Monday, January 31, 2011

Photoshop Phun

Whenever I leave the house I tend to carry Sharpies on me for two reasons. 1) If I am in a public restroom and I see someone has tagged themselves on the wall as being "number 1", I like to correct that. 2) When it gets late into the evening, my friends let me draw on them. This past Saturday night I gave a villainous mustache and a set of bandoliers with bullets to my friend Mario. As is the norm in this situation a slew of pictures was taken and posted online. I took one of the photos of Mario and found a poster for the film "Machete" on google and Photoshopped the two images together using his nickname, "Blammo," as the film title.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday Night Sketch Challenge: Don Draper Mad Men

The subject matter for this weeks F.N.S.C. is Don Draper from the AMC series Mad Men. Usually these are sketched with some sort of backing soundtrack to be used as a timer of sorts. (Also, it's a source of audio entertainment for the people that actually DO watch these.) This week I had a mix of groups; Beck, The Flaming Lips and David Bowie. One of these three must not like their material on youtube because the sound has been disabled.

Anyways, sketch material this week is spraypaint with brush and ink on bristol board.

Monday, January 24, 2011

An American Werewolf in London (revised)

This image was one of my personal favorites, but I felt it was always lacking moxie. When I illustrated and designed this image I was heavily influenced by early 20th century European Art Deco. The wolf, border and text were created in Adobe Illustrator and the blood was created with Sumi ink on bristol board, which was then brought into Photoshop and colored. Since the last time I showed this I made some revisions to the teeth and added the ripped edges and surface scratches.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pearl Jam in 3-D

I had other duties that prevented me from creating a sketch for my Friday Night Sketch Challenge. (Of course, you can always check out past sketch challenges by looking through my previous blog entries.) Anyways, to make up for the lack of this weeks sketch, I created a 3-D anaglyph using a photo of Pearl Jam by Lance Mercer. From what I have read, this shot was taken during the filming of Pearl Jam's "Even Flow" video and for a long time it has been one of my favorite images of the band. I've been interested in the past of how to properly create artwork for 3-D imagery, and after some trial and error, now I know how to do it. So if you have a pair of classic 3-D glasses with red and cyan lenses lying around, you can enjoy this. If you don't, then you will just have to hear how everyone else with proper eye wear enjoyed it, I guess...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Discarded Batman Painting - Circa ???

One of the interesting things about my home is the amount of discarded art I find, like this Batman painting. I found this crammed in between a couple of books on the den bookshelf. I really have no idea when it was painted, but I'm guessing sometime in my early twenties. The only reason I came to that conclusion was because - A: It's a painting of Clark Bartram as the version of Batman depicted in the 2003 fan film "Batman: Dead End," and - B: It's gouache paint on heavy watercolor board, which is something I would've been experimenting with when I was EXTREMELY into Alex Ross' art. So my guess is, this was done when I was around 21 or 22 years old. Still not a portfolio piece by any means, but kind of interesting to get the old memories kickin'.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Creatures Under The Bed

All the line work for this was created in Adobe Illustrator followed by colors in Photoshop. The cover layouts and font are obviously inspired by the Tales from the Crypt comics.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Friday Night Sketch Challenge colored

Here's a couple colored versions of this weeks sketch challenge. If you haven't seen the video of me drawing this one, you can check it out at the post below. Also, I came across a site called It's a site full of different color pallets or popular color trends, which was helpful for coloring these sketches.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday Night Sketch Challenge - No Theme/Soundgarden

This weeks Friday Night Sketch Challenge did not have a particular theme. The challenge was to create an ink sketch under the time of TWO Soundgarden songs.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Night Sketch Challenge - Boba Fett

This is actually LAST weeks Friday Night Sketch Challenge. The challenge - sketch a break dancing Boba Fett under the time of THREE Beck songs:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Van Helsing the Atomic Punk

This is a combination of the name of the protagonist from Dracula mixed with the Van Halen logo. This idea came to me as I was about to go to sleep one night. I thought surely at some point this idea was probably illustrated before, so I spent a day on google images looking for "Van Helsing + Van Halen." To my surprise I found nothing and preceded to execute this design. The final artwork is a combination of pen and ink mixed with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Black Flag Feature

My Black Flag illustration was a feature project today on Design Related.