Tuesday, February 26, 2013


in the sketchbook..

Goliath and the Vampires

quick sketchbook stuff..


The sun was perfect fiery orb this morning...but my battery ran out.

Also I watched GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRE last night which was a heap of fun.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013


If you were to ask me (gothically speaking) a Stones vs Beatles type question over who I prefer Bauhaus or the Cure I'd be firmly in the Bauhaus camp. I like the Cure a lot tho apart from a occasional track my interest in them pretty much ends with Pornography and in both cases the bands first albums are my favorite. I even had my mum knit me a sweater like Peter Murphy's diamond one in high school. In the Flat Field is a masterpiece.

Nightmare of the Bloody Coffin

Continuing excerpts from the life of Dr. Vermius..

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Morning wandering pics and side of the road book finds. I can't walk away from a clutching hand and what is the mystery at the old barn???. love that cover tho.

Friday, February 22, 2013


Carnival of Sinners

I watched CARNIVAL OF SINNERS last night, a atmospheric Faustian tale about a painter who sells his soul (and hand) to you know who in a bowler hat. The hand and gallery of previous owners were particularly great as they tell their stories with expressionistic, theatrical flashbacks. Directed by Maurice Tourneur, pa of Jacques who directed lots of great films like CURSE OF THE DEMON and CAT PEOPLE.
Sketch and phone photos.

Monday, February 18, 2013

25 Cent Brain

I have to admit I had a pretty fun time doing this. If you don't know the Misfits song it might not make as much sense.

25 Cent Brain

sketchbook-background taken from a actual photograph.

Black Cat Ghost

sketchbook.. a little sloppy but this one I'd like to do a cleaner version of.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Revolutionary Friends

Hardback advance of children's book I illustrated coming out this spring arrived yesterday.

it received a starred review in Booklist which was nice.

 *starred review* REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDS(Castrovilla/Kozjan/9781590788806) in Booklist (3/15 issue)  The full review is below: 

"In 1777, the 19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette defied his king’s orders and left France to fight for freedom in America. Though initially expecting little, Washington found the young French nobleman idealistic, courageous, and eager to learn everything he could from the general he idolized. Congress had refused to give Lafayette a command, but he proved his mettle at the Battle of Brandywine, where he rallied retreating troops and suffered a leg wound. The doctor was told by Washington to treat him as he would his son, “for I love him with the same affection.” The picture-book story rather abruptly ends there, though the next three pages continue the vivid account of Washington and Lafayette’s “revolutionary friendship” in an information-packed narrative, followed by detailed timelines of their lives. In addition, there are suggestions of places to visit, a source bibliography, and a glossary translating French words and phrases sprinkled through the text. Short passages from Lafayette’s letters and other writings appear in small, scroll-like boxes on some double-page spreads. Kozjan’s illustrations, lively ink drawings digitally enhanced with color and subtle shading will engage readers as they bring the period settings to life. This oversize, handsome package will introduce a little known aspect of the Revolutionary War history through pithy words and often dramatic pictures It respects its audience as well as the historically significant 
friendship it portrays."