Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall 2009 NUDE and an Adams Family team-up!

Hopefully on stands around November 15, will be the New Fall 2009 issue of NUDE. This issue will not have an individual cover model feature, but a retrospective of all the past cover models, shot by publisher/photographer, Carrie Leigh.

One of the winners of Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine's 2nd annual photo contest, John Tisbury, is also featured in this issue. (Photographers, don't forget to enter the 3rd Annual Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine photography contest)

A feature I am waiting to see is Veronika Kotlajic. The article is called "The Accidental Muse", and she has and amazing book called "The Muse". All appropriate titles to describe Veronika. I cannot think of another living model who has inspired more artists and photographers today. The only thing I think this feature will not include, is the inspired works of illustrators of Veronika, so I am going to recommend check out her book as well, "The MUSE"

Lots of other great work by great photographers and artists will also pack this issue. Even me! Don't miss it.. You can pre order this issue and (in the USA) get the issue to your door for $9.95.. That is two dollars cheaper than news stand and includes shipping.... Get them before they sell out.. and they do that.. sell out.

Adams Family Team up!

A week ago, my father, Neal Adams, came out to Los Angeles on a business trip and to visit. While visiting, my father went though some of the many unfinished drawings I had strewn all over the place. He pick one out and asked if he could ink it. To those who do not know who Neal is, he is consideder a legend in the comic book industry. One of the best. The whole father thing aside, as a bit of a comic book nerd myself, how cool is it to have Neal Adams in a piece of mine? So ofcourse I said yes. Well, one thing led to another and he inked four really nice pieces. My original intent was to sell these pieces, but I am still spending lots of time staring at them. Maybe when it has worn off I will make them available.


Monday, October 12, 2009

CL NUDE's Summer 2009 edition

Wow.. I am so far behind.

Did you see it? Did you miss it? NUDE's Summer 2009 edition.. It was Hot!.. I say because.. They are wasgone, at least as far as I can get a hold of.. I live in the Los Angeles area, and I cannot find any copies anywhere I look. And I know that the copies made available by direct sale or for new subscriptions are sold out too. I hope you got your subscription in, don't miss the next one.

It was an amazing issue with lots of great photographers, amazing art and a cover model to knock your socks off, Ria Alexander, in another amazing shoot by publisher Carrie Leigh.

Also in this issue is art model Carlotta Champagne, in NUDE's first feature celebrating the models of nude art. Carlotta has been muse to many of the worlds best art nude photographers, and NUDE displays some of this work. The artist's/photographer's muse is hoped to become a regular feature in upcoming issues of NUDE.

This issue fianlly revealed the winners of the 2nd annual photo contest. Winners included Ming-Shiun Wu, and John Tisbury. NUDE has now announced the Third Annual Photo Contest for 2010. Get your entries in now.

Carrie Leigh's NUDE at Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC)

I was at the Long Beach Comic Con, Oct 2-4, and amongst my other work, I brought along My work from, and copies of NUDE Magazine. I wasn't sure what to expect from a comic book crowd having them there, but they got a lot of positive attention and even interest from artists and photographers at the show about how to submit. I think I will continue to bring them with me to shows. I am sure my stash of magazines wont last, but I still have the art I do for it and like it. I can't wait til the next LBCC

I think I may blush!

Model and current Miss MyspaceUSA, Ashlee Ricci has not only just recently listed, having modeled for me for a piece of art that appeared in NUDE, as one of her top ten modeling experiences, but listed me as #1 on the list. Above Playboy, Myspace, and working with a lot of amazing photographers. See her interview here.

Ok... New issue comic soon.. I will try to be on the ball this time.. I have a nice piece in the new one.. Til then!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

100% Wacom Goofing Off

Been spendin a bit of time trying to improve my skills on the Wacom. The above started out to be a sketch only, to work out an idea.. next thing I new, I was coloring. The Model, is the late Angela Devi who mysteriously dies over a year ago. She was a huge inspiration for me, and I have drawn her quite a bit in the past. I will continue to use her for inspiration, I think.

NUDE magazine has not yet hit the stands yet and the available issue for online sales are already sold out. There are a few copies set aside for subription orders only. New though for those who may were one are "Get NUDE For Art" Women's Tank Top. They are hot. You can get them here

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Art - Candy Stripper

Some more new art. I have been very busy doing 'day job' work, which though it is creative, it is not my work. 'Candy Striper' named because of the spiral stripes on the stockings, I did in one evening at home. I know that I will receive some comments about the body proportions, but the model was only 5 feet tall.

The other images 'Twins' is the same model, but due to a screw up on the hair and my hatred of erasers, she ended up a brunette. I usually do not sell this work, but I am consirdering selling 'Candy Striper'. I will post on my sketchbook site if I do.

More work coming soon.. I am trying to put more time in on my work and the Lilz, my other venture.

Don't forget NUDE magazine. The new issue is shipping soon. I have a new piece in it. If you pre-order now, you can get the new issue delivered to your door for the same price you would get them at a store. It is a great deal, and as fast as NUDE sells out, why risk not getting to the store fast enough

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Return of.. Sydney <3<3<3

Shipping April 15 is the Spring 2009 issue of Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine. I am fortunate enough to have seen the files of the issue before it went off to press and all I can say is, there doesn't appear to be any slowing down of the quality or content over there.

The issue once again is jam-packed with amazing art and photography. Contributors include: Carrie Leigh, Darren Phillips, Gabriele Rigon, Dan West, Michael Sui, David Lebeck, Tome Lane, Chip Willis, Antoine De Villiers, Deborah Anderson, Franchesco!, Gary Mitchell, Lloyd Rosen, Guenter Knop... and me :)

There is also a feature by journalist Sharon Waxman on "The New Media". It is a good read.

I am happy, and proud, to see in this issue, the work of Franchesco!. Franchesco! is an artist who's work I have been familiar with for a few years now. His work is a little different from the kind of work that has been exhibited in NUDE in the past. Franchesco! like me, has a background in comic books and illustration, and has a style all his own. He has created some truly beautiful works, outside of his comic book work, that maintains his comic book/ illustration roots, and can at the same time be considered fine art nudes. You can see a preview of one of the pieces in the preview issue at

Best of all in this issue is.. The return of NUDE magazines first cover model Sydney Brown .. I have said before that there is a disadvantage of appearing in the first issue of any publication. It is that as a new title, people are not looking for it. Most pick it up because they stumble across it on a magazine rack. The print run is much smaller because it is unpredictable how well it will sell, so there too, only so many will actually see it, but soon if you are lucky, the magazine, the readership, and the distribution and print runs will grow as happened with NUDE.

NUDE became a hit... A huge hit. But are the people who buy NUDE today familiar with Sydney Brown, NUDE's first cover model?

Well.. They are going to know now. Sydney is back and hotter than ever. Carrie Leigh has shot another amazing pictorial with Sydney including a new cover that has broken the short tradition of NUDE covers. I can't imagine that this issue wont fly off shelves for the cover alone. It is Hot.. Sydney is beautiful... It is gonna sell.. trust me.. fast.

The Spring 2009 issue is shipping April 15. I try to let people know when the issues will be on the news stands, but there are all kinds of problems that seem to happen between when the books leave the distributors and when they his the stand, so I can only guesstimate. And when they do come out they sell so fast. I suggest for those who really don't want to miss this issue that they go to the website where they are now offering, at least in the United States, that for the cover price, you can have this issue delivered to your door. It is a great offer and insures you getting your issue. Check here for offer.

New art soon. I am inspired!

Joel <-- President of the Sydney Brown fan club

PS... Anastasia, Alicia, and Chanon.. I love you too!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Wacom Sketch

Just another Wacom practice piece. The Model is Jamie Eason and it is based on a Photograph by Chaz.

New NUDE cover coming soon.. Wait til you see how hot it is.. They just keep getting better with every issue.


PS. calls Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine a printing master piece.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wacom Sketching

Save a tree, buy a Wacom.

A couple of years back. One of the guys in my studio came to me and said that Wacom had a new product out, a new monitor tablet, and that Wacom could send a representative over to demonstrate it.

I said, "not interested", it is gonna cost a fortune and the novelty will eventually fade, and we will be back to mouses and separate tablets in no time.

They went and had the representative come by anyway...

From the room were they were doing the demonstration, I heard the ooohs and aaahs, and eventually I went over to look at this very expensive toy....

$2600's later not only did I end up with the Wacom Cintiqu monitor, but I was the only one in the studio who did get one.. Figures right?

But I will say this, today, I don't know that I could work without one.. God forbid this thing breaks and I can't afford another one for a while. It has become as much a part of what I do as a pencil and paper and in some cases, is replacing the pencil and paper. The attached image is just a quick sketch 30 minutes. Something I like to do to keep my hand loose of work out ideas of just play. It is all digital in Photoshop. I even have a brush that mimics pencil.

The work I do for NUDE magazine is still done the traditional way, mostly because I like to have an original to sell, but also because I still need practice in doing finished art on the tablet... But man.. I love the sketching, and one day, I am sure I wont need paper anymore...