Well kids, it's that time of year again. If you live in Austin, lock your doors and stay at home the night of December 13th. It promises to be a wild night.
Here's this years t-shirt design. I've decided to continue the fine tradition of portraying my childhood holiday icons in an inebriated state.
Lisa and I had our Halloween party last night. It was a blast. I think everybody had a great time. The photo above is by my friend Donna. I was modeling the Star Wars sheets Lisa gave me for my b-day.
You can see more of Donna's party pics here. You can see mine here.
During my trip to Mexico, I got very inspired by the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art I saw. I drew this in the resort lobby on a rainy afternoon. I thought it would be funny to do a hotrod bandito. I may have to turn this into a finished piece at some point in time. The guys working at the resort seemed to like it and said it was "¡Mas Macho!".
FYI- Dia de los Muertos is on November 2nd this year.
Here's a peak at a quick color study I did in Photoshop for the Space Peril painting I'm working on. Just trying to work out the lighting and basic color scheme.
I'm heading down to Mexico for a little R&R on the beach. I'll be back and posting in a week or so. Until then, I'm signing out. Cheers!
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Today's Inspiration has had a great series this week on the artists that used to do the covers for the British war comics and paperbacks. It inspired me to do this piece.
Leif Peng does a fantastic job of researching and sharing the work of amazing illustrators whose work you've most likely seen, but never knew anything about. He also collaborates with other illustration enthusiasts to bring us, in my opinion, one of the best blogs about illustration out there.
9" x 12" Ink on Smooth Bristol with digital color.
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The Oh No! Doom boys put together a rather snazzy promo video for the show that's opening on Saturday. Go check it out. One of my paintings is featured. It's the one in the top right corner. I'll be posting my paintings on Sunday after the opening.
Check out the video here.
Here's a teaser from a work-in-progress I'm doing for a Halloween theme show in Austin. The show will go up on October 2nd, and the opening will be the 23rd. I'll post again with more details. (Bonus points if you can figure out what the hell this is from)
*Update*- I added an iPhone wallpaper version of this you can get here.
I did an art trade with my buddy Artillery. I tried to incorporate two of the things he loves: Women and bicycles. Hope you dig it Will! (This is what he did for me.It's rad.)
14"x17" Marker (mostly Copic with a bit of Pitt and Prismacolor in the mix) on Strathmore Smooth Bristol (The colors in the scan are a little too saturated)
This is a piece I commissioned Stephen DeStafano to do of The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (née Dr. Girlfriend) from The Venture Brothers. Stephen is the art director for the show. Awesome job Stephen. Thanks!
Go check out Stephens blog!
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I really wanted to give it that old comics feel, so, after scanning my inks into Photoshop, I kept my palette pretty limited and set my inks layer slightly transparent to simulate the cheap black ink they used back in the day. It lets the overprint of the colors show through the black. I'll post the filnal poster once it's done. Click on the images to view them larger.
9"x12" Ink on Illustration Board w/ Digital Color
So, yeah,... welcome to my daydreams. It's an interesting place to visit.
This is my piece for an art show my buddy Ren put together. The theme is "Only in Dreams". The show will be at Flightpath in Austin. The show is going up July 5th and the opening will be July 12. Go check it out if you're in the Austin area!
10" x 15", Ink on illustration board. Click for a larger version.
Just wanted to let you know/remind you that I will have two pieces in DVA's Tiki show this weekend. The show will be up for a month, but if you can, come to the opening on Saturday the 21st. It's a blast. There will be fantastic Tiki art by very talented artists, Polynesian dancers, live music by the Cocktail Preachers and copious amounts of rum (Voodoo Rum is a sponsor).
To celebrate 35 years (holy crap) of Topps Wacky Packages stickers, they have put out this awesome collection of art from Series 1-7 in its entirety. It inspired me to set up this shot with some of my Wacky Packages stickers. Yes folks, they still make them and I still have to pick up a few packs every once in a while.
If you were a kid in the 70's, or just like well done gross art and sophomoric humor (who doesn't?), this is the book for you. It's really interesting, Pulitzer Prize winning writer/artist Art Spiegelman (Maus) was a gag writer for Topps for 23 years. Also, the famous pulp artist Norm Saunders regularly did art for Wacky Packages. It's a crazy, wonderful world ain't it?
You can get the book ... here.
Whoa! What's going on?!?! Jason's posting art on his blog? That's crazy. Sorry things have been so slow lately. I've been working on a bunch of stuff I can't show yet. I think I should have more art to show in the next week or two as I start working on less top secret projects.
Here's this years t-shirt design I did for Blood Fest. Blood Fest is an annual seven's rugby tournament hosted by the Huns RFC in Austin, TX. So, if you're in Austin on June 21st, swing by Zilker Park and enjoy some violence with grace.
I am proud to announce that I have been included in Modofly's first artist series. Two of my designs have been laser etched onto Moleskine notebooks as part of a limited edition series. Hop on over to Modofly and be the first kid on your block to have a cool Manly Art Laser Etched Moleskine!
Holy Cow! I'm finally posting some actual art! These are from a series of images I'll be using for self-promotion and other various and sundry uses. I should start posting a little more regularly in the very near future. I'm switching to a 3 day/ 30 hour week at Motorola so I'll have more time to work on my art. It's been on the back burner for the last 6+ months and it's driving me nuts. It will be nice to get back into it.