Jesus Malverde

As I mentioned before I am fascinated by religion and other cultures.

The tee shirt design I am going to talk about today is legendary on both those fronts.

Jesus Malverde is a historical figure from Sinaloa Mexico born Jan 15, 1870. He was a bit of a Robin Hood character, that literally stole from the rich to give to the poor. That said, like most historical Robin Hoods, there is no evidence he ever lived, and was more likely an amalgamation of a couple other outlaws from the period and locale.

Mexico being very Catholic, very superstitious, and just as prone to making Saints of their heroes of course made him the patron saint of outlaws.

Because he was from Sinaloa, which of course is famous for its drug smuggling cartels, Mr. Malverde (also known as Jesús Juarez Mazo, Cjuba Lord, or the Angel of the Poor) was soon adopted by the smugglers and is widely regarded as the Narco-Saint.

That image is what drove the creation of my design…

Jesus Malverde TShirt.

On this shirt, Jesus Malverde is surrounded by a saints halo that is decorated with opium poppies, a laurel of marijuana flowers and leaves, and crossed sprigs of the coca bush.

You definitely want to go to my Tee Public store (Madman Designs) to buy it.

Please don’t wear at border crossings, on planes, or when travelling along what the police think are drug corridors unless you just want to be harassed by the authorities. Then again, do what you want… but be aware of the risks.

Faeries and Flowers

Today I am posting another drawing that I did with brush pens. This one was kind of in response to some friends and family that were picking at me because so much of my subject matter is dark.

If you like dark things you know the words.

“Why don’t you draw anything pretty? Like flowers.”

And eventually one gets tired of trying to explain that they find beauty in all things, dark or light. Or that I just draw what strikes me. One does not control their muse, one merely follows her…enslaved by her song.

Anyway, I amused myself by thinking up a way to draw something pretty that would irk them. Because I am a petulant child.

That idea turned out to be a faery masturbating in a flower patch.

Tinkering Her Bell

“Tinkering Her Bell” was a lot of fun to draw. It’s social media response was way more positive than I expected and only offended one person (who I barely knew and decided wasn’t worthy of keys of the kingdom because of their prudish mindset. No one needs that kind of negativity).

I wish I had used watercolor paper instead of the bristol this is drawn on… but it was before I realized how much better blending down worked on watercolor paper with these pens. But the image is watercolor brush pens on bristol. I would sell it if it was wanted, but haven’t really considered it because it was just a fun drawing. 9×12

Cryptocurrency

This is a tee shirt design that truly shows my sense of humor. Historical, contrarian, mocking, and accurate.

Everywhere you look folks are talking about cryptocurrency. Somehow it is supposed to replace fiat currency….when it is another type of fiat currency.

Well technically it is, because fiat currency is government issued. But that is the only difference. It is still only a financial place marker that has value strictly because someone else says it does.

More importantly, no currency will ‘take over’ markets until the IMF backs it. This goes for: Ethereum, Litecoin, Cardano, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Chainlink, Binance Coin, Tether, Monero, Dogecoin, or any of the other 4000 or so digital currencies currently out there. The IMF will do whatever is necessary to maintain control of the world money supply.

That said, I should point out that I think block chain is amazing technology and I am happy that this tulip market is funding its research and expansion.

Speaking of tulip markets, that is the subject of the shirt and the joke I made about crypto currency.

Tulip Coin Cryptocurrency

To tell you the truth, when I came up with it I was more than a little disappointed that no one had created an actual coin under this moniker. It’s perfect.

For those that don’t understand the reference. Tulips were the original market bubble. Tulip Mania in the early 1600’s.

A combination of market forces, led by the insanity and obsessive compulsive behavior of humans; caused a market bubble of epic proportions in Holland. At its height you could literally buy homes with the flower right bulbs. It of course did what all bubbles eventually do and popped, making a mess of the economy.

The parallels aren’t 100% (some of the currencies are behaving less radically than others), but they are accurate enough to make this shirt funny as hell.

So buy one today at my Teepublic store.

Learning in Oil

So todays image is another early oil, and this one had some good education to it.

I was struggling a lot ,which is a common theme of the entire time I was working with oil, or it was working me over, however you see it. Anyway, I was trying to learn to blend so I wanted to sketch something in black and white to get a better grasp of it.

So decided to to draw a caricature modeled after a junior high science teacher who I always perceived as being a mean old lady.

I should note here that I was a shithead pretty much from my early teens through my mid twenties, and by all other accounts she was a pretty typical Jr high science teacher that was actually leaning towards nice. But that isn’t what I was drawing.

I did decide to make the background pink to kind of demonstrate that.

So here is what ending up coming of that.

Evil Old Bag in Pink

As you can see it is not a great painting, but I still smile when I look at it. I am sure you can also see that I worked some things out with oil blending and highlights…..and left some other things to learn and develop.

This oil is on an 18×24 canvas board and is for sale. Just $50 and you pay to ship.