Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bill Murray!!

Today is a special day. Why? Because it's Bill Murray's BIRTHDAY! The great one is 64 today. Bill Murray is on my list of top celebrities to meet. I'd die. I wish he would show up and crash a party I was at. Of course, I'd have to actually attend parties for that to happen. #recluse. I spent the evening doing some sketches and went with this Steve Zissou one. I was going to do it in illustrator, but instead decided to just color it in Photoshop WITH the help of Matt Benyo because apparently I don't know what I'm doing at all. One of these days I'm going to make something on my own, but really I'm gracious that I have someone to help me and critique my stuff. Bill Murray, I love you. Happy Birthday. I'm sure it will be as wild as you are.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jeremy & Kari.

Matt Benyo and I were honored to have been asked to create the Save the Dates for our dear friends, Jeremy Cappello and Kari Ennis. I've been friends with Jeremy since 2002 and I've known Kari since middle school. I couldn't be happier for the two of them as they prepare for their trip to the altar. It has been an exciting ride thus far and when I met with them to discuss Save The Date ideas, we chose this one involving Detroit. They are getting married at the beautiful Colony Club and I wanted to capture the area. There was so much preliminary work that went into this. I'll include some of the building sketches, but I drew 20 heads for each of them and these were the ones they chose. After I drew everything, Matt Benyo took it into Photoshop and brought it to life. He was also responsible for all of the calligraphy and the beautiful J&K symbol. We received these in the mail YESTERDAY and I ran out to the mailbox like a 10 year old. It was so exciting opening it and having a tangible copy!! Next will be the invitations; PRESSURE IS ON! Matt and I are both really proud of what we created and Jeremy and Kari have both commended our efforts. I am so excited for this wedding because I know it's going to be special for two very special people that I get to call my friends. Here's to Jeremy and Kari! I urge you to click to enlarge because there's a ton of detail.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Warner Blvd!

This is the cover Matt Benyo and I created for Neon Hitch's single, Warner Blvd! When we met Neon back in April, I told her manager I was an artist and before we left, she asked if I was really serious about doing some art and of course I was! So, she gave me her card. I went back to Matt's and (with a kick in the pants from Matt) I came up with sketches and this is the one Neon went nuts about. So, together, we fleshed this thing out. I did all of the drawing and Matt made it look insane with the colors and edits. There are so many subliminal things in this piece and we are both so proud of it. Neon went nuts when we showed it to her in New York (this was when we worked on it at the bar with her) and it's finally getting some air and going around with the single. Team work makes the dream work! CLICK TO ENLARGE!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

RIP Joan Rivers.

We were driving to get Matt's oil changed and he said, "You know, Joan Rivers is probably going to die." You know, I don't think Joan Rivers went into this thinking she wasn't going to wake up and that scares me. Joan Rivers was a ball of fire. A pistol. Will her shoes ever be filled? RIP Joan Rivers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Memory.

It was Andy Warhol's birthday so I drew this and then Robin Williams died so I drew him as well. It's unfortunate that the greats leave us too soon. We should recognize people's greatness while they are still around so they can revel in the appreciation.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wrestling in 1999.

For the past 2 weeks, I've been laboring away on this giant piece. I used expo markers on a dry erase board to create the magic of WWF wrestling circa 1999. Now, I did leave off a few key wrestlers and I am sad I didn't get around to finishing them, but I got most of them AND I am aware that King and JR should be switched (Thanks, Matt Benyo), but after I drew them I didn't want to redraw them. I really like how this turned out. I've gotten better with the expo marker (see my first expo collage from 3 years ago: Harry Potter) and I am proud of this. Here I am, standing next to it for size comparison, holding the Sword of Destiny and rockin the pack. If you're down with this collage, give me a HELL YEAH! Click to enlarge for details!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ramones & Clowns.

What have I been up to? Drawing and painting. I heard Tommy Ramone died on the radio a few days ago. He was the last original member of The Ramones! That's wild. We're all getting old. Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. LIFE. So, I drew this little tribute up today and posted it. I like it; especially the hair. I used micron pens. Additionally, I painted a vintage clown using watercolor and it's pretty alright. Still around. Still making art. If you want some, HOLLER. As always, click to enlarge!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


It was Matt Benyo's golden birthday yesterday and I slaved away on his birthday card. He loves Spider-Man. I used cut paper, cardboard, micron pens, and dental floss for the web! He really liked it (despite knowing that I'd pick Spider-Man). We try to go all out for each other's birthday cards because it's a pretty big deal.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mick!

Today is Mick Foley's 49th birthday so I am celebrating accordingly. I drew this for him yesterday and Matt Benyo came up with the clever phrasing. Mick Foley is one of the kindest people I've ever met with a heart of gold and he has been entertaining all of us for ages. I hope he has the best birthday ever.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Digital Witness.

GUYS, I'M STILL HERE. I am still making art. I present you with some random sketches that feature Brittany from Delta Rae, Spider Man, Norman Bates, and Matt Benyo's lips. I also did a blind contour sketch of St. Vincent! Then I went back in and added the details while looking. I am really happy with it even though Matt Benyo doesn't dig it. St. Vincent is strange, but she's also hypnotizing because I can't look away and her song Digital Witness will not leave my head. Check it out. THIS IS MY 666th POST!! SAIL HATAN! Click to enlarge!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The 86th Oscars!

It is time for the Academy Awards and I couldn't be happier. This year, Matt Benyo and I, have been especially busy. We saw all but 2 of the movies nominated. We didn't get around to seeing Nebraska and we chose not to see Wolf of Wall Street because 3 hours of Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio sounds like hell. Over the past 2 days, I've been working on this. It took me 9 hours. I sketched in pencil and used a Micron in my Moleskin. I wanted to draw someone from each of the movies nominated for best picture. Some of the drawings are good; some aren't, but I'm proud of what I did. Also, Matt Benyo got into the drawing/Oscar spirit and came up with this clever drawing of Elsa from Frozen and said that she needs to win so she can unfreeze the Earth. He's so crazy! Click to enlarge to read the speech bubbles and see the details AND thanks to Matt Benyo for editing the last Oscar drawing/picture because he's so much better at editing than I will ever be.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

So Long, Sochi!

With the 2014 Winter Olympics coming to a close, I thought illustrating a Russian icon would be apropos. I have always wanted to draw St. Basil's Cathedral, but never got around to doing it. I only just realized yesterday the Olympics ended today so this was fate. I watched the Olympics off and on. I never realized how many people were obsessed with them. I am just excited for Late Night with Seth Meyers because he's going to knock that show outta the park. I digress, I drew this using a 01 Micron Pen and then used this awesome pen I found on the ground at Cranbrook to color it. It's a little guy, but I like the way it turned out. Click to enlarge!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

98: Attitude Era.

I used to roll my eyes when Matt Benyo would sit around with our friends talking about how awesome wrestling used to be. Wrestling was never something that appealed to me. I think that's because in my mind, wrestling was synonymous with rednecks in wife beaters. However, this has all changed. Matt Benyo has every WWF wrestling event from 1998 and he's in the process of acquiring 1999 and beyond. I have to say, I'm like a 10 year old boy right now. It's a world I never knew existed. I have absolutely no idea what the target demographic is for wrestling because as far as I can tell, anyone and everyone is in the audience. I laugh every time someone runs past with their sign up. The SIGNS. Those are one of my favorite things! However, there is nothing cooler to me than Stone Cold Steve Austin. What a BA. He's the real people's champ. I get so pumped up. He's my hero. I love his interactions with Vince McMahon. He makes wrestling worth watching. My second favorite wrestler is Mick Foley. That guy has such heart, passion, and character. DX is moving up on the list. They just dressed like The Nation last night and made fun of them in the ring and that was hysterical. Oh and Al Snow! He's something else! I love the heart all of these guys have and their commitment to their characters and craft. Basically, I misjudged wrestling and I'm getting into the attitude era 16 years after it was popular, but this is quite a ride and I'm loving it. So, I'm still working on trying to master drawing Stone Cold, but here are some drawings I have done. Click to enlarge CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fave Movies.

In case you're not hip enough to have an instagram (or simply don't want one), you've been missing out on some prized pieces from yours truly. I use 'prized' loosely because singularly, each of these drawings sucks, but together, they rule. I did a couple collages of a few of my favorite movies: Moonrise Kingdom and Jurassic Park. More to come, but after this next phase: WRESTLING.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Post-It Notes.

I've been having a field day with Matt Benyo. We have been trying to sell Pocket Portraits (TM). They're post-it portraits for $5. I draw them and Matt Benyo edits them and makes them look amazing. The one I did of Matt Benyo is the most recent. Matt Benyo also added a whole new header to my blog (see above)! Here is giant compilation of what we've done (Kory drew me in the last row, 2nd in). Matt Benyo did an incredible portrait of Meryl Streep (2nd row, 3rd in) and then I tried to draw it and FAILED (2nd row, 2nd in). Click to enlarge!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Buffy SUCKS!

Just kidding. She really doesn't, but she is IMPOSSIBLE to draw. Matt Benyo is taking a life drawing class and it is awesome because it inspires me to draw, but I digress. Sarah Michelle Gellar is hard to draw and that is why I say she sucks. We've started watching Buffy again on this new network called Pivot. It rules.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


A friend of mine, Rolando, has a sticker company called Stickrmada and he can customize any design you want! He took the lil party bot and gave him life! If you're interested in your own, let me know and I'll put you in touch with him.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Wild West!

My computer is temporarily out of commission and I am depressed about it. Here is the last drawing I am mustering up for 2013. It's a cowboy. The picture on the left was my inspiration for my drawing. I really dig the little guy. I used different colored ink pens to make him. Giddy'up!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Tonight is the biggest party night of the year, but I don't party. I mean, I party, but in the way of trivia and sitting in Matt Benyo's basement in a snuggie watching non-Jennifer Lawrence movies. So, in honor of the partying that's going down tonight, I made the lil party robot. I used illustrator and wanted to evoke a sense of fun mixed with childish wonder with the color (and I hope it makes you smile). Remember guys, you can have all the fun you want, but you gotta be safe. Party on, party bot.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Grand Count.

I drew this, inked it, nibbed it, and photoshopped the background/white of the collar. I wish I could properly name this. I don't even know what it's from. I like it though.