Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Week Off!

Hello All,

As you might have noticed, I didn't post a new piece for The Letter P, yesterday. I've decided to take the rest of the week off from Alphabet Attack!

I'm in the process of packing up and moving my studio across town. Between that, project deadlines & preparing works for an upcoming group exhibit, time is in short supply.

But fear not. I'll be back in the painting saddle next week. Take care 'til then!

"Kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, coast!"
- King Gum

Monday, March 26, 2012


"Oblation" / 11x13" / acrylics on cardboard

And so begins another week of illustrations! And while I have every intention of rocking your eye sockets with aesthetic glory, today through Friday, this is sort of a monster week for me. Beyond the blog, I'm staring down deadlines galore and a studio move. Woot!

With that in mind, don't be surprised if I end up postponing one or more of this week's daily pieces. For now though, sit back, relax and continue to enjoy the current and past art of Alphabet Attack!

"I got a little bird. I'm gonna take her home, put her in a cage and disconnect the phone."
- David C.

Friday, March 23, 2012


"Necromancy" / 9x12" / acrylics & gouache on paper

I thought I'd wrap up this week's illustration run on a creepy note. Nothing says, "TGIF," quite like the gaping maw of an ungodly resurrection.

I hope you've all been getting as big a kick out of the new Alphabet Attack! as I have. Stay tuned, as there are about to be some developments with the series, beyond the digital constraints of The Interweb.

And, por supuesto, you can count on having your eyeballs rocked by a whole new run of pieces, next week.

"I'm cranky like nobody understands me. White tee, dagger in the back, nothing fancy."
- King Gum Crosland

Thursday, March 22, 2012


"Mephistopheles" / 12x15" / gouache & ink on paper

I don't think there's a corner of mankind that doesn't recognize some form of The Devil... a creature of pure evil, who's aim is to pull the whole of humanity into the bowels of Perdition.

"So grab your eight-plus-one! Start flippin' and trippin'!
Niggas is jettin'! I'm lickin' off, son!"
- King Gum 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Lunar Levitation"

"Lunar Levitation" / 12x18" / acrylics & collage on canvas board

Growing up in a PBS-positive household has given me a keen appreciation for shows on history, politics, global affairs and Muppets. But what's really been turning my nerd screw, lately, are programs about space! Hence, today's intergalactic-themed illustration.

"We're all gonna burn in hell! Because we do what we gotta do real well, and we've got the fever to tell!"
- King Gum

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Killer King"

"Killer King" / 9x12" / acrylics on paper

Continuing with the Shakespearean theme of "Iago," the above illustration for The Letter K refers to Macbeth. He's a rather brutal character, who becomes a king by extremely murderous means. Macbeth was one of the very first plays of Shakespeare's that I read, while in high school and remains a favorite story of mine, to this day.

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
- David C.

Monday, March 19, 2012


"Juke" / 9x12" / watercolors & ink on paper

Hello and happy Monday, art fiends! It appears my football illustrations are back, just in time for The Letter J. I think this is the kickoff to a fine week of drawing and paint smudging. Pun intended!

"You can holler, you can wail, you can blow what's left of my right mind."
- King Gum

Friday, March 16, 2012


"Iago" / 12x15" / watercolors & ink on paper

The Letter I is for "Iago," the serpent-tongued villain in Shakespeare's Othello. And with that, comes the end of yet another fantastic five days of Alphabet Attack! Have a great weekend, and tune in on Monday for more illustrative mayhem!

"Talons fly as a last disguise. But no return... the time has come."
- David C.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


From watching The Terminator as a child, to seeing Akira as a teen, all the way up to my current obsession with Sons of Anarchy, I've developed a keen vehicle crush on motorcycles. While I may never actually ride one, they remain one of my favorite monstrous means of transportation to depict in drawings. All that speed and growling fury, all that power... it sinks it claws right into my imagination! How could I not get a kick out of loading these iconic iron horses with terrifying riders & letting them run loose on the page?!

"Harbinger" / 12x15" / watercolors & ink on paper

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream or a fever."
- King Gum

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


This one's been locked up in my imagination for quite some time. Nearly two years now, in fact. I kept imagining this brutal queen, stroking the pelt of some wild beast she'd conquered. Luckily, The Letter F ended up providing the perfect opportunity to put her vicious puss on paper.

"Feral" / 9x12" / watercolors & acrylics on paper

"We are the revenants, and we will rise up from the dead."
- David C.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Hello and happy Daylight Savings! Even with the loss of an hour, I was able to churn out this exciting new piece for The Letter E. This image just about exploded from my imagination, as soon as the word "Elysium" came to mind. Originally, it wasn't going to be so spooky. But once the brushes started moving, I simply couldn't help myself.

"Tore open a package, it was an empty box. No meaning to me, just an empty box. Sender was a woman..."
- King Gum

Friday, March 9, 2012


This marks the end of my first week back on the daily illustration wagon. I hope you've enjoyed Letters A through D. Have a swell weekend, and be sure to check back on Monday for more Alphabet Attack!

"Clan in the front, let'cha feet stomp."
- David

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Cabeza Con Carne"

And the beats keep rolling with this new run of Alphabet Attack! I'm having a blast with these, so far. And I have a feeling they're only going to get weirder. Er, I mean, better.

Stay tuned for The Letter D, tomorrow!

"I looked at every fiesta, for you I wanted to greet. Maybe I'd sell you a chicken, with poison interlaced with the meat."
- David C. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Bulletproof Bastard"

"Out my face! Fool, I'm the illest! Bulletproof... I die harder than Bruce Willis!"
- King Gum Crosland

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Be it billionaire ball or statesman soiree, this dapper dino is always at his finest. Sleek scales draped in soft silk... razor teeth and brimstone breath, bellowing tales of financial conquest and world travel. Maybe he's born with it. Or maybe it's his crack team of caveman tailors and dietitians. Whatever his secret is, The Aristosaur remains the ultimate Cretaceous sartorialist.

"They've just been waiting in a mountain, for the right moment.
And listening to the irritating noises of dinosaurs and people dabbling outside."
- David C

Monday, March 5, 2012

Back In Business!

Like Ghostbusters 2 and Electric Boogaloo, ALPHABET ATTACK! is back in business!

While I won't be picking up where Series 3 left off (just yet), this week will mark the launch of a whole new set of ideograph-inspired illustrations. I'll be bringing a new level of raw power to these pieces, brought from the depths of an extremely "work immersive" winter. Don't say you weren't warned.

It all starts tomorrow with The Letter A.

"Tell 'em it's their love that got me this far, and it's my dreams I see their faces in."
- David Crosland