Bugs

 


Bugs, is a series of six small mixed media works that chronicle the worlds six deadliest bugs that take more human lives than others.


Here are a few close ups of the small 3 x 5 hand stretched canvases and the combination of acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, pencil, and oil crayon.




Indian Red Scorpion

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are about 1,500 species of scorpions in the world, which only a few dozen of those are venomous. The Indian red scorpion is the most lethal of all. 

In some parts of the world, up to 40 percent of stung victims succumb to death. This scorpion is a major problem in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 

Scorpions are usually shy, nocturnal arachnids but will sting when threatened. The Indian Red Scorpion is more of a problem because of it's common contact with human inhabitants.



Honey Bee

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Anaphylactic shock is the killer when it comes to the humble honey bee, and about 80 percent of those who die are human males according to several studies. 


There are over 1000 deaths a year from the typical honey bee.


While the sting of any type of bee, hornet, or wasp can induce an allergic reaction, it doesn't usually end in death.



Tsetse Fly

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Native to tropical Africa, these big, biting flies spread the parasitic infection that causes African sleeping sickness.

It's a disease that is 100 percent fatal without treatment, and the treatment itself is notoriously difficult. There are drugs, but they must be administered with great care, and parasite resistance to them is always a risk.



Kissing Bug

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are over 120 members of a subfamily of Triatominae. They are also known as kissing bugs or vampire bugs for their tendency to bite humans around the soft tissue of the mouth. 

The insects are found in 28 states in the U.S. However, the ones here carry Chagas disease infrequently and the cases in the U.S. are thought to have originated in Central America, where it is endemic. 

Chagas kills about 12,000 people annually worldwide.



Mosquito

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

One of the deadliest insects is, in fact, one of the deadliest critters in the entire animal kingdom. It is the mosquito, which kills more than 700,000 people every year world wide.

Mosquitos can host a range of nasty diseases, including Malaria, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Zika, Chikungunya, and Lymphatic Filariasis. 

Malaria is the big one: In 2017, roughly 435,000 people died of the disease worldwide. That’s one person every 30 seconds. Get out the bug spray!



Covid

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021


Unfortunately, we have all had encounters with the coronavirus bug. Some of us more than others ( I am sorry) it is a known fact that this terrifying virus strain has claimed over 3 million lives on this planet. Can we ever stop it?


(Although, technically not a bug, it has been referred to as a bug such as the flu or common cold.)


This series will be exhibited later this year internationally.




Traductor

 



Traductor, is a series of five small works based on the idea of a universal translator for all of humanity. Each of these works depicts Five basic things every human on earth needs to survive, with a statement on how we've changed them to suit our own needs for better or worse. 

From a simple hut to keep us safe from the elements, to a Miami mega-mansion are just a few of the images that construe this idea.

Each piece is created using mixed media collage techniques, hand drawings, paint and 3d sculpture mounted on hand stretched canvas. Combined, these methods make a compelling image come alive.

These works will be on display at the Roco Exhibit in Rochester, New York Starting June 1, through July 21, 2021.


Food
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Water
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Shelter
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Energy
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021


Education
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021


The Future

 

What started out as an idea for future technologies, turned into mock up advertisements for one of my books Prisoner of the Mind.

Terralift
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019

The artwork is digitally created in black and white. Imagine picking up your favorite magazine and flipping over one of these ads.

Terralift is the idea of an elevator to space. This time it is right into a space hotel. This makes perfect sense, because it has been discussed that what will push humanity further into space technologies is space tourism.


Neuromem
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Each piece is to push the boundaries of current technology into viable options that would be available sometime in the near future.



Terralift
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


One of the most interesting things I am fascinated with is memory enhancement. Which is now becoming more and more realistic.



Endura Coat
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019



B-Girl
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019



Anigrav Shoes
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Nano Nails
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Neo-Retro
10 x 8
Digital Print
2019


More about this project here





Alba An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept Art

 


Alba is a mischievous little character. He is always getting into everything and appears to be extremely friendly unless you get too close then he bites.

More about this work here.


Ador An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept

 


Ador, is a chameleon like creature that lives in the twilight between the grasslands and the forest of Antiquity. They are shy creatures that seem to be highly intelligent. Their strength is the ability to blend in with their surroundings, making them very hard to see in the wild.




More about this work here.


Miles and Myrna An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept


This is the final composition of this shot. Miles and Myrna heading in to town for some supplies. The background is an HDR, hand painted photograph I took in the woods near Lake Placid, New York.

 

Here is a working close up of Myrna, trying to get all of the facial hair going in the right direction before I hit the hard spots.


With the high resolution scan of the drawing done, now I can work out the color palette of these characters. 


As I have said before, everything starts off as a drawing. I have gone straight to digital before, but I prefer to sketch everything out on paper first. The reworking is a better workflow for my style.

More about this work here.

Nuntis An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept Art

 


Nuntis, is a Sun Wolf, and is also known as a hell bee by the locals in the grasslands. He only serves one master.





More about this project here



Mordrake from pencil drawing to digital paint


If it's one thing I enjoy it's seeing the process shots of conceptual art, including my own work. There are many times that I need to take a step back just get a good look at something to make sure I'm on the right track.


Mordrake, king of the Razor moths wields his tyrannical power over the inhabitants of the Gora forest. There is much to say about this notorious king, but that must wait for another time.



Everything starts as a pencil sketch. Part of my process is to start with traditional sketches, building an idea into a character while considering their story at the same time. This drawing, once finalized is scanned at a high resolution and then digitally painted.






An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept Art Luna Tera

 

Luna Tera, lives a quiet and peaceful life on the outskirts of the grasslands. He hasn't seen many strangers in the time he's lived there, which makes him very curious about the travelers passing through these parts. Most are afraid of this reclusive creature, but he only eats leaves.

Luna Tera


6 x 9


Limited edition print on archival paper, signed and numbered on the back.
This character painting is a combination of hand drawn artwork combined with digital painting and photography manipulation. This is one in a series of experimental character design for a new graphic novel Grasspeople.


More about this work here.