Dec 17, 2012

Ron Whitehead and Blaak Heat Shujaa Southern California 2012 tour poster

The famed and multicontinental Thomas Bellier asked me to do a tour poster for his also multinational band, Blaak Heat Shujaa, with even more famed and lauded poet Ron Whitehead. I've spoken with an even met Thomas briefly before and was psyched to do the work for this poster.  After I started and began listening to their first record I got even more into it and now I'm a fanboy EAGERLY awaiting their next EP and record which will be out on Tee Pee soon, the EP in a week or two and album in 2013.

The deadline was tight but Thomas had an idea which saved time and I had some leftover ideas I added to it that came together nicely. Plus he asked for the hills, desert, clouds and cacti I've been gaining a rep for. Below is the transformation from small sketches, thumbnail and final pencil drawing.

Below is some snapshots of the drawing and inking as well as some work in progress examples. The color had to be amped up and given more saturation once I was nearing the finish line, shoulda done a color comp!

Buy This poster here: Skillit's shop

Dec 11, 2012

Kohoutek "Virginia" tape packaging art

A good friend of mine plays drums for this all things experiment Northeast collective. I met him when we were both living in the DC area and he booked most of the better shows my band played. For that and being a huge Neil Young fan I agreed to do the art for a limited live tape release he's putting out through another friends label. That and I want to get on the tape-art bandwagon the kids are digging these days. 

My friend told me to make it as psychedelic & weird as possible. I listened to the recording a few times then bgan drawing the penciled art you see above. After finishing I decided the first version was going to be hard to redraw so scanned it and inked (or traced) the linework in Photoshop using the tablet as you can also see below. I wanted to make all the outlines of the forms as many different colors as possible and one o the easiest ways to do that is to creat the outlines in Photoshop.  I also wanted to save time by not having to clean up the artwork post-inking in PS as well as work on my tablet skills.

I colored the rest of the art as I would normally, blocking in base colors first and then adding highlights and shadows. This time I decided to keep the tones simple, using one highlight and one shadow per part of the composition to keep it simple enough to be readable on a small tape case. 

Here is a detail of the center of the art. I really dug not having any tight direction with this and drawing whatever came into my mind plus the coloring which I tried to push as far as I could into being saturated yet not the brightest or happiest.

Dec 5, 2012

THUMB 'Primordial Echoes for Bigfoot' CD packaging art

Click on all images to enlarge them ya'll!

Italian Stonerrock band THUMB got in touch with me to do the art for the newest release after seeing my art their favorite places on the net. I obliged and off we went, below are the layouts they picked from the 3 choices I gave them for each the cover, traycard, cd and inside traycard.

Above are some of the black and white art while being drawn and below is the work in progress while coloring.

Above this text is a few details of the art and below this same text are some iPhone pics of the finished packaging printed in it's case.

Last but not least: "Put a Bird On it".

Sep 11, 2012

Days Of The Doomed Fest 2 poster!!!!!

Days of the Doomed Fest 2 came and went and I wasn't able to go, again. I blew my summertime fun money going back to Virginia and getting the band back together. I did have fun doing it, it went alot smoother than last years, all due to proper planning on my part! Big thanks for Mike Smith the man behind this epic event. From reading the reviews it seemed to go really well again, maybe better than the first year. He's super easy to work with and generous so support that guy. Below is a bunch of of the process showing the plan and how I came up with it, planning is half the battle. (((click on all images to see larger versions)))

Aug 14, 2012

Stoner Hands of Doom 12 poster and all that DOOM

My cousin Rafelie is typing or transcribing this blog today that I gave him rough notes for over a cell phone as I am in a remote area of the Andes national forest in the bayou of central India with no internet. Enjoy - Skillit

Hello my friend. Above you see the poster for the 12th annual Stoner Hands of Doom, it is very nice yes? I am very proud to make such a poster for the doom and stoner rock community and for this event which is becoming legendary and much loved. I am very grateful to Rob and Cheryl who organize this event every year and to Jason Scott of Gr8Scott Graphics (please click on this link for his page, he makes custom guitar pedals that are very nice, very nice) . Jason is the, how you say, art director, of this event and contacted me to help with the art. For this I am eternally Gr8-ful (ha! I love puns) because I value his art and his appreciation of my own art.

For the poster I give Jason a few ideas which he took and combined into one poster that will please all. I am very happy for this, the poster would not look the same without Jason. You can see this in the sketches below. Since Jason will be printing this poster I give him a rough looking layout of the poster to make sure it prints OK and we are good. To be sure that the skull and hand are looking right I create a Skull and hand picture in FotoShop and make sure to draw from. I post a picture of this picture below.

 I then draw in pencil and, put ink on the pencil lines and then color in Fotoshop. It is WAL-AW! DONE! FINITO! MANUFEEK! A very simple poster with the themes of stoner, doom and hands all into one! Very simple but much planning went into. I know that when you see it in person you will want to buy and support the festival and the hard work and time that went into such a thing. I am full of pride for such a work and the people I have the chance to work with!

Purchase this fine piece of poster HERE!

Click on the pickters to make larger.

And now is time for some random things from the project. A image for the SHOD facebook page, a version of skull with no flowers, stickers made from border of skull and a pickture of a skull that was not used for the final art works.

- thank you to "Auto correct" in Mozilla FireFox for the help - Rafelie

- thanks Rafelie! - Skillit

Aug 7, 2012

Zombie pea-nuts poster and tracing in Photoshop

Here's a poster you may have seen online somewhere that I did but didn't show the whole thing until the date had past due to it being a private party. I made 2 of these, one with bands and one without, for those that wanted a copy without the bands to frame. While not a huge fan of the cartoon or comic I do like the way the characters dance and always loved this scene. The characters are zombies  because of the 2 bands at the bottom of the bill were reuniting for this show. I'm a fan of this poster for the fun I had making it and the response it got from people attending and not attending the show.

For the art side I used my Wacom pen and Photoshop to recreate the image from scratch line for line then slowly add and take away parts. Adding brains and blood, taking away limbs and digits, it was a blast to get creative. My favorite detail is the character with the foot chopped off and a single solid bone coming out, a "foot bone", so corny.  For the colors and texture I used what I saw fit, using my years of working at a print shop and having to recreate clients art and files from scratch. This was nothing compared to logo collages I've recreated in the past.

Here are some images of the process including some details of the tracing and coloring followed by some prints I made for the event. (((Click on every image to enlarge)))

There are a limited number of these for sale online HERE

Jan 23, 2012

Ogressa 'Warts and All' digipak

Heres a brief, on words, blog about the Ogressa 'Warts n All digipak art I did last year. Zach of Dali's Llama approached me to do the art for this side project of his with our mutual friend Trent of Whores of Tijuana on vocals. He told me it was a fantasy theme and to go wild with the female ogre theme. I created what she might look like, some scenarios she might be in and then went for it. For the art itself I tried to make it a bit messier, more raw and not as precise as before. I may have missed the mark and been too clean but I'm still into the final results.

Below is the final art, click on the image to make it larger:

Here is a Youtube clip with some of the art included:

Here is some pics of the final printed digipak:

Below are some sketches presented to the band as a starting point:

Some rough pencil sketches right here, the final pencils are pretty close to this;

....and now for the final pencils:

Last but not least here are some details of the work, showing the rougher dirtier feel I was going for in the final pieces: