Letters To Elsa

Here are some decorated envelopes sent to my friend, the illustrator Elsa Warnick, in the early 90s when I was living in New York and she was in Portland.

Illustration by Elsa Warnick
Illustration by Elsa Warnick

David Chelsea is reading:

“King of the Flies: Hallorave (Vol. 1) ”

by Pirus and Mezzo

I brought reprints of a couple of these envelopes to Stumptown Comics Fest last month. The romanesco broccoli image sold very well; the scary clown jack-in the box did not.

Sometimes when I am deep in work I will kill two birds with one stone by sketching something from my current project on an envelope. The mushroom-headed fellow is Shroom, a character from my graphic novel Welcome to the Zone. Similarly, the line of nude figures are characters are from a never-completed graphic novel about an underground theater in the 1970s. This was an early attempt at figure drawing in isometric projection, a process I explain in my new book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page (Book & DVD)Comic Strips).