tales of apocalypto

Welcome to the doom & gloom diary of eroded, corroded, eve of destruction themes with, at times, a touch of 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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This is not a direct jab at California (well maybe just a little). I love my California, the state I was born, raised and live in. And these works are not about the L.A. smog. Our air quality is actually the best it's been in years. If I were to explain the imagery, I would have to say that California can be so full of itself, and Californians so full of our own self-importance, that the stench can be overwhelming. Even for sea lions.

CALIFORNIA DREAMING (revisited) triptych
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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 3 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 part 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 my personal 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 an 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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ACID SPRING c.2030

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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PORTRAIT OF LAILA

Laila, my furry, four-legged Siamese grandkitty and muse, debuted in a renowned Laguna Beach art show in 2019. Wearing her best apocalyptic headgear, she's a serioius conversation starter, has been a popular feature at the artist's events and hangs on 4 walls across the country. 

Portrait of Laila - Glam Grrrl, was featured in the Pets 2021 International online group exhibition hosted by Exibizone / October 2021 

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Army of One

This piece was created for a Master Class challenge. The challenge being 'what would be your [artistic] response to God raising up  an army of artists?' And this is my response. This Army of One (as I'm much a lone wolf) is made up of various pieces of my artworks. A potent one, made of many, out to conquer a world grown dark and dismal with love, light, paint and pixels.

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WAR TORN

War Torn was part of my initial Sketchpad Series, an exercise in getting the hang of the digital pen and pad. Starting the base in Illustrator, the fine details were added in Photoshop, the usual layers of erosion and corrosion. And because I believe color is what makes a subject evocative, a somber palette is apropos for this war torn city.  

BREATHE EASY

Among the very first of my first sketchpad illustrations, a subject more for honing skill with the digital implements. This apocalyptic-themed image had its challenges in choosing a color palette that would give it visual impact. I decided on military-monochromatic.   

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