Monday, December 8, 2008

OLD NEW BOT

This is an old robot that i did about 2 years ago. Dug this one up just a few minutes ago looking for a profile picture for my blogger account here! Hope you enjoy the King.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

DOODLES are so much fun!

I DREW THIS....LOOK AT IT

Ok so i should explain this kiddie a bit. I basically was doodling out of a magazine the other day on the coffee table/bench and i came across this picture of this little whipper snapper so i drew his expression and left it in my sketchbook. A few days later i was sitting uncomfortably close to someone on the train who insisted on looking over my shoulder at what i was drawing the entire time. So to direct their attention away from my pad i was leafing through my recent sketches and came across this little joy and i just decided to "add." Enjoy!

Animal man faces!

So i've been doodling all within the realm of "uncomfortableness" lately and so in trying to draw something incredibly uncomfortable to look at, or just plain awkward i expunged these little characters. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BACK!

Ok so i've been running around like crazy lately. I quit my night job at the Element store in times square and i've been freelancing ever since. I've also picked up an internship at ZooYork skateboarding and i'm really learning alot of post-production work as well as alot of interesting steps that i've been able to incorporate into my illustrationg process. I know i've been in and out of the world lately but i promise you in the next few weeks you'll see a big change in my process. I've been taking alot of my contemporary style and incorporating it onto scratch-board which Zoo York has thankfully been using. I discovered that i like scratch board alot. After i was finished with my one graphic for zoo york, the art director simply asked me if i'd like to try scratch board, so i said yeah! And i've been doing nothing but scratch board for the past 3 weeks. I'll have all of that up in the next few months when i'm allowed to but for now i can only show you some of my recent freelance work. Some of it's in the works still, and some is finished.



FINISHED!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Robot

I AM ALASKA CD

So i was excited to see my artwork make it to some stores today. Earlier last week i got my own copy of the cd as well. Here's some pre-print/production pics of the spreads etc. (except for the printed cd because people are just going to download that anyway.)

Front spread/full color


Inside (Blk/Wht spread)


Back


Also the latest I Am Alaska shirt!



*a tribute to "At The Drive-In" (gas mask)*

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Shirts!

Plans and ideas for shirts coming out!

(This......)


(Plus this....)


(Equal this: )


*There has text still to be added but you get the idea.*

Friday, July 4, 2008

NEW DARLINGS

This is going to be the new darlings myspace. The only thing that is missing is the background coloring which is going to be more coffee stains so that there's a nice muted color in the background; and the text which will be above the movie theatre entrance.

I'm excited.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

More of More Darlings

So this is the background image for the myspace of "Darlings' Cabinet of Sundry Horror." I drew 2 rats, paint markered a rendition of a cake. Then i drew banner and the font by hand and then i baked some paper which was stained in coffee and then i did more paper baking and then i baked some random tea stains as well. All of these things i did separately and scanned them into photoshop as separate layers so that the image could be rendered completely, and now you have the completed image. (Balloons coming soon.)


Monday, June 16, 2008

More Darlings!

This is a sketch i did for Darlings. This is going to be part of the template design that i'm doing for their myspace page. But you'll see the rest of that in a bit. Granted this did take a little longer than a "sketch," but it turned out exactly how i wanted it to. Enjoy!

Monday, June 9, 2008

There are Rats in America!

This is for a new and upcoming band called "Darlings: a cabinet of a sundry horror." They're an extremely talented bunch so i was more than happy when they asked me to start doing some band work for them. There's alot of room for growth and experimentation with this bunch and i'm really looking forward to getting some really composed and gritty imaging done. But these are just a few snippets of what i've done for them so far as far as just conceptualizing for their perspective image.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

I just found this.

I did this shirt graphic awhile ago for "I Am Alaska" and i just found a snippet of it that i can post on here of the actual shirt. It consists of lyrics from one of their songs and the small branding that i did for them. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Can't Trust Arms Dealers

Yes, this is in honor of Edward Gorey. But no, this is in no way equal to him.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cityscapes experimenting

Ok so, i do small graphic work for the record label "Attic Records" up in White Plains, NY. I've been waiting for some more work from them but that's for another discussion. In the meantime, i'm going to show you some work that i might be doing for them in the near future. It's for a band called Cityscapes. Again, these are just concepts. Nothing completely ironed out.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wonkavision!!!!!

I just found out that my artwork is going to be seen in Wonkavision Magazine. Well atleast one piece of mine. Take a look!

If you look down a few posts you'll notice that under "Band work" there is the original image of this 'house man.' Since i haven't explained my process in a while i will a little on this one as to how i got the artwork finished. I drew the house man by hand, as you can see below. But then i scanned it into photoshop and made the colors pop a little bit. Then for the background.....welll, i'm going to just let you wonder. Enjoy! Thanks for looking and taking an interest.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

In my rummaging

I found an older mock up i did while in school. This was in an effort to promote the hydrogen injected fuels that seem to becoming more and more popular amongst drivers today. And through my research for this project, i know it seems improbable but the answer is infact a solid "yes," some companies are actually 'trying' to reduce the 'dent' in the economy.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Boredom and Sticky Notes

I was bored the other day and started experimenting with some sticky notes in my sketchbook. Enjoy!


*Note: I tried to make sure that the top picture's levels were pulled enough so that you could see a little bit of the underlying image.*

*I must also apologize for the grotesque photo work here. I am not a learned photographer obviously so the far right image is little out of focus close up.*

Friday, May 2, 2008

i dont know calligraphy

I was sitting in my loft last night doodling. And i doodled this:


More to come. Enjoy!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Particle Wood

This is an old painting that i did entirely in spray paints and stencils about a year ago. It was a landscape of some cows in a field with a barn and some trees and a fence, basic. But i got tired of it and felt that it would be best if i could recycle the old piece of particle board and just paint over top of it. So i did. I kept a theme in my mind the entire time i was doing this painting. The theme or background of information for this piece is; "There is a frustrating of plans where there is no confidential talk." It's taken from the bible actually; Psalms 15:22. No, it's not a religious painting. But i thought that, this particular scripture had an amazing hold on my head that i just could NOT get it out for the longest time. So i finally put it into a painting and here it is, enojoy!



"There is a frustrating of plans where there is no confidential talk"
(spray paint/paint markers/fabric paints/acrylics on particle wood)


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Meet Audrey, the Zombie hater


This is Audrey. And she mostly hates Zombies. Mostly likes Vampires, but yeah.

Monday, April 14, 2008

BAND WORK

So yes i have been doing a ton of band work lately. Which is great exercise in patience and humility actually. I don't downplay any of the bands with which i've had the privilege with working with, that's just ridiculous; and asides from that, they've all been great to work with, i couldn't ask to have worked with any other people.
But one thing that any working design professional will tell you in the field is; ''Don't do band work.'' Now they don't say this because bands are full of horrible people or because they steal all your money haha no, that's not at all what they're getting at.
What i've learned with bands is that: Their band usually starts as a hobby. A few musicians get together and jam and realize, 'wow we could really have something here.' So they take their next step in actually becoming a full-fledged band. They start recording. Then my part comes into play as the artist. They seek out an artist, whether it's amongst themselves or through a friend or through some fellow bands that they've befriended. Fortunately for myself i have many friends in the area of music as well as being a musician myself.
The only time there's difficulty is realizing that these bands are just entering into their realm of music, fans, and this unfortunately for them, brings the 'business' end of things. Now for most bands, they just want to record their stuff, put some good art on it and sell it and make money. I know, i've been in plenty of bands. So when it comes to my end of the spectrum, i'm dealing with people who are acting as temporary businessmen/women in their field of music. I always enjoy this though because it creates a very casual atmosphere and this makes an easier schedule to work with and i've always found that these bands soon become very good friends as well.

Now last spring i came across an amazing band called "Igor's Egg" via. craigslist. They're an extremely talented and inspiring group of individuals. They're extremely focused on their music and their style is tight like a tiger. But unlike most jazz/fusion/rock bands they've got a brilliant literary sense about them and for their latest album, which i had the privilege of working on; "The Ultimate Tuh," they're incorporating a story to introduce to the army of up and coming concept artists out there.

But enough blogging and let's get to the artwork!
Here's the first full color rendering i did for them with the main characters for their concept album.

Secondly; there's the other main part of their story, the Prototype. Which you can imagine was right up my alley being as it's a ROBOT!

Thirdly, i did landscape; the setting for this intense and epic action sequence.


This done on a piece of 11x17in matte paper, generally used for small run printing purposes but due to the fact that it can hold color so well and consistently i thought it would be great material for this image's composure. I first stained the paper with coffee so that it would get it's lonely and desolate feeling to this rusting planet made of gears and cogs. Then i mapped out the gears and cogs with a regular ball point pen. The colors were added with accent color prismacolor markers and then the shades; in a slow and gradual process of warm greys. Also prismacolor markers.
And after that, i compiled the 2 previous images together in photoshop and then layered them on top of the landscape.


Ta-"freaking"-da.

Now for the back of the album:

Done in pretty much the same process. Only the background was done on illustration board and there was less compiling to be done.


The characters ^^^

The final composition with both characters and landscape.


The next band in line is A-06.
Another attempt at the concept album genre. We'll watch their career with curiosity.
This is the few sketches for them that i did of their characters. I apologize in advance for the horrible female rendering.

Jack


Lydia

Cypher

The "Psycho Squad" (1 of 4)

A06
The main character of this story.
Now scanned these images and then rendered them in photoshop with the use of my Wacom Tablet, an amazing invention. I did each character completely in photoshop so needless to say i was surprised with myself. Below is the first completed image i have ever done with a Wacom Tablet.

The most fun i've had in a while with my robots was in this piece. I had to take the picture i had originally done of A06 and then completely reposition him. This took literally hours to reproduce and thanks to the patience and professionalism of A.06 they got exactly what they wanted.

Now came the bad guys of this story. Cypher and his evil minions of the undead; the "Psycho" squad.


Now after these 2 images were composed completely on my Wacom Tablet. I had ample time to render them into a landscape as well. Thus you won't be able to see the landscape by itself but you will see the finished battle sequence. Another epic battle in the realm of sci-fi. Watch out Coheed. (haha sorry Matt i had to take a cheap shot)


Now this previous image was for the inside of the cd. There's no text here so it's not very obvious, but the CD is placed right abouts where the dock is in the center of the image. Now the outside of the CD was much more hand rendered. In fact all of the outside of the cd is done in prismacolor markers on marker paper and pastels and color pencil. Simple and easy.

The outside image is a city within the midst of a huge forest. So i rendered the city first, which is all prismacolor markers and a little ball point pen here and there with some alcohol brushed over top.


The second image in composing the outside of the cd is the forest. Done in pastel and pencil, this left a very dirty scanner after i scanned the image in so it took a little bit longer than i thought it would when it came to the final rendering of the image.


Now the final composed image.


The next band is I Am Alaska.
Some very good friends of mine, extremely professional and very good to work with. I really enjoyed this experience.

I had a preconceived concept for their album and their label said it was cool so i went with it. Now here are a few of the images used for the album.