“Catalina”

“Catalina”

A relatively simple and traditional Day of the Dead portrait, this image still had enough requisite detail to keep me busy! Because of that, I didn't feel compelled to belabor the background too much. The name is a not-so-subtle allusion to catrina, which is synonymous in Mexico with the skeletal death figures associated with Dia de los Muertos (and is…
“Sea Turtle”

“Sea Turtle”

I'm definitely an animal person, in that I appreciate the myriad creatures that populate this planet—both as pets/companions, as well as a more emotionally-distant (yet equally strong) scientific vantage point. This appreciation has always extended to my artistic pursuits, as animals (particularly sea life) were the subjects of my first drawings as a child. I enjoy depicting animals with a…
“Rita’s Garden”

“Rita’s Garden”

I decided to revisit the "Rita" character I had done a couple years back. It bore a resemblance to the well-known Mexican artist (and culture icon) Frida Kahlo, so I based this depiction on one of the most iconic photos of Frida. I also made several other visual homages to her artwork in the background - lush foliage and thorns.…
“Julius”

“Julius”

I had been wanting to do a New Orleans-themed couple for a while, as well as incorporate some ethnic diversity beyond the Latino and white (but occasionally Asian) people most of my Day of the Dead stuff features. I went with a vintage style for the clothes and hairstyle and incorporated some tombs and graveyards of New Orleans. And the…
“Penny”

“Penny”

I'd wanted to do a pin-up Day of the Dead girl for a while, as well as indulge my interest in 1950's culture. I've never been much of a car guy, but I do appreciate the art and craftsmanship of classic American cars, so I threw some in there, including a beautiful Chevy Bel-Air. This was the first time I've…
“Reina II”

“Reina II”

The first "Reina" was one of my first Day of the Dead pieces, and I wanted to revisit the buxom character with an updated look. I liked the idea of presenting her as if some time had passed, thus the elaboration on her tattoos. I enjoyed depicting a more interesting angle and lighting source, and overall the piece is a…
“Gurita”

“Gurita”

This piece combined my interests in the female form, animals, and mythological creatures (medusas/mermaids). I've always liked the idea of mermaids that are based on other sea creatures besides fish. I went all-out with the detail, which is exhausting and time-consuming, but there is also a nearly meditative quality to the repetition. It's more a matter of filling in details…
“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…