Thursday, November 08, 2012

L|td. POP! 2 Show — Best Bat Buds

I was thrilled when I was invited to be a part of L|td. Art Gallery's POP!2 Popular Culture show. Above is the print that I submitted titled "Best Bat Buds." I really can't explain how I came up with the idea of two Caped Crusaders from different eras hanging out drinking beer — it just happened. I'm really glad that idea just popped into my head though, it was just too good not to draw!

The prints are 10" x 12", printed on archival luster paper and a limited edition of 10 with 1/10 being sold framed. 

The POP! 2 show opens tonight at 6 p.m. at the L|td. Gallery in Seattle so stop on by if you're there and check out all the amazing art! More info about the show can be found here.

Really wish I could be there myself! If anyone happens to see my piece there, please take a pic of it and send it my way — I'll post it here and give you credit!

Monday, November 05, 2012

James Bond Illustrations for The Star Tribune

I recently got asked to an assignment I just simply couldn't say no to — draw all the Bonds for a feature in The Star Tribune. As a life long Bond fan, this was a blast to work on.

Mike Rice, Features Design Director at the Star Tribune, hit me up with the opportunity to do that and a few spot illustrations to round out the package. Above is how the front page of the section looked. Below is the jump page that ran inside.

Mike did an amazing job designing the package and helping make my illustrations pop on the page!

Here's a few of the illustrations close up (click to make bigger):

If you're interested in reading the articles, you can check it out at the Star Tribune's website.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Are You Afraid of the Art? Show at Gallery 27

When Gallery 27 in Chicago invited me to their "Are You Afraid of the Art?" Nickelodeon tribute show, I just couldn't say no. That was easy. Trying to decide what to do for it was hard.

I grew up on Nickelodeon programming, starting in the early 80s when all they had were old TV reruns and Canadian exports they aquired like "You Can't Do That On Television" and then continued watching through the mid 90s when they introduced Nick Toons and ground breaking shows like "Pete & Pete."

While I had ideas for 3 pieces, I only had time to do two, so I did one from each end of the spectrum of my Nickelodeon watching expierence. 

The first one, above is a lovely portrait of the character Barth from "You Can't Do That On Television." It's a 9" x 12" digital piece titled "Duh, I HEARD THAT!" — his signature line after the kids in the burger shop would tease about "Who do you think's IN THE BURGER."

The next piece is a tribute to Powdered Toast Man from "The Ren & Stimpy Show." It's  9" x 12", ink, ink wash and Copic Marker on paper and is titled "LEAVE EVERYTHING TO ME!" 

I had plans for a Pete & Pete Mr. Tastee piece to round out the food theme I was going for, but just ran out of time. Maybe I'll get around to it someday.

The show will have it's opening reception tonight (Nov. 2) from 6 - 10 p.m. If you happen to be in Chicago and love classic Nickelodeon, go check it out! More info about the gallery can be found here.

Update: Both pieces are now up for sale on Gallery 27's site. You can purchase Barth here and Powdered Toast Man here!