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.