Posts Tagged ‘2012’

By now most of you realize that my artwork tends to lean toward the dark, fantastical, surreal, sexy, and graphic. This is because that’s generally how I see things in my head and the visuals I enjoy creating. However, I also have a wide variety of really cute ideas in my head, and every once in a while someone will ask me to create something that fits right along those lines.

This one in particular was a commission by a teenager for one of her friends. She asked for a standard paper size and had a limited budget to work with, but wanted to have a picture of an elephant holding a camera. I told her I could probably do something that would work for her. She kind of squee’d a little when she saw the finished piece and it made me happy. Here’s to hoping you squee as well.


Didn’t get a chance to scan it as I finished it while I was away for holiday vacation with family, so this is a camera shot. But you get the idea. Cute and huggable.

Now, for those of you out there who say you’d like to see more cute stuff from me, commission it and I will create it, deal?

Firstly, my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary in November, shortly before Thanksgiving. For their anniversary they invited their 4 children with spouses, and me, as I’m the eldest grandchild and still the only one able to drink legally. (way to go me!)

Now, every year at Thanksgiving, my family does a grab bag to see who will be getting a gift for whom on Xmas. It’s a fairly big family, and we all still give a little something here and there, but the grab bag is for a $50 gift so it’s a little more of an investment and takes some thought. This year, my mom got my grandmother, and I got my grandfather in the grab bag, so I asked my mom if she would go halves on a nice frame job for a portrait I would paint of my grandparents. She said yes, and I started working.

Fortunately my aunt was able to provide me with a bunch of really good pictures of the both of them, as well as their wedding picture. I also chatted with my mom a bit and found out that my grandparent’s honeymoon was in Paris, and they haven’t been back there since. So I whipped up a rough sketch to figure out the size, and set to painting. Originally I was going to do a full on detailed portrait of the two of them in Paris, but I started to realize that they might appreciate it if I took a few years off of them, left out a few wrinkles, and did the portrait of them as I see them still.

Here’s the piece, possibly still in progress pre-framing.


Just before Christmas, my mother, sister, and I went to the local Michael’s craft store on Long Island (I kind of love those places and have since I was a kid). Originally I was going to have it framed at some place near me closer to the city, but was concerned I might break it traveling out there, so waited on it. We were fortunate enough at the store to get the help of a very nice salesperson in the framing department. She custom cut the mat to my specifications, and helped us find a frame at a suitable size to what we were looking for. And,… we were just slightly over our budget, but well worth it. Here’s what the piece looked like after i finished framing it Xmas eve.


Definitely looks good. Applied an archival sealant, archival matting tape and all the fixings. On Christmas day, the look on everyone’s face, especially my grandfather’s was well worth the effort and expense, and very much reminded me of something I seemed to have forgotten. The coolest gifts aren’t the ones you buy at a store, but the ones that you invest time and work into creating from nothing.

Happy holidays everyone.

This is definitely the first time I’ve ever been asked to create a comic book character and/or football poster in one.  So, when you see the image you may get the hint that someone is both a Hulk fan, and a Raiders fan. Was asked to mingle the two. played with a few sketch concepts, including the hulk tackling other players (read: stampeding over other players), hulking out and tearing through a jersey, playing in a jersey/bellyshirt looking thing, and even a few sketches of him with a helmet. The last one kind of made him look like a topless space marine from the Warhammer 40k series, so was quickly cut.

Decided on a straight forward, fairly simple approach of the hulk running through a wall with a stadium just barely visible in the background. Was originally going to have a series of broken players behind him, but decided to soften the image up and make it family friendly,… well, at least as family friendly as a giant green dude raging through a wall can be. From what I understand it was well received and enjoyed by the new owner.

Now I’m kind of wondering if I’ll end up doing a Superman in Giants gear…. hrm….

Anyway, here’s the image. Enjoy.


Very comic looking I know, seems my work translates well to comic art, go figure…

First of all, I don’t often do political work, or even anything related to current events, unless I feel especially strong toward it. The last issue I can recall creating a reactionary piece for was directly after the BP oil disaster of the southern coast of the United States. (yeah, was a while ago). Now that you realize how uncommon this is for me to do, I’m going to also state that I will not be tagging this artwork with anything to connect to the event it relates to it in searches, as I do not want additional traffic to my site simply because this is in the news. I want no additional popularity by attaching myself to events like this, leeches like that disgust me, and this is simply an expression of my own, regarding how I felt about what was happening.

The reason for this image being created was because a friend on my personal facebook page read a post I wrote, and asked me if I was going to create any visuals to go with it. Here’s what I posted on my page Friday afternoon after hearing the news that is now infamous across the US. NSFW language was involved, I apologize to those sensitive to such things. Image at the end of the writing.


This will be my only post related to this as I’ve already heard about it enough from both sides. However, here’s what I have to say to those who are willing to read it.

First of all, for those of you who would try to use this as an excuse to point fingers at anyone, flat out, fuck you. I don’t care what you are trying to say, people and children lost their lives and you’re trying to use it as an advancement for your own ideals without knowing anything else about the situation? Yeah, fuck you and fuck the pulpit you are preaching from.

Now that that is out of the way.

My stance on this is that a young man who had any number of mental issues, killed a number of people. The only way to prevent these kind of things from happening is through social services who counsel and help young people in difficult times. Those trained professionals would be in a situation to recognize a propensity for violent behavior, and get those in need advanced treatment or institutionalization.

Eliminating firearms and the 2nd amendment will not stop people from killing people. It will instead prevent those who would legally obtain firearms from being able to protect their homes and families. Criminals will do what they always do, and will either illegally obtain firearms, or find alternative methods of violence. Be that bombs from homemade materials, vehicles, fire, knives, etc. Violence will happen regardless of the method unless you treat the problem at it’s core.

You don’t put a band aid on a broken leg. Fix the real problems first.

I’m done. If you agree, swell. If you disagree, piss off. This isn’t a debate, I’m stating my opinion, so if you don’t agree, just click the back button and move on.

Thank you.
To those in Connecticut dealing with the tragedy, and the families affected by this horrendous act, my heart goes out to you, and I wish you all the best during this time. To everyone else, hug your loved ones, kiss them and tell them you love them.”

The image itself is a display of what I saw in my head while reading news about how people had already started the blame game, I’ve read anything from “those of you who dont want to give up your guns, this blood is on your hand” to “this is a direct example of how turning war into a game desensitizes people into killing machines”. Each more and more ridiculous. Anyone who was willing to start that garbage before these children, teachers, and their families had even had a chance to get past the shock of what had just happened, to me was just trying to capitalize on something awful by pushing forward their own ideas. As you can see from the above writing, it’s not the kind of action I expect from anyone with any decency to them.

That is all. If one person out there appreciates the image, and understands the reason behind it, that is more than I ask. I simply needed to get this one out. Purely reactive.

My heart still goes out to the families and the lost.

Busy month so far, but here’s a good one to whet your whistle.

Tuesday of this previous week I started an illustration project for Brutal Bitches Productions, a metal music concert organizing company based out of the Bronx. Was told to do something with a sexy metal chick, surrounded by carnage. But had to do it in a way that there would be enough room for the band logos and event info to not completely block the imagery.
Send one sketch, that was rejected, so then sent this one as a thumbnail, and got an okay to work with it.

“Just make it sexy, add some decapitations, and monsters, okay?”

I think I should have no problem with that, *wicked smile*. Have I mentioned that I love what I do?



Next step was some rough sketching and then adding ballpoint linework over the pencil so I could erase and have a clean working surface, so that line art became this….




The original idea was to stick to a mostly black and white image to make it very bold, and include some splashes of color, so I started working in my shading using varying grays. Pretty much just acrylic washes of payne’s gray to build up what I wanted it to look like in a basic sense.



Then,… well it was decided that full color would be so much cooler as the band logos look pretty crazy in color and the illustration had to work with them and not be completely obscured by them. So started laying in color washes over the gray shading, and that ended up coming out along these lines.



A few more washes to close out some of the white spots and darken some spots I wanted to set back, and then the next real part was the outlines in micron on the things that were more foreground prevalent. Basically the outlines on the figure (Metal Goddess) and her hair were in black micron, which is basically like a really fine tipped marker for line art. The background buildings and figures got touched up with more ballpoint so as not to compete too much with the foreground.



The last thing I did before sending it off to BBP was to adjust the levels digitally so the dark parts were even darker and the color a little sharper. For illustration projects I generally go this route, because that way I’m not physically working everything so dark that it can’t be changed if necessary.

After sending the file on Thursday, yes Tuesday night til Thursday morning, was a quick turnaround for this piece (read: very little sleep) had to wait til today to see the fully edited version. With the colors and the logos it looks pretty sick indeed. All in all cool project with a fun conclusion. Hopefully the event is as metal as the poster.  \m|_    Like BrutalBitchesOnFacebook     _|m/


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So there is a company called KidRobot that makes these pretty fun little toys called Munny figures, blank white vinyl toys that you can sculpt on, paint on, draw on, cut, carve, etc. Since I’ve got a few of these (and some roseart color blanks) I’ve been playing around with different ideas for them.

This time I worked on a Foomi, which is a Munny with flame like head shape and a little tail. I like devils and demons for my art, so it was pretty much destined to happen.

Here’s a collection of shots. Some work in progress images, some collages of imagery, and a couple playful images… Cuz that’s how I roll.











Buahahahahaha. Happy Halloween all. Yes I know this is a day late, but seeing as Halloween was effectively cancelled for a lot of us in NY, particularly those in NYC, I think it’s alright that I’m a touch behind on this. Enjoy.

JG out.


Tomorrow in wiliamsburg will be the last show of the season for the summer music and art gatherings put in by Music-Kin. I’ll be showing some work there with a number of great artists, enjoying brunch and drink while listening to live music. Come out and celebrate the closing of the season, enjoy art, and what is supposed to be a beautiful day.
See you there.

JG out.


Put on the headphones to block out the world, a necessity to stay sane during insane times.

Been planning out some more JDGAF comics, probably have enough to run for a few weeks by the end of the month. So those of you who have been enjoying those comics will have more to enjoy. Was doodling this fella today, a future character possibly. Made me think of the way we block out a lot of things by going into our own world, be it via music, creating art, playing games, watching movies, etc. Sometimes these escapes are necessary to avoid the stresses of modern society and the world. But sometimes our salvation from things becomes a trap in itself, blinding us from experiencing life.
Not saying this is a certainty for everyone, just observations and ideas expressed in my art (which is pretty much how that goes from me anyway) hope you enjoy.

Also, just got about 6 new skateboards I’ll be priming soon and getting painted over the next few months.

Check back soon, more coming.

JG out.

Was recently requested to do a small piece of either France or Italy. Decided to go with the one closer to my own ancestry, and who’s food I greatly prefer. Checked out a bunch of imagery on different locations, landmarks, etc, and finally decided to settle on something water heavy at night, so wound up with the Venice Canals.
Since most of my work these days is more figurative and either surreal or fantasy based, this was a nice relaxing change of pace. Decided to not include any people in it, and instead keep the image as a simple landscape in the evening.  Also worked with my acrylics more watery than usual and think that the different approach gave the overall piece a more watercolor feel than I usually get. Works for the vibe in this one I think.

First image is of what the piece would look like framed to the intended 5″ x 7″ dimensions.

The second image is without the cropping, showing the end of the paint lines as opposed to the end of the original dimensions. It’s about an added half to three quarters inch in overall width and height, but I personally hope that the new owner decided to frame it in a way that will show the edge of the paint rather than cut at the edges. It is however, entirely their decision, but I personally like the messy edges, more my speed.

Anyway, this is a piece that I finished not too long ago and only recently got around to adding up. Enjoy, and check back soon. More coming up.
JG out.

oooooh, feeling a little frustrated with technology right now. Wrote the post out and then had the publish option crash,…. grrr.
Anyways, computers as the bane of humanity aside. These are some updates to my series Mine.Mind, an ongoing (although slowly growing) series that I started in 2010, ignored through most of 2011 due to work, and have recently been getting back into. For the full view of the series, and to find out more about what it’s about, either go up to the galleries/drawings/Mine.Mind tab on here, or if you don’t want to move the mouse too much, just click here.

Here are the newest pieces added to the series this year.

Mine.Mind IX

Surreal work that originated from a rough sketch of a giant snail like creature. This became more of a shelled seahorse, flower mouthed, eyeball creature,…. Dunno, blame the randomness of my mind for this. Quirky, strange, and the first MM piece I’d done in over a year, so not a bad way to start up the rekindling of weirdness.

Mine.Mind X

Back to the more abstract for this one. Decided that as the tenth image I would play around with some different techniques. Added in the ink washes for tone (also, you may have noticed that I enjoy doing ink work), and have some mixed feelings on the results in this one as I spent too much of my time limit noodling in pencil. Learning experience as a whole.

Mine.Mind XI

More surrealist figures, This one has actually been sitting half finished for a while, due to distractions of other projects going on in my life. Finally got to finish it just the other day and actually enjoyed it a lot. Got me re-invigorated on this series to the point where I want to work on at least one every so often to really keep it going and see what comes of it.

Will see what I can do with that.

Check out the rest of the series as linked above. And check back soon as I have a few of the JDGAF comics sitting and waiting for me to finish them up a bit so i can upload them and keep that story going. Just have to get my way through some commissions, tattoo designs, paintings, drawings, murals, etc….. Being a bit of an artwhore gets tiring after a while, but I’m lucky enough to absolutely love what I do. Thanks for stopping in.
JG out.