Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from illustrationISM

Merry Christmas from illustrationISM,
and have a 'STRONG' New Year!
The illustrator of this digi-card begs most respectfully to present
to you the compliments of the season, and hopes that the important
duties which have devolved upon him have been so discharged
as to be favorably remembered by you at this joyous and festive holiday. (whew)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Howard Steel

Mikaela @ 6 years old!

In honor of Mikaela's (and ours) great week-end,
(her WILLAMETTE HIGH SCHOOL Christmas Concert,
the CANADIAN TENORS concert at the
PLUS great friends, thick Xmas shopping traffic...)
I thought i'd dig up an old sketch of her!

ember heads

no, i'm not going crazy, but i drew these face 'like' heads that i saw in our blazing fire-place!
(maybe it's because Mik, Dan & i saw
movies lately!)


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Ten Albums of 2011

Here are my


for 2011:

1) - The Waterboys - An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.

Why? It's such a layered, traversed album that goes

through the phrases/phases of W.B. Yeats;

with the background rock symphony of

Mike Scott and The Waterboys.

"The hammering angst dancing with the mist of soul." (my line!)

2) - Spiderman - Turn Off The Dark.

Through all the chaos in NYC getting the musical started,

this album was a great outcrop of Bono, Edge and all the people

that got beaten up for it, singing 'RISE ABOVE'!

PLUS + It's a great road-trip cd on a great rental car stereo!

3) - Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort.

If 'HE' makes an album within any year, you

have to listen, hear, gestate and love it.

4) - Proto Kaw - Forth.

After all that Kerry Livgren went through,

he can still make a pristine, sharp, anthemic product.

5) - Ben Harper - White Lies For Dark Times.

6) - U2 - Achtung Baby Super Deluxe package;

(especially the 'Kindergarten demos' and the


PLUS + Q Magazine's 'Ahk-toong-Bay-bi' Covered CD.

7) - Sam Phillips - Solid State.

8) - Brad Mehldau - Live in Marciac.

(2-CD & DVD gig!); A REALLY nice set!

The best head-phones in the dark album.

9) - The Jelly Jam - Shall We Descend?!

10) - (yes...another) The Waterboys - In A Special Place;

Mike Scott (playing great on the) Piano

Demos for This Is The Sea; i would also love

to see his 'black book' with all his thots, lyrics and notes,

during this phase!

(did you see last years list?)

THANX, for many of these, to
SKIP'S RECORD & CD WORLD, here in Eugene!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals


X-D Take the time 2C it! X-D

Spike Jones wasn't the only purveyor of crazy novelty music in the first half of the 20th century.

Russian-born Borrah Minevitch led a zany combo that were very popular from the late 1920s to Minevitchs' untimely death in the '50s.

Space Age Pop sez, "the novelty of a whole harmonica band, using the full range from huge bass to tiny alto harmonica, made a terrific impression. Within a year, Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals were one of the hottest acts on the vaudeville circuit."

They even featured a midget, Johnny Puleo, who was featured prominently in their on-stage shenanigans, as videos of the group on YouTube attest.

THANX from: http://musicformaniacs.blogspot.com/2011/06/borrah-minevitch-his-harmonica-rascals.html

an illustration from the past...


"The 'two sides' always clashing and spatting @
each other for dominance of
the souls and lives of "women/children/embryos & viable tissue".
[ it's ironic & puzzling why it's called the 'LOVEJOY' Surgicenter?! ]

"Prayer is Oxygen..."

a sketch of Daniel Sketching

a sketch of Daniel Jaquette sketching at Melissa Thieme's Piano room.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Danielson VS. Where The Wild Things Are SOUNDTRACK

Have you ever noticed that the soundtrack to
sound the same!!!??
(...somewhat makes you do a
check-the-soundtrack-credits-for-Danielson scan!)

Wine at The Nines

while i was waiting at Table 3 at
THE NINES fund raiser in August,
i sketched a bit...

another July vacation sketch

our Art Museum visit last Sunday...

...PLUS....last Sunday afternoon we (w/ b & i) went
I enjoyed Joe Sacco's Safe Around Gorazde graphic,
historical novel ink panels;
Xiaoze Xie's Amplified Moments paintings,
and all the newly added Japanese Ink & Brush
art (especially the Chutes and Ladders [ E-sugoroku ] games
and ink drawings!

...dress rehearsal sketch 2.

i picked this guy out of the 300 voice choir to sketch!

dress rehearsal sketch 1

While we (b, i & d) were hearing/watching Mikaela
during the rehearsal of the Eugene Symphony's
'A Lincoln Portrait' - i sketched this...
(harps are hard to sketch, while
people are filing in...!...)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

D.L. Love 'Obit Illy'

obituaries illustration was drawn of
David 'Dave' Lee Love.

PLEASE know that these are drawn with the intent
to honor the reposed and their full lives.
Please forgive me if it offends anyone,
I am in no way ridiculing the reposed.
I am artistically inspired by their lives and accomplishments,
so i wanted to illustrate them.
Nothing macabre, no nefarious reason, i'm
drawn to people who have had noted presence in life.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I just saw loudQUIETloud on HULU.
A great documentary about the PIXIES;
'a band that plays together well
BUT doesn't stay together well.'
(my quote)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Left-overs for ADELAIDE....

i had to 'label' the plate of scraps for Adelaide, our
12+ year old Australian/English
Shepherd (half civil, half convict) @ our
'Diety Acknowledge Center' kitchen.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ronald Searle's The Compleet Molesworth

I found a treasure
( and when one means treasure,
you find it unexpected, glimmering, rewarding and
[practically] free ) at St. Vincent de Paul's on Seneca, RONALD SEARLE'S
A booked stuffed with Searle's great
pen and ink creations!


I guess this's, partially, why i didn't post any October blogettes
(but the kids and i got lotsa candy last Monday! - and i did
get the anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of
BUT i'm mainly posting about another GREAT book i read -
Why did i like it... . . he pulls no punches, is honest
(many will say yea, yea, that's Frank Schaeffer for ya'), great stories
(revealing behind the curtain stories that will blush/rattle a baptist) and comes
to the conclusion - all that matters is love (for God, family,
neighbor and yourself....J.O.Y. - 'let go and let God').


I just got done reading a graphic novel
called KAMPUNG BOY, by
the Malaysian artist 'LAT'.
Great ink work, style, story and a
free trip to a Malaysian 'KAMPUNG!'

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Some people...

...grab the whole branch to get one cherry!

Johnny Cash - I See A Darkness

I just got done with a great graphic novel,
by Reinhard Kleist called
Johnny Cash - I See A Darkness!
'GREATabulous' black and white art, great flow (art & story) and
awesome drawn sections on JC's songs!
There's a little bio, synopsis and interview-deo HERE!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I saw WELCOME the other night
(i like the FILM MOVEMENT
series and the IFC Films) and loved it!
A great movie about dedication,
love (philos & agape), committment and determination.

Here's a synopsis:
Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his
way through Europe for the last three months,
trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently
emigrated to England. But his journey comes to an
abrupt halt when he is stopped by authorities in Calais,
on the French side of the Channel. Left with no other
alternatives, he decides to swim across.
Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train,
where he meets Simon, a middle-aged swimming instructor in
turmoil over his imminent divorce.
Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back
the affection of his wife, who does volunteer work
helping immigrants. But what begins as a
relationship based on self interest, develops into something
much bigger than Simon could ever have imagined,
as he too will ultimately risk everything to reach happiness.

R rating; 'wirty dords' & phrases (in french); passion/lust scene.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ticket to the Movies Contest envelope 4

Here's the fourth of my weekly, illustrated,

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelopes.

('Yoda Everybody Loves, the dark side except')


Thursday, August 11, 2011

a sketch in my vacation book...

Here's a sketch/journal page from one
of our vacation days in Colorado.
(p.s. - i won a pair of Movie tickets from my
Register Guard envelopes!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Aunt Alices Kitchen

illustrationISM's Restaurant Review -
Aunt Alices Kitchen
in Longmont, Colorado

Service - Excellent!
Coffee - Excellent!
Waitresses - Very Friendly
(even on a jam-packed Sunday)!
From Order to Serving - Fast!
Flavor - MMMMM Good!
Price - Very Reasonable!

Definitely 'The BEST Breakfast Joint' a visiting
Oregonian can recommend, if you're ever in
Longmont Colorado!
Daniel and Isabel blocking the door so the paparrazi couldn't come in!

On Sunday, July 24th, 2011, before we drove up to Estes Park and
Rocky Mountain National Park, with my Mom Mary, she took us to
AUNT ALICES KITCHEN for breakfast!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelope 3...

Here the third of my annual, illustrated,

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelopes.

(Cowboys & Aliens theme, also [ now

that i look at it ] - The Illustrated Man)

(i missed a couple since i was in vacation in

Grand Junction, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado;

Grand Mesa, Colorado.)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelope 2...

Here the second of my annual, illustrated,

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelopes.

(If you tweak your brightness and contrast, you can see the subliminal messages in mickey's cap!!!)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Register Guard Movie Contest Envelope 1...

Here the first one of my illustrated
Register Guard Movie Contest Envelopes.
(please, please, please, win, win, win...)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

C.S. Lewis quote about the 'Stupidest Grown-ups'....

While i was waiting of my kids,
i typographed/illustrated
a GREAT QUOTE by C.S. Lewis . . .
"Even in this world, of course,
it is the stupidest children
who are the most childish
and the
stupidest grown-ups
who are the most grown-up."

C.S. Lewis; The Silver Chair
(Ch: The Healing of Harms)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

••••• Stigmata •••••

I just finished a great graphic novel called
STIGMATA, from Fantagraphics Books.
A strong and profound story on
pain, hurt, darkness, grief, hope, grace and then
redemption. Awesome artwork/linework.
The illustrator is Lorenzo Mattotti.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birthday Card for my Godson Timothy

This a 1st Birthday Card for my Godson Timothy Polishchuk,
(yes, i'm worthy to be a Godfather).
It's also a moment for people to say 'aaawww'.
(on the back i put my normal 'allmark' logo)
(sorry i didn't make one for ISABEL CARDS)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A 'Prophet Rock' i sent to HAROLD CAMPING!

A 'Prophet Rock' i painted and mailed to
HAROLD CAMPING earlier this week!
(i hope Harold receives it before Judgement Day,
Saturday, May 21, 2011!)

Deut. 13:1-11; 18:20-22;
2 Peter ('The Rock') 1:16-21 & 2:1-9.