TALES OF APOCALYPTO

Welcome to the doom and gloom diary of eroded, corroded, eve of destruction themes with, at times, an irreverent whimsy. Enjoy the journey through this Apocalyptic wasteland and come back out on the other side appreciative of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Or the pursuit of gloominess, whichever your preference.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Triptych

This is not a direct jab at California (OK, maybe a little). I was born and raised here and love my home state so I think that gives me a bit of a pass. And these works are not about the L.A. smog. Our AQ is actually the best it's been in years. If I were to explain the imagery, I would have to say that Californians can be so full of our own self-importance, that the stench can be overwhelming. Even for sea lions!

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This Sketch Pad Session produced an interesting twist on Jenova of Ff VII. While this is considered Fan Art, casting her in the role of (new) Babylon falling, Apocalyptic is a more fitting role for her. I enjoyed this rather intense Session which are meant less for producing serious art than to keep the edge on my layering skills extra sharp.

BABYLON FALLING
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CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS

This piece is dedicated to my home, The City of Angels. But since I believe Los Angeles has the weirdest dark energy of any big city on the planet, I think City of Fallen Angels is more apt. This is decidedly one of my most prolonged creations to date, taking three weeks to complete (the details were staggering). But on a positive note, this piece taught me much-needed patience.

City of Fallen Angels was invited into the Off the Easel art exhibition hosted by Art on 30th Gallery, San Diego CA

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MODERN LOVE

Modern Love is another piece of my 2020 Vision series. With Covid-19 being the main theme of 2020, and making it feel as seriously surreal as any year in history, I thought of having a little fun with the idea of love during a pandemic, where one can't be too careful. A mix of retro charm with my ongoing love of gas mask imagery.

Modern Love was featured in the Art in the Time of Corona art exhibition hosted by DabArt Los Angeles / November 2021 

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PORTRAIT OF LAILA / APOCALYTPO

An earlier rendition of Portrait of Laila, my furry, four-legged grandchild and muse, debuted in a renowned Laguna Beach art show in 2019. Wearing her best apocalyptic headgear, she's a serious conversation starter, has been a popular feature at this artist's events and hangs on four walls across the country. 

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ACID SPRING
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I was recently asked: 'do you never find joy in anything regarding the future?' I had to laugh. Despite being sickeningly sunny-natured, living each day in the present (as a future is guaranteed to no one), I like to indulge in prophecies of doom and recent events have given me trust issues. Regardless, I love to create sunny, colorful art in doomsday themes. It's kinda my thing.

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ARMY OF ONE

This piece was created for a Master Class homework challenge:  'What would be your artistic response to God raising up an army of artists?' My response: Army of One. Made up of various pieces of my artworks, she's a potent one made of many, out to conquer a world grown dark and dismal with love, paint and pixels.

'My art may be as flawed as humanity. And that's OK. I'll let the beholder find the beauty.—The Sketchie Beast

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AVALON

Technically this would be considered Fan Art, but since the movie has a very apocalyptic feel, I figured this gallery is where she fits best. Avalon was part of my initial Sketchpad Series, an exercise in getting the hang of the digital pen and pad and experimenting with layer effects. And because I believe color is what makes a subject evocative, a somber palette is apropos for this war torn city.  

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BREATHE EASY

Among the very first of my first sketchpad illustrations, this piece was created more for honing skill with the digital implements than as a 'serious' art piece. This apocalyptic-themed image had its challenges in choosing a color palette that would give it visual impact. How about some military-monochromatic?