Physical and Digital versions of this comic book are now available in the shop!
Fruition is a project I've been working on with writer Anthony Trevino for some time now. We are incredibly excited to release issue one of this new comic. It uses elements from drama, horror (supernatural, cosmic, and body horror), and noir.
Seen here are the front cover, plus a sample of issue one, pages 1-6.
"Brian Falmouth is angry. Working away his days as a low-level government drone, he watches everything he has slip away. The promotion. The beautiful girlfriend. The opportunity to make a real difference. All of it gone. One night he gets beaten within inches of his life and it triggers a violent path of spiritual self discovery, where he'll come face-to-face with a sadomasochistic comedian, a dangerous telekinetic with bold plans for revenge, and a supernatural hit squad with the most brutal, but best of intentions.
These are just some of the characters you'll meet in Fruition. This isn't a story about the fortunate ones. It's about those that grind their days away in bitter misery. It's about what happens when people explode and the collateral damage of those caught in the blast zone.
This is Fruition. And the universe doesn't care about you... "
"The Witch and The Warlock" is a combination of elements: primarily historical Japanese clothing and modern counter-cultural fashion.
The witch is a Japanese ghost with a goth flair and adorned with magic cicadas. The warlock is an armored Ronin with a studded and patched leather jacked, traveling the countryside on his rusty yet reliable motorcycle.
Designed as a vertical two panel image (diptych). They are both painted with acrylic paint as well as black and gold ink on cold press watercolor paper mounted on wood panels.
A Temporal Rescue
Part Two in the Four Seasons series I started over 5 years ago. Meant to invoke fairy tales, and to use their visual language to question the nature of traditional roles in modern relationships, without condemning the good intentions that led to these attitudes. Imbalanced commitment: the woman's role to be rescued and fixed, and the man's role to be infallibly masculine and rescue his partner from all of her problems are dynamics, as many people have realized in this modern age, are damaging to partnerships and personal identities.
This was a painting I put aside for years, among many of my other projects when my personal life became very difficult and taxing. "Winter" was originally painted during a time when I was questioning why I felt so inadequate in my first long term relationship. "Spring" was originally inspired by the new inspiration I found in Portland, OR (the waterfall here being loosely inspired by Latourell Falls, one of my favorite places in the world) and the promise of new purpose in someone else's life. The irony is I was entering my most damaging partnership yet, where my need to solve all of her problems led to me making some sacrifices I should have never made, primarily abandoning the time I spent creating new work. I'm very pleased to have finally finished it and will soon move on to the next chapter of the story, "Summer" in which I will explore those true consequences of this fairy tale rescue we see here in "Spring". Again, my aim is not to condemn women or men, only to question how powerful roles we feel forced to play damage well intentioned people and their ability to form a true partnership. Here in "Spring" a true tender moment is on display, a connection that is honest and pure, but will soon be melted away by the heat of summer.
I had the honor of painting the cover to Anthony Trevino's debut novella, "King Space Void" published by Portland based bizarro fiction curators Eraserhead Press. What is it about you ask?
"King Space Void has been devouring planets for centuries, moving through the galaxy like an engine of death. Its galactic genocide unstoppable and propelled forward by the unfortunate citizens inside that work ‘round the clock to keep it moving. That is until the day its defenses are breached and the system becomes compromised. Now, a maintenance worker and a woman on a suicide mission must fight their way through the body of the organic planet-eating space ship where they’ll enter multiple dimensions, encounter body altering devices, and come face-to-face with the entity that controls the ship in order to save life in the universe from extinction. This dark and unsparing cosmic adventure is like if Jack Kirby and David Cronenberg met on the set of Event Horizon."
Crazy right? Crazy awesome. Anthony has always had a skill for weaving the bizarre and horrific together with a taste of refinement and literary swagger. I'm proud of his accomplishment, and honored to have contributed to the cover! Check out the video and image below.
I'm offering limited art print and book bundles in my shop right now. Pick one up, your wall and your brain will be equal parts excited and horrified.
2015, Acrylic on Canvas
Adrift is really the first polished piece I've done that begins to unpack the trials of the last two years in my life. On the surface however, I wanted to have fun with the visuals. My goal was, what if I painted my version of a vintage sci-fi serial magazine cover while including intense real life emotions under the surface?
I won't use this space as my diary, but I will point out some challenges I faced that this piece represents:
1) Being cut off from your lifeline.
2) Being in a mental situation of pure bleakness, where you feel lost.
3) The experience of having someone using you singularly for their own self interests, at your expense.
4) Recognizing undesirable parts of yourself growing and spreading seemingly outside of your control.
The best thing is though, people seem to really enjoy this piece, because all of that despair takes a backseat to a fun, cool, colorful spaceman painting. My version of silver lining and optimism!
"The Battle of Blue Ribbon"
2015 Acrylic on Canvas
This piece was painted as a submission for the Pabst Blue Ribbon art contest. Winners have not been announced yet but its competing for 10,000 dollars! I wanted to throw the entire kitchen sink of concepts I love in this piece. From afar it takes the general composition of a PBR tallboy can, but up close you can see just how vast this battle is.
Stylistically I was looking at a lot of Geoff Darrow and Kim Jung Gui's hyper crowded/hyper detailed images and wanted to try my hand at it. However next time I'm going to use a brush pen with a built in reservoir rather than dipping a brush in paint constantly. The hours this type of thing takes is excessive and anything that will create more efficiency is desired!
Horror has been a longtime inspiration of mine. The sick, twisted, and macabre almost always find a way into my work, but sometimes for fun I like to draw more directly from the specific movies I grew up watching or take me by surprise in recent years.
Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by the film L'Avventura from Michelangelo Antonioni. I wanted to capture the beauty, melancholy, and tension below the surface in the narrative. Creating a piece that takes cues from a film while creating something that's personal to me is a challenge. I started this painting in a very strange time of my life, took a long break on it, and finished it very recently in another strangely awkward time. A time where I doubt my place in my environment, fear that new storms brew around me, and frustration is caused by being out of step with connecting intimately with the people around me. However, as much as the themes of the film are reflected in my life and this piece, life still finds a way to be incredibly beautiful, and both the film and my painting both highlight that.
These are samples of my illustrations for Enter The Lair, a strategy fantasy card game from San Diego based Double Action Games.
Please visit Double Action Games for updates about the upcoming crowd funding campaign and their other great games!
Artwork © Kai Martin Art 2015
These are all collaborative paintings I worked on with artists Sean Dietrich, Kiskazilla, and Jim Chelius. We all worked together through The Infusion Project, an art and culture collective that allows artists to support artists, including myself. Links to everyone below.
Sean Dietrich: http://www.industriacide.com
Jim Chelius: http://www.jimchelius.com
The Infusion Project: http://www.theinfusionproject.com
Art © Kai Martin, Sean Dietrich, Kiskazilla, Jim Chelius
These are all images I work on for Rob at the Sandman Portraits blog. There are some large images I did for him as convention sketches and smaller portraits for his blog. This will continue to be an ongoing project of his that I'm excited to continue contributing to!
Visit him at http://sandman-portraits.blogspot.com
All Art © Kai Martin Art