Friday, October 31, 2008


I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy knotted and combined locks to part,
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nother Dragon

Bet you didn't see that coming! Available as a print and as a t-shirt on redbubble.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Enigmatic Duckman

The enigmatic duckman and his wellies. Hello UK!
Bonus nonsense poem to make up for the paucity of color
It was a cold and wintry night,
An aged man stood in the street.
His aged eyes were full of tears,
His boots were full of feet.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where's the Picture?

Yes, I have some visual stuff I could post. But I came across this link to a beautiful narrative by Australian artist  Hung Lin on Redbubble, the online t shirt and art emporium I joined recently. It's gorgeous - it reminds me of Yeats' Song of Wandering Aengus. So I'll be back tomorrow - go to The Star Chaser, you won't be sorry. There's something reminiscent of Shaun Tan's graphic novel The Arrival in this as well. Here's a link to the Yeats poem.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Housing Quandary

So I am making some images in order to reopen my editorial illustration website (this will probably not be one of my more inspirational weeks here). Let me just say that the lazy editorial illustrator owes a great debt to Rodin.

Come to think of it...I'll probably post the last of this editorial sort of thing on Thursday. If anyone cares to express an opinion as to which one would make the best  mailer, please leave a comment that day.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Strange Boat

And now for something almost completely different (as far as a response to this Waterboys Song) see this hommage combo on you tube (highly recommended for Joss Whedon fans).

Friday, October 24, 2008


Pandora opened the box after she had been told not to, and all the troubles of the world flew out. What was left in the box to help her with repair was hope. The I Ching sometimes advises "Work on what has been spoiled". The Jewish tradition has the idea of Tikkun Olam, healing the world, while Buddhism has as a practice constant prayer for the relief of suffering for all living things. We've all been Pandora, so self-forgiveness is another necessary mending job. How do you do repair?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Méliès meets Montgolfier

It's come to my attention that I used to be able to read a book. Since I've been navigating the inner space of the internet, no more. My brain has been carried aloft..or somewhere. For more confusion, see Georges Méliès' Voyage to the Moon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Aye Aye

I was looking for images of bears on the internet, trying to build up an editorial portfolio for a revised illustration site (bear market), when I came across photos of the aye aye, a Malagasay lemur. Apparently it's very endangered. Sure is appealing. If any illustrators stop by, check out I've been trying to find a place that does print on demand which I know is not relying on 10 year olds in South America. This place uses American apparel for their t-shirts, which is based in L.A., and seems like a really sweet community. Anyway, that's where this image is destined for. If anyone from illustration friday goes over there, hope you'll say hello if you join up.

Oh, also I'm feeling indecisive about whether I want the word nocturnal in there. Please comment if you have an opinion.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More Sticks for Placement

More sticks for the asking - first three people to tell me which one they'd like get a stick. My hope is that when it is sent to you, you will leave it for someone to find - just as a surprise. If you choose to take a photo of it in situ, I will post the photo here with a link to your blog.
#3 has been claimed. 

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Grand Avenue Saloon

Here's an image in keeping with the season - black cats on a sign from my neighborhood in Oakland. The Alley is a well-known local watering spot with the piano bar equivalent of Seinfeld's soup Nazi.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stay up Late - It's Halloween!

Witchstick! Has been claimed - check back monday to see more sticks.
Welcome to the Halloween Party - and Happy Birthday to Kaede! This is my stay-up-late submission for illustration friday

For Halloween Party Central, see A Fanciful Twist

Friday, October 17, 2008

Baryshnikov Leaf

A dance to Fall, this leaf appears at the request of  Reya at Gold Puppy ,who knows a thing or two about the secret lives of leaves. Oops -someone pointed out the link wasn't working - it's fixed now.

In other news: I just joined up with a Halloween Party, headquartered at A Fanciful Twist (see link at right), anyone who needs a little break from the economy and the election may want to attend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hat Trick

 This is available in tshirt form at redbubble 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rolling Seasons

The leaf wheel was made by scanning a plate in, the figures are drawn and then colored in digitally.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Three Sticks

Here is a revival of a project I did several years ago, in which I planted sticks around for people to make off with - just a way to bring some startlement into daily life. I understand now that I was doing guerrilla art. So I'm thinking - anyone want to play? Just ask and I will send you one of these beauties - you can specifiy which one you would like in the comments, then i'll email you for where to send it. I Would just request that you do the same - ie, leave them for someone to find. If you choose to take a photo of it in situ where it's left. I 'll post it here with a link to your web site. If anyone wants to make a stick and send it to me, I'll take a photo for you. 

EDIT: Sticks are all spoken for. More soon - maybe next week

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Obama Sign

A sign down the street from me in Oakland.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Happy Happy Holidays

So this was done a few years back in photoshop - It sorts of feels like what I've been doing recently, but looks a lot different (I never know if this wrong, ie unprofessional -). 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Useful Stuff, String

So I looked at Cookie Sunshine's Illustration Friday entry, which is wonderful, and was reminded of this John Cleese bit about an advertising man who has to find a way to advertise 5000 miles of string which is unfortunately in 5 inch lengths. From the Secret policeman's Other Ball, I believe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Now on Etsy

ArtSpark Theatre is now on Etsy with decorative wall plates and reconfigured figurines. Illustration resumes tomorrow with a fall theme.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sugary/Scary:Not Sarah Connor

I've tried to keep the editorial out of this blog, I really have. My mother made me a cake doll for my eighth birthday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Midnight Garden Song

No theme - I may post a mix of things this week.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Lion

I had a stuffed Lion as a child of which I was very fond, although I am sure the following is good advice.
The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the waste,
He has a big head and a very small waist;
But his shoulders are satrk, and his jaws they are grim,
And a good little child will not play with him.
~Hillaire Belloc, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Dodo

This verse has changed in feeling with its context, I am sure. The last dodo was supposedly slain by a fisherman who feared it was a witch - as Seth Godin remarked in a recent post, we fear what we do not understand.
The Dodo used to walk around,
And take the sun and air.
The Sun yet warms his native ground--
The Dodo is not there!
The voice which used to squawk and squeak
Is now for ever dumb--
Yet you may see his bones and beak
All in the Mu-se-um
~Hilaire Belloc, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Big Baboon

As well as the verse below, this contains an echo of the cautionary Sheridan Le Fanu story "Green Tea", which may have been inspired by the passage in "A Christmas Carol" in which Scrooge accuses Marley's ghost of being a blot of mustard. As with the two preceding posts, clicking on the image to get the large view will reveal more details.
The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Caribou;
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do.)
But if he dressed respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-an-So!
~Hilaire Belloc, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts
It's interesting that Belloc was a devout Catholic who found the the theory of evolution unacceptable - a little return of the repressed here?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow ,
As big as a tar barrel,
Which frightened both our heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.
-Anonymous nursery rhyme famously quoted by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass"