Monday, June 10, 2013

Joyriding with the cool cats

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Here's the final cover art for the debut EP from Hooray For Our Side. The band's vocalist, Evan, and I are both huge Back To The Future fans, so we thought to create the cover, it would be fun create the album art, from concept to final product, while watching the entire Back To The Future trilogy over pizza and beer. It ended up taking quite a bit longer than that. We met with various other members and friends of the band over the course of 4 nights and while working on this, we watched the entire BTTF trilogy, Brad Neely's Wizard People Dear Reader, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and several episodes from season 3 of The Simpsons. We also had about 6 pizzas, 40 chicken wings, 2 burritos, 1 bottle of cake flavored vodka, 2 cases of soda, and about 45 beers.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Where did you get that red sharkskin suit? It is awesome!"

Here's an illustration did did for the new episode of Podhouse 90, a scripted anthology series of original radio plays by Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cinematic Titanic, Invader ZIM)

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I had done an illustration for an episode last year, The Wonderful Pundits of Oz. This episode is full length musical comedy called "South by South Satan", Starring Dana Gould, J. Elvis Weinstein, Emily Maya Mills, Laraine Newman, Emo Philips, David Higgins, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Joe Keyes, Ron Lynch, Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Mark Thompson, Kipleigh Brown and Frank Conniff. You can get for free here on iTunes!

Here's are some rough concepts I sent to Frank.
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#5 was in reference to one of my favorite episodes of MST3K. I didn't actually think Frank would go for it, I just threw it into the mix for the hell of it (pun very much intended) since he was a writer and actor on the show. We decided to go with #4. You can see that originally Satan had a bigger, much more pronounced goatee, but the script called for a soul patch. Here are some other development sketches and an alternate layout.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

78 RPMs of Fury!

Candy Coated Fury, the Reel Big Fish album that I created the artwork for last year, is now available on vinyl!

You can get your copy of just the record itself here or get a bundle that includes a rad pair of slipmats

You can also see an extensive blog post detail the step by step how I created all of the album artwork here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bernie the Butter Sculpture

Last year I had started doing monthly illustrations for the now defunct Cartoon Dump, a live show created and written by Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000) that parodies the children's shows of yesteryear, hosted by a cast of misfits that suffer from substance abuse and mental illness while the worst and crappiest vintage cartoons from Jerry Beck's extensive animation library are shown throughout the show.

Before I began doing the monthlies, I was asked to create a series of illustrations to accompany one of the musical numbers;"Bernie the Butter Sculpture". These were projected next to the actors while they sang the song. Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl seemed to take a certain delight in Compost Brite's look or horror and misery as the song progressed. Cartoon Dump hasn't run in 7 months and I'm not sure if its coming back or if these will be used again, so I think it's probably safe to share these now. If it does come back, I'd like to redraw them anyway, as I feel I could do much better now. I added Frank's original lyrics to the bottom of the pages for this post, but they didn't actually appear on the projections.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

All I wanted was a dodgeball! Just one dodgeball!

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This is a logo I designed for The Alcoballics, my good friend Jonny Riot's dodgeball team in Buffalo NY. Jonny and I played together in our first band, The Moneyshots, in 2001 and he was the one that gave me the name Thom Foolery.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Have brain. Will travel

acrylic on canvas
This was my contribution to the 3rd Annual Red Dot Auction. It raised $400 for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Special thanks to my pal, Bernard Gumz who helped show me where I should place my highlights. The title comes from a quote by
George Santayana that Chuck Jones would often use to describe the Coyote. "A fanatic is someone who redoubles his efforts when he has forgotten his aim."

Chud kept me company while I was working on it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

¡Dia de los Mars Attacks!

¡Atención, los seres humanos sucios! ¡Su planeta patético está condenada. ¡Prepararse para la aniquilación total!

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I'm a huge fan of Mars Attacks, specifically, the original bubble gum cards produced by Topps from 1962. So, naturally, I was really excited when Pete from legendary ska band, The Porkers, commissioned me to make this t-shirt design for his company, Hardcore Logo.

The idea was to draw a martian as a Mexican Dia de los Muertos sugar skull. I decided to add a little reference to the 1996 Tim Burton film by adding the Martian flag on the forehead

You can order your shirts here