Monday, August 22, 2011

No Skulls this time....

I'm no gear head, but I've always wanted to do some car based designs. I finally got to do so this summer, a T-shirt design for the "Cache Valley Cruise-In", a big car show in Utah. The Beach Boys played there this year, which explains the surfin theme. The car itself is a 1936 3 door coupe, brush inked and colored in photoshop. By the way, this is the second ink design I've done since school ended. The other was a design for slash that I'll post later (it's up on the website if you want to take a look).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Notes from the Minister of Propaganda

It's been a busy year. Breaking the ice online and posting again has been tough, none the less: Here are the Three shirts I've done for Slayer in the past year. A big step up from the first I think.

It's been 2 years of brutal confrontational artwork and a serious desire to draw beautiful and funny things has taken hold. There's a few pieces in the pot right now. I'm convincing myself it's not portfolio work. By calling it personal work I'm hoping to chase off the twin demons of perfectionism and procrastination. In addition I've been going to Sketch night at the Society of Illustrators (note: this is me finally taking advantage of living on Manhattan). There's live drawing, (good) live music, and an open bar. (note: like many good things in NYC, the Society closes down in August)

Anyway here is my year with Slayer. Apocalypse (top one, and my personal favorite) and Altar of Sacrafice (2nd down) are on sale in Europe through the EMP catalog. Invasion is on tour with the band (3rd one). Don't worry, my desire to draw the pretty and humerous doesn't mean I'm softening up. It makes total sense that my first major break was depicting Blood and Guts. I just want my portfolio to make me eligible for work as something other than Satan's Minister of Propaganda.

Friday, December 3, 2010


A shout of triumph echoed dramatically through the NYC streets when I learned that Hot Topic had selected my Slayer illustration for nationwide distribution. If you don't get to the mall all that often you can always check it out on their website. There's also a Rush tee that they picked up, but I couldn't find it on their site.

Now it's hard to imagine showing this piece to Bill Maughan, or my in-laws for that matter, but to me this is a big freakin deal!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Memory lane and a personal favorite from the Clinton Era...

Back in 1997 I had the day job and a couple of minor illustration gigs. There was, and still is, a magazine called lollipop that I used to illustrate articles for. Every month I'd make pictures for 2 columns, one was about horror movies, the other about booze.

You can guess which column the Minotaur drinking Malt Liquor is from. For some reason I still love this piece and it sits framed on a shelf in my living room. It's everything cool and everything infuriating about a drawing style that dominated my work for over a decade. Yes the cloud of spirits escaping from the bottle is too busy to make sense, the hatching has no real plan to it, and the anatomy is funky as hell even if it is stylized. Believe it or not Bryce Cook one advised me to throw it away! None the less, great love for it remains, and now share it with You!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Limited Edition Motorhead Poster!!!

The Motorhead piece I did back in January has been made into an 11x17 poster! It's available at their web store:
Check it out!
Come on Manar you know you want one!

In Progress... NuLich

The funny thing is, a year ago I'd consider this finished.
I have a fistful of unfinished pieces and roughs chosen to
bring to a finish as work proceeds on other stuff. Please
give your opinions and advice. I want this one to fulfill all
of it's potential and the old Chestnut St. studios crowd is
about as far removed as they can be in the continental US.

So I have to air my issues on the web, where process is recorded
for posterity. It's not very romantic, kind of kills the magic and
mystery, but it's what we have.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I have a grown up website now!

It was a long time coming, but the "under construction"
label can finally be removed from my website.

It's not just about presentation, there's also some stuff
that I've never posted on my blog. This includes bandmerch
and two unfinished pieces I've never shared before.
Please check it out and come back often!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

After long delay - DD image number 4

Some dark ritual!
With horror based images I like to depict the moment you walk
into a place and realize you shouldn't be there. There's a split second
between figuring out what you're seeing and the second the monster
sees you!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Number Three....Enter The Unknown

DevilDriver Tee number three...
This one is my personal favorite.
It's not among the Eurotourtees,
but will probably be used in the States...

It was explained to me that DevilDriver
refers to a bell used in Sicilian Witchcraft
to ward off evil spirits during rituals....

Thursday, June 24, 2010


DevilDriver Tee#2 Gary...
The art director said
"I'm thinking about someting like a goat
mixed with a bear, holding a knife!"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Play along with me for a second here....

Let's say you're in Vienna tomorrow and you get the desire to hear
some Live METAL! Go to the Szene Wein and you can see DevilDriver.

Last month I did five shirts for these guys, all original paintings,
four of those shirts are being sold on their current European tour.
In August they'll be on the main stage at Ozzfest.

Four of those shirts are on sale with the tour in Europe now.
Now that the tour has started I can share them.
Not all at once of course, I'm gonna milk it.
Here's piece #1.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Website down!!!

So my website is out of order for the moment!
It needed upgrading anyway and definitely a domain name change.
A proper update will take some time, but I'll have something simple
up asap and will post any updates to here for now.

On another subject: I've come to realize the Art Director I've been
working with is right, I'm almost phobic about using color. I love a
restricted palette, but this has gotten absurd. Look at that Minotaur
piece, the Lich, the Talhoffer Deathknights and you'll see a distinct lack
of Chroma.

A change is already coming. It's happening in work I've been producing
for the past few weeks. As soon as it can be posted it will be! For some reason I've been able to take a step forward that just wouldn't occur while working on personal stuff. For me, complete artistic freedom is overrated. Creativity is alot like gasoline, properly contained and concentrated it's explosive, but a puddle of it left on the ground will evaporate in moments. Properly harnessed and given a structure to operate in, it can take you thousands of miles.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Witchlady of the Spice Planet

Something new...

A quick iconographic piece inspired by Sergio Toppi, and the
David Lynch interpretation of Frank Herbert's classic tome.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Buffalo Minotaur!

Portfolio building is a constant process...
Gotta love them Minotaurs!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Original Painting for Motorhead.... part 2

This painting was also produced for Motorhead as a T-shirt design.
The band itself approved the image, which is a huge deal to me!

Too bad both didn't get picked up,
but I love this one and am proud to finally show it off!