Do you need any more information than that??? Really? You do?? Hmmm, I may need to question your motives. Ok, well, then read on, soldier!

For the second collaborative release between myself and the amazing RETROBAND Studios (the first was "Bunnywith Retro Style Packaging"), "SNAKE EYES" was designed from the ground up by Aaron Moreno and myself, with a completely original sculpt based off of my "Snake Eyes" painting and story that can be seen/read on my Tumblr HERE... and yes, this whole effort has come full circle and is ready to make its way into the hands of eager collectors worldwide! 

Each "Snake Eyes" figure has been skillfully sculpted, cast, and hand painted by Aaron Moreno of Retroband... and Aaron's passion shines through the paint. The retro feel, the detailed sculpt, the vintage paint application all look amazing! Standing in at about 4" tall, this figure comes on a custom backer board featuring new art by me all packaged up and sharper than Rambo's serrated knife. The back of the card also features the backstory behind this figure, Frank Carrol aka "Snake Eyes", with accompanying art and nostalgic like G.I Joe'esque details.

We only have 45 of these to sell (ONE per customer), and they will GO ON SALE Sunday, April 20th at 1pm PST exclusively online through ZEROFRIENDS. for $150 a pop! Oh, and not only do you get the "Snake Eyes" resin figure but also included in this package is 2 signed 8" x 10" giclee prints (shown here) and an official pamphlet documenting the origin of my "Snake Eyes" character. Mark your calendars and set those alarms now, these will not last long!

Designed by Alex Pardee & Aaron Moreno
Produced by RETROBAND
$150 Each (Includes Figure, 2 signed giclee prints, and a dossier)
Limit ONE per customer.
On sale 4.20.2014 at 1PM PST at ZEROFRIENDS.COM

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:51 pm

Brand New "BUNNYWITH" Limited Print On Sale This Weekend!

It's almost EASTER, which is Bunnywith's favorite month (even if we have no idea why, since he doesn't celebrate Easter.)
Regardless, to celebrate Bunnywith's favorite month, I am releasing a brand new limited print in his honor.
On sale this THURSDAY night (April 10) at midnight eastern (9PM Pacific) exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.COM (and in-store also). 
Details below the pretty picture (and keep reading for a FUN BONUS FOR NO REASON!):

By Alex Pardee (me!)
16" x 20"
Limited Edition Of 200
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee (still me!)
Printed with archival inks on Velvet Cotton rag paper
$50.00 each
ON SALE THURSDAY, APRIL 10th, at Midnight Eastern (9PM Pacific)

Anyone who purchases this print BEFORE Sunday night at midnight (April 13) will automatically receive 2 FREE 5x7 BUNNYWITH prints from Alex's recent gallery show. No need to add these to your cart, as they will automatically be included in your shipment. Free Bunnywith prints will be chosen AT RANDOM from the selections shown here. 

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 1:45 am

"BUNNYWITH" Prints ON SALE NOW! 30 Days Only!

All "BUNNYWITH" Prints from my "BUNNYWITH SLC" gallery show are ON SALE NOW for 30 Days ONLY, exclusively through BLONDE GRIZZLY. All prints are only $10 each! Over 100 of them! Take a look at the whole show and see what's available HERE or click on any of the photos.
Thank you to SLC PHOTOCOLLECTIVE for providing the space and to BLONDE GRIZZLY for hosting it. See you soon, maybe in another city!

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 3:14 pm


Fresh off the success of its debut in Los Angeles last October, my ridiculous "BUNNYWITH" art show is heading for SALT LAKE CITY THIS WEEKEND (April 5th to be exact)! Featuring over 100 different "Bunnywith" prints, and ALL of the prints only $10 each. I will be in attendance, and unlike Bunnywith, I can hug you back if you hug me. You know...cuz I have arms. 

Blonde Grizzly presents:
Alex Pardee's "BUNNYWITH"
Saturday, April 5th
6 PM
561 West 200 South.
SLC, Utah 84101

For more information and to RSVP to the event (the event is free and you don't HAVE to RSVP), go HERE:

Follow @alexpardee for more updates and secret "Bunnywith" reveals. SEE YOU THERE!

Posted on 1 April 2014 | 7:06 pm

Dave Correia's "ROBBER OF GRAVES" T-Shirt Release tonight!

As part of our new line of t-shirts entitled "Insanely Detailed 12-Color Screen-printed Shirts That Give Your Torso Superpowers", we are beyond excited to be releasing Dave Correia's new "ROBBER OF GRAVES" T-shirt TONIGHT at Midnight Eastern (9 PM Pacific). 
Printed using ancient techniques adopted from the underground gods of disaster and necromancy, "Robber Of Graves" will, according to Dave, "help your mortality rate tenfold."
So yes, TONIGHT, at the darkest of hours (eastern, of course, though darkness reigns in pacific as well), the stroke of midnight, make your chest happy by getting this shirt.

Here is all the info:

Designed by Dave Correia
12-Color Screenprinted T-shirt
Printed with Discharge-Based Inks, giving the shirt a soft feel.
Available sizes S-XL (XXL Coming soon)
On Sale TONIGHT at midnight eastern, 9 PM pacific only on ZEROFRIENDS.

**BONUS RAFFLE ALERT!" We have 5 Limited Edition 18" x 24" ROBBER OF GRAVES" Prints available to give away to our customers this weekend! If you purchase this "ROBBER OF GRAVES" shirt NOW through Sunday, March 30, you will be automatically be entered into a raffle to win 1 of the 5 prints. No purchase necessary, to enter the raffle, send a postcard (must be received by March 30) with your information to our ZEROFRIENDS SF retail store (419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Winners will be selected at random on Monday, March 31st.

Posted on 27 March 2014 | 8:35 pm


Alright, in a few days we are off to Seattle to see the Wizard, or at least expose the man is behind the curtain that's been spamming us with photoshopped Justin Bieber nudes. And maybe we will throw some fish, too. Who knows!?

Yep, ZEROFRIENDS is setting up shop at our favorite con of the year, the sold-out EMERALD CITY COMIC CON this coming weekend (March 28-30) where we will be releasing some new stuff and signing and sketching on flat pieces of slaughtered trees to people who wait single file in a line at a certain time. Sound good? GOOD! There are a ton of other guests at this con who I can't wait to try to stalk, so if you are in the area, you should go nerd-out here with us.
Zerofriends will be hanging there with ME (see signing/sketching schedule below), DAVE CORREIA (who will be hanging and painting/sketching exclusive sketch books at the booth all weekend), and a couple of other meandering (zero)friends like Skinner, Superugly, Josh Ellingson, and a few more who will be floating around with us . So say whats up. Or DON'T! 
It's your funeral...

Here's all of the info and scheduling....

ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH #917 (in the corner of all corners. Please check the helpful map below to come see us. Seriously, we are in the corner facing a wall. Someone put BABY IN THE CORNER!):

March 28th - 30

Washington State Convention Center

Seattle, WA


ALEX (ME) PARDEE SIGNINGS at Booth #917, where I will be giving out some messy "headaches" as well as signing whatever you have:

Friday, March 28 @ 5:30-7 PM 

Saturday, March 29 @ 5:30-7 PM

Sunday, March 30 @ 2-3 PM.

Here's a few more bonus "Emerald" surprises in addition to the boatload of merch we will have at the booth:

Each day of the convention, the first 33 people to buy ANYTHING from the booth, get one of these limited Bunnywith prints. Only 33 available each day. Total edition = 99. 

DAVE CORREIA will be hand-embellishing and selling special "Emerald" editions of his "Sketch Book 7" all weekend too.


FOLLOW ME (@alexpardee), DAVE (@davecorreia), AND ZEROFRIENDS (@zerofriendsart) on Instagram for more updates.

Posted on 24 March 2014 | 7:50 pm

Zerofriends x Emerald City Comic Con

Anyone going to the Emerald City Comic Con next week? Because if you are, you should hunt Dave Correia and I down. But don’t kill me. I’ll post signing times soon too. Booth #917
MARCH 28-30. Seattle, WA

Posted on 20 March 2014 | 11:08 am


Everyone has a favorite babysitter. Even Chuck Norris, at one point, was babysat. Actually, he still may have a babysitter. Regardless, tonight, March 13th, at MIDNIGHT Eastern (9PM Pacific), My favorite "Babysitter" will be released in magical long-print-form exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.COM. Here's all of the details and some fresh-dressed photos. 

By Alex Pardee (that's ME!)
Limited Edition of 100
12" x 36"
Signed and Numbered by Alex
Printed with Archival Inks on Velvet Cotton Rag paper.


Posted on 13 March 2014 | 3:33 pm

Jon Way$hak and Matt Ritchie on David Lynch

Jon Way$hak and Matt Ritchie on David Lynch

What: “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”
Where: Spoke Art Gallery 816 Sutter St, SF
When: Opening Saturday March 8th, 6-10pm (show on view until March 29th). This event is FREE, and all ages.

Opening this Saturday March 8th,2014 from 6-10pm – Spoke Art Presents “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”. Over 50 artists contributing work inspired by the fantastic David Lynch. Zerofriends artists Jon Way$hak and Matt Ritchie are both in this show. I caught up with Way$hak and Matt and asked three simple questions about Lynch…

Proak: What are your favorite Lynch Works? 

Jon Way$hak: The first was the Twin Peaks movie, “Fire Walk with Me”.  I couldn’t make heads or tails of it, at the time, because you had to see the show to understand any part of it, but I was attracted to it stylistically.  A few years later, after I finished a series of experimental, sequential art zines, I saw Eraserhead.  It blew my so-called mind!  David Lynch succeeded at the same type of project, where I failed.  Been in love with that movie ever since.

 Matt Ritchie: My favorite Lynch work is Dune! No, it’s Twin Peaks. JK, it’s really Dune……not! That’s right, it’s Twin Peaks.


Proak: If you have lunch with one Lynch character, who would it be and why? 

JW: If we’re taking lunch, it’d have to be eating baguette sandwiches with Ben and Jerry Horne.  OK, so it’s two characters.

MR: Special agent Dale Cooper. Pie and lots of Coffee.

Proak: If you could ask Mr. Lynch one question, what would it be? 

 JW: What’s the weather going to be like today? (

 MR: I would ask Mr. Lynch if he would sign my blue ray copy of Dune. JK, my copy of Twin Peaks.


"Who Do You Think This Is There?" by Jon Way$hak (inspired by Eraserhead and Twin Peaks)

"2:30" by Matt Ritchie (inspired by David’s love for sugar) 

I got to check out the show last night. It is nothing short of fantastic. So many great pieces from so many talented folks. Many affordable limited edition prints. Even if you are not familiar with Lynch, I’m sure you will love this show. -Proak

More info at

Facebook event:

Jon Way$hak’s website:

Matt Ritchie’s website:

Posted on 7 March 2014 | 4:16 pm

Upcoming Events- 3/3-3/9

Upcoming Events- 3/3-3/9

Thursday 3/6/14- “Behind You” An Exhibition of Original Art by Lauren YS @Public Barber Salon 571 Geary Street, SF CA. Lauren’s work rules. If you’ve not yet seen it, check some out at or on IG @lolo_ys.


Friday 3/7/14- Oakland Art Murmur- 489a 25th Street, Oakland Ca (25th @ Telegraph). This is the last month we will be participating in the Oakland Art Murmur. We are moving our warehouse out of the neighborhood, and will be closing the 25th Street gallery as a result. Come relive the memories and wish us a fond farewell from 4-10pm at our last Oakland Art Walk. We will miss you Art Murmur!

(489a 25th Street, Oakland CA. Photo by Paul Bustamante)

Saturday 3/8/14- SF artist DEB painting live at Zerofriends SF!- 419 Haight Street (between Fillmore/Webster), SF CA. Come watch as DEB paints a panel for our shop window. She will be painting for a majority of the day, and possibly in to the evening for the Lower Haight Art Walk. Check out her awesome work @DEB on Instagram. The Lower Haight Art Walk is from 5-9 pm. 15% off your in-store purchase between 5 and 9!

(DEB painted this awesome piece across from our shop on Valentines Day) 

ALSO! “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”- Spoke Art Gallery 816 Sutter St, SF CA. Zerofriends’ family Jon Way$hak, Matt Ritchie, Joemur and Ken Davis all have work in the show. Stay tuned for more on this…

Check back tomorrow for pictures from our 1st birthday party!

Posted on 4 March 2014 | 3:12 pm


I recently ventured down to southern California with the rest of the ZEROFRIENDS guys to set up camp in the middle of the desert with a big circular robot, a bunch of inks and an alchemist named Juan. Our goal was to make new things for you to wear. Well, we did it! And tonight at Midnight Eastern (9 Pacific) I'll be releasing a brand new 12-color screenprinted t-shirt based on my "Sp'eye'derman" painting that I painted live in our ZEROFRIENDS SF store a few months ago. The printing is insanely detailed, thanks to our long-time printing team at Bear Designz. Here's the details. See you invisibly online tonight! 

"SP'EYE'DERMAN" T-Shirt (Available on either black or white t-shirts)
12-color screenprint, printed with soft discharge inks
$28.00 each
On sale TONIGHT at midnight (9 pm Pacific) exclusively here at ZEROFRIENDS

**BONUS RAFFLE ALERT!" We have 5 Limited Edition 20" x 16" Sp'EYE'derman" Prints available to give away to our customers this weekend! If you purchase this "SP'EYE'DERMAN" shirt NOW through Sunday, March 2, you will be automatically be entered into a raffle to win 1 of the 5 prints. No purchase necessary, to enter the raffle, send a postcard (must be postdated by March 2) with your information to our ZEROFRIENDS SF retail store (419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Winners will be selected at random on Monday, March 3rd.


Posted on 27 February 2014 | 8:42 pm


Myself and Dave Correia will be drawing alongside some other art maniacs this SATURDAY at our ZEROFRIENDS store to celebrate zerofriends's 1 year anniversary in SF. Tons of fun weirdos will be drawing. Come say hi and hang. Sorry no bath salts this time! Other artists include Dave Correia, Nate Van Dyke, Matt Ritchie, Robert Bowen, Wayshak, Lauren Ys, Superugly and more!


419 Haight St, 
San Francisco, CA
12-4 pm.
Saturday March 1st.
Chill times, Bill Heinz!

Posted on 26 February 2014 | 6:16 pm

Recap: Bag ‘o’ Movies @ ZF||SF

Recap: Bag ‘o’ Movies @ ZF||SF

Thanks again to everyone who joined us last Friday night for our first Movie Knight of 2014.  We wanted to do something new for this Movie Knight- and Ben Walker provided us with a great idea. We invited almost a dozen artists to join us- asking that they brought with them their favorite DVD. The DVDs were placed in a pillowcase, and one was selected at random. We would screen that movie and the participating artists would create works inspired by the film…

Nearly 40 people crammed into our shop at 419 Haight Street. At one point we even ran out of chairs!

The movie selected initially was “Paranorman”. However, due to some technical difficulties this movie bugged out about 40 minutes in, and we had to select another… The second movie chosen was “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”. Luckily, this movie played without any hiccups, and a many great things were drawn…

(Some of the artists with some of their arts)

(Zerofriends SF Store Manager (and employee of the month for 12 months solid and counting) Brian flashing gang signs)

(A sampling of the goods)

(Walk Hard Drawing by Lauren YS)

(Walk Hard drawing by Ben Walker… You “half” to love it) (Walk Hard Drawing by Josh Thurman)

(Bag ‘o’ Movies flyer by Ben Walker)

A big thank you to Ben Walker for planning this event, and to everyone who came out to draw or hang out and watch the movie(s)! 

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events like this one, and please join us for our next Movie Knight which will be sometime next month… 

Posted on 24 February 2014 | 11:11 pm

Join us at ZF||SF this Friday night, February 21st from...

Join us at ZF||SF this Friday night, February 21st from 6:30-8ish as Ben Walker hosts the “Bag ‘o’ Movies” live drawing event! Contributing artists will select a favorite movie and place them in a bag. One of these movies will be selected at random, and the artists will create works based on the film as we screen it at the shop. The works created will be available to purchase, and we will have a few giveaways as well. Fun times will be had!

We hope to see some of you Friday night! Check back for photos and a recap of the night, and stay tuned for upcoming events in the near future. 

A big thanks to Ben Walker for putting this event together, as well as to all the participating artists- Josh Ellingson, Matt Jones, Super Ugly, Joemur, Lauren YS, Merkley???, Amanda Storey and Donta Santistevan.

xoxo ZF||SF

Posted on 19 February 2014 | 6:38 pm

Zerofriends Sticker, Oakland Ca. 2014

Zerofriends Sticker, Oakland Ca. 2014

Posted on 17 February 2014 | 2:14 pm


You can jump ahead to the bottom of this if you just want to know what we are releasing on this super romantic VALENTINE’S DAY, but just in case you are curious why we are selling a limited print of a shirtless Seth Rogen gazing into the eyes of a cross-dressing James Franco, and how awesome that is, you should keep reading first! 

There’s a movie that was released in 2003 called “THE ROOM”, which is intended to be the most romantic and most exciting movie ever. Perfect for Valentine's Day. Well, this movie is actually terrible. And by terrible, I mean uncannily INCREDIBLE. If you have never seen it, “don’t worry about it.”

Since it’s release in 2003, it’s become the “Citizen Kane” of bad films, which also means that the CULT of insane fans that have forced it to be played every weekend at theaters all over the world is a rabid and loyal cult. I am happy to admit that I (and all of us here at ZEROFRIENDS) am part of that cult.

Simply put, I LOVE “THE ROOM”, and I love every nuance, character and internal event that made it the beautiful mess that it is.

Long story short, I somehow became good friends with “The Room” co-star, Greg Sestero (Oh Hi Mark) during the time that he was in the middle of writing a memoir along with Tom Bissell about the “making of” The Room and I began helping out with doing some promo art for the book (I even got an awkward photo of myself in the book!).

Well, now, after the book, aptly titled “The Disaster Artist” has been released to high praise, it’s authors, Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell just joined forces with my favorite 3 comedy amigos James Franco, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to announce that they will be producing and directing a feature film version of “The Disaster Artist”. Yes, there will be a hilarious movie that is based off of an incredibly hilarious book about the making of an unintentionally hilarious romantic movie that was originally an even worse romantic play!

And guess what’s even MORE ridiculous? I got to DRAW the announcement of the movie for Greg, James and Entertainment Weekly (which you can read the announcement HERE)! Ok, so without further ado, here is what I am releasing this VALENTINE’S DAY exclusively on 


Here are the details for the 2 different versions of the print. Oh hi, details!

By Alex Pardee
Limited Edition of 100
16” x 20”
Printed with archival ink on velvet cotton rag paper
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
$50.00 Each


And...the super limited "BOUND 4" Variant Version:
By Alex Pardee
Limited Edition of 50
16” x 20”
Printed with archival ink on velvet cotton rag paper
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
$60.00 Each

Detail of the "BOUND 4" VARIANT:


Haven’t seen THE ROOM? Watch it HERE 

Haven’t read Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell's perfect book “THE DISASTER ARTIST”? Buy it HERE 

Done both of those already? Well then just sit down and while you are anxiously awaiting the release of these prints, PLAY “THE ROOM” VIDEO GAME HERE 

OK I have to go now byyyyyyeeeeee!

Posted on 11 February 2014 | 10:12 pm

Keep an eye out for this hoodie thats keeping its eyes out for...

Keep an eye out for this hoodie thats keeping its eyes out for you.


Hoodie Weather

Castro Valley, CA


Posted on 5 February 2014 | 10:17 pm

Check out what wise words Zero the Simp’sin has to say on...

Check out what wise words Zero the Simp’sin has to say on this shirt right here.

photo and photo of said photo by photo taker Chloe Rice

Posted on 5 February 2014 | 9:56 pm

Zerofriends is in San Francisco!  419 Haight St San...

Zerofriends is in San Francisco! 

419 Haight St

San FranciscoCA 94102

photo by Chloe Rice

Posted on 5 February 2014 | 9:37 pm

New 24" x 36" Prints On Sale This Weekend!

We here at Zerofriends did 2 things this week that we had a lot of fun doing:
1. We finally dusted off the old shrink ray-gun and figured out where that pesky "reverse" switch was on it, then pointed that gun right at the hearts of 4 of our long-sold out limited prints, just to see what would happen, and…
2. We called up our sexy friend, Huge Prince, to announce this weekend's release, which is, suitably, new Huge Prints.


Yes, as Huge Prince just announced, we will be releasing 4 more 24" x 36" Extremely Limited Giclee prints signed and numbered by me. There is no way the internet can do these prints justice. If you have ever bought one of our prints, just imagine that print, but BIGGER! 

Printed with magical and archival inks on Velvet Cotton Rag paper and signed in GOLD INK, these prints are each limited to an edition of 30 and will be available to purchase exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.COM starting this THURSDAY NIGHT (Feb 6) at midnight (Eastern, 9 PM Pacific).

24" x 36"
Limited Edition of 30
Signed and Numbered By Alex Pardee (me!)
$150.00 Each

Available starting Thursday NIGHT at midnight. 

Detail of "The Backpack"


Posted on 4 February 2014 | 6:51 pm

The Amazing "SpEYEderman" Print Relese!

Is your Spidey sense tingling? Or rather, is your SpEYEdey sense tingling? It should be, because in just a few hours I will be releasing a brand new limited print based off of one of my favorite recent paintings. Originally created live in the San Francisco ZEROFRIENDS store while some amazing people stared at my clown shoes and my "Harry" back, we will be releasing this monstrositEYE tonight at Midnight Eastern (9 PM Pacific).
And this weekend only, anyone who orders this new print will receive an additional free exclusive companion print with it too. Here's all the specEYEfics.

Limited Edition Giclee Print
By Alex Pardee
20" x 16"
Edition of 100
Hand Signed and Numbered by Alex Pardee
Printed with Archival Inks on Velvet Cotton Rag Paper
$60.00 each
Available to purchase tonight at 9PM HERE ON ZEROFRIENDS

Detail of the "SpEYEderman" print:

And THIS WEEKEND ONLY (from the moment it is released until Sunday night at midnight while supplies last) you will automatically get this FREE additional hand signed villainous mini-print along with your order. (No need to add this to your basket, it will automatically be shipped with your order).

With every SpEYEderman, there needs to be a SymbEYEote.
5" x 7"
Signed by Alex
Free with Purchase of "SpEYEderman" Print this weekend only (Tonight through Sun, Feb 2).

So just to get this straight, this weekend you buy the big one, you get the little one. Like this:

Here's a little in progress video of me painting the piece in the Zerofriends store.

Posted on 30 January 2014 | 8:48 pm

Get Stoked

"Snake Eyes" Goes on sale Friday exclusively on Purchase it any time this weekend (Jan 10-12) and get a FREE mini "Doppelgänger" version of "Snake Eyes".

Posted on 8 January 2014 | 5:44 pm

Frank "Snake Eyes" Carroll

Frank Carroll's biggest fear was dying alone in war like his father had in The Battle of the Bulge. In 1970, when he was 24 years old, Frank attempted to move from Detroit into Canada in order to dodge the Vietnam War draft and instead pursue his dreams of becoming a writer. Days before moving, Frank's girlfriend, Lorna revealed that she was pregnant and asked Frank to stay in America, accept enrollment in the Army, fight in the war and return home with a new career and a bright future. Frank was raised fatherless, and didn't want his own child to share that experience. If he moved to Canada, he would live, but he would have abandoned his child. If he enrolled in the Army, he could possibly die, but he had the opportunity to fight and return home.Terrified but dedicated to his new future, and in love with Lorna, he agreed and accepted his enrollment in the Army.
9 weeks later, he arrived in Saigon as part of the 52nd Infantry and was dumped in the middle of the jungle with his unit. Because of his initial hesitance to kill and obvious fear, he was extensively bullied by his fellow soldiers, often leading Frank to spend entire nights alone, sleeping up in the trees, taking the job of lookout just to be separated from those who bullied him. At night, in the trees, though his attention never wavered from his lookout duty, he would spend hours writing letters to his girlfriend and future child, sharing fantasies about their bright futures. Eventually Frank did make one friend in the jungle, a war journalist and bomb-specialist named Peter who Frank had admired for his fearlessness with his camera and his ability to defuse anything explosive, which had already saved their unit a few times. After weeks stationed in the same small camp, Peter convinced Frank to separate from his unit and be Peter's lookout and protection while he goes and investigates a secret tribal village that was rumored to be a refuge for Vietnamese mystics and supposed witchdoctors. Peter told Frank that if he helped locate this secret village and keep them safe, they could both take credit for the groundbreaking article that Peter would write, helping Frank launch a career in journalism.
They left hours later in the cover of the night.
Frank led them through the jungle, hacking and slashing through trees, stealthily avoiding the Viet Cong, clearing the path of snakes and spiders, all while Peter shot photos and shared information that he had heard about this secret village they were trying to find, escalating his fantasies of sharing the Pulitzer Prize.
Exhausted, fevered, and starving, they found it. On the surface, this "secret" village resembled a leper colony, with many of the helpless villagers suffering from obvious deformities and ailments, too weak to even oppose Peter and Frank's intrusion. Peter suggested that they leave, fearful of catching an illness and disappointed that the rumors weren't true. But Frank noticed a subtle glow emitting from behind one of the trees and insisted they check it out before leaving. Behind the trees was a makeshift grass hut marked with a symbol that looked like 2 serpents. Inside it, they found the secrets they were looking for. Unlike anything they had ever witnessed, they stumbled in on a group of deformed, decadently robed elderly men and women, chanting amongst a bright green smoke and dancing around a skeleton. And the skeleton…was alive. Peter's camera already in hand he managed to snap about 6 shots before they were noticed, and when they were, each one of these infected mystical tribespeople turned and screeched, their eyes glowing and their teeth gnarling. As the mystics held their hands up toward Peter and Frank, the living skeleton turned its head and looked directly at them as they fled.
Darting out of the village as quickly and as carelessly as they could, Peter slammed his shin against a rogue branch and got his entire leg stuck, stopping him from moving forward. Closely behind them, the trees began to glow green, and the screeching from the mystics could be heard in the distance. Hastily, Frank hacked at the branch with his machete until Peter's leg was finally freed just as they saw the mystics enter into their eyesight. Hobbled, Peter put his arm around Frank as Frank dragged them both as quickly as he could. The mystics not far behind, Frank knew the only way to hide was up in the trees, as he had spent nights there escaping his daily bullying. Mustering his adrenaline, Frank helped Peter up into a tree, and Frank followed, where they covered themselves in thick leaves and branches. There, they sat motionless as they watched the entire village of mystics and lepers pass beneath them. Hours passed as they sat in the trees. When they both felt they were finally safe, they descended from the tree and let out a large sigh of relief.
"We're going to be famous, Frank! These shots I got! What we saw!? Those…people?! I can't wait to write about it." Peter said, excitedly.
"Let's just get home," Frank replied.
2 steps into their journey, however, Frank's future fame instantly vanished. At the base of the tree they have been holding onto for dear life, Frank heard a click as his foot pressed into the mud, and he knew what had happened. He had stepped on a mine. Frank looked at the ground. Peter looked at Frank. Frank looked up and back at Peter and asked "Peter…can you help me? Can you do anything? Can you defuse this?"
Peter looked at Frank with a subtle hint of guilt for only seconds before he held up the camera and pointed to it as he said "I can, Frank, but…I'm going to be famous."
And just like that, Peter hobbled away into the jungle as Frank stood there, watching Peter abandon him, knowing that at any moment, Frank would face his biggest fear. He would die alone in the jungle. Tears in his eyes, and a body filled with regret and anger, he pulled out a pen and a piece of paper and began writing a letter to Lorna and his baby. He got as far as "I love y-" when the mine exploded, disintegrating most of Frank's torso and the top half of his head. Frank laid in the middle of the jungle in Saigon, alone, and dead.
For days, Frank's body lay still in the jungle, his love letter faded and nearly evaporated from the moisture of the jungle, his body affected the same way. Withered, dampened, and torn apart, praying mantises and ants had already begun taking shelter in his torso. It was at this state that a cloaked figure appeared amongst the brush. Surrounding the figure was a familiar green smoky aura. Hunched over Frank's lifeless corpse, the stranger opened a bag, removed a dead pig from it, and crudely removed the pig's intestines and eyeballs, discarding the other remains. The intestines were cut into two long pieces and stretched out on the wet ground. The eyeballs were shoved into the ends of the guts, and the stranger began to chant.
Smoke filled the forest, monkeys and other wildlife could be heard screeching in the distance, bright green lights emitted from the stranger's hands and reflected off of the condensation on the jungle leaves, resembling some kind of distorted third world disco.
More chanting. More rumbling. The pig intestines changed color, began to move, and then slithered their way around Frank's exposed dead arms, making their way to his hands. Simultaneously, Frank's muscles twitched, starting with his legs, and moving up to the half of his head that was still intact. His body began to stand, and soon it was fully upright. The stranger, still cloaked, stood back and watched as the intestinal serpents wrapped themselves around Frank's hands, moved their heads in place above Frank's severed nasal cavity, and seemed to mentally link with Frank's newly reanimated body. With the serpents' functioning eyes now floating above Frank's head, a brand new complete face was formed. At this moment, Frank's mouth peeled open and he let out a bellowing scream, which quickly changed into a subtle and confident smirk.
Frank was alive….
To Be Continued….
("Snake Eyes" will be displayed this Thursday, Jan 9th at Spoke Art in SF as part of the annual SupersonicElectronic show, and a limited "Snake Eyes" print will be released on Friday, Jan 10th exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.)

Posted on 7 January 2014 | 12:12 am

Supersonic Electronic Annual Group Exhibition

This Thursday at Spoke Art in SF!
816 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94109


Posted on 6 January 2014 | 4:05 am

Jux x ZF Artist Signing THIS SATURDAY!

If you haven't seen it yet, Alex Pardee got a chance to curate the entire "Imagination" issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, which is ON NEWSSTANDS EVERYWHERE NOW!

This Saturday, December 21st, from 1-2 pm there will be a special signing at Zerofriends in San Francisco with Juxtapoz 
"Imagination Issue"  artists Alex Pardee, Jorma Taccone (of The Lonely Island), Matt Ritchie, and photographer Chloe Rice. Get your January, 
Imagination Issue signed and if you don't have one yet you can get one there! (They will probably sign other things for you too…yep, including MacGruber DVDs!)

419 Haight St
San Francisco, CA

As a bonus, the first 40 people to show up to the signing will receive this exclusive FREE 5"x5" mini print that features Alex, Matt, Chloe and Jorma all hanging out like friendly friends.

See you this Saturday!

Posted on 19 December 2013 | 3:52 pm

JUXTAPOZ: The "Imagination" Issue is out now!

I can’t remember the last time I had to physically run away from a situation. But there has been THOUSANDS of times that I have simply wanted to escape.

When I was asked by JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE to curate another issue, I wanted to do something different than the “Halloween” theme of last year. With the Halloween-theme, I featured artists that I have loved for years and that have influenced me visually and technically. This year I wanted to feature artists that have influenced my imagination, in some cases even since I was a child, in more ways than their visual techniques. After discussing this with Evan Pricco, the Editor In Chief of Juxtapoz over lunch, the theme of “imagination” pretty much birthed itself right there in a bowl of noodles.

The theme of “imagination” gave me a great launching point for curating this issue of JUXTAPOZ. And understanding the fact that the term “imagination” can be so broad, especially when applied to the world of art, I knew immediately which direction I wanted to go in and what specific faction of “imagination” I intended to focus on. At first, I was convinced the common thread between all of the artists I wanted to feature was that each one has created some kind of imaginary “world” with their art. But over this 3-month journey of assembling the issue, interviewing these artists, exploring the worlds that they have created, the stories written within those worlds, and discovering just WHY these artists have admirably built these universes without any promise of success or recognition, I realized that in addition to a passion for imagination, we all had something ELSE in common: a desire to escape.

Every artist and creator that I've gathered for this issue, despite any roadblocks, social opposition, competition or conformity, has spent a lifetime utilizing their imaginations, forging their own extravagant worlds to inhabit for when they wanted to escape reality. And when their worlds got large enough, these creators shared them with the rest of us, in turn giving US more places to escape to both as viewers and fellow creators. I have ventured in to each one of these artists’ extraordinary worlds consistently throughout my life and have continued to feed off of them while spending a lifetime building MY world that I hope to continue sharing forever.

This special “IMAGINATION” issue of JUXTAPOZ is NOW IN STORES and on newsstands everywhere, or you can get this issue FREE when you subscribe to JUXTAPOZ here at their website. 

Just some of the “world-builders” and imagination based features in this issue include: David Copperfield, Charlie Immer (whose amazing JELLYFACE painting appears on the cover), The Lonely Island (and their secret 4th member Barry Langsfield), Lisa Hanawalt (who is interviewed by an intoxicated Santa Claus), Edible-artist Wolvesmouth, Craola (and his love for Dr. Seuss), Matt Ritchie’s tiny overpopulated world, Tim Schafer (creator of some of the most innovative video games ever), Scott C, Tara McPherson, BUNNYWITH, filmmaker Stephen Reedy, Ransom & Mitchell, John Gourley from Portugal.The Man, Kristen Lepore, Franky Aguilar and more.
Plus beautiful portraits and photography by Chloe Rice, Homer Liwag and Bryan Derballa.

Go get it before it becomes a figment of your imagination!

PS. You don’t need to rely on inspiration if you know how to harness your imagination.

Posted on 10 December 2013 | 4:31 am


This is both a Public Service Announcement AND a 72-Hour-Limited Edition Timed-Released Print announcement, but for public services.

According the Official Random USA poll a few years ago, an estimated one third of all Americans believe aliens have visited the planet Earth, and of these a large percentage believed alien abductions were happening frequently.

And according to reliable and accurate sources The History Channel and Animal Planet, Alien abductions can occur at anytime of the day or night and they have happened in both big cities as well as isolated outlying areas.

In numerous very detailed accounts, a light is observed outside the bedroom window and shines in filling the room. Then, aliens generally enter the room either through the doorway or walls. In some cases the victim simply awakens to find them standing by the bed. Then they get kidnapped. 

However, there are a few documented cases where the aliens don't immediately abduct the person. Sometimes, they hide in the victim's closets or, more specifically, in their giant toys. 

Big tin foil hats and weird glasses are known to protect you from alien visits, but those are stupid ideas, so instead, in order to help defend yourself from these harbingers of anal-probing, get one of these very practical and very limited "DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition" prints seen above (that will only be available for 72 hours) and hang it up in your room in order to inform the aliens that "Hey guys, check out this print, I know what's up and what your plans are, and I'm prepared, so I'm ahead of you. Go back to Melmac now, and stop your weird visits, thanks!"

"DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition"
Limited Edition Timed Release Giclee Print
Starting THIS FRIDAY, Dec 6 at Midnight (Eastern, 9PM Thursday night Pacific)
And ending SUNDAY, Dec 8 at Midnight (Eastern)
Signed And Numbered By Alex Pardee
20" x 16"

At the end of the 72 hour time period, the exact number of prints that we sell will be the exact number of prints released for the edition. So, if only 3 people, one spam email and one armadillo buys them, then the edition will be 5. Cool? We think so!

So yes, from December 6, starting at 12:01 AM (eastern) all the way through December 8 at 11:59 PM and any single minute in between those times, you can purchase this new "DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition" Limited Edition Print (as seen above) either online at ZEROFRIENDS.COM or in person at our Zerofriends Retail Store in San Francisco.

Our San Francisco store is located at:

419 Haight St (Lower Haight)
San Francisco, CA

And remember:

Posted on 4 December 2013 | 6:11 pm

"Brown Thursday Is Almost HERE!" FREE PRINTS!


The most important part of the disease, I mean the announcement, is this:
We are giving away MORE FREE PRINTS THAN EVER BEFORE! So listen closely to the sound of your voice as you read along with the following information.
Our Brown Thursday Sale officially starts the night of Wednesday, Nov 27 at midnight eastern time (9PM pacific) and goes through Dec 8th or until supplies last.

Spend $25 or more (before shipping) on any combination of items on ZEROFRIENDS.COM and receive your choice of ONE of these two signed, numbered limited edition 8"x10" prints from ALEX PARDEE and DAVE CORREIA.

Choose from "The Pilgrim of Death" By Alex Pardee (Limited edition of 400) or "TurKid" by Dave Correia (Limited Edition of 400).
Please note in the comments section upon checkout which of the two prints you would like (if no print is specified we will send you one of the two at random). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last.

But that's only PART of the good part! 
Spend $50 (before shipping) and get BOTH of these 8"x10" prints for FREE! Limit ONE EACH per household while supplies last.

No need to add these prints to your shopping cart, we will automatically ship them to every qualifying order.

But OH MY GOD! That's STILL not the best part! 
Spend $150 and get one of these super-limited signed 8"x20" "Trail Of The Pilgrim" print by Alex Pardee (edition of 100). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last.


And an even BETTER part of this whole deal is that you don't have to wait until someone let's you in from the cold to fistfight someone to get deals! You can do it from the safety of on-your-butt starting on the night of Nov 27th at midnight (eastern, 9PM pacific)!

That's right, an entire day before some of you hoarders line up at Best Buy to get a 3-D TV you'll never watch and a Hunger Games Blu Ray for 4 dollars, you can ON-LINE UP at and check out, alongside BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, the new (temporary) slashed prices on a few Different Signed Limited Giclee Prints, all of our 8" x 10" prints and 5" x 7" prints are on sale, as well all of our t-shirts!
Sale officially starts MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME (9PM Pacific) on Weds night (Nov 27)

Step by step instructions without illustrations:

1. Go to ZEROFRIENDS.COM, where, at the time of the sale, we will be putting up brand new t-shirts, new girls' shirts, new prints, restocking our hoodies, and more! (you can see previews below!)

2. Look around at some of the BRAND NEW PRODUCTS and take a look at some of the sale items.

3. Take notes. Smile

4. Starting On Brown Thursday (technically Wrad Wednesday night), Nov 28, (Officially starts midnight Wednesday night at midnight Eastern Standard Time) Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $25 or more before shipping and receive, along with your order, your choice of ONE of two free 8" x 10" signed & numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Pilgrim of Death" (limited edition of 400) or Dave Correia's "TurKid" (limited edition of 400)*
Spend $50 or more before shipping and receive BOTH of the free prints!

4.5. Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $150 or more and receive, in addition to the two free 8" x 10"s, a FREE 8" x 20" signed and numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Trail of the Pilgrim" Painting, totaling 3 free prints.


*Limit of ONE free print of each print per HOUSEHOLD. While supplies last.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you from all of us here at ZEROFRIENDS.
See you invisibly there!

(below are just previews. some old, some new. not everything is available just yet, but even on the products that are, if you want to get a free print you should probably wait or something! Good advice!)

Posted on 26 November 2013 | 4:02 pm

Alex Pardee x SMUT CAVE

Posted on 26 November 2013 | 3:43 pm

The Console Wars means FREE PRINTS!

In the late 80's, the Sega Genesis promised to do what "NindenDIDN't", and then fizzled into the ether after a decade-long battle, momentarily calming the vast Pixel Sea that Nintendo had claimed. Soon after, Sony emerged with a confident threat that "we weren't ready", and they were right. While Nintendo continued to make children happy with mustachioed men, ocarinas and silly cart racing, Sony's Playstation kept the adult consumers' soup warm and tasty until one day Microsoft decided to enter the ring and shit in everyone's soup bowls. 

Then, it was back and forth, and back and forth until everyone seemed to be on the same playing field, playing the same games, holding hands online, no longer alienating their friends for only having "the shitty old first generation Xbox360" or for choosing to play GTA 5 on PS3 because those controls make it easier to cheat. All was calm, even if everyone online just rage-quits or tells each other to fuck themselves and eat bags of dicks for unfair level boosting, then laughs about it in the morning.
However, starting today, November 15, 2013, THE GREAT CONSOLE WARS have begun again. 
First up to strike is the new-favored Playstation 4, unleashing its early offense until next week when XBOX-One tries heartily to take back it's crown that it once had in the early 360 days. Then, only time will tell who is prettier, who can punch harder, and who has a better strategy for taking all of our money.

And even before either of these titans goes head to head over this holiday season, everyone already has a favorite.

So to commemorate these favorites and these brave soldiers who are about to jump headfirst into battle, with only your feeble hands controlling their fates, we would like to ask you to "pick a favorite", and get that favorite for FREE with any purchase of $10 on Can't pick a favorite? Need to represent both sides of the battle? No problem, just spend $20 and get BOTH of these console warriors to stand by your side while you dish out head shots and patiently wait for the next Uncharted or Gears of War. When the smoke clears next year, we'll see which warrior fought harder, and which system emerges victorious, but remember, whoever wins, we lose (time, money and social lives). 

By Alex Pardee
5" x 5"
Open edition giclee print
Available FREE with purchase from NOW  through Friday Nov 22nd. 

Here's how to receive your FREE "Console Warriors" print:

1. Go to our brand new, revamped "ZEROFRIENDS" online store at
2. Spend a total (before shipping) of $10 or more on ANYTHING in the store.
3. Upon check-out, type in the "comments" section which Console Warrior you would like (XBOX or PLAYSTATION).
4. Complete your checkout. No can't, and don't have to add the free print to your shopping cart, it will be automatically shipped to you with your order as long as your order was placed between NOW (Friday, Nov 15th) and Nov 22 as was over $10 before shipping). Any order over $20 will automatically get BOTH "Console Warrior" prints for FREE. 

*NOTE: If you do not note which print you would like we will automatically send you one of our choice. 

**NOTE: Limit ONE EACH of the prints per oder (Limit total of 2 different prints).

Posted on 15 November 2013 | 11:30 pm

New Male Pregnancy Print! And Bunnywith Closing Show

What’s it like to be male and pregnant with a repeating monstrous baby in your head? If you’re Anthony, you know exactly what it’s like. “Anthony’s Pregnancy”, my new limited print release is AVAILABLE NOW ON Zerofriends , as part of my ongoing “Vertigo” series. 

By Alex Pardee
16 x 20 
Limited Edition of 100
$60.00 Each
Comes shipped with a free 8x10 story of "The Pregnancy" as part of my ongoing "Vertigo" series of prints and stories revolved around famed nightmare hunter Verti Parker.

Also, my "BUNNYWITH" show is coming to a close this week at Gallery 1988:East and to celebrate a successful month, I'm going back to LA and hanging out at the gallery tomorrow, Friday, from 4-6 in case you wanted to come get anything signed or just wanted to laugh at my new "one-sideburn" look.
Oh, but that's not all, because I will be at the gallery doing a Shining, i mean a signing, I will also be releasing one new Bunnywith print that will ONLY be available tomorrow from 4-6.

$10.00 Each 

Gallery 1988: East
7021 Melrose Ave (at La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA

Posted on 7 November 2013 | 11:23 pm

"WILLOW CREEK" Limited Print On Sale NOW!

A few months ago, I got a wonderful present from one of the most intelligent maniacs alive today, Bobcat Goldthwait. That present was "complete creative freedom" to design whatever I wanted for the poster to his latest horror movie, "WILLOW CREEK", which has been making a bigger-than-creek-like splash at every film festival this year. The film is centered around a couple who venture up into Willow Creek, CA, where the very first Bigfoot footage was recorded, in hopes of seeing the sasquatch themselves, even though their views on the subject are conflicting. The film moves quickly from hilarious into harrowing as they descend deeper into both the town, the legend, and the forest.  After watching the film, it was clear to see that the entire Bigfoot mythology and iconography is based off of 3 ingredients: The witnesses, the stories they tell, and the dense forest. 
So i took all 3 of those main ingredients and designed this poster, which I am happy to announce will finally be available to purchase as a limited edition print through ZEROFRIENDS starting NOW!

Designed By Alex Pardee
For Bobcat Goldthwait's "Willow Creek"
Limited Edition of 100
18" x 24"
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
$60.00 each


Above photo by CHLOE RICE

Bobcat has been making the rounds with this amazing film, so if you have a chance to catch it in person, DO IT! Here is the trailer for it.

Posted on 24 October 2013 | 2:11 pm

Progress of a Painting - "Organic Symmetry"


by Dave Correia

Hello all! I’d like to take you on another step-by-step journey through the process of one of my paintings. This was one of the first pieces I painted for my solo show last year. It’s 18”x24” acrylic paint on wood panel. I believe I completed it around March of 2012. If I recall correctly, the entire process took about a week and a half. I apologize for the crappy phone photos, but that’s all I had at the time. Here we go!

As you can see with the above image on the left, I start out with a VERY loose sketch of the idea. These thumbnails are always small 2”x2” sketches, and they’re done very quickly. I’ll usually do 2-5 thumbnails per drawing. When you draw small and quick, it’s much easier to work out the composition because everything is broken down to simple shapes. The writing on the side of the thumbnail are little notes reminding me of colors I want to use, technical things I want to try and general ideas that I don’t feel like sketching out.


When I’m happy with the idea, I’ll sketch it larger with more detail. Sometimes I’ll spend a little too long on the detail stuff, but its easy to get carried away. I print out the sketch the same size as my panel, rub graphite on the back of the paper and trace over it, so the image transfers onto the panel.  


Once the image is on the panel, I’ll spray it with a light coat of workable fixatif, and wash a rough medium tone over it. This gets rid of all the white on the paper, and helps me establish darks and lights when I’m painting over it. The medium tone is usually just raw umber, some viridian, and a little bit of black.


Then I start adding the darks, with raw umber and black. I keep the paint very very thin by adding  lots of water.


Once the darks are down, I can start the light washes of color. These washes go down very thin over the already dark values and start to help define the painting. At this point I’m not really sure what colors to use, so they usually end up changing a little, and they’ll get thicker and brighter as I go over them.


(Ouch, bad photo! I was probably doing jumping jacks in the dark while taking this) Focusing more on specific spots, I lay down thicker colors with more controlled brush strokes. I’m still only really working on the darks and mi-tones. I’m also laying color into the background too.


Kind of a huge jump ahead, but really just more of the same…just focusing on specific areas at a time, but I’m now adding lights.


Pretty much done with the acrylics at this point. The entire piece is covered in paint and the colors are close to what I want.


The final shot. Oil paints were used VERY thin over most of the painting to bring the colors together. For this piece I used very cool colors over the entire form and it really helped the color harmony. This is also a nice professionally scanned image, not a crummy iPhone pic.

Hope you enjoyed that! If you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll be sure to answer them as best as I can! 


Posted on 26 June 2013 | 4:20 pm

Progress of a painting.


by Dave Correia

I’ve always loved watching an artist create a painting from start to finish. I’m fascinated with how he/she sets up their pallet, how they prepare their substrate, and how they execute their piece.

For this particular painting, I used no reference and a very limited palette. I don’t typically do that, but for this piece, it just seemed necessary. I’d like to share with you my creative process; what I’m thinking while I work, and the technical steps I use to complete a piece.
I always start off with a series of very small thumbnail sketches. These are usually made very quickly with a regular number 2 pencil, and are usually just an inch or two tall. As you can see, with the first sketch on the right, I’m just playing with a few basic loose shapes. At this point, I’m just laying down the basic composition, and the only idea I have in my head is - I want to paint some kind of oval monster. As I’m sketching, I’m trying to make sense of the shapes as I’m putting them down. I’m basically just scribbling over my drawing, letting rough shapes form features and character. Once I start to see a loose idea, I re-draw it a little larger with more defined objects.


When I’m happy with the loose thumbnail, I’ll re-draw it again a little larger and with tighter detail. I take this opportunity to figure out the actual drawing and anatomy of my monster. I also write out a lot of technical notes and ideas I want to try out; like color palette or textures. Sometimes I stick to my notes, and sometimes I deviate, but regardless it’s important for me to put them down while I’m thinking about it.

Once the sketch is figured out, I scan it, print it out to fit my substrate, and transfer it to the panel - in this case an 18”x24” triple primed MDF panel. I cover the back of the transfer paper with charcoal, and transfer the drawing onto the panel. Much like how a tattoo transfer works, I’m only really concerned with getting the primary lines on the panel. All the detail and blending will be figured out later when I start painting.

I spray a light coat of Workable Fixative over the panel so when I start painting, the charcoal doesn’t smear in with my paints. Make sure it’s a light coat, or else your paints will bead up if you use water! Then I’ll tone the panel with some sort of mid-tone. For this painting I used some viridian and raw umber with lots of water so the drawing still shows though.

I start laying down darks to establish the values, and since I’m painting from my imagination and not reference material; it also helps me make up anatomy and texture on a monster that doesn’t really exist!

For this particular painting, I’m only using a few colors. I paint pretty thin, using a lot of water with my acrylics. I start by laying down a mid tone blue while mixing in some white for highlights. I glaze over the dark areas established in the previous step to get my darker blues.

From here on out I pretty much move across the panel, laying down thin colors; dark, mid, light. It’s still pretty rough. I just want to get some color over everything, knowing I’ll go back over it again with some light glazes and brighter highlights.

Using only a few colors, I go a little darker and a little lighter. I introduce more red and glaze over areas with very thin coats of paint to get some nice depth and texture. I’m also mixing in white to hit the top of the folds in the monsters skin.

Still painting very thin, I start blocking in the background. I want the background darker so the monster “pops” against it.

I add some color to the the creatures on top of the monster, and play with the background a little more. I actually take out the smaller creature on the right because I feel it’s getting too distracting. The colors on the creatures are still a little flat, but I’m ok with that since it’s the first pass and I know I’ll darken and lighten them up.

I make a final pass over everything with oil paints. Working very very thin with oils, I glaze over the entire painting with thin blues, reds and purples. This helps to bring color consistency to the overall painting and it helps deepen the darks and make all the colors more rich. I’ll also use thicker oil paint for highlights.

Posted on 8 September 2012 | 6:37 pm