Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Princess Leia ("Rebel Yell")

Whoever said a teenage princess couldn't lead an intergalactic rebellion, obviously never met this whip-smart, bun-coiffed darling of Alderaan. My favorite incarnation of Princess Leia has always been her look on the ice planet of Hoth. I think my appreciation is directly tied into some early crush I developed during my childhood winters in Buffalo, NY. So this is my homage to the baddest babe with a blaster, this side of a Wampa cave.

Also, just a reminder: this piece is available for sale, along with the others in my "SNIKT! POW! BAMF!" series of art based on pop culture action icons. Check out the other works via the links below. Contact me at hiredmeat@gmail.com if you'd like to make a purchase. Serious inquiries only, please.

Joe Fixit
Elektra: Assassin & Wolverine

"Would it help if I got out and pushed?!"
- King Gum.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Way back in spring, my friend and colleague - Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood) - invited me to do a pinup for his new miniseries with writer Ben McCool -- Choker (Image Comics).

I took my sweet time finishing it... snatching moments here and there, painting it in between other projects and deadlines. But I was finally able to put the kiss of completion on this puppy, a few nights ago. At 2am or so, I called it like a doctor in an OBGYN, and my Choker pinup was born.

This piece will appear in either issue 5 or 6 of the Choker miniseries. Hell yeah.

"Oh, Ramona! If there was only something between us... other than our clothes."
- King Gum.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Goblin With Helm"

This is the finish on a quick, mixed-media piece I started in my notebook, a weekend or two ago. It was a nice exercise in letting a piece come together "naturally"... just trying to tap into my creativity, without over-thinking every step of the process.

"Little fish, big fish, swimmin' in the water. Come back here, man. Gimme my daughter."
- Gum.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On The Slate: The Quick & The Dead

This is one of a few Wild West-themed paintings that I started awhile ago. I was taking some photos of it for a prospective buyer and thought, "What the hell? I'll post these for On The Slate."

I've got stacks of paintings-in-progress, spread out in my studio space. And I'll invite collectors over to look through them. It's fun and allows me to indulge the "gallery artist" side of myself, I suppose. It's also a nice way to trick people into visiting me in my Fortress of Solitude. Sometimes, art can be an awfully lonely endeavor!

"You get the ankles, and I'll get the wrists! Ya come down ta this!"
- Dave

"... Does Whatever A Spider Can!"

Another hero piece for my recent series of 9 x 12's... this time, of everyone's favorite Web Head!

"I can't fold, I need gold, I re-up and reload. Product must be sold to you."
- Gum.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

On The Slate: LIONSEATYOU Block Print!

It's been a busy weekend, aboard The S.S. Helen! Above are a couple shots of my workspace, taken during a printmaking session earlier this evening. These little cuties are the rubber block prints that will come free with each pre-ordered copy of LIONSEATYOU, the third of three limited edition sketchbooks I've released this year.

If you missed out on the pre-order, don't fret. The block print will still be available for a reasonable price. Look for an update on that, this week!

Live from Planet Meat,
- Dave Gum.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

On The Slate: Goblin with Helm

Haven't rocked an On The Slate in awhile. This is the beginning layers of a little warm-up painting in one of my sketchbooks. There's something exquisite about painting and drawing on a slow Saturday afternoon.

Back to it!
- Gum.

Joe Fixit!

I mean, c'mon... who doesn't love a super-genius Grey Hulk, with a mob muscle alter ego?!

I mean, c'mon... who doesn't love a super-genius Grey Hulk, with a mob muscle alter ego?!

"... so it's best to play the game, while there's breath up in your frame."
- King Gum.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Elektra Assassin and Wolverine!

Been cooking up these comic character pieces, to keep things fresh. First up: Elektra and Wolverine!

If you're interested in owning one of these, drop me a line - hiredmeat@gmail.com. Serious inquiries only, please.

Snikt, Pow, Zap!
- Gum.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


For almost a year, I've been scheming and dreaming of moving back to Los Angeles, California. And now my beautiful dream is about to become science-fact. Because in January 2011, I'm packing up my Oakland studio and moving the entire Hiredmeat operation down to The City of Angels!

Even though leases have been signed and notices have been given, there's still tons of logistical hoopla for me to deal with. The upcoming move - combined with Holiday travel - has me pressed like a
childhood memory in Jack Donaghy's mind vice (for any 30 Rock fans out there). And with the Herculean tasks at hand, I'm doubly in need of support from my fans, friends and collectors.

There are several ways you (Yes, you!) can help me make all this happen; including: investing in original artwork from my "Pick Up The Pieces" online art sale, pre-ordering my new sketchbook LIONSEATYOU, and/or purchasing various items from my online store.

- View and purchase original works from the "PICK UP THE PIECES" Online Art Sale!

- Pre-order your copy of LIONSEATYOU, complete with free rubber block print!

- Purchase "Booty & The Beast" art print and/or graphic novels in The Meatshop!

I've had a fine time providing you folks with all sorts of weird eye candy, during my years in The Bay Area. And I'm excited to reach whole new levels of visual vibrancy in sunny SoCal.

I do hope you'll stick with me for this next chapter of the grand adventure that has been my career!

With ink stained fingers,
- Dave "King Gum" Crosland

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


With the premiere of my new sketchbook - LIONSEATYOU - on the horizon, I thought I'd whet your appetites with a little preview. Below is the image I'll be using for the rubber block prints (free with each pre-order), plus four new drawings that will be featured in the book. Enjoy!

LIONSEATYOU art for rubber block print

"Winged Doom" / 8.5 x 11" / ink on paper

"Huntress" / 8.5 x 11" / ink on paper

"Pursuit" / 8.5 x 11" / ink on paper

"Watching. Waiting." / 8.5 x 11" / ink on paper

* To pre-order your copy of LIONSEATYOU, visit my online store.

* Due to time constraints, pre-ordered copies (with free print) will ship on Monday, December 13th.

"Fall down on the world, before it falls on you."
- Dave "King Gum" Crosland


This Friday night, the King Gum/Food One collaborative print - "Booty & The Beast" - will be on exhibit in the 1AM Gallery's year end show, PRINT PRINT PRINT. This exhibition is a gathering of original art prints from some of California's finest, including Mars 1, Julie West, Reuben Rude and more. All works will be for sale, and many of the creators will be on hand during the opening reception, including yours truly.

1AM Gallery presents:

Reception - December 10th / 7 - 9:30pm / 21+
1000 Howard St @ 6th St / San Francisco CA

Hope to see you there!
- King Gum Crosland

Monday, November 29, 2010


It must be the end of the year, because here comes the third and final release in my sketchbook series for 2010 -- LIONSEATYOU. The cover image above sums up the raw power I aimed to harness in book. C to cover, it features a slightly different style of work from me. There's a much more expressive, emotional touch to the pen and brush strokes. I hope this aesthetic will excite viewer's imaginations, dazzle their eyes, and scramble their brains!

LIONSEATYOU just became available for presale on my website. From now through December 9, the book is being offered for a discounted price. All presale orders will also come with a free rubber block print. To place your order now, visit www.hiredmeat.com/meatshop.htm

Just in time for The Holidays!
- Dave Gum.

Friday, November 26, 2010


I whipped up this Captain Marvel piece for a Newsarama article on the character's history. Enjoy!

"One more coffee. One more cigarette. One more morning trying to forget."
- Dave Gum.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


To wrap up this year and support my relocation to L.A., I'm holding an online art sale, called "PICK UP THE PIECES." The sale offers a variety of art from 2010, 2009 and 2008, with drawings and paintings from previous gallery exhibits, including my solo San Francisco exhibit, "Undefeated," and the ever popular "I AM 8-BIT" video game themed art shows.

The title and pertinent info for each piece is listed below its image. An * indicates that the work is framed.
To make a purchase, please contact me at hiredmeat@gmail.com for the price list. Serious inquiries only, please. Shipping rates will be determined on a per-purchase basis, due to the variety of size and weight of the works.

“Those Things’ll Kill Ya” / 4” x 6” / mixed media on watercolor paper *

“Stone Faced” / 4” x 6” / mixed media on watercolor paper *

“Grimace and Bear It” / 4” x 6” / mixed media on watercolor paper *

“Devil Exhale” / 4” x 6” / mixed media on watercolor paper *

“Box” / 5” x 8.5” / mixed media on paper

“Experience” / 5" x 8.5" / mixed media on paper

"Caffeine McQueen” / 4" x 6" / collage & mixed media on canvas

“Blues Man Greene” / 6” x 6” / collage & mixed media on canvas SOLD

Captain America” / 9” x 12” / mixed media on bristol

“Destroy #2” / 9” x 12” / mixed media on cardboard

“Attack!” / 12” x 14” / mixed media on watercolor paper

“Morning Study Tina” / 8” x 14” / mixed media on watercolor paper *

“Bedlam & Blade” / 8” x 14” / mixed media on watercolor paper * SOLD

”Dead Bloom” / 14” x 18” / acrylics on illustration board *

“Animal Attraction / 14” x 18” / acrylics on illustration board *

“Super” / 12” x 12” / collage & mixed media on canvas

“Kong” / 12” x 12” / collage & mixed media on canvas

“Busines As Usual” / 9” x 12” / collage & mixed media on wood

“Urban Flight” / 9” x 12” / collage & mixed media on wood

“Holy Haymaker” / 16” x 20” / mixed media on wood panel *

“Brute Breath” / 16” x 20” / mixed media on wood panel *

The Unavoidable Conflict of Plus Versus Minus" / 9" x 12" / collage & mixed media on wood *

Come one and come all, o' ye collectors of art.
I look forward to hearing from you.

- Dave Crosland, aka King Gum.