Thursday, November 21, 2013 Has Arrived!

It's official, my website is now at a dot com address for easy access! I've done some major site changes and updates to ensure that it looks great on all browsers and will be updating it with new images in the coming weeks. 

Next up, I think I need a re-vamp of this blog. More on that soon. For now, please visit and let me know your thoughts on the design and accessibility.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

There Is Only One Queen Pt. 2

The final two pages of the story "There Is Only One Queen". The piece delves into the subplot of the Antpeople Cult in the forthcoming issue of the "Our Fair City" comic. 

Art by Johnny Decker Miller 
Story: Mark Soloff
Color: Dann Tincher

Thursday, November 14, 2013

There Is Only One Queen

I'm excited to be finalizing the last page of art for the latest installment of the Our Fair City comic series. As mentioned in previous posts concerning the comic, it's an offshoot of an award-winning radio drama set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future. Check out my past posts for info concerning the comic. 

Once again the script was written by Mark Soloff, this time being lettered and colored by Dann Tincher. I was very happy to be asked to again work on this highly innovative project, multimedia.

I'll post finalized images once all the pages are completed. You can also purchase the last two volumes here. And be sure to keep an eye on Our Fair City.

Please check out my website to see the completed pages from the last issue.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

He is Comig...

 Nearly completed the work on my new set of murals for Dante's Pizzeria at their second location. In true Dante's fashion and in keeping with the spirit of The Inferno, there will be lots of apocalyptic/demoniac imagery, it's been a lot of fun to paint!

 The restaurant will be tentatively be open for business at the end of this month or the beginning of next month. More (and better) photos to come soon, once the mural is unveiled.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Work: "Lilith"

Lilith oil on canvas 16"x20"

A piece commissioned earlier this year has finally been completed! Quite pleased with the way this iconic image came out. Although sticking fairly rigidly to the specifications the patron designated, I was able to incorporate quite a bit of my own interests into the piece as well. 

I've given it the title Lilith based on the ancient Babylonian mythological and Biblical figure of the demon-goddess who was in some texts believed to be the first wife of Adam before the Fall. It is alternately titled "Hurricane", based on the themes designated by the patron who commissioned the piece.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Witchy Windchime

Hoodoo Chime bamboo, wire, paper, hemp, bone, thread, metal chimes

Another creation from a few weeks back, it's looking and sounding good on our back porch. I'd been meaning to use up some scrap pieces of dried bamboo that I cut from some taller canes last summer, and since I happened to have some old chimes, wire and hoodoo bones layin' about, figured I'd put it all to use. 

I really like the dry woody tone the bamboo and bones make as they clatter together with the ethereal tinkle of the tiny metal chimes. It's been a real pleasure to listen to during the past few days of blustery stormy nights and breezy summer days.

The Scientist meets Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub

Very happy to announce my finished poster design for an amazing upcoming musical event. Jamaican dub reggae legend Hopeton Brown, better know as the Scientist, will be performing with Chicago musician Ted Sirota and his group, Heavyweight Dub. As an added bonus, my good buddy Mark Cooper's band Green Room Rockers will be opening up for this dub massive! This may be one of the only chances to catch this living legend of reggae music in Chicago, so be sure not to miss it!

As a huge fan of the Scientist and reggae music it has been an honor for me to be a part of this show, even if it's just doing this simple poster design. Can't wait for the show!

For more info on "the Scientist vs. Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub" album release that has been fully funded by kickstarter, follow the link.


Sunday, June 2, 2013


Dug this up the other day while going through some older sketches and drawings. Nearly forgot about it as it was for an abandoned project, figured it deserves a chance to see the light of day.

 "K-9" pen and ink on watercolor paper

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Loveland Farms, Brown County, IN

"Loveland Farms, Brown County, IN" watercolor on paper

Very pleased to post some images of a recent commission I've just completed for a friend's wedding. He and his fiance are both Hoosiers like myself, and when trying to think of a place that made sense for them to tie the knot, they felt there was no better place than the family farm in Brown County, IN. Amazing choice as it's one of the most beautiful spots in the country during the fall and throughout the year with it's rolling hills, covered bridges, farm fields,  and spectacular foliage. The final piece above will be used as the front image on postcard wedding invitations that will be sent out to guests and will hopefully find a nice spot in their home together!

sketch 1 ink on paper

 sketch 2 ink on paper 

 I worked out a few simple ink sketches based on his ideas and inspirations for the final image. Based on his suggestions, I was looking at some of J.R.R. Tolkien's watercolors and found the simple brushwork and bold colors to be a perfect way to exemplify the country folk aesthetic I believe he was looking for. Congrats to the couple, hope you like the piece!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spring Sketch Book

Fear not, readers, if you're out there! I have not abandoned you! It has been some time since I've updated with any recent work, but I assure you I've been quite busy. 

While I have many commissioned pieces that I will be updating you on soon as well as some forthcoming paintings, I thought I would share some of the drawings that have been filling my sketch book of late. Many are in keeping with the automatic method I've been enjoying and some are simplistic thumbnails from objects at the Field Museum or the beginnings of ideas being worked out. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Planetary Kamea and Table of Jupiter Talisman: May 25th, 2013 Full Moon (in Sagittarius)

"Talisman" acrylic and tempera on wood panel

 Preliminary studies and sketches for completed talisman detailing sigular aspects and corresponding elements.
pencil and ink on paper

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Europe's Wild Men

 Cool article from National Geographic. Follow the link to see more images from the photo set. Also, be sure to check out more of Charles Freger's photography.


 Europe’s Wild Men

They become bears, stags, and devils. They evoke death but bestow fertile life. They live in the modern era, but they summon old traditions.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea
Photograph by Charles Fréger
A primal heart still beats in Europe. Deep beneath the gloss of cell phone sophistication lie rituals that hark back to harvests and solstices and fear of the winter dark. Monsters loom in this shadowy heart, but so does the promise of spring’s rebirth and fertile crops and women cradling newborn babes. It turns out that Europe—at least pockets of it—has not lost its connection to nature’s rhythms.
That connection is rekindled during festivals that occur across the continent from the beginning of December until Easter. The celebrations correspond to Christian holidays, but the rituals themselves often predate Christianity. The roots are difficult to trace. Men—and until recently, it has almost always been men—don costumes that hide their faces and conceal their true forms. Then they take to the streets, where their disguises allow them to cross the line between human and animal, real and spiritual, civilization and wilderness, death and rebirth. A man “assumes a dual personality,” says António Carneiro, who dresses as a devilish careto for Carnival in Podence, Portugal. “He becomes something mysterious.”

Photographer Charles Fréger set out to capture what he calls “tribal Europe” over two winters of travel through 19 countries. The forms of the costumes that he chronicled vary between regions and even between villages. In Corlata, Romania, men dress as stags reenacting a hunt with dancers. In Sardinia, Italy, goats, deer, boars, or bears may play the sacrificial role. Throughout Austria, Krampus, the beastly counterpart to St. Nicholas, frightens naughty children.
But everywhere there is the wild man. In France, he is l’Homme Sauvage; in Germany, Wilder Mann; in Poland, Macidula is the clownish version. He dresses in animal skins or lichen or straw or tree branches. Half man and half beast, the wild man stands in for the complicated relationship that human communities, especially rural ones, have with nature.

The bear is the wild man’s close counterpart—in some legends the bear is his father. A beast that walks upright, the bear also hibernates in winter. The symbolic death and rebirth of hibernation herald the arrival of spring with all its plenty. For festival participants, says Fréger, “becoming a bear is a way to express the beast and a way to control the beast.”
Traditionally the festivals are also a rite of passage for young men. Dressing in the garb of a bear or wild man is a way of “showing your power,” says Fréger. Heavy bells hang from many costumes to signal virility.

The question is whether Europeans—civilized Europeans—believe that these rituals must be observed in order for the land, the livestock, and the people to be fertile. Do they really believe that costumes and rituals have the power to banish evil and end winter? “They all know they shouldn’t believe it,” says Gerald Creed, who has studied mask traditions in Bulgaria. Modern life tells them not to. But they remain open to the possibility that the old ways run deep.
Charles Fréger is a fine art photographer based in Rouen, France. His latest book, Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage, was published in 2012.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Recent Mutterings

 "Diana" Charcoal, ink, graphite on paper

 "A Dream of Serpents" Charcoal, ink, graphite on paper

Our Fair City Comics Vol. 2 "Picture Window"

Inked pages one and two. These will be colored using watercolors in the coming days.

Very happy to have been asked to contribute artwork to the second issue of sci-fi radio program Our Fair City's comic offshoot.

The story I am currently working on illustrating is titled Picture Window and concerns the story of "Suit", a stuffy office worker whose mundane and colorless world is turned upside down when a mysterious object is spotted falling from the sky.

The story was written by Mark Soloff, and will be lettered by Dann Tincher, who also heads the comic division of Our Fair City.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Emerald Tablet

Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis, perhaps better known as the the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, is the shortest and yet most referred-to text in the whole of the alchemical corpus. Supposed to have been found engraved upon an Emerald, this hermetic document has been beautifully typeset in Centaur [a font designed by Bruce Rogers] and printed letterpress on fine Arches paperstock in two colors.

An alchemical emblem crowns the top of the broadside and features the enigmatic acrostic V.I.T.R.I.O.L., which was a substance used to pull metals out of hard stone by early metallurgists. The Latin translates as Visit the interior of the earth and through rectification you will find the hidden stone meant to point the way to the Philosopher’s Stone.

Yet another beautiful piece from Ouroboros Press.