holidays really kicked my a$$! So check 'em out. My eBay sellername is: arstudios

I did this piece as a commission and after getting to this point I realized I completely missed the mark (after reviewing several emails) so I put it aside and started another from scratch. It's pencil on standard 11"x17" board.

Oh yeah, Happy New Year! I've been slacking off and relaxing but pretty busy at the same time, now I'm playing catch-up on a few projects. Today I'm continuing work on a Sandman commission based on #19 "Midsummer Nights Dream". It will be on 13"x19" board. This peice will have Sandman holding court in front of one of the travelling troupes wagons with Lady Titania and a bunch of little winged things and creatures that you see thruout the story some hidden in tall grass and in and around the edge of a forest so we'll have lots of plants, grass, trees, flowers etc completely around the entire piece, little glowing things, tiny fairies and the like, full blown watercolor.

I'll also be playing catch-up with a few post holiday posts. As soon as I can get it together. I've been juggling several complex jobs and I'm confused at the moment.