Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mutant and Proud

Last week my latest piece for Planet-Pulp went up. This month is their X-TRA Epic X-Men show so I decided to do a piece from my favorite X-Men film, First Class. Jennifer Lawrence was great as Mystique and I thought her line would make a great propaganda-ish poster. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Solo Show in October!

Big and exciting news! I'm proud to announce that I will be having a solo show in October at the I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center gallery in Salt Lake City! 

The show will run from October 1 to October 30 and will feature not only previous works but a lot of new ones as well. Above is a sneak peak at a pair of "Young Frankenstein" pieces I completed last week for the show

Since the show is in October, I thought it would be fun to have several pieces be themed around some of my favorite classic monster and modern horror movies. 

Also there will be original line drawings from the JCC Summer Camp guide that I did in the Spring on exhibit and for sale.

There will probably be a reception, but haven't pinned down a date for it yet. I will update the blog when more information is available. 

I've got a lot of great ideas for new pieces for the show so I gotta get crackin'!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Kitty Ditties & Pretty Ladies Sketch Cards

I recently did my first set of sketch cards for a trading card series from the awesome and talented Katie Cook called "Kitty Ditties & Pretty Ladies." The trading cards (put out by 5FINITY Productions) consists of pin-up girls with cats drawn by a lot of talented artists. 

I did 16 cards for the set and now I can finally show them off. The sets came out recently but they sold out just as soon as the pre-orders went out a few months ago. 

If you are interested in getting one of my cards though, a couple have already turned up on ebay from collectors. Check them out here and here

It was a fun project and can't thank Katie Cook enough for inviting me to be a part of it.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Playing catch-up, AGAIN

Wow, time has really flown the last few months. I've managed to keep my main site and other social media outlets up to date except for my poor neglected blog. 
So, it's time to catch up and here's a few notable things I've done the past few months:

In March I helped create this mailer for the Salt Lake City's Jewish Community Center Summer Camp guide. I illustrated it and helped design it to look like an old comic book. It was a lot of fun and got a lot of good feedback from it.

Made up a James Bond "Thunderball" poster for Planet-Pulp's James Bond show and a retro '70s poster for "The Silence of the Lambs" for a poster competition — which I didn't win, but that's ok. It was an idea that had been swimming around in my head for a while and the contest was a great excuse to finally execute it.

I drew a couple of cool movie illustrations for the Salt Lake Tribune — as well as designed the pages. One was for "The Hunger Games" review and the other for the review of "The Avengers." The little hand out art just didn't give the pages the punch it needed so I took it upon myself to go above and beyond what was required for those covers.
They were both a lot of fun to work on but unfortunately the week after my Avengers cover came out, me and 8 others got laid off from the paper. I'm still looking for a full time job so if you know of anything, let me know.
The original art for both the Hunger Games and Avengers pieces can be bought over in my store.

And speaking of my store, you can finally get a print of my Ron Swanson drawing! It's only $10  + S&H.

I also did a quick portait of Sir Christopher Lee as "Dracula" in honor of his 90th Birthday; Sam Elliott as "The Stranger" from "The Big Lebowski" for Planet-Pulp's Mouth-Brow Stache Show; and Slave Leia for Planet-Pulp's Star Wars show.

Finally, the biggest thing I've done recently is the book cover for author Bryan Young's latest novel "Operation: Montauk." The novel is a really fun sci-fi pulpy read and has everything in it, as you can see. It was a dream project for me and was so right up my alley it was ridiculous. I can't thank Bryan enough for bringing me aboard for this. 
Above is how the finished 15" x 20" acrylic painting turned out. After scanning in the painting though, we decided to change up the color of the background to make the central image pop a little more. Here's how the cover of the book looks:

You can purchase the paperback version over at Bryan Young's store here or the e-book versions at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Also Bryan is selling special edition prints of the painting at his book signings. Be sure and check out his blog for list of appearances and pick one up! They're 13" x 19", signed and numbered by me and are $15 each.

And besides all this, I've done a few things I can't show off yet. I've stayed a busy boy and despite the hardships, I can't wait to see what else this year has in store for me. I will definitely be posting more regularly...hopefully. ;-)