“Snowy Owl”

“Snowy Owl”

Another entry in (what is becoming) a series on owls. Although I've drawn other birds here and there, owls seem to be a recurrent theme with me. I'm not completely sure what the basis of my fixation is, but it's probably in line with humanity's overall fascination with owls. Of all birds, I think all the various cultures of the…
“The Floating Coffin”

“The Floating Coffin”

I've done many Day of the Dead pieces in the past few years, but this is the first that incorporates coffin imagery. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while, but didn't quite have a concept. There's just something hauntingly beautiful about caskets to me, and I wanted to visually communicate that. This is the largest drawing I've…
“Digitalia”

“Digitalia”

This was a digital piece I did as part of a group art show put on by Art Plus Wood, a local printing/art seller I had partnered with. The show took place nearby world famous San Diego Comic Con (in both time and location), so the overall theme of the show was comics/film/pop culture. I chose to combine Day of…
“Serpienta”

“Serpienta”

Medusa(s) have gradually become one of my favorite subject matters  for various reasons. The mythological origin of it appeals to me, as well as the female aspect, and the fusion of human and animal forms is visually fascinating. Add to that some Day of the Dead flavoring, and you've got an Ivins bonanza! Not since "Valentina" have I poured so…
Pacific San Diego Magazine Cover

Pacific San Diego Magazine Cover

This  was the cover illustration for Pacific San Diego Magazine's Art Issue. They wanted some graffiti-themed art that would reference some local San Diego landmarks. I wanted to connect these themes as well as illustrate the underground, sometimes subversive nature of graffiti art in general. Placing the art beneath the Coronado Bridge served both needs, and draws (heh) a nice…
“Marcos”

“Marcos”

Roughly one year after I made "Luna," I decided to do a male companion piece. At that time the mixed media process I used to create it was a departure for me, and I replicated it for this one - pencils, markers, colored pencils, acrylic and digital. It's a little more time-consuming than my normal process, but I enjoy the…
“Like Mother’s Milk”

“Like Mother’s Milk”

This is a continuation of my recent "Evil Friends" piece. I guess something about the character struck a chord with me, and is yet another opportunity to spoof/skewer (skoofer?) 1950's suburban Americana.
“Rita”

“Rita”

This was a fun, fairly quick project I started at the Day of the Dead Festival in Old Town, San Diego. Obviously, that time of the year is big and busy for me, and for some weeks leading up to the holiday, I had been feeling a little worn out on Dia-related art. But the great (and at times exhausting)…
“Corazones”

“Corazones”

Although there is a pervasive oddness to my work, I haven't dabbled much in actual surrealism (even though I identify with the lowbrow/pop surrealism movement). My work (and brain) tends to be fairly literal-minded, grounded mostly in a stylized reality save for a divergent detail or two. With this piece, a concept I had in mind for a while, I…
“Evil Friends”

“Evil Friends”

Another entry in my music-inspired "Artistic Audities" series, this is an illustration of the title track off Portugal. The Man's latest album. The indie rock band, despite its bafflingly obtuse name has quickly become one of my favorite groups in the past few years. Evil Friends is arguably their strongest, most cohesive album to date and contains an above average…