Thursday, November 8, 2012

Avoid the Noid, Mutha Fucka!

This was a piece I illustrated for work during the summer of 2011. We developed an arcade style game for Domino's where the players shot an ice gun at flying tomatoes and pizza. My part of this was to create an image for our game console that had the look and feel of the early 90's. I pretty much had free reign on this one. I referenced early 90's X-men comics for the color palette and The Punisher for reference in regard to looking like a bad-ass with a big gun. The Noid and all of the flying pizzas and tomatoes started off as a pen and ink piece on bristol board. I scanned that in and colored my ink drawing in Photoshop. The title board and joystick area were also created the same way. After the images were approved on our end, I Photoshopped the arcade scene making sure to include the dirt and grime typically seen at a run down, dark, dirty arcade. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Henry Rollins and the Cereal Monsters

Two image posts in one hit. The first is a pen and ink sketch of Henry Rollins from his Black Flag years. I don't know who to credit for the original photo, but I saw it used as the cover of an old zine, and this was more or less just a test for some new pen nibs I bought. I think for a long time people have considered Hunt pen nibs the standard. I think they suck. They tear up any surface I work on so I looked elsewhere for a new solution. I read about Deleter comic pen nibs and bought a couple packs. Boy howdy, these things are incredible. The ink goes on the surface smooth, you can get real fine lines AND they don't tear up the surface. The Rollins test was created with a Deleter nib. 

Second image is the General Mills Cereal Monsters - Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry. I have a theory that the folks at General Mills should have created two other ghoulish themed cereals to complete the circle. The pentagram circle, that is, so that these five could get together to conduct spells after completing a Satanic circle jerk. After posting this image on my Facebook page, which you can "like" by clicking on the link below, it was brought to my attention that there used to be two other characters; Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy. So I guess at one point in history, the circle was complete. 

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin Illustrations

At this time last year I was elbow deep in working on designs for The Adventures of Tintin website. A lot of concepts were thrown out. Some stuck, some didn't. This was one of the concepts that almost went through but was eventually cut. Our clients had expressed an interest in having graphic illustrations incorporated into the site somehow. I came up with the concept of having illustrations that were similar to the different sections background images animate in and then fade out to reveal the final backgrounds. The illustrations I created were graphic and simple with the shape of the characters following HergĂ©'s character models as apposed to the final ones used in the film. We did an animation test in our office with the desert scene and it went over really well with the client. In the end, the idea was axed. I don't really recall why other than maybe the client wanted the user experience to go faster. In the end, I have six Tintin illustrations no one has seen… until now.  The first set of images is the six different illustrations that would've been used. The second set of images is a storyboard of how the images would have loaded. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Modern Vintage Illustration

My Jimmy Page illustration from 2008 was one of the pieces included in the new book, Modern Vintage Illustration. Interesting tidbit about this piece - I created it back in 2008. Threw it away, (as I usually throw away everything I work on). Was contacted in 2011 by Martin Dawber who had seen the piece on my Deviant Art page and asked if I would like to be part of the book. Actually repainted the painting exactly to the original so as to meet Martin's size/pixel requirements. All of that repainting happened a week before I moved to L.A.

So now the book is out.

Chris Cornell poster featured on

Hey, If you go to today, my Chris Cornell poster is one of the featured pieces of art on the homepage. Beating off to pagan gods is finally paying off.

Chris Cornell Songbook Carnegie Hall Gig

Chris Cornell solo poster. Carnegie Hall gig. Chris Cornell and New York city were drawn in Photoshop. Text was created in Illustrator. The composition was put together in Photoshop.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketch

Here is the sketch for a TMNT project that will never come to fruition. At least not any time soon. I may revisit it later, but it's not a priority right now. Sketching started out in my sketchbook followed by scanning and rendering lightly in photoshop. I also made some adjustments in photoshop as seen with the red marks. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Hipster in History Class

I imagine this is how a trendy kid would act in a high school history class. Apparently the Underground Railroad is too mainstream. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lana Del Rey Poster

 Mixed media poster created with graphite on bristol board, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. This is how I killed my Memorial Day weekend. Progress shot on the face below the final image.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch

When I was in the seventh grade, my friends and I used to pretend we were the characters in the "Sabotage" video. I sketched this up real quick when I read the news today. I imagine this is how the members of the Village People would be grieving.