Friday, August 29, 2008

Album Art 2

Every now and then, I'll post another LP artwork masterpiece. There's been some great stuff in all genre's (though punk rock's always seemed to have gotten the shitty end of the stick). And since album art is pretty much a lost artwork (12" art that is), here's another one of my favorites, courtesy of the German label Maybe Crazy Records:

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Page 57

Here's a page from thumbnail sketch to finished inked page. The lettering on the finished page is actually an EPS layer together with the bitmap art in InDesign. The font itself is called 'Aside', and seemed like a great fit for the style of artwork.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The antidote to McSame!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rough Sketch with Pen

Mostly working in pencil and black ink, it's a good idea to often use some muted colors to give a bit of depth. What, way back when, might have been handy for some Design Markers now is a nice way to use PhotoShop. When the drawing is scanned in, you just make that layer 'mulitplied', and add the color layers underneath.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Band art

Sometimes I'll stumble on a live band, and just have to draw them. Sometimes the bands ask about it, but, most times, I get the urge to put them on paper. Even if they're not a 'cartoon' band. Mostly due to the characteristics I'll see. One band in particular was the Catheters from Seattle, whom I 'm not even sure are still performing anymore, but were great when I caught them a few years ago.

I've got a little collection of these which I'll be posting as I come across them.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Margaret Kilgallen

I recently found out that a good freind of mine had compiled an amazing book of Margarets artwork. She was a San Francisco artist who wrote graffiti at first (under the name META), and then moved on to the folk art world, along with her husband Barry McGee.

Her stuff centered around classic American signage and train culture. A lot of the time involving hand painted signage and hobo imagery. The couple also had a fascination with surfing which also worked it's way into her work.

I'd forgotten how great she'd gotten with her hand-lettering skills. Something that I'm also a huge fan of. This book, which just about covers all aspects of her work, has some great close-ups of her work which tended to be quite big, and, would take up whole walls of a gallery.

Margaret unfortunately passed away some years ago. I never really got to know her, but, feel lucky to have gotten a chance to see some of her work up close. Some of which is still on display at the LACMA. I did find this clip of her from a PBS show a few years ago:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Michiel Offerman

Had a chance to spend some time with Dutch Illustrator extrodinaire, Michiel Offerman. He'd been here visiting with his GF, mostly to attend that insane tribute to trivial consumption known as Comic-Con. We got a chance to check out LA, which can be a pretty daunting if you don't know anyone.

Michiel's created loads of great illustration work for dozens of clients, and has real versatility which I envy! We spent most of time talking about our favorite comic artists. I went on and on about what a huge Herge fan I was. He left me with this sketch on his way out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

DMV sketching

Had about an hour wait at the DMV today, and decided to put some skecthes together. There's so many characters in that place that, some just needed to be drawn. Here's a somewhat fantastic rendition of a fellow patron.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Don Quixote- Magazine 60

This track is a classic dance single from about 1985. I had the single for years, and had never seen a video for it. When my friend Chris was planning his 8 Days In LA, Video DJing shows, we'd talked about making videos from scratch of songs we'd always wished had videos. I put this together in literally 20 minutes, from footage of that classic breakdance-schlock film 'Body Rock' (1985 as well).

The video played well, but, in the meantime I'd discovered the band had actually made a video fro French TV.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Titles

In the works.