"the Chaos Within" -traditional media on paper approx. 17" x 23"

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on an olive green colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

This is a portrait of my wife Katelyn. The various gauges read emotional states as well as sensory input. The hole within the forhead reveals an empty brain pan, and is surrounded by a stylized choas symbol. There are many overt as well as subtle symbolic references within the piece.

I spent approximately 60 hours drawing.


 

"the Sullen Automaton" -traditional media on paper approx. 18" x 23"

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on a blue colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

This is a self-portrait from when I was in a very dark head space during the Recession of '09. We lost our business, our house, and went through a bankruptcy all in one year: I felt very much like a puppet dancing to things out of my control.

With this piece, I concentrated on keeping the details tight and crisp with lots of subtle gradations within the highlights and shadows. I spent approximately 50 hours drawing.


 

"the Oracle of July " -traditional media on paper approx. 14" x 30"

Of not so recent interest, this piece won the juried Best in Show award at the 2013 Gearcon in Portland, OR.

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on an olive-green colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

It is a portrait of my wife Katelyn (her birthday is in July). The four gauges on the bottom are labeled with the four Humours of historic medicine: Phlegmatic, Choleric, Sanguine, and Melancholic. Historically, the combinations of these four bodily fluid states will derive any and all personality conditions. The gauge on the forehead indicates the Menstruation Cycle.

So, in essence, a careful read of all five gauges will indicate the mood of the woman ensconced within the wall.


 

"These Chains That Bind" -traditional media on paper approx. 18" x 32"

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on a brown colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

This is an apparatus that is mechanically tied to the spirit world. Push rods are connected to the proddings of Heaven and Hell, mechanically tipping the central disc up or down which is engraved with the Chakra symbol of "Heart".

Upon reading the device, one can quickly ascertain the influence of good and evil upon ones soul.

I spent an inordinate amount of time ensuring that the drawing would mechanically function: the viewer can literally follow the linkages down and around thru their pivots and into the bevel gears, to be mechanically sound. I loathe artwork that is nothing but a symbol of a machine: nothing functions, the gear pitches don't match, the linkages and gear trains go nowhere and do nothing.


 

"Megrim" -traditional media on paper approx. 18" x 32"

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on a dark turquoise colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

A piece that began as an exercise in dramatic composition evolved into a self portrait representing the chaos of my life during the six months leading into Spring of 2017.


 

"Aperture" -traditional media on paper approx. 18" x 32"

This is a drawing done with a white colored pencil and a collection of grayscale markers on a dark green colored illustration board. The paper color provides the mid-tone value.

This is the third drawing using this technique, and as I was still developing/exploring the breadth of the mediums potential it is still rather coarse in its execution.

This piece explores Victorian embellishment mixed with fanciful clockwork.