Monday, December 13, 2010


Happy holidays to all! The above image is a CD cover I did for my old friend Bobby Keyes. It's in a new retro style I'm developing, influenced by some of the classic album cover artists of the 1950's and '60's, but with a slicker, more modern twist to the line and color. Bobby's going back into the studio to record more tracks for this album, so it won't likely be available until later in 2011, but more info regarding his two other excellent CD's is available at his website at Click on the CD image for a larger version. It's worth it!

Monday, November 22, 2010


In an elaborate visual metaphor for the life of the digital-age, freelance artist, Turkey-D wails on his favorite axe in an attempt to scare away that guy with the other axe!! (click the pic for a larger image)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Frank Petronzio

Frank Petronzio was my art teacher during my last two years of high school. He was a dedicated and skilled teacher, an excellent painter, and taught art the way it should be taught: with lots of personalized guidance and encouragement for each student to pursue his/her own artistic vision. Frank took particular interest in my work and taught me watercolor techniques that I use to this day. He was warm-hearted, free-form, fun and inspiring. Each memory I have of Frank still brings a smile. Every moment I spent in his company was a pure pleasure, and that's mighty unique in my experience.

After high school, I went to college, pursued my career and lost touch, though I would sometimes hear about him from my family and some mutual friends. About two years ago, I attempted to contact Frank, after finding out about his whereabouts by chance. I sent him a fat package of my professional work and copies of some old art I'd done in his class. Sadly, I never got to see him again, as he passed away not long thereafter.

Frank was an old-school artist and predated the Internet by many decades, so there is precious little about him to be found on the web. Details of his life and career can still be seen here in this obituary. There is a touching slice-of-life encounter detailed here, and my old friend and exceptional artist Debbie Clarke posted this remembrance on her blog shortly after his passing.

I rendered the above likeness of Frank in my heroic style, as he was and always will be one of my heroes. It's based on his photo in my yearbook and the way I like to remember him.

I was in attendance at Frank's memorial service, and it was standing room only. Frank Petronzio would have been 91 this Sunday, November 7th. Happy birthday, Frank.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

RETRO-COOL - From the Archives

Some millennia ago, a couple of friends of mine and I had the idea to form a new band. It was to feature Pat on saxophone, Chuck on banjo, and me on electric guitar. Chuck came up with the name: "Missing Persons." This inspired me to come up with the logo, a slightly enhanced version of which appears above. Shortly after I rendered the very cool group portrait, we discovered someone else had been using that name, thereby putting the kibosh on the whole invisible men concept I had utilized. After a couple of rehearsals, we decided that the sax, banjo and guitar idea worked better on paper than in practice, and that was that. Recently, I came across an old photocopy of the B&W logo art, cleaned it up and added some quick color and texture enhancements in Photoshop, and created this simulated LP cover seen here for pretty much the first time anywhere! Click the pic for the 600 pixel image. By the way, I'm not all that short. Those guys are just really tall!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New cartoon art posted

I recently added nine images to my gallery on, expanding my total portfolio there to 30 illustrations. The art on that site is all rendered in my two cartoon styles which, as you can see from the above art, is quite different from my comic book work. The "Kitchen Chaos" illustration above is from my latest promo card and is a revamped version of a B&W piece I did for a Spanish language textbook a while back. Click here for my Picture-Book gallery, or here for my home page and four galleries at Dave As usual you can click on the image to see a larger version.