Monday, December 26, 2011


I was a little swamped with work and other projects going on during the holidays. Cranked this skateboard deck out in a weeks time for a client.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

silver soul

Just got an Intuos 4 from the family for xmas. Decided to take it for a test run in photoshop. This is the result.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bring it on back

I've had a few people ask me "why are you so against digital art/printing?" I think this video alone helps sum up my reasoning. There are intricacies, delicacies, and a large amount of love and dedication to your craft to be able to produce something original and as "pure" as this. There is a certain level of intimacy involved in this process that so many have discarded over the years in order to make things quickly and easily. For so many it is not about the product or the process but about time and profits. It's depressing to see our origins in print and art and look at where we are now. I don't ever want to be thrown into the mix....become one with the pack of wolves that eat, sleep, and breathe "quantity over quality. This is everything I've ever wanted in my life. One day I will be doing this sort of thing on my own; this is my life's make beautiful illustrations, designs, and prints completely by hand and to never let the human element leave art. Machines/computers are supposed to help augment the process and the outcome.....not replace the creators thumbprint in the search of the mighty dollar. I say it's time we take back our souls, redeem art and print, and preserve it's beauty for future generations. Stop sitting behind a computer and regurgitating 1's and 0's pretending to be an artist. You sold your soul a long time ago you cold technician. Robot. John Dyre Baizley is another one of my favorite illustrators alive today (as well as singer, songwriter, and guitarist). He's immensely talented and should not be overlooked. You can see his work at Artists, designers, printers, illustrators..... Let's bring the soul back like James Brown!

True Grit

Holy cow! I need this!
My favorite Illustrator released a wood-etched variant of his True Grit movie poster. This thing looks sharp!

Mondo X Horkey X Moon from Patrick Kawahara on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Praise and horn tootin'

So after I submitted my layouts for display pride over the holiday floorset I got alot of attention and praise from the higher-ups. I just thought I'd share my submissions with the masses as well (so now you can see what I do all day long).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Before it breaks you.

So took last night off to keep from going too stir crazy on for tonight's progress I was able to get all of the gold foil damask pattern over the fabric done. I'll let that tack up over night and get to glazing all the variations in light and dark over top of the gold and really make it "pop".

Out with the old.

I felt it was time for a default image update.....since the last one was up since I started this back in April. 'Bout time if you ask me!

Monday, December 5, 2011

I love gooooollllllldddd

Started the iridescent gold damask patterning tonight. All free hand.....ya know, because I'm crazy and self-loathing.

I don't know if you have figured this out by now or not but I don't use stencils/tools/references. 100% my mind/eye/hand.

Like I said before, the pattern will cause the fabric to look flat so once all the patterning is finished I have to complete it by adding glazes over top to make it feel like it moves with the folds and rolls of the purple fabric.
That's all I have in me for tonight. 5 straight days of painting and a creative day-job really wear you out.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I'll take colors that end with "urple" for 500.

Just for the record; purple is one of the most difficult colors to paint with. So are iridescent metallic paints. And I love myself so much I thought that I would treat myself to attempting both in one painting.

Truth be told I do enjoy a good challenge. And I am delivering just that in this go-round.
There are shiny solid surfaces, soft textile surfaces, reflective traits, transparent materials,  as well as patterns and rough textured surfaces to come. I'm pulling all the stops these days!

The purple filigree/fabric is far from done. This is merely the base-coat. Come tomorrow I will add the iridescent gold foil over top of the fabric in a "damask" style pattern. Yes, over top of all those rolls and folds. Then once that tacks up I have to glaze the shadows and highlights over top of all of it so that the gold pattern doesn't make the surface look flat. Then I get to glaze a few highlights from the fabric reflecting onto the marble sphere in the background. Crazy? There's a reason I was given the nickname "Mad Man" you know.....just living up to it.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Update from todays progress. Added more depth and shadows, cracking on edges of the marble and more definition to the honeycomb. Began work on the iridescent gold "gills" and purple fabric.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sementis Tempore

"the sowing season"
This painting sort of manifested itself of via my subconscious.
Tuesday afternoons I usually have to join in on the conference calls at work though 90% the discussion doesn't pertain to me. Just started scribbling lines on my notepad and ended up with what became the overall flow of the final painting.
Just yesterday I decided that maybe the sketch would make a good painting...not painting ONLY what was originally drawn but embellishing upon the flow and composition.

The sphere was added right as I started sketching it on the sanded ply board. I thought marble would be a good surface material to experiment with on this one since I've never painted it before and it has a nice semi-reflective gloss to it as well as many detailed intricacies in the organic lines.

I will go more into detail on the various elements found in the painting once it is finished and I can better explain it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

i move in the night: Lilu

Lilu is a male form of an incubus in mythology. This is the second had of the illustration depicting an incubus and his sleeping victim (previously posted). This sketch is intended to merge with the other in the final so that he will be hovering over the female figure.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I like to move in the night

Okay, so I've been getting griped at for not making use of this blogging thingamajig. So here's to me doing just that. This is a study sketch for part of an upcoming watercolor and ink.  I still have to sketch out the Incubus that will be hovering above the sleeping and unsuspecting woman. I've never really been into eroticism nor have I done anything close to it so this is completely new territory for me. But its good to challenge yourself right? I think so. This is one of the many ideas for illustrations surrounding themes of folklore, myth, and somewhat nightmarish fantasy that I've decided to do works for. Hopefully they prove to be as fun and visually intriguing to do as I've already envisioned them im my mind. Do you know how hard it is to draw a model without photos or a model? Working completely from the brain on these....its liberating but tough.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dawn of the Montana

Keymer Social media seminar

The Mellow Mushroom video has recently become part of a blog/seminar on social media by Antonio Allegretti.
What he is doing with Keymer and for Jacksonville and our community in general is simply awe inspiring. Tony is everywhere these days making great things happen and it's flattering to have him plug any work of mine into what he does.

Thanks Tony. Keep on keeping' on brother!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mellow Interview!

To all you wonderful people that follow and support my visual exploits.... the interview with Mellow Mushroom is up on their blog! If it peaks your interest go check it out!


Trekell Brushes

Hey folks! I've just been featured on Trekell Artists Brushes website and Facebook for using their brushes!

Friday, June 17, 2011

I Get Mellow, Do You?

After too much time spent wrestling with the computer (and internet) trying to get this final video to the masses I have achieved my ultimate goal. Keep your eyes peeled for a follow up post on the blog which I was interviewed for by the lovely Mrs. Brooke. And as always, thank you to all those that have taken an interests in my scribbles, rants and furthermore to those who have helped spread the word. Keep it classy San Diego (and every other place in the world).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Georgia Pestilence

Georgia Pacific doesn't need a pipeline; GP doesn't need to keep dumping waste into our river; GP should practice environmentally safe waste disposal or not be in business. Time to clean up your act GP!
Call the Florida State Senate and Voice your right to a clean (and living) St. Johns River! 904-346-4500

Everyone has permission to use/repost my image so long as it is not altered in any way or used for profit. "Georgia Pestilence" and imagery are the copyright of Chris "Mad Man" McAlister.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach

Mural is complete! Currently piecing together the video and that will be posted shortly. Keep checking back...that will be done either tonight or sometime tomorrow.

To see detail photos and hi-res images check out

Friday, April 22, 2011

GoPro time lapse test

Testing out the GoPro before I get on the mural work. I promise many more (and more interesting) videos in the near future.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mellow mushroom jax beach

The city of Jacksonville has denied the original composition involving mushroom jellyfish so this is a small sketch of the new proposal. Im going to keep it as lively and original as possible without it becoming just another typical underwater mural.


Doing some work for local orlando metal group Gorillafight