Friday, December 4, 2009

Art Show At Luxe De Vil Tonight!

The kind ladies at Luxe De Vil Salon were kind enough to invite me to their December first Friday gallery opening as an exhibitor! I think I'll be there kinda late - not feeling too well tonight but I really wanna check out everyone else's work and see some people I haven't seen in awhile.

ANYHOO - The show is from 6pm until 9pm tonight and you can get directions from the link provided above. If you can't come here's a sweet photo they nabbed for me of the two pieces I contributed for tonight's show!

The theme was Alice in Winter Wonderland by the by.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finally free of obligation

Ok so December is an open slate for me as far as artwork goes! So with that being said I am opening up for commissions and any upcoming jobs anyone wishes to hire me for. I really want to focus on comic work again so if you have anything in that vein please forward it along to my email spicypeanut at gmail dot com.

In other fresh news I have a show at Luxe De Vil Salon this Friday night on the Santa Fe artwalk!

They're at 657 Santa Fe dr. Which is in between 6th and 7th street on the west side. Usually lasts from around 6pm up to 930 or 10pm!

If you want to attend more info can be found at Hope to see you there!


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Forgoing the last piece.

So the last piece is giving me some issues so I'm moving on for the moment.

I got inspired after seeing Regina Spektor live in concert last night to go back to a concept I had way before this show idea. I've always wanted to remake the Queen of Hearts. This is the culmination of that idea and probably the fourth of the pieces.

The idea for them goes as follows.
Alice follows the White Rabbit.
Alice encounters the dead flowers frozen in winter.
Alice finds her way to the tree shortcut to the Queen's kingdom.
And finally the unforgiving Queen herself.

So without further adieu, the Queen herself in pencils.

I'm flirting with the idea of doing some tattoos on her arm to modern her up. Not sure what I'll do with that negative space at the top there.

That's all for now!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Roughs of the new piece.

As promised I update this when I update my feed. The 2nd piece for Alice's Winter Wonderland show will be Alice surrounded by the faces in the flowers. Except since it's winter they're all dead and she is astonished - if not horrified.

I got the composition idea from my friend and former coworker Lauren Michaels. My model for this piece is my dear friend Ann Flynn. A talented actress and singer whose talent I can't describe in words.

So here's the two images - the first being the reference. The second being the rough of the image. Hope you enjoy!

So as you can see it's nowhere near being done or polished but you get the idea. I may mess with the facial expression a bit too.

Anyhoo that's it for me!
-- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, November 2, 2009

Finally the scan!

Ok so here's the scan of the full completed piece! The first of four and I actually quite like this one. The first one of "Alice's Winter Wonderland" theme for December. I'm really excited for this show - we had a great time at the last one, and this one should rock too! If you're curious about the progress of this one or the ideas behind it I posted a blog earlier today so feel free to scroll down and dig it out!

These will be hanging up at Luxe De Vil Salon in the heart of Denver! My friends over there have done a smashing job of combining great art and amaaaazing hair stylings. Talented ladies to say the least and I'm flattered to be included in this show, and hopefully many others as they're right on the Santa Fe Art Walk downtown.

Their next show will be "X-Ray Sex." this Friday night Hosted by Sid Pink, X-Ray Sex will feature artworks by Michael Payne, with music provided by DJ Rockstar Aaron. I'll be down there throwing down with the cool kids - hope to see you there!

The next night we go to see Regina Spektor at the Fillmore. I think it's fair to say we're super stoked! Hope everyone out there is doing well!


Keeping with this being constant.

I had the same issue as fellow creator Skottie Young has been describing on his blog - being quite busy we don't have the drive to constantly update our blogs with the indepth stuffs that we'd like to describe our work with. A quick blurb about a cover I did here. A few sentences about this page or that. Whatever right?

So here's my remedy. I keep my facebook feed constantly updated so whenever I feed into that it'll go here as long as it's an image with a description. Whenever I have a major project come out I'll do a few posts oriented around it so I can be a little more in depth. So that's what I'm doing in regards to this blog.

My schedule for the next few months is going to be quite hectic so I will be breaking it down for you here:

I have a gallery show at Luxe De Vil running the month of December. I'm doing 4 pieces for them and it revolves around "Alice in Winter Wonderland" as the theme.

I have one last page that I need to uplaod for the Zoroaster series. I'm sure Richard wants to kill me by now cause of that!

December will be the point where I start pencilling the series I've written this past year called "Tokens Only." I am also hoping to start work on "Squared Circle" that same month. I believe I'll be working with Mike Hance on his publishing venture sometime in the next 2 - 3 months as well.

During the month of January I'll be taking a little time off. I'm trying to go see my brother in Texas for a bit. Or I'll just hang around here and do whatever. Out usual downtown tomfoolery.

February sees me in another show at Luxe De Vil which will be centered around a "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" theme. I may go politically motivated on that one - not sp sure yet.

March I will be heading to Seattle for the first time to attend and exhibit at Emerald City Con. Matt, Gerhard, Rod and I are getting some artist's alley booths! Ann & Austin may come along.

Nothing for April - yet. I am hoping it'll be an all comic book drawing month.

May will see a sequel to our October show Til Death. And as far as I know we'll be at San Diego again this year doing our thing at the Squidworks booth. I got a great reaction from Oni Press last year and have been in contact since. They're great folks there.

So that's a look at things to come, God willing. I'm super stoked and hopefully you are too! If you're at either of those shows this year make sure you stop by!

Anyways so I need to do some of that work I was on about.

Much love!

-- Posted from my iPhone

The Anatomy of My New Piece

So coming off my "Til Death" show I was invited to a couple of other shows. I have one in December themed off of Alice in Winter Wonderland. This is my first piece for that show - Alice looking for her white rabbit.

Pencils up first. I got my reference on Sunday for this. I got to use my friend Ann as my model - one of the most fantastic friends I've ever had. You'll get to see a little more of her influence in further pieces.

Inks are up next. I use a Windsor Newton Sable series #3 brush & Windsor Newton waterproof black ink. This is my favorite part and goes by waaay too quick!

Starting the coloring process. Since I'm using traditional media I've gone with my personal favorite - the Copic Marker. I have tons of blues and grays so I decided to play up the winter theme through those colors.

And I'm done! I kept Alice's hair blonde as the only warm color in the piece so the eye would be drawn in. Hopefully it comes across well! Let me know what you think! I'll have a scan up of the piece very soon here!


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Til' Death

The time has come to show off my new digs for the art show I'll be a part of and announce the wheres and whens of said show! So without further adieu...

Yeah I know the scan isn't all vegan kosher cause it was being a bit ornery - but you get the gist of it! The only change is that it's only $5 not $6 if you come in costume!

So here's the deal:

Denver's finest comic artists, illustrators and lowbrow artists are all coming together for the first part of three shows! It's going to be Denver's only Halloween & Art show. Not only will it be a celebration for John & Maxine's engagement but we're also donating a portion of what we make to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and Sox Place. Two amazingly great places that do so much for our community here!

Personally I'll be set up to do live Zombie portraits of people in attendance, selling prints and displaying my own framed pieces. And I'll be leaving you with an idea of what will be coming!

First up: My four prints I'll be selling. If you're not in attendance and want a set or individual print let me know asap and we'll work something out real quick for you!

And finally the three pieces I'll be showing at the show! This will also give you an idea of the zombie portraits I'll be doing!

If you want prints of any of these please let me know! There will be tons of Denver's best artists at the event so I can guarantee it'll be a spectacular show! As always feel free to email me or hit me up on Facebook if you have questions!

Much love,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gearing up

So I'm finishing inks for the projects I have going on for this show. It should be a lot of fun! The first two will be inkwashed and the final one there is part of the print series! Enjoy - zak

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Final print

So I started the inks for my final print. This is Celia the Flamethrower and I'm excited to get her finished up!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Some of the pieces for this show.

Hi all - sorry I have been busy busy busy! Anyhoo .... I have a monsterous art show coming up on October 24th with some of Denver's best artists! It will be at The Bar Standard on Broadway downtown Denver!

Here's some of the pieces I have. Prints will be available as well!


And that's all for now! Take care peeps!
Posted from my iPhone

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Updated pieces

I've been increasingly busy, but that's allowed me the chance to crank out new pieces and polish up some older ones I wanted to finish. The two pieces are nearly done in inks and will a part of my show in October. I'm super stoked it!

This first one will be done in inkwash. The second will be a color print. The first of four.

That's all for now!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Some new digs in the making.

So during the lull (a behind the scenes storm for me really) I'm posting up some in progress stuff for y'all. Hope ya enjoy and feel free to let me know what ya think!

And the final image there is from when I got bored at work. Draw everywhere at anytime, kids!!

Until next time...
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Zoroaster In Aethiopia Pages Are A Go!

So for the past few months I have been hard at work with my partner R.S. Carbonneau on his web comic: Zoroaster of Aeithiopia. It's an awesome concept about the world's first Monotheist that's coming together quite well if I say so myself. I think Richard really has a great idea and I'm more than honored to have been asked to be a part of it!

So without further adieu, I'd like for you to check out the comic: Zoroaster in Aethiopia

And I'll be posting the individual unlettered pages here once the run is finished. I don't want to spoil it for anyone!

My run starts on this page for anyone who wants to cut to the chase. But for continuity's (and your own enjoyment's!) sake, start at the beginning. It's a fun series to read!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Promo cards are in!

Hi everybody! So super sweet news - my promo postcards are in and they'll be sent out to the artworld in a matter of no time!

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Little Cheesecake

HEY! Back again and rocking something not in my usual vein - Cheesecake! I've not done a lot of pinup work so this is new for me. But I really enjoyed it and it will be available for purchase in two different ways. You can pick up the cheesecake pinup book from Squidworks at Colorado's very own Nan Desu Kon OR you can sport a print of this bad girl at my Deviant Art site.

It's the first official piece I've submitted as print. Curious to see where that'll take me here! So let me know what you think if you'd be so kind as to take the time!


edit: Fixed a few things that I missed. NOW she's finished!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thank You!

UPDATED WITH HOT NEW ILLUSTRATION ACTION! (in other words I didn't dig the old one much)

I just wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone who took some time to sit down with me at Comic Con in San Diego this year! I've gotten some great positive feedback and a lot of excellent critiques as well. I'm hitting the ground running with a few projects I had lined up before the con and some super fresh possibilities afterwards as well!

I'd also like to take some time to extend a super awesome thank you to all of you who have supported me through the years and continue to do so to this day. I hope my future endeavors will keep you a fan of the cartooning and illustration I've been doing. I aim to always improve and I hope it's been showing!

So again, thank you very much - you all are super awesome! And if you're just meeting me or discovering my art well don't be shy!

You can always follow me on twitter at
and on facebook at

Any other inquiries (like if you want a super sweet commission!) can be made at Spicypeanut[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you once again!
Zak Kinsella

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Well It's About Bloody Time, Eh?


So let's just launch right into this post. The first five pages are from the Oni Press talent search. I did the story entitled "Medicine Show" by Frank Beaton. I got to meet with him after my interview with James Lucas Jones, and I'm pretty happy to report both guys were super cool, and I think things went pretty well. I tried to soak up as much info as I could with James, and I enjoyed that a lot. Everyone at Oni was very welcoming and it kinda sorta rocks my socks to be treated so nicely. Being that I'm mostly from an illustration background coming into comics didn't phase anyone and it was a nice time! Anyways - I'll let the art speak for itself here.

Alright kids. So the second batch of images are a Spider-Man/Ambush Bug story I decided to pencil out after Ron Perazza recommended I just submit what I do best. Personally I like to say I do it all - but honestly I just draw pencils the best. So here's that's the love with them!

As always you can click on them to make them nice and big if you wear glasses or want that sweet sweet detail.

And in other news I'm FINALLY posting from my computer. The fact that it was a simply ridiculous connection issue with my scanner has made me want to smash brains. But I kinda always wanna smash brains - so what else is new right?


So I'm back from San Diego Comic Con 2009 and I had a pretty rad time. Everyone I met with there was super fresh, and thank you thank you a hundred times over if you're reading this and took your time with me! For some reason I feel like this con was a billion times more productive than any other one I've been to. People really genuinely liked what I've been up to, I scored some good job ops and saw old friends I haven't seen all year. I call that a successful con, wouldn't you?

So with that in mind - I'm going to get back to working, and again, if you came by or if I got to talk to you in person while wandering the Con - thank you. It's nice to be back home, but I had a great time networking and meeting everyone there!


p.s. Remember you can always find more stuff at my deviant site in the links on the side. You can also follow me on Twitter at if you wish to inquire about commissions / jobs or just want to shoot the breeze. I'm more than happy to take some time with ya!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Waiting for the plane

And here I sit by myself waiting for my flight back to Denver. I had a great time at The San Diego Comic Con. I have a metric ton of work to get done when I get home. I'll be finishing and finally posting my pages for Zoroaster in the next week or so, then I start work on Squared Circle. During that time I have my contributions to the Squidworks "Cheesecake" book and and bunch of other one offs that I'm excited about.

Buuuuut unfortunately we're being evacuated from the San Diego airport so I cannot blather on about upcoming stuffs for a bit. Yeah.... Just get me out of this airport already! Ok more art coming up soon. Oh! Someone wanted a commission of the Sniper from Team Fortress 2 - I don't think I have your card from the Con, so get at me and we'll do it. Sorry somehow it got lost in the shuffle. Anycrap - peace


-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, July 26, 2009


I coulda sworn I posted this but oh well. I'll be posting from my iPhone until I can get the comp back in sweet working order. So until then (in a few days) life will be iPhone tastic!

But here's my view at Tara McPherson's booth of awesome! Nice lady and a half!

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, July 23, 2009

These are the pages I'll have with me while I'm here in San Diego for Comic Con!

Those were for the Oni Press submission.

And these are some subs I'll be handing out at the con!

Wish me luck!