Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Gaze

This piece is for a group promotion with a bunch of friends of mine, in anticipation of V-Day 2011.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3 strikes

This is just a little warm-up - brush pen doodles out of my sketchbook with some photoshop work. Makes me want to give screen printing a shot.

Have a lovely day.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Stranger

Without a studio, I've taken to going to Starbucks to draw sometimes. The coffee helps, as does getting out of the house. This is a warm up sketch of a guy with one of those e-book readers - Still a strange concept to me.

Oh! Happy Hannukah, everyone! I haven't been home for this holiday in a few years now and it's been really great. Lots o' latkes, and at least one really successful party. It really is wonderful to share the holidays with family and friends.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Here are the final 12 - these plus the cluster of 4 in the post below are my contribution to the Post-It Show 6, at Giant Robot 2. Each of these will be available for $20, and I'm selling the larger cluster for $60.

The show opens December 11th - come check it out!

GR2 is located at:
2015 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6229

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Gouache on 4 super sticky post-its - for the Post-It Show 6 at Giant Robot 2

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Post-It Show

I'm very excited to be participating in the Post-It Show (number 6!) this coming December, along with some good friends and a bunch of artists I really admire. The show will be at Giant Robot in Santa Monica, opening December 11th. I'll post more specifics later on.

Here are some of my initial experiments - I am not sure if they will be in the show yet (I'm still trying out several options), but I liked them enough to show you guys. Hope you dig.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This man sat perfectly still, and had glasses on his face AND hanging from his shirt collar. He was just begging to be drawn, despite a permanent grimace.

Thanks very much to Zach over at Supersonic Electronic for featuring me on his blog today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Facing Extinction

Fun fact: as a child I was obsessed with tigers. I had a tiger poster up in my room, several stuffed tigers, the works. I thought they were the coolest. They are the coolest.

Unfortunately they are also really dwindling in numbers - in the past century a population of 100,000 has shrunk to around 3,500, and illegal traders are killing Tigers and selling their parts, killing around 1,000 more this decade.

This image was made in response to an article I read on the BBC - Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


These guys are in trouble.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monster Mash / Mercy, Not Sacrifice

This is a new piece for the cover of Brand X, a weekly alternative magazine distributed by the LA Times. This is for their Halloween issue, naturally. Big thanks to Krista Simmons, the editor of Brand X and a longtime friend, and to design director Erik Haugli.

In other news, I'm super excited to be part of Mercy, Not Sacrifice - a charity art show here in LA. My pal Hannah K. Lee made this TOTALLY RAD flyer for the event:

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Gouache & Crayon on board, 11 x 14

It's been really nice to focus on "traditional" work lately - I love working digitally and all the freedom it offers me but getting back to a single, tactile surface has been really rewarding. Hopefully I can carry that energy over into my illustration work as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Novel

Mixed media on Denril, 9x12

Check this out at "Ek-Phrastic" on October 21st, at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland.

This piece accompanies a poem of the same name by Jesse Nathan.

Monday, October 11, 2010


"Cake" - 9 x 12, Mixed media on Denril

This painting is going to appear at the "Mercy, Not Sacrifice" charity show at the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program next month, along with a bunch of other cool artists (like Hannah K Lee, who got me in on this - Thanks Hannah!)

The show is the night of November 6th, at the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program in LA - 2618 Workman St. 90031 - hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


This is Tu. This is also my 100th post. WOOO

Friday, October 8, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010


I always wonder what it's like for my friends to be drawn so frequently. Alex must be quite used to it by now.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


My brother is a jazz pianist in a group called Torio - they are preparing for a competition in Belgium in a couple weeks, and I sat in on their rehearsal today and did these quick sketches.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

inky black

I've been working in a store and occasionally sitting in delicatessens. Brent's is a really great deli. I went there the other night and drank a cup of tea, to soothe a strained throat. (I had a cold - gone now, thankfully.) Developing a good work regiment around minimum wage and post-college ennui is a challenge, but I'm hoping it's a challenge I can rise to.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

yogurt ghost

First page in a new book. I hadn't played with markers in ages!

Friday, September 3, 2010


sketchbook/photoshop experiment

sorry for the dip in posting - more on the way.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Abaddon, originally uploaded by nivbavarsky.

Mixed media & Digital, 11 x 14

Described in the Revelation of St. John, Abaddon is "the king of tormenting locusts and angel of the bottomless pit" (and sometimes considered to be the antichrist). Heavy, right? I'd been interested in drawing some of the darker/more mysterious figures (or monsters) from biblical scripture, and Abaddon seemed like a fun one to tackle first, given our mutual interest in insects.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Oneohtrix Point Never Gigposter

Oneohtrix Point Never, originally uploaded by nivbavarsky.

Here's a poster for an upcoming show at Coco 66 in Brooklyn - thanks to Seva Granik!

(P.S. - these bands are really, really great. If any of you live in New York and are fans of ambient/synth music, I urge you to check this show out.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


drawing, originally uploaded by nivbavarsky.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010


ICON, originally uploaded by nivbavarsky.

ICON 6 was a great experience - I met some great people and some artists I really admire, attended some really fascinating lectures, and enjoyed the high life in a hotel entirely too fancy for me. The conference's open bar parties didn't hurt either.

I found this post-it on the ground sometime during the conference and stuck it inside a little notebook (which has one of my favorite pieces by my friend Jen on the cover) - if you drew it, tell me. I liked it.

Back to the grind!

Monday, July 12, 2010


ian, originally uploaded by nivbavarsky.

Reworked my blog layout a bit in order to display larger images.
Here's a portrait of a friend from my sketchbook.

I'm heading to ICON tomorrow - which I'm looking forward to, especially since some really great friends of mine from MICA will be attending. See you later, internet!


Originally uploaded by nivbavarsky

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ink Doodle

I just realized I could post to my blog directly from flickr - (d'oh!) so here's my first test. About the image - I've been feeling a little stagnant in my sketchbook work, so I decided to pick the brush back up and try some new stuff,'s some ugly face.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"The Passage" by Justin Cronin

Here's a new piece for the New York Times Book Review. Art Director: Nicholas Blechman

The book is "The Passage" by Justin Cronin - it's a hefty horror novel, set in a future where a virus has turned most of the world into vampires. 90-some humans remain in America, living in a fortified colony with permanent daylight, but the power source protecting them is running out. Check out the review here

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Daze

Late nights in backyards

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


New threadless design! Please vote for me!

GalactiCactus - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The November Criminals

For the New York Times Book Review - AD Nicholas Blechman

Here's my first post-graduation illustration assignment! I got the call as soon as the moving trucks left with all my belongings, heading back to California, so this was completed while I was sleeping on my buddy Willem's couch. Big thanks to him and Julia for letting me use their equipment!

You can read the article here

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Captain Cosmo

I finally got my computer repaired and am getting back to work. Expect more frequent updates from now on. This guy will be up for voting on soon - I'll post links to the submission once it's running.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010


He reminds me of a Blue Meanie

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Engines (Panorama)

This little sliver above is a 27.5 foot long drawing, composed of 30 11x14 sumi ink drawings I did earlier this semester. The full (very, very long) view is up as a new section on my website. Give it some time to load, it's about 14,000 pixels wide.

Some of you may remember these drawings from a little while back - I was posting them as my "make something cool everyday" entries for a while, but since I ultimately planned to present them in this panorama, they seemed kinda dinky as just single panels. After a long wait, though, the full view is finally here!

The following three images are details from the spread

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I received my portfolio book in the mail today, and my business cards yesterday and am quite happy with the results. I used to have the portfolio book produced and for the postcard and business card. I have a feeling they'll be getting more of my business.

Here are some pages from the book -