Category Archives: Editorial Illustration

Polybius: Legends of the Northwest 4

According to legend, in 1981, there were two arcade consoles released in Portland, OR called Polybius. Customers came into an unnamed arcade and played this game. They began to have seizures, fainting and experienced psychotic behavior. Depending on what story you buy into, there were men in black that allegedly removed the two games days after its release. This seems to be an urban myth based on some kernel of truth. There were reports in1981 of an unnamed arcade game with customers having similar experiences. Since then the game has shown up in an episode of the Simpsons and has become a part of modern pop culture. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas by Devon Devereaux.

Available on ETSY!04polybius

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DB Cooper: Day 3 of Legends of the Northwest

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On November 24, 1971 A man Identified himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 from Portland, OR flying to Seattle, WA. To this day he has not been identified although many weigh in on who he might have been. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas by Devon Devereaux. Available on ETSY.

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Elvis and Shakira

Elvis and Shakira

I did this piece for this week’s Willamette Week. The article was about Latino counterparts in pop culture and the art director came up with the idea of Elvis dancing with Shakira. It was a fun piece to put together.

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The Strange Life of an Illustrator…

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As some of you know, in June I quit my day job of teaching middle school to be a full time illustrator.  Most of my friends that do this full time warned me against this, but this is all I really wanted to do for a profession since I can remember.  It’s been great and I’ve been so much happier since doing so.  Some months you have something to blog about every day.  That’s great if you have a project that is geared to fit the needs of the fast paced web.  But what about when you’re writing the great American novel?  Or you’re working on a huge body of work and you want to release it all at the same time?  Or you should be creating new work but instead you are creating work to fit your blog?  This is a question every creative type with a blog asks him or herself in this era. Anyhow I find myself in a period where the things Im working on don’t lend themselves to a daily or even weekly or monthly update. So Im going to post anyways. In the last month when not traveling I have done architectural illustration, editorial work, storyboarded an action movie, created a t-shirt of BJ the Dinosaur (Sidekick of Barney), did a one off t-shirt of Blue Beetle and Robin.  I’m mostly excited to be working on a new comic book with one of my best friends, Adam Gallardo.  But I have no complaints. This is exactly the job I wanted and it’s been a big adventure figuring out what strange assignment will pay the mortgage from month to month.

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#31 Ray Bradbury

One of the best genre writers of our time is Ray Bradbury. 8″ x 8″ acrylic. Original painting on canvas by Devon Devereaux available on ETSY.

This has been a lot of fun trying to keep up the pace with the Halloween paintings.  Some turned out better than others but its the most work Ive ever cranked out in such a small amount of time.

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#30 The Banshee

 

From Wikipedia:
In legend, a banshee wails nearby if someone is about to die. There are particular families who are believed to have banshees attached to them, and whose cries herald the death of a member of that family. Most, though not all, surnames associated with banshees have the Ó or Mac prefix.
Original painting on canvas. 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux available on ETSY.

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Devil’s Night

#29 is Devil’s Night. In Southeast Michigan on October 30th, the night before Halloween was known as Devil’s Night. During the 70s and 80s what started as a night of mischief got out of control as whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. Luckily this trend died off in the 1990s because of patrolling and awareness in high crime areas.
8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas.
Original painting by Devon Devereaux

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Jack (O Lantern)

#28 is Jack (O-Lantern) This is a great story of the origin of Jack I “borrowed” from Wikipedia:
The story of the carved vegetable as a lantern comes in many variants and is similar to the story of Will-o’-the-wisp retold in different forms across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn’t get down. Another tale says that Jack put a key in the Devil’s pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or Jack-o’-lantern.

Original painting on canvas 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux available in my ETSY shop.

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John Carpenter

#27 is my favorite Horror movie director, John Carpenter. Not only is this man responsible for the classic horror movie “Halloween”, He also brought us “The Thing”, “In the Mouth of Madness”, “The Fog” and too many to name here.
Original painting on canvas. 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux available on ETSY.

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