This Asian Dragon is available as an ART PRINT HERE and was created for the non-profit organization, Dragon School 99, promoting artistic, community and cultural empowerment through street art, based in Oakland, CA. I’m very excited to be a part of their ventures 🙂
This was a fun project, where it presented a couple of challenges–one of which was to make the dragon less sinister and more approachable, but still tough. The eyes are the most expressive portion on the face, so I created different variations, and went with Version #5. In a few months, this design will morph slightly and slither its way onto a shirt; I’ll write a secondary post with the update, but in the meantime, hope you have a splendid Lunar New Year!
Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite cult films, and I wanted to create my own version of the power couple, Jack and Sally. I love the cartoon quality of Tim Burton’s aesthetics, but decided to go for a realistic route, with Sally as a sexy pinup, leading the charge with the loving Jack Skellington by her side.
The artwork is available as a print on my ETSY SHOP
Ouroboros Infinity Snake Art Design is a dark surrealist rendition of the classic mythological symbol, where life arises out of death. My version lies somewhere between the juxtaposed worlds of destruction (bones) and creation (flowers). The piece was created with pen and ink, graphite and a touch of digital coloring.
Wishing you a very happy 2018!!! With the zodiac year of the dog, I explored a ghost wolf concept with a magical crescent moon. You’re welcome to download and use this free calendar for your personal/non-commercial purposes–home, office, etc. You could download the calendar HERE or by simply clicking on the image above and saving it to your computer. Happy New Year! 🙂
“Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” — Anonymous
This Wolf illustration is inspired by the magick and folklore of Wiccans and Native Americans, where wolves represent strength and courage. I went back to basics with this almost-monotone illustration, but included highlight colors for the eyes (silver blue for the “spirit wolf”) and the crescent moon. I also incorporated my detailed patterning in the background, inspired by the intricate designs of old Chinese paper-cutting creations and zentangle images.
The “Cuban Dreams, Havana” art print was inspired by my trip to Cuba, where beautifully-restored cars rolled down the streets amidst stunning Spanish architecture, mainly in the “Old Havana” district. The car featured here is a vintage blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
This underwater “Sea Skull” artwork infuses some of the fanciful creatures of the deep ocean with a decorative bent: seahorse skeletons, shells, coral and jellyfish tentacles. I didn’t want to go overboard with color; rather, wanted to highlight the details. Creating decorative skulls is really fun; perhaps I’ll explore glowing eyes in another piece 🙂
“Macabre Roses” was inspired by the old bookplate designs of the Arts & Crafts Era and the Art Nouveau periods. Although ram skulls are incorporated into the piece, they take a backseat to the bevy of roses. This piece has a gothic romanticism to it, where skulls are not a thing of horror, but simply a part of life.
The piece was created initially with pen and graphite, then scanned, digitally colored, with custom textures created and incorporated into the background.
“Bone Decor” was a new piece that was created with the Chillin Productions art show in mind. It is more of a decorative, non-narrative piece with a collage of different elements–bones, flowers and a snake skeleton. The shape of the piece mimics that of the human anatomy, with the ribcage and colorbone. I want the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the organic osteological forms and not get distracted by the horrific notion of death. The lily flowers were incorporated to compliment the theme.
Created these special versions of the Bone Decor art for the Chillin Productions Art Show at 111 Minna Gallery (organized by Wonderland SF).
Mixed media: my illustrations, metallic findings, and coyote jawbone (painted silver). Since the item was to be displayed vertically, I glued the bones to the surface, then drilled holes into the board and it was sewn together with fishing line wire. A lot of behind-the-scene efforts, but well worth it.