Sunday, December 28, 2008
Well, I just wrapped up a vertical formatted illustration about New Year's Resolutions for local bands in St. Louis to go in the music review column of The Riverfront New Times. Here's how it came out.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I'm doing some animation here at home over the holiday and I think it's time for some inspiration from Adult Swim and HBO. These shows are so weird and freaky, and yet somehow....funny. You might have to be stoned to appreciate all the psychedelic niblets and nuances on the Adult Swim selections. Tim is just plain silly though.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I did a quick spot illustration for The Stranger up in Seattle this weekend about an actor who left his fly open during a performance of "The Adding Machine". Here's what I came up with. It's a "wee bit" phallic....
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
If it's late Fall, then it must be.....Post-It Season! Yes, another post it show is just around the corner at GR2 this weekend. Here's one of my samplings from that show. I'll scan in more and document the show this weekend. See the info card below for the dates and times and location. Hope you all can make it.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I'm slowly but surely getting my freelance work moving back up to speed since I left Delfino Media. I managed to do at least a couple of jobs a week while I worked there in-house, but now I have to do at least a couple more a week to be back to normal. Here's a piece I turned in friday for New York Newsday about Christmas Consumption. It's basically about whether or not we should bail out Christmas to save the economy and the myth regarding Christmas making or breaking the economy.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I have some good news finally! I'm leaving my position as art director of Delfino Media. Trust me, it was a very smart decision. I'm back to freelancing again full-time, but man do I have a lot of promotion to do. I appreciated the job at Delfino, but I was really unhappy with the quality of the projects that we were developing. It was uninspiring and very dull, and I just felt very unfulfilled. But, it was a great education for sure, and I'm grateful just the same. My Boss was and is a fantastic guy.
Here's a spot illustration I did for a client in St. Louis. It was entirely done in Illustrator CS3.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I turned out this spot illustration this week for Cincinnati Magazine. It was about how living next door to a house showcased on Extreme Home Makeover could be very annoying and problematic. Thought it might be a good little piece to show. I think I'm getting the hang of using Adobe Illustrator for certain kinds of illustrations.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Seriously, Granny is one of the best animated characters out there in adult animation right now. The voice alone, by Dana Snyder, is so wickedly funny. I think he must have based her on Geraldine Page from her performance in "The Dollmaker". Here's a smattering of Granny-liscious moments. I need to have Dana Snyder do a voice for one of my animated characters....soon!
Friday, August 08, 2008
I did this illustration this morning as a rush for Cynthia Wahl, one of my favorite art directors. I thought it came out fairly well, especially since I'm trying to use Adobe Illustrator more and more with pieces like this. It's not my best program, but I feel like I must become better at how I use it.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I found this old commercial about the Fluffer Nutter Sandwich, straight outta the 1950's. Speaking of Fluffer and Nutter, I am very close to finished finally with my animated short. It runs about 6 and a half minutes long, and I did all by myself. It was like running a marathon. Soon, I'll have it posted here and many other sites and webchannels.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
I've been so busy trying to juggle my new venture as an art director of an entertainment company with illustration that I've had virtually no time to blog or post or anything. Hopefully, I'll be able to post a little more often now that my schedule is falling into place a little better. Here's a recent "Fluffer and Nutter" strip.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I went out on a date at The Egyptian to see a double feature of Peter Lorre movies this weekend. It's really fun to see that crazy character up on a giant silver screen in the way that Hollywood intended. The first film I saw was "Stranger on the Third Floor" (1940) and it starred an actress that bore an uncanny resemblance to NBC wunderkind alumni, Tina Fey. The actress who played the Lorre pseudo victim was Margaret Tallichet. She was a starlet from Dallas who later married famed director William Wyler and then chucked a really promising career. I thought she was amazing in this. I sure hope that Peter Lorre's crazy teeth were a part of his character and not his own teeth. The second film was titled "The Face Behind The Mask" (1941). This one was part tearjerking melodrama, and part film noir mobster fun! Here are a couple of clips from both movies. I was actually very moved by Lorre's performance in this one. It's basically a tragedy, but in the noir genre, it's the only way it can make sense. When Lorre approaches the mirror and says "What have you done with my...my face"!, it reminds me of my morning ritual when I first get up to look at my puss in the medicine cabinet.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I just signed up at issuu.com to make this little dummy for my old pirate kitten book. The book has changed a bit since this version, but I thought it would be fun to do book dummies digitally and show them to potential editors. I could just make a version like this in flash too, but this service was so easy and fast. It's also great for making portfolios and embedding them into your websites. All free! Click the small book here if you want to view it at a larger size to read.
Monday, April 07, 2008
The opening for Sideshow was really incredible. A very big turnout as you can see. I had a great wall for my pieces that seemed to be the perfect spot for people to check it out and discover what I do. Brad Benedict, the curator, seemed so busy chatting it up with about a million people. Bergamot Station has a pretty big parking lot, but man they need to start thinking about valet parking after the last year because the shows just keep getting bigger and bigger. So, if you are in the area I hope you come see the show while it's up. The Gallery has it up for basically the majority of April. I'm in good company as you can see by the samples here of Colin Johnson, Everett Peck and Van Arno. See the post below for links and more information!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I just got back from dropping off 10 paintings for Brad Benedict's curated "Sideshow" at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. Hope you all can come out for the opening on the 5th of April. That's a week from this Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 2525 Michigan Ave C2, Santa Monica, California.(at Bergamot Station) Also check out robertbermangallery.com
Friday, March 21, 2008
Yes, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells got me inspired to paint a piece about The Morlock and The Eloi. And, I read an article about how we as a species are evolving into 2 separate species based on rich and poor, which is so very "Time Machiney". I've always been a fan of eating the rich anyway. It's their fault for being so succulent...so delish! Some day in the distant future you may see a Morlock, who slightly resembles me, turning the gears of some underworld mechanism to supply the patrician Eloi with a milk-fed diet of sunshine and moonbeams... only to be devoured by the poor brutish Morlock.
A boy can dream, can't he? (and I would totally rock that Morlock hairdo!)
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I'm working way into the night to get a bunch of illustrations done, so I have a feeling that I won't be getting an ounce of sleep tonight. I've been working for a company in North Hollywood creating backgrounds for an interactive web game and now I find I am getting up at 4:30 am and doing my editorial work here and then rushing into the Valley to work 8 hours on those backgrounds. Well, I got what I wished for...to be busy. Here's an illustration I just finished about joining the Mensa Group. If you haven't heard of them, it's a group for people with high IQ's. Nerds galore!
Now I'm starting all my finishes for a cover and 2 inside spots for The Washington City Paper. Maybe Tuesday I'll get to sleep again.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I finally got around to getting this painting shot. There are still a few more paintings being spiffed up for the Sideshow Show at The Robert Berman Gallery coming up in April. The next one I'm dropping off to get shot is about a Morlock and an Eloi, 2 of my favorite science fiction characters from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I just finished a marathon website posting week, my taxes and now a small illustration for a St. Louis newspaper. I feel like my little stuffed friend here. Tattered and old, but oh so lovable! I'm about to head off to try to get some sleep, but felt like making a small post.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Click this link for something really stupid I made a few years back when I was teaching myself Flash. Notice how odd the lip synch is. But, consider this my Valentine's Day gift to you. Click me for a Special Valentine's Day Message!
Monday, February 11, 2008
You can purchase Unlovable comics and products at Funchicken.com or at other fine comic stores and boutiques across the universe. Also, Visit Esther's Site for news and info on her other projects.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I did this poster last year for my friends Paula Killen and Lisa Orkin at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Their show got rave reviews and I've since done another poster for Lisa's one-woman show. One promise I have for myself is to do more independent theatre posters if I can get them. I love illustrating for the Theatre.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Here's the image I came up with for the next postcard mailing. Hopefully this image says a few things....The Economy, the Government, The Recession. I don't know about you guys, but work is slowing down to a crawl. I guess it's just that deathly tax season crawl that distracts art directors from assigning or maybe they are just told to hold back on their budgets. Either way, it always freaks me out. Speaking of freaking out, I gotta finish my taxes.
Oh yeah, and by the way!!!! I fixed my subscription button to my mailing list. So, please feel free to submit your e-mail address to get updates here. Aw, come on...try it!
Friday, February 01, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Here's how the finished art came out on that Stephen king book review illustration. The art director and editor made some changes and additions, so I added in the things they asked me for. The tone is quite different from what I normally am assigned. I usually do light and humorous pieces, so it was a challenge to do a moody and creepy illustration for a change. Hope it looks like a good fit. I'll find out from the art director in the morning I guess.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I just did a sketch for an illustration to go with the review for Stephen King's new book "Duma Key". The client is New York Newsday and the finish will be in color. I thought it'd be fun to blog about something as I was doing it. I just turned in this sketch and am waiting to see if it's a go. But, this is what my sketches look like for my clients. I don't like to show more than one unless there's a lot of time and money. Plus, I believe that the more you show a client, the more they want to explore. Although, with this particular client, time is always of the essence and they like directness and promptness. I'll post the finish in the next day or so.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This is a slight change of subject, but hey...I wanted to blog about the stuff that inspires me. Right? Well, I went down to The Silent Movie Theatre here in my neighborhood to see the 1970's classic Yeti: Giant of The 20th Century with my friends Mark and luke. (I almost called my friend Matt to come with us but then I realized we'd be Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joe...virtual Apostles) The Silent Movie Theatre has started this Cinefamily thing where they show all kinds of fun movies. Not just the great silent movies there. They are focusing on all this Great/Bad/weird Italian stuff from the 70's. Yeti did not disappoint. I cannot tell you enough how brilliantly funny this movie was. I laughed almost all through the movie. See the short clip here from YouTube just for a taste of Yeti. Ewwwww! It's one of those..."You have to see it to believe it" movies. A classic '70's romp with an Italian sensibility. And yes, that's The Yeti's nipple getting aroused as the girl touches it. There's even a scene where a bad guy is almost stepped on by Yeti, but then he thinks for a second and raises his foot...only to kill the baddie between his giant hairy toes. Thank God this wasn't in Smell-o-rama! The soundtrack was a ripoff of Carmina Burana. There was even a slight disco version in the middle when Yeti terrorizes Toronto. This was pure cinema gold, I tell you!
See the incredible range of emotion from the actor who played Yeti. He was seriously robbed of an Oscar...or at least the Italian equivalent of one. Check out The Silent Movie Theatre for their schedule and information. The Silent Movie Theatre/Cinefamliy
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I'm trying to do a few paintings about The Cyclops. Here's a sketch I did yesterday in my sketchbook as a study for what I may do. poor old Cyclops. I think he's been terribly misunderstood. I'd like to buy him a beer.