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Update - December, 2016

Christmas 2016 promotion t-shirt now available at my Threadless shop. Zombie Claus knows when you are sleeping!

Zombe Claus


Update - Halloween, 2016

Still cursing Facebook's "Real Name" policy... I can still be found on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Tumblr. And be sure to check out my Threadless shop - Halloween and Krampus designs now available - see designs below or click on the Threadless link above.

Trick Or TreatKrampus

 


Update - May, 2016

Curse Facebook's "Real Name" policy. Over 8 years of promoting on FB is now all down the drain. I can't even get FB to respond to a request to convert my "personal" page to a "business" page. To hell with providing them a photo ID with my birthdate. That's insane. ArtSkull can still be found on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Tumblr.

 


Update - July, 2015

Still alive and kickin'. Working on logo design for Garagehouse Pictures.

 


Update - December, 2014

Spotify: Christmas Cocktails playlist - 3+ Hours of my favorite retro holiday music.

Spotify: Christmas / Silent Night, Deadly Night / Krampus playlist - 12+ Hours of punk, rock, goth, and bizarre holiday tunes.

Krampus

 


Update - October, 2014

Spotify: Halloween / Monster Mash playlist - 7+ Hours of Halloween inspired and related rock, punk, goth, and other ghoulish assorted tunes.

Spotify: Halloween / Horror playlist - 24 Hours of soundtrack music from countless horror movies including Frankenstein, Halloween, Suspiria and many more.

Spotify: Halloween / Family playlist - Because I'm a father of a 5 year old, here are some fun Halloween tunes for the kindergarten and under age group in your tomb.

 


Update - September, 2014

Cleaned up the links section. Dead links removed. New links added. Link exchange requests are always welcome, so be sure to contact me.

 


Update - Summer, 2014

Is this site still active you ask? The answer is, YES. Fatherhood responsibilities and lengthy day job hours just keep me from posting as often as I used to. We all do what we have to do...

 


Update - February, 2013

February 9th - Cleaned up all the dead links. Always on the look out for new link exchanges, so drop me a line. New works to be posted soon…

 


Update - November, 2012

Yes, ArtSkull is still alive and kicking. Fatherhood and day job responsibilities keep me from posting as often as I used to. BUT, I'm still available for freelance work. I'm currently working on a cd cover for Dead Lamb Records. Time flies when you're having fun…

 


Update - October, 2011

Having done the logos in the past for Pretty-Scary and FanGirlTastic, it was great to be tapped to do the logo for their creators newest project, Planet Fury. This new site incorporates elements of past designs (skull and swords) while adding in the whole burning planet motif.

October is always a special time of year with the build-up to Halloween. In between showing my two-year old son "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", I've been able to catch up on some horror flix that have slipped under my radar all these years. The Incredible Melting Man is late 70s sci-fi man into monster cheesiness with great makeup effects courtesty of Rick Backer (An American Werewolf in London). The Boogeyman was an early 80s jump on the slasher bandwagon movie with a twist; not giving anything away telling you the killer is a ghost. I also got to catch the new version of The Thing, the "prequel" to John Carpenter's 80s version. It's as enjoyable as the Star Wars prequels (meaning it didn't ruin Carpenters, but it wasn't needed either).

Speaking of movies, one of my latest projects was an event flyer for a group trying to save a classic theater in Wales, England. The Spirit of the Coliseum is a Halloween costume dance party organized by Save The Coliseum.

 


Update - July, 2011

Just finished up this promotional piece for Mountain Devil, an upcoming Bigfoot docu-drama from Raw Footage productions. Fatherhood and day job responsibilities keep me busy but I'm still working as many freelance projects as I can. And, it only has taken forever and a day, but I've finally gone through and updated my links page. It's not too common anymore, but please feel free to contact me if you'd like to exchange links.

 


Update - January, 2011

Yes! I'm still undead… Fatherhood has taken it's toll on updates but that doesn't mean I haven't been working. I grab creative time whenever I can in-between chasing around my 20 month old son.

 


 

Update - May, 2010

It's always great to help a new business develop their own identity with a logo design. Recently, I was able to work with MoviedromeDVD to create their logo. Based in England, they sell DVDs from around the world. Be sure to visit their online store and tell 'em ArtSkull sent ya.

Another recent project was the book cover for the upcoming novel, "Hangman's Hill" by Austin, Texas author Charles Romalotti. Charles was brimming with ideas that made this cover an exciting creative challenge for me. I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to illustrate my very first electric chair!

 


 

Update - March, 2010

Where does the time go… the older you get the faster it goes. And I certainly have a good time keeping up with my son, Jason, who'll be one year old next month. In between my fatherly duties and long hours at the day job, I still find time for design and illustration projects. I've just posted a promotional poster for the upcoming Calabrese show in Philadelphia. I'd like to thank my pal Kevin, owner of the House of Mysterious Secrets, who's also in the opening band They Wait Below, for giving me the opportunity to create this design. Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and "The Birds" were big influences. Be sure to check 'em out April 2nd at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA. Upcoming work includes logo designs, book cover and web identities… More as they develop…

 


 

Update - Halloween, 2009

It's been a busy year... My wife and I welcomed our first son into our lives earlier this year. He's done a good job of showing us who's the real boss of the house. Fatherhood has become my full-time job. But, I've taken the advice of a friend, and made sure to still make time for my creative endeavors.

 


 

Update - Spring, 2009

Where does the time go? It goes into becoming a new father. Along with being a new parent, I've been trying to catch a few creative minutes as I can. New work for Enigma Films and Myzery Films coming soon...

 


 

Update - November, 2008

Two new projects for your viewing pleasure...

First is logo and promo illustration for OMG Entertainment, a newly launched online store specializing in horror, sci-fi, action, anime, etc.

Next is the dvd sleeve inser for “Dead Body Man Chronicles”, another in the continuing line of indepedent horror movies 4th Floor Pictures.

Once again, big thanks to Exhumed Films for their 2nd annual 24 hour film fest. Although I couldn't hang for all of it I was able to catch “Destroy All Monsters” and “Wicked, Wicked”. If you love exploitation flix and are ever in the Philadelphia area you owe it to yourself to check out Exhumed Films.

 



 

Update - October, 2008

Thank Michael Myers the Halloween season is finally here! I've had enough fun in the sun this past summer and am now ready for some spooky gloominess. Kicking off the festivities, I checked out the Exhumed Films showing of "Halloween II". Having seen it during it's original release (yes, I'm old), it brought back many fond slasher film memories.

 


 

Update - July, 2008

I just uploaded three new projects...

Up first is promo flyer for upcoming indie horror film, "Jacob". Growing up in the heyday of 80s slasher flix, I was thrilled to be able to put my spin on that era of films.

Next is logo design for the company making "Jacob", Twisted Forest Films. I was given free reign on the design and ran with the idea of how to represent a horror film company combined with the scary tree element.

Last, but certainly not least, is the logo design for KNOW Films. A New Jersey based indie film outfit that also shows retro features at a vintage theater. The challenge was to create a monster robot that appeared to be built out of film reels and projector parts.



Update - June, 2008

If you've seen my artwork, you know I'm a sucker for horror and exploitation movie posters. That's why I have to tip my hat to Mr. Stephen Romano. His retro style movie poster paintings really capture the feel of posters from the drive-in/grindhouse era. If you haven't seen his work be sure to check out his website, SHOCK FESTIVAL. When I found out Mr. Romano was having a contest for him to create new paintings based on submissions to Dread Central I couldn't help but enter. However, I never expected to one of my ideas to be chosen and then see it brought to life by another artist but here it is... TARANTULASAURUS! All I can say is get your entry in now!



Update - April, 2008

2008 in a nutshell so far... Mrs. ArtSkull and I thought we were going to be parents. Then found out we weren't. Not fun. I started teaching illustration at local community college. It's been good to put 30+ years of art info in my head to practical use even if I bore students to tears sometimes. I still work a day job... luckily I jumped ship from last job as they just filed bankruptcy... now I have new job with longer commute and more $$$. The sad part is I miss my fellow designers from old job in the worst way. UGH! I'm hoping that the worst of 2008 is over and things start to smooth out a bit from here...




Update - November, 2007

2007 has blown by as Mrs. ArtSkull and I have spent much time this year in a total D.I.Y. kitchen renovation. But in the midst of contstruction, I have had time to crank out several creepy and creative projects... including a new postcard promotion for DiabolikDVD and a flyer for Exhumed Films' 24 hour 10th anniversary Halloween spooktackular.


Update - April, 2007

Where does the time go!?! It goes very quickly when working on fun jobs like this... HOUSE OF MYSTERIOUS SECRETS
The House of Mysterious Secrets returned to the ArtSkull laboratory for their latest series of print advertisements featuring images from the cheesy 1980s alien movies "Contamination", "Insemninoid" and "Without Warning". This 1/4 page full color ad can be seen in issue #6 of HorrorHound ("Grindhouse" cover) along with a horizontal version in issue #65 of Rue Morgue ("Phantasm" cover). Coming soon! Skateboard logos and DVD covers...


Update - December 22, 2006

Happy Horror-daze and Merry Cryptmas!

DIABOLIK DVD
Diabolik DVD strikes again with an advertisement featuring both Photoshop and Poser 3D software elements. I positioned the Sixus1Media created Cthulu figure holding the dvd in Poser then brought that image into Photoshop to combine it with background and text. This full page full color ad can be seen in upcoming issues of Videoscope and Magnet magazines.

4TH FLOOR PICTURES
Writer, producer, director Ryan Cavalline strikes again with his latest independent film, Aspiring Psychopath. The only requirement of this promo piece was using the photo of actress Danielle Donohue with the gun as a starting point. I originally went with a 70s style 4th of July look for the image, very red, white and blue. But after initial review it was felt that look gave the film too much of a comic tone and a more horrofic blood and guts approach was adopted for the final version.


Update - October 24, 2006

WIth just about a week until Halloween, I thought the time was right to unleash the latest creations from the laboratory for your review...

SICK-END HORROR
Indipendent filmmaker Mike Lopez definitely had scares in mind when he asked me to produce a a business card design and promotional artwork for his business. After going through several terrifying choices, Mike settled on a horror-fan favorite... a flesh-eating zombie vixen tearing away at a buxom babe. Yummy!

DIABOLIK DVD
Once again, Diabolik DVD pushes me in new artistic directions! With their latest promotional postcard design, I took the plunge into the world of 3D graphics. I have new found respect for and can't thank enough the 3D artists communities. Their hours of work and selfless freebie downloads significantly helped me produce this piece. Imagine if you will having to 'pose' each muscle in your body one at a time and you'll get some idea of the effort involved in 3D artwork. With this piece I tried to cover many of the film genres Diabolik DVD offers; from foreign art-house to horror and everything in-between.


Update - September 1, 2006

The summer is over, let the Halloween season begin! I know Halloween is over a month away but as it's rainy and miserable outside it seems a perfect time to share some of the horrors that been cooking in the laboratory...

HELLENBACK
I want to thank Hellenback‘s rhythm guitarist Lyle Muncy for tapping me to do their latest promotional artwork. From angels in heaven to skeletons in hell, I wouldn't want to be the rocker stuck in the middle of this Harley Davidson inspired artwork. If you wanna rock and you're in the Washington DC metro area then be sure to catch Hellenback!

4TH FLOOR PICTURES
It's a double dose of horror coming soon from 4th Floor Pictures! Writer, producer, director Ryan Cavalline kept me busy this summer designing promotional artwork for his latest productions, "Rotting Souls" and "Dead Body Man Chronicles". My Photoshop skills were cranked to the max to help bring the crazed killers and vicious monsters of 4th Floor PIctures to life.


Update - June 20, 2006

Where has your old pal ArtSkull been you ask? Busy in the lab as always of course! Here's the rundown of my latest creations for your review...

EVIL EVER AFTER
“Evil Ever After” is a new independent movie directed by Brad Paulson and features my friend, author and actress Heidi Martinuzzi. I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to create the dvd cover artwork for this truly wild flic. Evil Ever After plays like the Brothers Grimm gone bad... a cross-dressing killer, a couple of sex kittens, terrorfying versions of the three little pigs and a flesh-eating little person! What more could you want in a b-movie!?!

FIGHTING MAXINE
The music continues in the ArtSkull lab with the logo design for Fighting Maxine, a NY base indie band. Their logo design proved to be a little bit of a challenge to combine a punk edge with rock-n-roll style. Be sure to look for the subliminal text. Gold star if you can find it!

HOUSE OF MYSTERIOUS SECRETS
All you horror fans out there be sure to take a close look at RUE MORGUE magazine issue #57. On newstands now, check out page 71 for the ArtSkull designed House of Mysterious Secrets ad featuring Ernest Borgnine's devil persona from “The Devil's Rain”. The House of Mysterious Secrets gets my personal stamp of approval! Be sure to visit 'em for all your horror collectibles!


Update - March 16, 2006

If you are among the more musically inclined, technically savvy and financially capable among us, you probably own iPod. Which leads me to the entertaining and informative world of podcasts. Podcast are dowloadable audios shows offering information on a great variety of topics. Whether you own and iPod or not, or maybe you're like me dowloading and listening at the day job, the following shows get my highest recommendations...

The Mondo Movie Podcast
Hailing from the UK, Mondo Movie hosts Ben & Dan offer comments and criticisms of the latest and greatest horror, sci-fi, and cult movies. And showing what good taste they both have, Ben & Dan chose my logo design as the winner in their recent website logo competition. I was very proud to see my winning logo design on a pair of CafePress panties!

The Horror Podcast
Also hailing from the UK, Horror Podcast hosts Dave & Chad wade through all those horrible horror movie titles you see at the rental store but have never heard of. These guys get points from me for suffering through a lot of these god awful films so we don't have to. Chad & Dave's show is like hanging out with your British friends, having a drink and watching some video nasties. Enjoy!


Update - February 13, 2006

I worked closely with Robomonkey’s own Melantha Blackthorne to design the DVD and poster artwork for their latest production, “Countess Bathoria’s Graveyard Picture Show”. This project features a tip of the hat to TV horror hostess Vampira, some Bernie Wrightson-style zombies in the graveyard and an Art Skull first, undead children! Several of my best friends youngsters modeled as attentive listeners to the Countess’ Tales of the Undead.

After a successful three year run with their previous logo, BC Racing returns to the Art Skull lab for an updated design. BC Racing has sped on from flat track motorcycle racing and on to the automotive race circuit. Once again, their design goes for the Flinstones meets Rat Fink appeal.

Aggressivewear, a Minnesotta based t-shirt business, continues to come to the lab for new graphics inspired by the owner‘s unique ideas. Two of my personal favorite designs include “Cannibal Golf Club” and “Graveyard Picnic”.


Update - January 9, 2006

Where did Art Skull disappear for the last few months of 2005 you ask? Well, I spent that time buried in my crypt under a ton way kool freelance projects...

On newstands now, checkout PENNY BLOOD magazine. Beginning with issue #4, Penny Blood features a brand new masthead logo designed by yours truly.

Following their collaboration with Electric Frankenstein, British punk rockers VALDEZ returned to the Art Skull lab for another CD cover design. Departing from my usual horror style, their upcoming release “Exception Becomes the Rule” was designed with a retro Communist propaganda poster look.

4TH FLOOR PICTURES pushed my Photoshop skills to new limits with the promotional flyer for their new film “House of Carnage”. Gold stars to those among you who can spot the dead baby buried in the flyer artwork.

Evil just got creative with the Art Skull designed ad for BLACK FOREST COMICS in SCARLET STREET magazine issue #54.

Also in Scarlet Street issue #54, look for the DIABOLIK DVD advertisement. Art Skull designed ads for DiabolikDVD featuring their new ‘evil eye’ can also be seen in PUNK ROCK CONFIDENTIAL and RUE MORGUE magazines.

Working on skills I've learned at my day job, and much to the satisfaction of the client, the dvd package design for ACCIDENTAL FILMS’ “So, You’ve Downloaded A Demon” was completed in less than a weekend.

Does it seem women who are really dig horror movies are few and far between? Then why not check out the premiere site for women in horror, PRETTY-SCARY. Every month Pretty-Scary features new banners and buttons designed by yours truly along with great articles and interviews with women in the horror film industry.

The end of 2005 also pushed all my design skills to the limit as I undertook a total revamp of the logo and website for EXHUMED FILMS. Now in their 9th year, the fiends at Exhumed Films continue to show classic horror, sci-fi and cult movies on the big screen. If you live in the Philadelphia area and miss the days of exploitation movies being shown in theatres you owe it to yourself to support Exhumed Films.

And, rounding out 2005 and bringing in 2006 were t-shirt designs AGGRESSIVEWEAR and new graphics for returning client ROBOMONKEY PRODUCTIONS. More info and artwork on both of those projects next time... And, be sure to check out Art Skull's Halloween tattoo design posted by the proud owner on The Discovery Channel's Miami Ink community website.


Update 10/1/05 — Happy Halloween from Art Skull!

Recent Work: Valdez & Electric Frankenstein 7" split single album cover
British punk rockers Valdez have 'teamed up' with New Jersey's own Electric Frankenstein for an upcoming split single. Although the artwork was inspired by the 1950s EC Comics covers, I had to tip my hat to Marvel Comics as well (Marvel's Super Team-Ups were a staple of my comic reading youth). The artwork went through several designs but the final choice was to feature a zombified version of the Valdez band members along with the Frankenstein monster. Be sure to visit both the Electric Frankenstein and Valdez websites for more info on these way kool rockers!

Latest News: Art Skull works with Robomonkey Productions
Earlier in ‘05 I worked with Robomonkey Productions on a new graphic and logo design for their company. You can now see that work in action on their recently updated website, www.robomonkey.net. Be sure to 'rollover' the Robomonkey when you visit their site to see the 'skull' version of the graphic. The Robomonkey can also be seen on their new DVD release “Sinners and Saints”. I'm very proud to have my work featured on both the packaging and before the opening credits of the film. If you enjoy independent films, “Sinners and Saints” comes recommended as you won't find better kung-fu fighting, zombie butt-kicking, topless nuns in any other film this year!

Other News: Art Skull “In the Flesh”
It's official! Here's photographic evidence of my work really getting under people's skin. Pictured is my H.P. Lovecraft inspired tentacle horror artwork being used as a cover-up for the client's bad Grateful Dead tattoo. Tattoo inked by Shane O'Neill.


Art Skull Update 6/20/05

Latest work: DiabolikDVD’s Evil Eye
Once again DiabolikDVD returns with a project that pushed my creative boundries. As DiabolikDVD worked with a web design team to revamp their site, I was asked to create an original piece of artwork that would work with and compliment the site’s new look. Working with an idea from the web design team, I took the image of an “eye” and pushed it in a direction I felt was more in tune with DiabolikDVD’s visual tastes. The “eye” itself is a digital camera image of one of the owner’s eyes. Photoshop was then used to combine a ‘60s psychadelic look with the japanese kanji translation of Diabolik. Both owners agreed that this image surpassed the original idea that was going to be used and really helped give the new site the look of “demented discs from the world over!”. Be sure to visit DiabolikDVD's new and improved site, order some great movies and see the evil eye in action for yourself!

Even more work: House of Mysterious Secrets website headers
Because everyone loves tentacle monsters I decided to share this project with you. I illustrated this H.P. Lovecraft inspired and fun loving creature for the headers on the House of Mysterious Secrets website. Whether you're looking for a weird t-shirt or horror movie lunch box, the House of Mysterious Secrets has something for everyone.


Art Skull Update 4/20/05

Latest work: Robomonkey Productions promotional illustration & logo design
How many references to retro B-movies can Art Skull jam into one graphic? Working on instructions from Robomonkey's Melantha Blackthorne, I included tips of the hat to the Ed Wood classic “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, numerous “Frankenstein” flix, and, of course, the Rankin-Bass/Toho production “King Kong Escapes” along with touches of robot design from the Bela Lugosi serial “The Phantom Creeps”. Another tip of the hat to low brow artist Coop, who's influence is obvious on the astro-goth maiden in robomonkey's clutches. And be sure to visit Robomonkey Productions to see the exclusive SKULL version of this graphic in action coming soon!


Art Skull Update 3/12/05

Latest work: “Dead Body Man 2: Separation Anxiety” promotional flyer
Chainsaws, chickens and Santa Claus? You'll just have to wait and see the upcoming 4th Floor Pictures release, “Dead Body Man 2: Separation Anxiety” for the answers. For this promotional flyer I used the color pallet from the old Aurora monster models kits packaging. As a designer, these colors work great in giving a horror look with that marketing impact that Mr. Cavalline was looking for with this flyer. Be on the lookout at a video store near you, as an independent film writer, producer, and director Ryan Cavalline is always busy on new projects for 4th Floor Pictures. Once again, I'm proud to have my work chosen to represent the hard-working crew at 4th Floor Pictures!


Art Skull Update 1/30/05

Latest work: “Decomposed” dvd cover artwork
Zombies are running wild in Art Skull's laboratory once again! This time the zombie artwork is for the upcoming indie horror film "Decomposed". Look close if you'd like to know what Art Skull would look like when he comes back from the grave 'cause it's your's truly as the model for the zombie! Once again the color palette is that of actual rotting flesh to help lend that authentic decomposing touch to the work. In the background you'll see I used some of my local graveyards as reference for the tombstones to round out this cover. For gruesome goodness it's “Decomposed” in '05.


Art Skull Update 12/24/04

Latest work: 4th Floor Pictures projects
The holiday rush was on for your old pal Art Skull with back-to-back projects for the up and coming DVD company 4th Floor Pictures. First up for 4th Floor Pictures was a new logo design. Working closely with 4th Floor representative Ryan Cavalline, I used the ax, blood and film cell in the logo to leave no misunderstanding the fact that 4th Floor Pictures is a 'horror movie company'. Up next on the 4th Floor list of projects was a promotional t-shirt graphic. I continued with the film cell theme along with illustrating characters from Mr. Cavalline's films. Again, I believe there will be no mistaking the type of movies 4th Floor pictures delivers when the viewer looks at their new t-shirts. And completing the 4th Floor Pictures horror triple bill is a DVD cover insert for their new film, Day of the Ax. Using Photoshop and working against a tight deadline, I incorporated various elements from the film to design this cover in time for Mr. Cavalline's presentation to potential distributors. It was a real pleasure to use Photoshop to create this cover and stretch outside my usual illustration work. If you're looking for horror be sure to take a trip to the fourth floor, 4th Floor Pictures that is!


Art Skull Update 11/27/04

Latest work: Come Get Some More! one-sheet movie poster
Having a great passion for the advertising art used to promote films, it's with much pleasure that I share with you the first “official” movie poster to come out of the Art Skull laboratory. I would like to thank Steven Grainger and Fatal Sushi Productions for choosing me to illustrate the poster of their independent film production. I was inspired by Reynold Brown, the artist behind many classic monster movie posters including “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” and “The Dunwich Horror”. My job on this poster involved quickly informing the viewer that the film was shot in glorious black & white and features sinister government agents, a karate kicking femme fatale, a slow-witted hero and plenty o' zombies. Look closely and you might even catch a glimpse of Art Skull and his pals in the design!


Art Skull Update 10/15/04

Latest work: ART SKULL kanji promotional postcard
I can think of no better time of year than Halloween for a little shameless self promotion. This month's gruesome goody is none other than your old Art Skull's design for his upcoming promotional postcard. Based on Japanese movie posters and featuring the translation work of DSFY.com, this design uses actual colors of decaying corpses to achieve the maximum grisly effect on the viewer's eyes. Be sure to keep an eye out for this postcard at finer establishments and events! Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Art Skull Update 9/4/04

Latest work: CARFAX ABBEY Second Skin CD promo
What started as a study in sketching flames and fire morphed into a promotional postcard for Philadelphia's finest industrial goth rockers Carfax Abbey. After finding out about an artwork contest to promote Carfax Abbey's latest release 'Second Skin', I went to work to create my own take on the Carfax Abbey image to enter in the contest. Working from photos of the band members, I added a dash of Jesus reference with a tweek of Hammer studios vampire movie posters to develop the piece. With a trademark 'art skull' thrown in for good measure of course! Big thanks to all the members of Carfax Abbey for choosing my work to promote the band. If you're in the Philadelphia area Carfax Abbey puts on a live show well worth seeing!


Art Skull Update 7/31/04

Latest work: WHITE HOT IN CORDUROYS poster portrait
The summer 2004 blockbuster release from Art Skull pictures... White Hot In Corduroys! This poster portrait was a surprise gift for the leading lady from her loving boyfriend. Being such a romantic, he requested numerous 'in-jokes' including a giant robot,vicious raptors, overly sensitive males being crushed underfoot and fresh-outof-the-oven brownies. All these elements make this one of the most jamb packed features I've worked on so far as Art Skull. I hope you enjoy the 70s exploitation film-inspired results! Who know brownies would be so hard to illustrate?


Art Skull Update 6/9/04

Latest work: Lusty Biter in GRAVE INDIGNITIES
Lusty Biter (of LustysLair.com) stars in my latest B-movie style poster portrait. Miss Lusty contacted me to create a one of a kind birthday present for her. During our collaboration on the project, Lusty and I made sure to include some family in-jokes along with nods to the classic Hammer vampire films. I'll admit it was quite a challenge to capture Miss Lusty's 'look' just right. But that challenge has made this one of my favorite portraits among my B-movie posters. Feel free to contact me if you or someone you know would like to be rendered in my B-movie poster style.


Art Skull Update 4/29/04

Latest work: Weird NJ Jersey Devil T-Shirt Graphic
It's been a little over a year since Art Skull officially went dot com and I couldn't have asked for a better project to celebrate the anniversary. When the Weird NJ magazine team contacted me for a new graphic for their t-shirts I was more than happy to oblige. As a weird New Jersey resident, it was a great experience to work with the 'home team' and to illustrate one of my favorite subjects, the Jersey Devil. You can order your official Weird NJ Art Skull Jersey Devil t-shirt by picking up Weird NJ issue #22 (on newstands now) or by visiting Weird NJ.com. Be sure to tell 'em Art Skull sent ya!


Art Skull Update 3/28/04

Latest work: Bethany Renee Brookes Gangster Girl poster portrait
In a rather unexpected turn over the past year, it seems that portraits are becoming an increasing request here at ArtSkulll.com. In light of these requests I've decided to officially add B-movie style poster portraits to the list of services I offer. To kick off this new branch of my work I'm featuring the second portrait I've done of Miss Bethany Renee Brookes. After being held in the clutches of King Kong for her first portrait, Miss Brookes requested a mid-century gangster look for this latest piece. Working from great photographic reference provided by Miss Brookes, I feel I was able to capture her look and sense of humor while remaining true to the spirit of those by-gone days of the gangster era. Whether you love the silent screen or the modern day megaplex, feel free to contact me for more information on how you can be illustrated as a B-movie star!


Art Skull Update 2/28/04

Latest work: Skull Tech
What happens when a skull referenced computer builder searches online for a like-minded graphic designer? You get Art Skull's first commissioned 'skull' illustration. This illustration started with Skull Tech's ideas and built up from his critiques. While striving to keep that sinister skull look, I worked to combine both the organic skull image with that of a computer circuit board. If you're in the market for a new computer, Skull Tech offers kustom built models at rates much lower than his big name competitors. Two great tastes that taste great together... Art Skull and Skull Tech!


Art Skull Update 1/24/04

Latest work: Birdflesh "Alive Autopsy / Trip To The Grave" CD cover
Once again giant monsters are running amok on my site! This time my artwork is for Birdflesh's upcoming CD release "Alive Autopsy / Trip To The Grave". Hailing from Sweden, Birdflesh play grindcore/metal in a wicked wacky style. Coming up with a concept for their mascot character, the Birdgorilla, was initially a challenge. But hitting on the image of those little cymbal-clanking monkeys really seemed a great fit for the band's sense of humor. And here you see the results... a giant, chicken-headed, cymbal-clanking, city-crushing monkey! A big THANK YOU to Razorback Records and Birdflesh for starting my 2004 off with a bang! You can pick up Birdflesh and lots more way kool horror rock by visiting Razorback Records via my links page.


Art Skull Update 12/14/03

Greetings Art-Fiend! My work this time is for a holiday season Toho-Rankin/Bass co-production that I would have loved to have seen. Regardless of your beliefs, I'm sure most of you are aware of the holiday TV specials "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". These shows featured the stop motion puppetry of Rankin/Bass productions. But did you also know Rankin/Bass co-produced the giant monster escapade "King Kong Escapes" with Toho Studios? Toho Studios is the company behind such other giant monster classics as "Godzilla", "Rodan" and "Mothra". I hope my latest 'movie poster' brings to mind what could have been if these studios had worked together on a holiday feature. On that note, I hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Ecchsmas!


Art Skull Update 11/29/03

Greetings Art-Fiends!

Once again it's time to gobble up my visual turkeys and regurgitate your opinions back at me! Shiver me timbers! My latest work has nothing to do with a certain Disney movie. Instead this skeletal spectre in the setting sun is for the upcoming, but still under construction, http://www.piratespicks.com; a fan-based site specializing in reviews of music, movies and more. Remember you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family!

How many among you remember the Groovy Ghoulies? That early '70s cartoon was the inspiration for the Mistress Purgatori's Models of Desire poster. A personality in the goth/fetish community known for her fiery opinions, Mistress Purgatori had nothing but kind words for this piece.

I've also added several sites of interest to my links page, http://www.artskull.com/links.html. First up, extraordinary Illustrator artist Bil Hoorman. Bil's work with Illustrator continues to push me to better my own work. And in the world of underground video, very few dealers do their job as good as Video Daikaiju. Customer service and Japanese monsters! What more could you want!?! Extra special Ecchs!mas artwork coming soon! Until next time, enjoy the holidaze!


Update 10/20/03

Today, October 20th, is Bela 'Dracula' Lugosi's birthday. And how better to celebrate Bela's birthday and the Halloween season than to share my latest artwork, the Jersey Devil. Growing up in New Jersey, I can think of no character to better represent Halloween than local legend the Jersey Devil.

There are many variations of the origins the Jersey Devil. I was taught that the Jersey Devil was the 13th son of the Leeds family. Before he was born, Mrs. Leeds cursed this child and swore she carried a devil. The day this son was born he killed everyone in the house and flew out the chimney. From that day forward, the Jersey Devil has stalked the Pinelands of southern New Jersey for unwary travelers. As always, I look forward to your comments and critiques! ArtSkull and the Jersey Devil wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

The Story of The Jersey Devil

Written by Dave Juliano

The Jersey Devil, the supposed mythical creature of the New Jersey Pinelands, has haunted New Jersey and the surrounding areas for the past 260 years. This entity has been seen by over 2,000 witnesses over this period. It has terrorized towns and caused factories and schools to close down, yet many people believe that the Jersey Devil is a legend, a mythical beast, that originated from the folklore of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Others disagree with this point of view. The following text will show there is evidence to support the existence of an animal or supernatural bring known as the Jersey Devil. The evidence consists of the stories of the Jersey Devil's origin, the sightings of it, and finally, the theories on it. There are many different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil. One of the most popular legends says a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, NJ made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered it in the house, so the curious couldn't see him. On stormy night, the child flapped it's arms, which turned into wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen by the family again. A Mrs Bowen of Leeds point said, "The Jersey Devil was born in the Shrouds house at Leeds Point." 1 Another story that also placed the birth at Leeds Point said that a young girl fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War. The people of Leeds Point cursed her. When she gave birth, she had a devil. Some people believe the birth of the devil was punishment for the mistreatment of a minister by the Leeds folk. Another story placed the birth in Estelville, NJ. Mrs. Leeds, of Estelville, finding out she was pregnant with her 13th child, shouted,"I hope it's a devil". She got her wish. The child wad born with horns, a tail, wings, and a horse-like head. The creature revisited Mrs. Leeds everyday. She stood at her door and told it to leave. After awhile, the creature got the hint and never returned. Burlington, NJ, also claims to be the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child's father was the devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a horses head, bat wings and a forked tail. It beat everyone present and flew up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exercised the devil for 100 years and it wasn't seen again until 1890. There are many other versions of the legend. The legends say it was the 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, or 13th child, It was born normal or deformed, and the mother confined it to the cellar or the attic. Although there are many discrepancies in all of these stories, there are 3 pieces of evidence that tie all of the legends of the Jersey Devil's origin together. The first thing that ties the legends together is the name "Leeds". Whether the mothers name was Leeds or the birth place was Leeds Point, all of the stories include the name Leeds. Alfred Heston, the Atlantic County Historian, believes that the devil could be a Leeds or a Shrouds baby. He discovered that a Daniel Leeds opened land in Great Egg Harbor, NJ, in 1699. His family lived in Leeds Point. He also discovered a Samuel Shrouds, Sr. came to Little Egg Harbor, NJ, in 1735 and lived right across the river from the house of Mother Leeds. The 3rd fact ties in the Burlington story with the others stories. Professor Fred MacFadden of Coppin State College, Baltimore, found that a "devil" was mentioned in writings from Burlington as early as 1735. He also indicated that the word Burlington was used to was the word used to names the area from the city of Burlington to the Atlantic Ocean. This means that the name that is now used for the birthplace such as Leeds point or Estelville, could be the same place referred to in the Burlington Legend. The origins provide some validity to the existence of the Jersey Devil, but the sightings are the most substantial pieces of evidence. The sightings have been divided up into 3 time periods, pre 1909, January 16-23, 1909, and post 1909. From the pre 1909 era, few documented records of sightings still exist. The ones that do confirm the existence of the devil. In the early 19th century, Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero, was testing cannon balls on the firing range when he saw a strange creature flying across the sky. He fired and hit the creature but it kept right on flying across the field. Joseph Bonaparte, former king of Spain and brother of Napoleon, saw the Kersey Devil in Bordentown, NJ, between 1816 and 1839 while he was hunting. In 1840-41 many sheep and chickens were killed by a creature with a piercing scream and strange tracks. In 1859-94, the Jersey Devil was seen and numerous times and reportedly carried off anything that moved in Haddonfield, Bridgeton, Smithville, Long Branch, Brigantine, and Leeds Point. W.F. Mayer of New York noticed while visiting the Pine Barrens, most of the locals would not venture out after dark. The devil was sighted by George Saarosy, A prominent business man, at the NJ/NY border. This was the last reported sighting before the turn of the century. In 1903, Charles Skinner, author of American Myths and Legends, claimed that the legend of the devil had run it's course and that in the new century, NJ would hear no more of the devil. New Jersey rested easy with that thought for 6 years, until the week of January 16-23. 1909. During this week, the devil would leave his tracks all over South Jersey and Philadelphia. He was seen by over 1,00 people. This was his largest appearance ever. It all started early Sunday morning, January 16, 1909. Thack Cozzens of Woodbury, NJ, saw a flying creature with glowing eyes flying down the street. In Bristol, NJ, John Mcowen heard and saw the strange creature on the banks of the canal. Patrol James Sackville fired at the creature as it flew away screaming. E.W. Minister, Postmaster of Bristol,NJ, also saw a bird-like creature with a horses head that had a piercing scream. When daylight came, the residents of Bristol found hoof prints in the snow. Two local trappers said they had never seen tracks like those before. On Monday, the Lowdens of Burlington, NJ, found hoof prints in their yard and around their trash, which was half eaten. Almost every yard in Burlington had these strange hoof prints in them. The prints went up trees, went from roof to roof, disappeared in the middle of the road, and stopped in the middle of open fields. The same tracks were also found in Columbus, Hedding, Kinhora and Rancocas. A hunt was organized to follow the tracks but the dogs wouldn't follow the trail. On the 19th the Jersey Devil made his longest appearance of the week. At 2:30 am, Mr & Mrs. Nelson Evans of Gloucester were awakened by a strange noise. They watched the devil from their window for 10 minutes. Mr. Evans described the creature they saw: It was about three feet and half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse's hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn't use the front legs at all while we were watching. My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, 'Shoo', and it turned around barked at me, and flew away. Tuesday afternoon 2 professional hunters tracked the devil for 20 miles in Gloucester. The trail jumped 5 foot fences and went under 8 inch spaces. The hoof prints were found in more parts of South Jersey. A group of observers in Camden, NJ, saw the devil. It barked at them and then took off into the air. The next day, a Burlington police officer and the Reverend John Pursell of Pemberton saw the Jersey Devil. Rev. Pursell said, "Never saw anything like it before". 3 Posses in Haddonfield found tracks that ended abruptly. In Collingswood, NJ, a posse watched the devil fly off toward Moorestown. Near Moorestown, John Smith of Maple Shade saw the devil at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. George Snyder saw the devil right after Mr. Smith and their descriptions were identical. In Riverside, NJ, hoof prints were found on roof tops and also around a dead puppy. On Thursday, the Jersey Devil was seen by the Black Hawk Social Club. He was also seen by a trolley full of people in Clementon as it circled above them. The witnesses descriptions matched others from the days before. In Trenton, Councilman E.P. Weeden heard the flapping of wings and then found hoof prints outside his door. The prints were also found at the arsenal in Trenton. As the day wore on the Trolleys in Trenton and New Brunswick had armed drivers to ward off attacks. The people in Pitman filled churches. Chickens had been missing all week throughout the Delaware Valley, but when the farmers checked their yards that day, they found their chickens dead, with no marks on them. The West Collingswood Fire Department fired their hose at the devil. The devil retreated at first, but then charged and flew away at the last second. Later that night, Mrs. Sorbinski of Camden heard a commotion in her yard. She opened the door to see the Jersey Devil standing there with her dog in it's grip. She hit the devil with a broom until it let go of her dog and flew away. She started screaming until her neighbors came over. Two police officers arrived at her house where over 100 people had gathered. The crowd heard a scream coming from Kaigan Hill. The mob ran toward the creature on the hill. The Policed shot at it and the devil flew off into the night. The streets of Camden were empty after this. On Friday, Camden police officer Louis Strehr saw the Jersey Devil saw the devil drinking from a horses trough. The school in Mt Ephraim was closed because no students came in. Mills and factories in Gloucester and Hainesport had to close because none of the employees came to work. Many New Jersey residents wouldn't leave their houses, even in daylight. Officer Merchant of Blackwood drew a sketch of the creature he saw. His sketch coincided with the descriptions from earlier in the week. Jacob Henderson saw the devil in Salem and described it as having "wings and a tail"4. The devil was only seen once more in 1909 in February. Since 1909, the Jersey Devil has continued to be sighted by people all over New Jersey. The number of sightings that have been reported to the authorities has dwindled over the years. This could be attributed to the fact that people don't want to be branded as crazy. Even though the number of reported sightings has dropped, there's still a considerable amount of sightings in the post 1909 era. IN 1927, a cab driver on his way to Salem got a flat tire. He stopped to fix the tire. As he was doing this, creature that stood upright and was covered with hair, landed on the roof of his cab. The creature shook his car violently. He fled the scene, leaving the tire and jack behind. Phillip Smith, who was known as a sober and honest man, saw the devil walking down the street in 1953. The characteristic screams of the Jersey Devil were heard in the woods near Woodstown, NJ, in 1936. Around 1961, 2 couples were parked in a car in the Pine Barrens. They heard a loud screeching noise outside. Suddenly the roof of the car was smashed in. They fled the scene, but returned later. Again they heard the loud screech. They saw a creature flying along the trees, taking out huge chinks of bark as it went along. There have been other sightings since 1909, such as the Invasion of Gibbsboro in 1951. The people there saw the devil over a 2 day period. In 1966, a farm was raided and 31 dicks, 3 geese, 4 cats, and 2 dogs were killed. One of the dogs was a large german Shepard which had it's throat ripped out. In 1981, a young couple spotted the devil at Atsion Lake in Atlantic County. In 1987, in Vineland an aggressive german Shepard was found torn apart and the body gnawed upon. the body was located 25 feet from the chain which had been hooked to him. Around the body were strange tracks that no one could identify. The sightings and prints are the most substantial evidence that exists. Many of the theories on the Jersey Devil are based upon that evidence. Some theories can be proven invalid, while others seem to provide support for the Jersey Devil's existence. One theory is that the Jersey Devil is a bird. Mrs. Cassidy of Clayton thought it was an invasion of scrowfoot dicks. The scrowfoot dick is much too small to be mistaken for the devil. Others believe the devil is really a sand hill crane. The crane used to live in South Jersey until it was pushed out by man. The sand hill crane weighs about 12 lbs., is 4 foot high, and a wingspan of 80 inches. It avoids man but if confronted it will fight. It has a loud scream whooping voice that can be heard at a distance. This could account for the screams heard by witnesses. The crane also eats potatoes and corn. This could account for the raids on crops. This theory doesn't explain, however, the killing of live stock. It also doesn't explain why people described the devil as having a horses head, bat wings and tail, all of which the crane doesn't have. Proffesor Bralhopf said that" the tracks were made by smoe prehistoric animal form the Jurassic period"5. He believes the creature survived underground in a cavern. An expert from the Smithsonian Institute had a theory about ancient creatures surviving underground. He said the Jersey Devil was a Pterodactyl. The Academy of Natural Sciences could find no record of any creature, living or extinct, that resembles the Jersey Devil. Jack E. Boucher, author of Absagami Yesteryear, has a thoery in which he believes the devil was a deformed child. He thinks Mrs. Leeds had a disfigured child and kept it locked away in the house. She grew sick and couldn't feed the child anymore. It escaped out of hunger and raided local farms for food. This doesn't take into account the incredible life span of the devil. The child would have been 174 years old in 1909. It also doesn't account for the sightings of ther devil flying. Only a small amount of the sightings and footprints could be hoaxes. The Jersey Devil has been seen by reliable people such as police, government officials, postmasters, businessman, and other people whose "integrity is beyond question." As for the hoof prints, even if some were hoaxes, There is still no way to explain most of the tracks, especially the ones on roof tops and tracks that ended abruptly as if the creature took wing. The last theory is the most controversial one. Many people believe that the Jersey Devil could be the very essence of evil, embodied. It is said that the devil is an "uncanny harbinger of war". and appears before any great conflict. The jersey devil aws sighted before the start of the Civil War. It was also seen right before the Spanish American War and WW I. In 1939, before the start of WW II, Mount Holly citizens were awakened by the noise of hooves on their roof tops. The Devil was seen on December 7, 1941, right before Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was also seen right before the vietnam War. The Jersey Devil's habit of being a forerunner to wars could be because of his possible demonic origins. In 1730, Ben Franklin reported a story about a witchcraft trial near Mt Holly, NJ. One of the origin legends say that Mother Leeds was a witch. The devil's birth could have been a result of a witches curse. Other facts support the supernatural theory are the reports of the death of the devil. When Commodore Decatur fired a cannon ball at the devil, it went through him and he was unaffected. In 1909, a track walker on the electric railroad saw the devil fly into the wires above the tracks. There was a violent expolsion which melted the track 20 feet in both directions. No body was found and the devil was seen later in perfect health. In 1957, the Department of Conservation found a strange corpse in a burned out area of the pines. It was a partial skeleton, feathers, and hind legs of an unindentifiable creature. The devil was thought to be dead, but reappeared when the people of New Jersey thought that this time his death was real. Each time he is reported dead, he returns. Sometimes this year. The Jersey Devil will be 260 years old. It seems the devil is immortal, which a supernatural being would be. Another thing taht supports this theory is the incredible distances the devil could fly in a short period of time. No animal could travel as fast as the devil did in 1909 when he was sighted in South Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York through out the week. None of these theories can give a definitive answer to what the Jersey Devil was or is, but the sightings prove there is something out there. Whether the Jersey devil is a bird or a demon, is still left ot specualtion. The people of New Jersey have definely seen something out there lurking in the Pine Barrens. By Dave.Juliano@compudata.com


Art Skull Update 10/1/03

Greetings fellow ArtFiends! The year is rapidly drawing to an end and my favorite holiday is almost upon us! And I'm not talking about Christmas. I've got a little New Jersey style Halloween project cooking for the next update. But, in the meantime, here's my latest work for your review...

Latest work: Viva La Lucha Libre!
A childhood favorite, right after monster movies, is professional wrestling. And who better to represent that field than the greatest masked wrestler of all time (or at least in Mexico), El Santo! A star both in the ring and on the silver screen, El Santo's legend still lives on today and the masked wrestling tradition is carried on by his son. Love it or hate it, professional wrestling is entertainment unlike any other!

Featured Link: DiabolikDVD
A little over a year ago I hung a flyer in a record shop offering my graphic services to the public. Diabolik saw that flyer and took a leap of faith to have me create a promotional graphic for them. Without their help and support over this past year I wouldn't have been able to come so far so quickly. On this anniversary a big thank you to Diabolik! For all of your DVD needs be sure to visit DiabolikDVD. And, of course, Diabolik carries El Santo movies! As always, I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback. Until next time, it's back to the lab...


Art Skull Update 9/7/03

Greetings Boils and Ghouls! For your review and critique, here's my latest work, Beauty and the Beast, featuring Bethany Renee Brookes and King Kong. The lovely lady and the terrible monster come together in a classic movie poster motif. As a model and a dancer, Bethany was able to provide me with excellent source material to really make her image come to life. And, just when you think you've seen it all and you're so jaded nothing impresses anymore, along comes the Sniveling Goat. Wow! Startling, horror, retro, photo, collage(?) does not describe his work thoroughly enough. Be sure to visit his site via my links page: http://www.artskull.com/links.html As always, I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback. Until next time it's back to the lab...


Art Skull Update 5/24/03

Latest work: DiabolikDVD advertisement artwork
Big thanks to DiabolikDVD for being a repeat customer. Be sure to see their full color ad featuring this artwork in the 2003 Fant-Asia program. If you own a dvd player you owe it to yourself to check out DiabolikDVD. And of course, you can visit their site via my links page.

Featured Link: Butterfly Murals
Have your childhood favorites, and much more, brought to life on any wall in your home by this up and coming artist. If you're looking for a mural done fast and professional, Butterfly Murals has my highest recommendation.


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