Thursday, August 28, 2014

What fresh hell is this?

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This is a just a quick doodle I made after my friend, Stormy, posted a picture of Cat Head brand pumpkin spice flavored vodka. This is the image that immediately came to mind

Crazy 8s!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Oh, I think I'm in love!"

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This is my piece for "Meatball Head: An Art Show Celebrating 20 Years of Sailor Moon" opening tonight at Meltdown Comics It's a hand painted animation cel. Here's some detail shots.

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I've always loved collecting animation art, so it's really fun to get to create my own. It is difficult however because I'm not using the correct paints. Cel Vinyl paint is really the only paint to use, but it's really expensive and since cels aren't actually used in animation production anymore, there's only one company that makes it anymore. Since I don't have any, I have to use heavy body acrylics. This piece was more challenging that my cel for the Wes Anderson tribute show because it has much more detail. I discovered that latex house paint and mixing my acrylic with gesso seemed to help the flow of the paint somewhat. Here's some progress pics.

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My line art which I drew digitally was photocopied onto the cel and I painted the reverse side. Here is my original digital drawing and color key. 

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The background was created digitally and just printed. I was originally going to hand paint the background, but I wasn't sure how to create the circles/bubbles without an airbursh (which I don't have). I was watching a lot of Sailor Moon episodes as research for the painting, and boy, do they sure like to throw those bubble in A LOT of backgrounds. Here's the background itself.


I based this off of one of the background from the opening title sequence.


If you're in the Los Angeles area, come out to the show tonight. It was curated by my pal Nico Colaleo and he puts together some great shows with absolutely incredible artists. I saw some of the work last night and it blew me away!







Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Reveal unto me the truth, my dearest friend"

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"Reveal unto me the truth, my dearest friend."

I can't remember the last time I made an illustration purely for the fun of it. Not for a band or a promoter or a pitch, but just for the sake of creating a fun drawing. I need to do it more often.
I had a hard time settling on colors. Here are a few early options I was playing with.
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Also, sometimes I like to pose for my illustrations for reference.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Skadonna

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Here's a T-shirt I just designed for Skadonna, an all ska Madonna tribute band. For the figure, I once again borrowed from the iconic Betty Beat/Rude Girl logo. I figured I could combine that with an equally iconic version of Madonna. In my opinion, that would be her "Blond Ambition" days (circa 1990). The layout was borrowed from the seminal ska compilation "This Are Two Tone".


Here's the logo isolated from the T-shirt design. I think the band may use it on flyers or stickers.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Good golly, I'm brooding!"

I've been lucky enough to do another illustration for Podhouse 90.

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Podhouse 90 is a scripted anthology series of radio plays by Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cinematic Titanic, Invader ZIM) This is for Episode 03 - "Dracula Has Risen In the Polls", another musical comedy extravaganza! As a lifelong Mystery Science Theater fan, it's always an honor when Frank asks me to illustrate for him. This one however was an especially big thrill as it stars one of Frank's fellow MST3K alumni, Trace Beaulieu who played Crow and Dr Forrester. cThis episode also features the spectacular comedy talents of Eddie Pepitone, Julie Klausner, Dana Gould, Laraine Newman, Emily Maya Mills,Joe Keyes, Leite Preto, Rachel Lichtman, Olana DiGirolamo, J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson, plus vocals from Karen Lloyd and stellar guitar work from Larry Saltzman. 

For this illustration, I looked to the old pre-code EC comics for inspiration. Those things were just the best. 

I even spoofed the EC logo by changing it to Frank's initials.

I made an alternate version that had a bit more of a worn "distressed look". I grabbed the folds and textures from an old worn copy of Mad Magazine. Frank decided not to go with this one since all teh texture doesn't read when the image is scaled down small in iTunes and I'd have to agree. Check out the image full size to see all of the texture. 
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As with all of my illustrations, I always notice what I did wrong or what I could have improved on after the fact. I'm not too happy with Dracula's proportions. I think his head is a bit too big here. Oh well, I'll just try to keep that in mind next time.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

His backpack's got jets

Here's a T-shirt/tour poster illustration I just did for mc chris.

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I met Chris back Adult Swim days at Williams Street in Atlanta and I had been a fan of his work before that, so it was nice to get to do some design work for him. Here are a few of the earlier versions. Chris wanted me to steer it in more of a 1930s Max Fleischer direction.




These are a few of the original concepts.