garven dreis

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in News, Process, Studio

Almost there. One more color to go. screen2

Labapalooza Puppet Theater

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Culture, Inspire

A few photos from my visit to St. Ann’s Warehouse for the Festival of New Puppet Theater. Some of my drawings and a minor recap of the event can be seen here:




Robin Frohardt’s Film Trailers for Fitzcardboardaldo, an all cardboard version of Verner Hertzog’s Fitzcaraldo.



opening curtain at St. Ann’s Warehouse

your letter in cursive 2

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Drawing, Love, painting

Image © Ink & Sword 2013


Stop, prop and roll!

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Cinema, Film, Inspire, Process

They sure don’t make monsters the way they used to anymore.

hitting your mark

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Drawing, Film

Just finished some very physically demanding work, so I’m doing quite a bit of drawing to shift gears and finding some much needed relaxation from it. At least before I have to go back. Here’s a quick sketch of a street performer at the park.


putty tat

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Process, Studio

I definitely need to pick up a drying rack for the posters I’m screen printing. Notice the mischievous paw prints.


Fire Flight

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Culture, Film, Inspire

Incredible promo shot for The Phoenix Dance Theater produced by Ink Films and Director Greg Clark. Check it!


Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Drawing



Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Culture, Drawing

Sketches this morning of waiters in Montmartre.


silky way galaxy

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in News, Process, Studio

Worked on some color tests for a run of large 4-color screen printed posters.




Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Drawing, painting, Process



Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Culture, Inspire, Process

Well made short film you don’t have to be a skateboarder to appreciate. The shots are beautiful and story interesting as the four skaters featured, (Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Ryan Decenzo and Zered Bassett)  talk about their unique approaches coming from different backgrounds.

color guard

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Drawing, Process

Having some fun storyboarding for a client this week. Here’s one I did on location.


Image © Ink & Sword 2013



Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Drawing, Love

Page of my sketchbook from the Seine

happy little trees

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in painting, Process

Aaaaand here’s the finish for that sketch. Some shrubbery but no trees for Bob Ross say the knights who say Ni!


velo – 12×16 acrylic and pen & ink. Image © Ink & Sword 2013


Beco’s McLaren MP4/5

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Consider, Inspire

“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.” – Ayrton Senna


Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Process, Studio, Uncategorized

Built this rig over the weekend for what will be a four-five color screen printing run.

screen printing process

picturebook sketch

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Drawing

All images © 2013 Ink & Sword



Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Photography

shadowfax-gelatin silver print © 2013


Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Consider, Inspire, Music

live music

“Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one… There’s no romance in a mouse click.”- Jack White. Here’s more from his commentary:

Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered “yes” was… zero.

Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, “Can you blame them?” How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences? Just click your mouse. Well here’s what they’ll someday learn if they have a soul; there’s no romance in a mouse click. There’s no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum). The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional…helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being. But we all know all of that, right? Well, do we? Maybe we know all that, but so what?

Let’s wake each other up.

The world hasn’t stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet. So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication? We know better. We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others. The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there. You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they’ll know.


Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Consider, Music

Making music is always fun. Making a record is even better. And by record, I mean a beautifully packaged and warm toned music recording on vinyl. I’m headin’ over to Third Man Records in Nashville to try out their refurbished 1947 voice-o-graph machine. It’s “the only working vinyl record recording booth open to the public in the world”. Pop in some tokens and you’ll have two minutes of audio to record before it presses it onto a 6-inch vinyl. If only I had this thing years ago.