Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spontaneous Drink & Draw!

This past Tuesday night, I got to see "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe." It's a captivating peek inside the life of an extremely creative, contemporary talent. I highly recommend it for anyone who's an artist, collector, or art enthusiast.

Afterward, I ended up having a spontaneous Drink & Draw with the illustrious Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes, Slave Labor Graphics), while we discussed "Dirty Hands" and other mysteries of the universe. The three spreads above are from that awesome evening of art, film, conversation, burritos and beer.

"Movin' butt like I'm toilet tissue. What's your issue?"
- King Gum

PS - The Roxie Theater (San Francisco) just extended "Dirty Hands" showings through this Saturday. If you're in the area, try to catch it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stone Knife

This is where all my "Dangerous Women" pieces started, kids -- "Stone Knife." I did this skate deck commission last year, for my boy Mat from the Frenchpulp crew. He was kind enough to work his photography magic and shoot some quality documentation of the piece for me, all the way from Lille, France. Many thanks!

"Shimmy-shimmy-ya, shimmy-yeah, shimmy-yay..."
- Gum

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


This is a drawing I whipped up over the weekend, loosely based on a painting I've been working on, called "Her Glorious Pelt." Just more of my explorations on themes of brutal domination, raw power, and sexual ferocity.

"Felt kinda strange when I woke up this morning, like thousands of weapons were aiming at me."
- Crosland Gum

Frazetta Drink & Draw Works

"Destroy #1"


"Rising Doom"

These are my three pieces from the Remembering Frazetta Memorial Drink & Draw, last Friday night. Thanks to Jack Shen for organizing the event, and to Leef of Mission: Comics & Art for letting us rock it in his space. Mad love to Jamaica Dyer and Josh Ellingson for being my drawing buddies, that night. Thanks to Rebel Yell whiskey for keeping me on even keel.

And infinite respect for Frank Frazetta. Rest in peace, and thanks for the incredible legacy you left the world with.

"I circle like sharks, while you panic. I cruise the Atlantic."
- The Gum

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Remembering Frazetta Memorial Drink & Draw

Tomorrow night, Mission: Comics & Art (SF) is holding a Remembering Frazetta - Memorial Drink & Draw. I'll be in attendance, making art (and drinking) alongside some fine colleagues. Including: Ted Naifeh, Jamaica Dyer, Jack Shen & more.

For more info: Remembering Frazetta - Memorial Drink & Draw

R.I.P. Frank!
- Dave Gum

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


My boys Mike Huddleston and Phil Hester were kind enough to have me create a pinup for the brand new, hardcover volume of THE COFFIN Collection, coming out from IDW Publishing in September. I did the above painting of my favorite character in the book, Keen. She's a badass assassin who moves and destroys like a warrior poet. And you all know my creative attraction to deadly dames.

Seriously, THE COFFIN is a must have. It was one of the first indie sci-fi-horror-drama books that I ever read, and it's stuck with me ever since I first picked it up. I can only imagine how jaw-droppingly sweet this new edition of it will be.

"You've got the touch! You've got the poweeeer!!!"
- Optimus Gum

Monday, May 10, 2010

Capcom Fight Club Photos!

Here are some fantastic photos, capturing my live art performance at the recent Capcom Fight Club: Los Angeles. These were shot by the extremely talented Love Ablan ( There's also a solid Flickr album of photos from that night, by the skillful Dave Tada: Dave Tada's Fight Club photos. Many thanks to Love and Dave, Jon & Taylor and the I AM 8-BIT crew, Capcom, and all the other fine folks who made that such a memorable night of video game and art action!

"Hurry, little children, run this way! I have got a beast at bay!"
- King Gum Crosland

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New "DESTROY" Piece in "Little Clouds"

While warming up for a glut of painting that I did from Sunday through Tuesday, I rocked out on this new two-page spread in "Little Clouds," my book of experimental drawing and painting techniques. I love doing this stuff. Between the toned paper and the random text & drawings on each page of the book, every stroke of working in between these covers becomes an adventure. And the paper's thick enough to handle any material... paint, markers, pencil & ink... whatever I break out, the book just looks at me like, "Bring The Thunder, bitch!"

Any artists out there -- I highly recommend getting a sketchbook like this, that challenges you to do something beyond your regular pencil & ink sketching. It's great exercise, and you'll find yourself wandering into some fresh territory that you can further explore in finalized works.

"Last day of magic, where are you?"
- The King Gum

Two New Vellum Originals

I just shipped out a couple more DEATHWARRANTs to some fabulous collectors. Below are the two original sketches on the inside front Vellum sheets. Rock and roll!

Hook, line, an' stinker!
- Dave, Mr. Gum if you're nastay.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Berzerk Wolverine!

So I did the above piece -- "Berserk" -- as a little at-home practice for my commissions at the recent Chicago Comic Con. Truth be told, I hadn't done a convention in well over a year and was kinda nervous about rocking paintings and drawings on the spot for fans/collectors. Well, tearing up with this beastly Wolverine piece got me back into fighting shape, so to speak.

The Ol' Canucklehead is done on 12" x 18" Canson watercolor paper, in watercolor , acrylics and ink. And he's available for purchase, if anyone out there is interested. Just hit me up at

"He's the best at what he does!"
- Dave Superfly Gum