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