Nov 18, 2013

Melting Simpsons for Admiral Browning and some limited merch

If this kid thinks it's rad then you know it is.

((((per the usual click on all these images to see the nitty gritty))))

So here's the deal: My buddies in Admiral Browning were going on a short summer tour and needed a poster to promote it. I had an idea for messing with the Simpsons characters so I offered them a poster for every stop on the tour. It ended up being one of my most popular projects yet so I made an art-zine based on the drawing side of it, am selling a few shirts of the art and have a few (maybe 3 each) of the posters left to sell at my Etsy shop.

Without more ado, here is some of it all:


Every poster is available at my shop for now over on Etsy:


I put up a few of the designs on Society6 but limited the color choices and products, not trying to go all out just wanna see how this stuff works. Check out whats available:


Over on my Etsy shop I sold a few of the zines.

 The zines have no band info and captions taken from (and out of) episodes of the Simpsons by each character. This was alot of fun to make and great to see people's reactions when looking at it.


From humble idea...

To labored drawing....

... and from initial Photoshop mockup to labored drawing scanned and cleaned up then colored in Photoshop!

....OH YEAH! I almost forgot! You can buy some of the drawings over on my Big Cartel site:

(yeah having 3 shops is confusing, BC might have to roll over to Etsy soon if I don't get more traffic over there)

Last but not least here's a clusterf*ck of animated process GIFs for the fun of it:

May 8, 2013

Days of The Doomed Fest 3 poster: some snapshots of a moment in time and space, man.

Above is the poster for the 3rd annual Days Of The Doomed Fest up in Wisconsin by my man Mike Smith. I haven't been able to attend yet but my friends that went to the first one said it was great, the friends that went to the 2nd said it was great and the 3rd lineup looks the greatest. Mike has been one of the easiest and nicest guys to work with and I'm proud  to say the posters I've done for the event have gotten better over the years. I was really proud of this one and happy to do right by him. I know he's bringing alot of joy to fans and bands of an under served area of the country for this kind of rock/metal/good music.

I don't have too much time to do tutorial blogs these days, busy with the day job and more rad art jobs than I can shake a stick at. The most I can offer these days in the ways of a blog entry are snapshots of the process, because those are quick and fun to take. Here's some of what goes on:

Hey look, it's some dude drawing the main image on the poster. Wonder who that could be?

Click on the above image to see some more details of the mockup, drawing and inking process.

Hands are step one in the general tools of the trade and mine at the time were fighting cat scratches, allergic rashes and general dryness mixed with some nice graphite stains. PURTY.

Above you can see the image take shape from the computer sketch, aka mock up, to the pencilled version superimposed on the mockup to see if it fits before I, or that dude in the pic above, inks it.

The above pic gives you a good indication of the size of the original image.

In the pic above more progress is made in the background and in the shading of the main central image.

Lastly, here's some pics of the printed piece. Always my fav pics to take a post. Finito! I should have a small handful of these to sell after the fest passes and will post that when available.

May 3, 2013

The UItra Electric Mega Galactic t-shirt design

I try not to post EVERY process or finished picture of art I do on my main social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. I'll put several up while I'm doing the art... of the process to keep people abreast of what I'm doing or afterwards of the finished pieces printed. This ol' blog, no matter how little blogs get traffic these days, is where I spew forth the endless little details of creating a piece. Why? Because I'm OBSESSED with those details while I'm doing them and HAVE to share them, even if it's to only 30 viewers and half of them spam bots. So here it is: the details!

I feel very lucky to get the opportunity to do this design, the leader of the band Ed Mundell played on some of the first heavy, trippy and yes (that dreaded phrase) "stoner" rock records I heard in high school. Monster Magnet, COC, Soundgarden, etc, those records changed my life! I followed Ed's career in Jersey with the Atomic Bitchwax from my home near DC and later to SoCal where we both now live and where his new band UEMG is located. I'm also pretty sure as a member of the Hellfire Red collective I helped book the UEMG's first show, a Hawkwind tribute where they had Pete Stahl on guest vocals. GOOD TIMES!

So here's the "deets:

This is the idea they chose and how I presented it to them. It had some mad Kirby influence and yes I have called myself out on it over and over again.

They suggested we lose the planet in the middle, they liked it at first but we both agreed it was overkill.

Here's some drawing stuff, I did this all by hand at first.

If you like to see how things change a bit you can see that up close here. I wasnt satisfied with my draftsmanship in the original drawing and redid most of the linework that pertained to the shading and reflections. I did all these edits in Photoshop with the Wacom, it felt good to get it JUST RIGHT.

Here's a pic by the band of the shirt printed, looks good! I mean really was printed well!

Remember kids: Kirby owns us all and we all owe Kirby.

Jan 15, 2013

Pale Divine and Trilogy poster

What we got here is a poster for the amazing Pale Divine, Nitroseed, Trilogy, Admiral Browning, Wrath of Typhon and Puricist! i could be wrong but I think 3 of these bands share the same bass player, how does he do it? I dunno!

The creature ontop of the eye thing was inspired by the Iz from the Maxx series by Sam Keith. The flying creature was inspired by Rick Griffin and all excellent concert posters of the past. The cat was inspired by a real life cat I saw up for adoption at a pet store. Man was it cute. Below you'll see some sketches on how it came together.

Above are pencil drawing and the ink drawing for the main art. It was alot of fun to create this. Nothing but fun! Below are some process pics in Photoshop of the rest of the poster taking shape.

and here's some details!

But wait! Here's a pic of the printed posted!!!!

Jan 8, 2013

Obelisk dot com banner and stickers

First up! Visit now!

Visited it? Cool, thanks! Ok here we go: This site is one of my favorite sites for heavy music and I when he asked me to do the banner image I was stoked. The sites also been a big supporter of my art so I was more than open to his ideas for the banner that it should have an octopus, obelisk, desert and sunset. All except the obelisk itself are staples in my bag of tricks! 

Above you can see the 3 mock ups I gave him, all pretty similar working on the same idea, as well as the color mock up of the chosen version. I do the color mock sometimes to get color changes myself or the client has out of the way before I do the final art and to have the color choices ready to dive into once the line art is squared away. It can also take alot of the pressure away before I color it which can save time 2nd guessing my color choices later in the game.

Above is a timeline of the final art taking shape. In the first version you can tell I drew the octopus by hand and scanned him into the mock up art then began to draw the background and clouds with the tablet in Photoshop. The 2nd version has the old mock up logo for placement and most of the outlines finished while the 3rd has all of the outlines and some details finished.

Here's some details of the art, even though its web banner on the medium size I went into detail on it because I knew they wanted to print stickers from the art snd I wanted to create some prints to give away.

Below are a couple of the prints and below that is the art for the sticker!