Curse of the Burning Belle

Back in the late 2000's while I was working at the Santa Cruz Good Times I was offered the opportunity to team up with Writer and reporter Damon Orion to illustrate his Halloween poem "The Curse of the Burning Belle". 

It was a very fun project but something I have never posted before. I think only GT Art Director, Josh Becker was able to name all the references I snuck in. Well, maybe not all of them.

one time we found porn in the woods club

Mr. Isaac Conway once posited that:

"There’s some weird Johnny Apple Seed out there leaving moldy copies of “Juggs" or "Foxxy and 40" out in the woods. It was rarely the more high brow gentlemen's magazines and more of the gross overly-lit spank mags. I’ve heard it called different things but the only one I can remember right now is "woods porn”

In the woods or behind a dumpster I think most have had an experience like this. An experience that seems to be a profound exclamation mark in the adolescence of most. Sadly this dodgy discovery is quickly becoming a remnant of the past. Dang kids with their cell phones and computers.

Are you a member of this (hardly elite) club? 


Fictional Chartography Show

On the wall at the Hummingbird Saloon

Skull Island

A lovely day for a drive!

I'm happy to announce that I am (finally) showing my collection of fictional maps! 

Twelve maps are on display now at the Humming Bird Saloon in Columbia Cit (they also have shuffleboard!) 

This project began as a collection for the enjoyment of my kids. For each new book we read together I would make a map from the book; for the books I read were well known for the maps they included on their inside jackets. This process involved finding an old black and white scan from preferably the first edition of a book. I would then painstakingly paint on top of the reproduction to add color and dimension. Finally, I go back with a fine point pen to reestablish important details and flourishes. Not the same process I have used for the original maps I have created in the past but I needed to retain the familiarity that these maps would have with their readers. And with me for that matter.

First up (way back last year) was The Hobbit and it's corresponding map of Middle Earth. My kids and I could track Bilbo and the Dwarves along their path to the Lonely Mountain. Then came Treasure Island! One can't read about Jim, Long John and Old Ben Gunn without a treasure map! ...And things kind of snowballed from there. After a while I started expanding beyond what I was reading to my children to things I was reading (or had read). Things like H.P. Lovecraft, and Jules Verne then eventually to classic monster movies. 

I have more then what is on display at the Hummingbird Saloon (many!) but framing is expensive so I opted to display those maps that got the project running in the beginning and would be most recognizable to non-fictional cartography junkies.

I hope you take the time to go check them out! -G

Recently I have begun accepting commissions for those that wish to have a few classic maps with a hand made touch. Interested parties can contact me here.