Sep 30, 2008


I made this quick illustration for a friend from Spain. She is having a baby and I made her a onesie.
I posted some more pictures in my blog.


One of the things i like the most about México is the fact of the culture and all of the legacy we have in our past. And it is great because is a neverending fountain of inspiration.

Here is a "Guerrero Jaguar" with several allusive icons of the prehispanic culture.

Hope you like it...Best, Choper!

Sep 29, 2008


Sorry to be serious for a moment but this concerns all of us!

Hey friends....I hope you can give us artists a hand on this issue. It is time sensitive, urgent and critical that as many people as possible speak up. The financial crisis is providing cover so this bill is able to sneak through.

Because of the scramble on the bail-out bill, this Orphan Works bill was passed in the Senate under the radar. It's about our copy rights for visual artists, writers, photographers and songwriters...anyone in the creative field. If this Orphan Works bill passes through the House , we artists will be obliged to pay Google, directly or indirectly, $200 for each piece, song, image, etc. we create in order to protect our copyright.

At this time, all we have to do is sign our work, put the date and the"circle c" and we have a copyright. If we want more protection, ie. from court costs on infringement issues, we can send our images and $30 to the Copyright Division of the Federal Government, and then we are registered.

I don't think any of us want to further enrich an huge and very wealthy company and make it easier for them to catalogue and use artist's work without their consent. As we have seen, especially in the recent weeks, the corporations (and the government in cahoots with them) have not served well for the ordinary US citizen. And, for most of us artists, our copyright is one of our most valuable assets. If we have no protection unless we pay, what for most of us, is big money for each creation, then we have no way to make a living.

Please click on the site provided...there is a form letter there and it's easy...send it out and help your artist friends. I included quotes from some of my friends and the Illustration Society, if you want to read more about it. Thank you so much. Jennifer Carrasco

Here's the site http://capwiz. com/illustrators partnership/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 11980321

"While this is marked “low importance”, it’s exactly the opposite—congress is trying to hotline a bill through that would significantly change the copyright laws. As individuals involved in the generation of creative works, you would be required to register your work with two bureaus for $100 a piece—if not, then your work will be considered “orphan” and you will lose your ownership rights.

Please read more about this bill, and if you agree, send a letter to your congress people letting them know how you feel—links are below in the e-mail to do this, already written out, etc.

As you know, copyright is granted automatically in the US when the work is created—you would lose this under this addition to the copyright code. Interestingly enough, Google is a huge supporter of this legislation, as it will eliminate having to get your permission for them to catalogue your work, and repurpose it however they see fit.

Thanks for your time, and thank you for reading.


An illustration I made for an exhibition in the city of Leuven. Take a closer look on Flickr.



some yummy autumn food

(this is posted a bit bigger here)

linda sarah

SFG: Yummy

Anette Heiberg

Sep 28, 2008

Hello from Christine Marie Larsen

Greetings, everyone!

I am thrilled to be a new contributor to SFG and would like to introduce myself. I'm a freelance illustrator/artist from Seattle. I make my pictures with gouache, pen-and-ink, and the good old computer. More work can be found on my website and sketchbook blog.

This is a new pinball illustration and was inspired by some friends who have a fantastic basement filled with vintage machines.

Recent Work- Chris Whetzel

Something done to add drama to the portfolio:

Enjoy the Day,

Cthu Pac

Sep 27, 2008

JULIE NEWMAR as CATWOMAN! Old Magic Marker Painting

Here is a magic marker painting I did over 10 years ago of Julie Newmar as Catwoman from the 60's Batman TV series. Guess is was in the late '96 or so. It was inked in black first and then 'painted' with all gray tone markers from 10% to 80% gray on 11 x 17 paper. Then white paint was applied to give it a look of an old worn photo. It also added a great effect to her costume which really matches the highlights that were actually on her costume. That's one of the things I really still love about this piece. I used to do a lot of marker paintings before the digital age and Photoshop came into my artistic career. This one is still one that I like. Maybe I'll do an updated version since my skills have vastly improved over the last 12 or so.


So at one point I got into sketching these clowns...this is one of them.

Books don´t scare

This work is for a poster contest about reading.
My blog

Sep 26, 2008


Bagels are delicious! But, this Bear seems to be hinting at something more...


ADAM WEST as BATMAN! Pen and Ink art!

Yes, I'm a big fan of the 1966's Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward! One of TV's greatest gems...especially the first season! Smartly-written for two audiences, great camera angles, set design and art direction. The movie that was made inbetween the first and second seasons was ok, and would be a five-star thing in my mind, if Julie Newmar was Catwoman instead of Lee Meriwether. She was a good fill-in, but Newmar owned the part. The George Barris designed Batmobile is still my favorite Batmobile as well. For more (as well as a bigger version) go to!

ms. piu


she likes fruity memories.
I wasn't updating my blog for a pretty long time.

Yummy Candy Apples!

You can see the rest of the illustration here.


I try not to snack too much,  but I love entenmann's treats  and I think tasty describes  their cheese danish very well. I had to draw it real fast before I ate it.


Once a month or so I google my name and see what comes up. There's over seven thousand results for me. I cruise through a bunch to see if there are blog posts around the world about me that I may not know about. I always find some. I found one about me in some Asian language I couldn't descipher. What I liked was the way they took some of my images and collaged them together. It looks fantastic. Very good art direction. I thought I would post it here.

Sep 25, 2008

CODI - A Pen and Ink Dog Sketch!

Here is a sketch of a great little dog named Codi that I drew with pen and ink. I did this a few years ago as I dated Codi's human who was as cute as Codi was. I used Micron Pigma Pens to draw it and it's a great sketch that I still love since the hair has such a flow to it. She would actually sit and pose for at least ten minutes since she loved the attention. Now if I could only get Alfie to do that....Ha! For more stuff including some of my older stuff from the Neely archives, check out!

This im my colleague and friend Tom. He has left our company and this is my way to honor him. I wish him the best in the new job. Strength and honor!


sweet girl drinking a sweet drink.

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clique for IF


Exploring the Atlas

This is an illustration I made after I visited Morocco. The colors of that country impressed me so much that I made a whole series of illustrations of it.
You can see more on my website :

Henrik and Emilie

The first two illustrations in a series of five, depicking archetypical readers

Acrylic on illustration board

Sep 24, 2008


When I think of "yummy," I think of cupcakes. I love cupcakes!

Cupcake Bears button pins

I have a bunch of button pins with my "cupcake bear" illustrations on them. From the description on my Etsy shop: The Cupcake Bear series is a bunch of quirky little bears inexplicably stuffed into cupcakes. Cupcakes and bears are two of my favorite things and I combined the two of them in this fun original design.

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I'd also like to share one of my recent works in this post as well (hitting two birds with one stone, this one): an illustration pitch for a local teen girls' magazine for their horoscope section.


Thanks! You can see more of my work at my website,


SFG: yummy

The current challenge is "yummy".
For this uncharacteristically cheerful illustration, I took my inspiration from Dr. Seuss.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Here's my original story of "Mister McBaker O'Frosting Moran"
Mister McBaker O'Frosting Moran
Baked one thousand cakes and used only one pan
He concocted pink cupcakes
And yellow and blue
But he used just one pan
Not seven or two
Giant red cream cakes with sprinkles on top
A big plate of chocolatey brownies and glop
Crunch cookies and fudgy yum yummies with fudge
Six batches of rum raisin spice cinnamon sludge
A great big enormous sweet stick-ity bun
And the pans that he used only numbered to one
He mixed in the eggs and the butter and flour
And the baking was done in just under an hour
Petit fours were presented by O'Frosting Moran
And ten dozen tea cakes — all using one pan
Cakes for a birthday
Cakes for a bris
Cakes for a Christening
with a cinnamon twist
How, you may ask, could he just use one pan?
'cause there's magic in the kitchen
Of McBaker Moran

Yaozie, Yummy!

Ok, A little over the top here. I've never been attracted to the Audrey Hepburn type. Too skinny. I like her movies though.
Hope everyone is well.
Hey don't forget to check out my NEW Art book "Monito Hermoso" (Mike Cressy) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells and your local bookseller! I'll sign a copy for you if you buy it and leave a nice note on Amazon.

SFG - Yummy

I love life, and I really love cake! Some days, not necessarily in that order. I called this painting Love Layers because I've been thinking about the five distinct roles I play in my life (daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother) and how each function overlaps and influences the others in interesting ways. Somehow I manage to remain myself; all the facets of who I am shine through and help me be the person I need to be for the most important people in my life. These folks are a unique combination of the best and worst qualities I possess, which must explain why few people can make me as furious or delighted as my mom, husband and kids. Ha ha! I take responsibility for my relationships. I have learned to respond rather than react when problems erupt. I try to follow my good feelings when I make decisions; the results are universally positive. What a sweet and simple recipe for a very happy life!

SFG: Yummy

Preparing for a most fabulous meal.


Yummy Audrey

Following Jeff's definition of Yummy- 'anything that is extremely attractive or appealing.' I think late Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn fits the bill.

Here's a caricature of Audrey I did for a jam over at The Drawing Board.

Sep 23, 2008

SFG: Yummy

Thanks Jeff! Go SFG!

Usagi Yojimbo Artwork

Usagi was a popular comicbook character created by Stan Sakai way back when. The character was a real bad ass. A lone swordsman on warrior's pilgrimage.

To read up more about him, click here.

He was done up for a friend's birthday and was a lot of fun to do. I was short on time so the backgrounds were done quickly but I was happy with them both.

No disrespect to the original, but I created my own version of Usagi and dug how the head turned out. Hope you all like it. Until next time, enjoy!

Tea Time

My mom drinks roughly 75 cups of tea a day; morning, noon and night - tea is happening. Seven or eight cups just to get going every morning, a couple more with her breakfast pills and a vitamin. The kettle screams with alarm at the very sight of her. Water is always boiling on the stove; she's ready in the event women go into labor while they're at her house or should they request tea between contractions. It's unclear whether Mom is eating any real meals during the day. I busted Mom and Daddy parked at the end of my street a few weeks ago, nibbling Chipwiches in the car around lunchtime; she had some chocolate on her face. To date, I don't think I've ever seen anything more adorable. Mom has no idea why her stomach gives her problems, and she can't sleep for more than two hours at a clip. Every once in a while, she'll come at me with a casual medical inquiry. "Mary, did you ever get where your belly feels as hard as a rock and you have a stabbing pain down the side of your leg; then your eyes begin to burn and when you rub them, all you see is fire?" No, Mom! No, I've never, ever experienced anything like that; nor should you! "Oh, well... it's better now. I had some ginger ale and a few swigs of Pepto Bismol; then I went to church and lit some candles for you and your sister. When I got home though, I was so nauseous so I drank forty more cups of tea and had some cheddar Wispread on a cracker. And I also had some TicTacs." After Mom makes my dad's supper, more cups of tea will be prepared and nursed, until television is turned up really loud and napping starts to occur sometime in the evening. Of course, with all that noise and after all that tea, Mom will wake up often to go to the bathroom and replenish her empty bladder with more tea. She may also eat some candy and leftover chinese food. I've learned everything I know about taking care of myself from this woman. I am somewhat reluctant blogging on my mother; I'm nervous that once I start writing about her, I will never be able to stop and I might never paint again. Be that as it may, steep, savor and enjoy a piping hot cup of Mom, just like I do!


I think coffee is yummy. With a little sugar and some half and half.


Broken Trees Poster

Just finished a spiffy poster for my friend's band Broken Trees. The gig is set for Sunday, Oct. 5th at the Khyber in Philadelphia, PA. Should be a good show.

Green Willow

I think this guy is pretty yummy. He is part of a group of illustrations for a Japanese folk tale called Green Willow. If you'd like to read about the story and see the other images, please visit my blog at:  These drawing were posted in January.

SFG: Yummy

Much apologies for being a day late with the SFG Challenge post, my wife came home after having been away with her work for two weeks and I took a day off yesterday to spend with her.

The challenge topic this week is "Yummy".

Yummy is defined as:

1.very pleasing to the senses, esp. to the taste; delicious: The waiter brought out a tray of yummy desserts.
2.extremely attractive or appealing.
–noun item of food that is particularly delicious: The bakery window was full of yummies.
4.anything that is extremely attractive or appealing.

Enjoy! :)

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

The next challenge begins Monday, October 6th, 2008.

The SFG Challenge 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!

If you're interested in taking advantage of SFG's site traffic and advertising opportunities here and on Design Inspiration, e-mail me.


Recent Sighting - Chris Whetzel

Hello, all! Just wanted to post a calendar piece I just finished for SF Weekly. The rodeo is coming to town!

Enjoy the Day!

Yes — self cut!

Comfortable, but even more convenient! :) Have Fun! ...more on my website.

Transformers Art: Optimus Prime By Samuel Haruna

Hey everyone fell free to check out my Transformers step by step vid on Youtube. Its time lapse vid of optimus prime from the film.

Hope you like it


Also check out my other vids HERE on my youtube channel

Mario Sughi, alias nerosunero, now represented by Linda de Moreta !!!!!

After a short though interesting spell of time (first half of 2008) with AdvocateArt, the very talent illustrators' group of Edward Burns, now I finally joined force with Linda de Moreta's group and I could'nt be happier!!! So now my work can be seen and at (my website) and at Great. Ciaoooo Mario

Sep 22, 2008

Tattoo: Hula girl

My wife is actually considering letting me get a tattoo. For the past 8 years it's been a firm "no" when I have brought it up to her. But attrition (and whining) has it's way of wearing down on her so she said that I could possibly have one as long as it was my work.

I've always enjoyed hula girls and thought I'd come up with a version all on my own. I talked to the tattoo shop today and they said the background wouldn't fly but the tikis and the girl would work out just fine. So here it is

Illustration Friday: Clique

This is my submission for this week's Illustration Friday! “The unlikely friends formed a clique that could never be broken!” Click here to rate this illustration.

Fall Promo Postcard

Very excited and wanted to share the new fall promotion that I have mailed out.