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Pencil 1987 to 1991
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The Sheeples - A comic I started in 2006 illustrating my hate mailers along with my favorite quotes from their letters.
Satan's Salvation
Satan's Salvation - A strip I've been illustrating since 2002 that explores the love/hate relationship between Jesus, Satan & me.
Neptune
Creatures of Neptune - My bizarre pen & ink freak show dated as far back as 1994.

 

In 1987 I started to take my art a little more seriously. I went from pointless doodles and line drawings, to pencil sketch and trying to develop a technique, of some sort.


Gift to the Gods
10/87
I believe that this is my first attempt to ever seriously illustrate realistically. I remember at the time feeling like this picture was quite an accomplishment.

Evil Clown
88
I went through an "evil clown" phase. It seemed original at the time.

 


Untitled
88
For a while I was filling paper with this elaborate design technique. I tired of it quickly, and looking back I don't see why I even wasted my time with it.

 


Death
88
Yes, it's Death. And he's standing by the skeleton of a priest in front of a haunted house next to a graveyard.
I hadn't yet realized the importance of being original.

Demon
4/91
In 1990 I started writing this story (Pork) that put a dark and evil twist on Alice In Wonderland (it's even less original than it sounds). This is a character from that story. My first Devil?

Vampiress
4/91
This is another character in the story. Clearly it was a part I hoped to one day hold auditions for.

 


Tom Cat
90
As the story goes, my rip-off character (Valerie) stumbles through the mirror and is greeted by this cat-person who I loosely based on Tom Waits.

The Clown
90
I called my story "Pork" for no better reason than because it was the name of a movie by Andy Warhol.
I was learning to draw, all of the ideas just weren't there yet.

The Frog
4/91
So Valerie falls through the looking glass and finds herself face to face with this gruesome frog.
This was from a dream that I once had.

 


Valerie
90
I had written this story as if it were being performed in front of a live audience. This is Valerie at the front of the stage looking into the blinding spotlights, while she holds her cat.

The Balloon
4/91
The conclusion of my story was a tattered, confused Valerie following her balloon back to the mirror from whence she came... while the clown face taunted her from the wading pool below and the cat-person tinkered out a tune on the piano.
No, I wasn't high!

 

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