Apr 30, 2008


Taken to doing a few paintings recently and really getting into it. Alot of surprisingly appalling results but great fun to get paint all over the place.

Here's one:

Some more on my blog.

Anyone have the number for the Tate Modern?


sfg: imagine

SFG: Imagine

Imagine taking a leisurely stroll along Loch Ness, when suddenly...



Pigs could fly?

... in December?



Pigs could fly?
... in December?

Apr 29, 2008


imagine |||| ocell_globus

Originally uploaded by elffzart.


Human Cannonball

Illustration for a circus theme calendar

B-day Gouache Painting

Last week was my wife's birthday, so as a surprise I painted her this little gouache painting. That meant the studio was off limits for the last couple of days. I'm pleased to say she was surprisingly good about not peeking. (she's a peeker.) Gouache, 6x9 inches.

SFG - Imagine

Imagine a huge lollipop...
Anette Heiberg

Apr 28, 2008


I finished this painting last week and kinda dig it. A retro look at some serious subjects. I still dig the playfulness of it. Hope you like!

Strawberry Shortcake card design

I did this graphic approach to the Strawberry Shortcake character for a Licensing show greeting card. The original design was much more cartoony, but I went with more of a sophisticated look for a change. I really don't do a lot of graphic illustrations, but this worked.


I have decided on a new course of action. I will not post any more drawings on flickr until two weeks after they have appeared on my blog. Too many people are going directly to my flickr site to see what is going to be happening here before I have time to debut them on my site. Folks are missing out on my little tales. There are still a bunch more over there that will become blog posts but there are many new drawings I have stored up that are not going on to flickr until well after they are posts here. It is my own fault for setting this bad precedent but now it will be rectified. If you want to see what I'm up to you will have to come here first.

Apr 26, 2008

Imagine dis!

Tryin' to put together a story for this little wanker.

Goblin' Stuff

New work by Jessica Fortner.

SFG - Imagine

Imagine a world where animals weren't hunted for their fur.

Sketch for Inspire Me Thursday

This is the pencil sketch that I created for theme "Medical" on Inspire Me Thrusday. It is called A Mothers Love.

SFG: imagine

The challenge on sugarfrostedgoodness.com this week is "imagine".
what about science?
On March 5, 1983, Journey Into Imagination opened in Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center (as the theme park was known at that time). The ride began with riders boarding their omnimover vehicles that seemed to be “floating” in the clouds. The clouds would part and riders would see the silhouette of a strange blimp mixed with a vacuum cleaner and hear the humming and singing of its pilot. In the next scene, riders come right next to this vessel and the pilot, an audio-animatronic man with a red beard dressed in a blue suit and top hat. He introduces himself as the Dreamfinder (voiced by Chuck McCann) and he says that he uses his vehicle (called the Dream Mobile or Dream Catcher by some fans) to collect dreams and ideas to create all sorts of new things. Soon he creates a Figmentof his imagination: a small, purple audio-animatronic dragon (voiced by Billy Barty). [McCann and Barty previously appeared together in the 1978 film "Foul Play".] Both of them come up with ideas to fill the "idea bag". When the idea bag is full, Dreamfinder states that the ideas need to be emptied in the "Dreamport" which he states is "never far away when you use your imagination". Academy Award winners The Sherman Brothers (whose compositions include songs from Mary Poppins, Winnie The Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Disney staple "It's a Small World") wrote the song "One Little Spark", which is played throughout the entire course of the ride. This version of the ride closed on October 10, 1998 in order to begin a major renovation.
The ride reopened on October 1, 1999. This version featured Dr. Nigel Channing (played by Monty Python's
Eric Idle) and a considerably-reduced role for Figment. Figment only appeared in filmed cameos in the ride's queue area and not at all in the actual ride. And Dreamfinder? Dreamfinder was sent packing. This incarnation closed a mere two years later, on October 8, 2001 and went through another rehab.
The current version of the attraction opened on June 2, 2002. Dr. Channing was back, with an altered storyline and Figment returned with a larger role and appeared in every show scene. The song "One Little Spark" also returned with new verses. Dreamfinder, once again, is nowhere to be seen.
Dreamfinder, I believe, is living in a discarded refrigerator box beneath the water bridge that connects
Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Throw him a quarter on your next visit to Walt Disney World.

Imagine that.

Imagine, My Brando Problem

When I’m allowed the time to let my imagination drift, I imagine Marlon Brando.
Mixed media Illustration, Indian ink, Fine-liner, watercolour paper & Adobe CS3
And my Brando problem.


Click for full size.
More to come I promise! Been working on several drawings and I just got around to finishing this one off.
Link to my blog and the original B & W: http://slatermark.blogspot.com

Nerosunero and The End of the Skull Era at the Wannabee Gallery

Wannabee Gallery in Milan asked me to prepare some work for a "group exhibition" that will celebrate the "Funeral, or the End of the Skull Era".

In recent times, the gallery told me, at least since English "guru artist" Damien Hirst made his own (my comment), The Skull has become such a fashionable object that its most inner meanning has gone almost completly lost.
Now the exhibition at the Wannabee Gallery in Milan ( from May 15 2008) wil try to bring that misrepresention to an end.
My work in progress for Wannabee, if you like to get a pick of it, can be seen at wooloo.org
Though I still do not know which one to send to them!
Mario Sughi

Imagine: Atomic Sunflowers

"one day, you will know the meaning of all of this...."

Apr 25, 2008


Weird-Ass, originally uploaded by Sevensheaven design.

Every now and then I love to go experimental with some autonomous work that is not restricted by any employer's view upon what I should create.

More imagery at Sevensheaven.nl


sketchy noir lady

SFG 'Noir'


Can't seem to draw anything nice recently. This is by far one of my better sketches.


Now that Yun and I are all unpacked and settled in I have been doing a lot of painting. Not the kind you would imagine, with me standing in front of my easel but rather the kind that has my ass up on a ladder painting the walls of our new apartment. As a house painter I have mad skills. In fact I may be the best in the world. We now have twelve foot ceilings and I have painted the living room, kitchen, two bathrooms and hallways. I've done it all with a three inch brush and no drop cloth. That's right. When we left out last apartment I painted the whole thing with a small brush and no drop cloth too. I hang by one foot high over our furniture while I attempt depth defying feats of acrobatics to reach impossible spots. Perfectly edging ceilings in a single stroke. I didn't move the furniture very much and never spilled a drop. I will be glad when it is done but I amaze even myself every time I pick up a paint brush and start working. I am super fast and efficient. Soon I'll be able to return to that easel.

Apr 24, 2008

SFG: Imagine

This week's theme: Imagine

A two week challenge!

The SFG Challenge runs Thursday to Thursday, and was created to offer every member an opportunity to stretch their creative muscles, venture outside of their artistic boundaries and post their interpretations each week on a specific theme. This is a completely voluntary challenge!

Be sure to label your illustrations with the appropriate labels as well. Label your entries with your name and the challenge label, in this case SFG: Imagine

The next challenge begins Thursday, May 8th, 2008.

Thanks everyone!



A quick little illo for a story about 'bimbo culture'.

Slightly 'noir', perhaps?

Come see me ruining perfectly good canvas!

Apr 23, 2008


Just finished up a couple of unfinished pieces that were floating around my hard drive. More multiplying red cancerous creeps from the lesion of gloom.

More new posts over at my blog

SFG: Noir

No film noir is complete without a little "Red Herring."

Drawing for a children's playroom

Sleep well kiddy, sleep well :-)
Have a closer look on Flickr.

Automatic Pen

Tired of scraggly uneven lines, skewed perspectives and tilted panoramas? With this pen you can kiss all your sketch problems goodbye, the pen does all your drawing for you!

The Light's All Shining On Me

Yun and I have a friend named Peggy who loves the Grateful Dead. Personally I never liked their music but Peggy actually got me to finally see what I'd been missing. Now I dig them. It was Peggy's birthday and she was having a little party in a local bar near us. Yun knitted her a cool purple scarf. I had some free time at work that day so I did this watercolor of Jerry to give to her. It was funny because when Yun and I gave her the gifts one of Peggy's friends said loudly, "you both MADE your gifts for her!" It did kind of make us appear super human Martha Stewart like. I hadn't thought of it until that moment. It was more a coincidence that Yun and I happened to do this. When the girl said that it made it seem like we do this all of the time, which we don't. It made us feel good and I hope it made Peggy feel special.

Apr 21, 2008


I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen, knotted, polka-dotted, twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered, and confettied, bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied!
The story of the YFZ (Yearn for Zion) isolated compound in Texas has been front and center in the news for the past few weeks. One of the most intriguing parts of this story is the women of the community. Since the first pictures of the women surfaced, I know I have been fascinated by their appearance. They all seem to share similar characteristics. They are very soft-spoken. They speak slowly, deliberately and monotone. They all have that same calm and far away look in their eyes.
I have seen several television interviews with some of the women, where they were questioned about their plain, solid-colored, pastel dresses and their plain yet elaborately arranged hairstyles. One woman eerily smiled and said their clothes and hairstyles have no significance, that they make their own clothes and they all like to wear long hair.
I read a conflicting explanation. It said: "the dresses are meant to show modesty and conformity. They go down to the ankles and wrists, and are often worn over garments or pants, making sure every possibly provocative inch of skin is covered. The appearance of unity through uniform dress, however, can belie the jealousy that often arises when the women — who might all look alike to an outsider — find themselves in competition with one another over the affections of the same man. The clothing is also stitched with special markings "to protect the body and to remind you of you commitment." The report went on to explain the hairdos, saying "the women never cut their hair because they believe they will use it to wash Christ's feet during the Second Coming. A Biblical quote says a woman's hair should be her crowning glory. "

It brings to mind the Rado/Ragni lyrics....
They'll be ga-ga at the go-go
when they see me in my toga
My toga made of blond, brilliantined, Biblical hair
My hair like Jesus wore it
Hallelujah I adore it
Hallelujah Mary loved her son
Why don't my Mother love me?


I had a drawing class last Saturday where the models dressed as and reenacted Jack the Ripper. They did a fantastic job. Thought is was a perfect piece of SFG's Noir subject.
More of the sketches from that session will be posted on my blog, shortly.

Trés noir


SFG: Noir

The Red Mask

I'd like to draw a scene or two from this imaginary film if I have time.

The Lady In The Black Hat

Quite honestly I can't hear the word "noir" without immediately word-associating "film". So I am contributing my film noir-inspired "Lady In The Black Hat". I am almost certain I will have another contribution before this topic ends.

Ravel Iglehart

Apr 20, 2008

Artist's Magazine

There is an article in the new Artist's Magazine about the Portrait Party and Rama Hughes. I am also mentioned.
There is a little blurb on me at The Design Files.
I also got a mention on NotCot.org.