just posted two versions of GRIMOIRE in my etsy shop. Both versions
have 26 black and white illustrations inside focusing on witchcraft,
paganism, and the occult, but the Deluxe Edition comes with an 8.5" x
11" black and white commission on the inside back cover of any subject
matter you would like. The first printing of 50 books come hand signed and numbered on
the title page. Swing by my etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/workweak) to see both versions of the book.
in the process of reworking some Red Masks images to fit with my
current portfolio. These pieces were produced in a variety of media
(watercolor, gouache, ink, etc...) over a couple of years, and needed
something to bring them all together. They will all be in black and
white for the book, but I will have a select few designs for sale as
12"x18" full color prints at Boston Comiccon this year (August 8-10.
2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center).
Some recent work commissioned by a local band. I will share more info (band name, release info, etc...) as I get the thumbs up to share it. It will be released on vinyl, so the art will be nice and big on the cover.
This piece started out as an ink and acrylic painting that I worked up a few months ago. I was trying to flesh out my portfolio with with some smaller pieces, but I was told that it seemed out of place since I don't paint much. People seemed to like it, so I thought I would revisit it to fit with my current body of work (colorized lines, halftones, flat color, etc...). This version will appear in a book I'm working on collecting my thesis illustrations and some new work following a similar theme.
"The Familiar" (May 2014) 12"x18" Mixed Media and Digital
This was originally a rejected sketch from my 2013 thesis project researching witchcraft, paganism, and the occult. There were a couple of small issues that needed to be fixed, but at that point in the semester it seemed quicker to just shelve this piece until I had more time to play with it. The model for this piece was my friend Stacy. If you are an illustrator and you don't draw your friends talking to ghost cats then I honestly don't know what you are doing with yourself.
My last illustration homework assignment. We all had to do small self portraits for the portfolio open house this Wednesday at MassART. There will be a whole wall of them for the reception from 6-8 in the President's Gallery (11th floor of Tower Building).
We had our final portfolio reviews last week
and one thing that was mentioned by multiple reviewers was that I should
produce more spot illustrations. I have quite a few spots that I
created for the black and white zine collecting my thesis
project, so I thought I would color some of them and add them to my
portfolio. People seemed to enjoy this piece when I drew it up a few
months ago so I thought I would share the colorized version. I'm in the
process of updating my online presence (website, facebook artist page,
tumblr, blogger, etc...) so be sure to check out those sites for even
more illustrations. The links to all those other pages can be found at www.davemahanart.com
School is wrapping up in a few weeks, and after that I can finally turn my attention back to the comic and zine projects I have been slowly picking away at. Here is another page from the Red Masks comic without any text. I will be exhibiting at Boston Comiccon this August, and this book will hopefully be done by then. The final reproduced version will be in black and white, but I worked up color versions of these pages for my online portfolio.
I just finished up this album cover for Boston based musician Scorpia. I
did a bunch of photography and other experiments for her, and had
freedom to do whatever I wanted for the cover. That sort of freedom can
be a blessing and a curse sometimes, but it was a fun project to work on
as I’ve been spending so much time and energy on school work.
"Under Pressure" (February 2014) 12” x 18” Graphite, Ink, and Photoshop
Sometimes being in art school feels like fighting a giant sea monster
in a sinking submarine. You are stressed out all the time, and even
though the submarine looks cool it’s full of smelly weirdos.
"Nero" (February 2014) 8” x 12” Graphite, Tape, and Photoshop
illustration was produced for a new batch of promotional materials
(business cards, postcards, etc…) I will also have prints in my etsy
shop (www.etsy.com/shop/workweak) once I run some test prints.
I have been working away at the first Red Masks comic. The printed book
will be in black and white, but I am colorizing the pages for my
portfolio and online display. Here is the one of the complete pages
Here is a piece I just wrapped up for a client. The final version
will most likely be cropped in quite a bit. I like the overall
composition of this one, so I thought I would post the full piece here.
I will post more info on release info when I get the thumbs up to share
Digital prints of this piece are available at www.etsy.com/shop/workweak
"Descent to the Zenith" “Ritual Knife” “Flying Ointment” “Drawing Down the Moon” “Divination” “Cottage Witch” “The Horned One”
I have always been a much bigger fan of black and white art than I
have color work. For everyone else who shares my tastes, here are the
original black and white versions of the 7 main pieces from my year long
thesis project. My thesis was an investigation into witchcraft,
paganism, and the occult. The final colorized versions of these pieces
all came out well, but there is something about the black and white
versions that doesn’t come across in the color versions.
All of these pieces were produced between August and December of
2013. They are all 12”x18” mixed media on illustration board or paper.
Boston based illustrator doing my part to pollute the internet.
Bands/labels/publications that I have worked with, or have featured my art:
- Big Collage
- The Infra-Men
- The Cape Cod Times
- Emulsion Apparel
- Seek Books
- Give Praise Records
- Dark Recesses Enterprises
- Paracinema Magazine
- Blame it on the Computer
- Steve Vs The Volcano!
- Death Rattle