Saturday, March 26, 2011


This is my latest piece for the blog. The post probably wont be up for about a week, but you should check it out when it is. This piece is a tribute to the vintage travel posters of David Klein.

Friday, March 25, 2011

rainy days

This is another gouache piece that I finished today. Rainy days are great painting days.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

bar sketch

As the blog header suggests, this is a sketch done last night at a bar. It's a bit tricky to sketch under low lighting...even when you borrow a few candles from neighboring tables. I've been tempted to bring my own portable light with me to sketch at bars since the lighting is usually pretty bad. The ambiance more than makes up for it, though.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

last night

I made this before I fell asleep last night. It's drawn with ballpoint pen with added gouache washes. "Accumulation"
Also, I was notified that I'm a featured artist on right now. If you're on that site, add me on! Also, if you have an iphone and you have instagram, add me there too. (ken1028)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

gouache attack

I had a great time working on this piece last night. Gouache used to be difficult for me to use. My previous experience with the medium was painting swatches in a design class. It's a lot more versatile a medium than I once thought. "Chaos"

Friday, March 18, 2011

you guessed it.

Here are a few recent sketches...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

a few things

1.I had the rare opportunity to work from a model tonight. My friend Mercedes was visiting from New York, and was nice enough to sit for a quick portrait. I was pretty rusty at first, but I think I warmed up on this drawing. I used a combination of ballpoint pen, acrylic-ink wash, and marker on this piece. I'm going to try to work with her one more time before she leaves. I miss doing drawings from life, so hopefully opportunities like this happen more often!

2.Some friends of mine started a new art/culture magazine. The first issue was just released this past weekend, and they've included a couple of my images. Check out to find out where you can get your hands on a copy.
3. I'm part of this group show coming up. It's going to be great. If you're to be in the area, I'll see you there.

Monday, March 14, 2011


This is another marker sketch that I did yesterday. "Evette"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

copic round 2

I didn't get a chance to post this last night. I like that I can easily do artwork anywhere with the markers. I've been doing a lot more sketching at local bars.
I have to get back to my acrylic-inks soon. I"m going to take full advantage of this experimentation time. I have some group shows scheduled in the next few months, and if everything goes according to plan, my next solo show coming up in august. There will be more info on that later...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

on a roll

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm really enjoying my sketchbook. I'm loving the freedom. I'm actually carrying around art materials now that haven't seen the light of day in YEARS. Today, I broke out the copic markers. I'm a little bothered by the way they bleed right through the sketchbook pages, but I'll get over it. I hope I don't snap out of this experimental sketchbook phase anytime soon.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Gouache and...

I got a bunch of gouache a while back, and it's been sitting around since. I've made an attempt to use them a few times, but I get easily turned away when the medium doesn't do what I want it to. I've gotten used to acrylic-inks and I'm pretty comfortable using them. Tonight seemed like the perfect night to give the gouache another try. This is what I came up with. "Bernadette"

This is my sketchbook work of the day.

Monday, March 07, 2011


Here's a quick sketch that I just finished.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

blue mountains

I finished this piece last night. "unmasked"

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

and then there were 2

I got this in the mail today. It's the latest cover that I worked on for Penguin. I'm really pleased with the design. If you've followed my work for awhile, you may remember this piece. The original piece is called "Birth of Color".
I'd like to thank Paul Buckley, once again, for his wonderful design work as well as having me involved in another of his projects. Thanks, Paul!!!


I thought I would give the sketchbook posts a break and post this new piece that I finished last night. "Dweller"