Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baby Boogaloo!

Met up with Jack Ray (better know to the world as WildChild) yesterday after he asked about me painting on Chris Manak's radio collection (Chris has an extensive collection of old 80's ghetto blasters). It turns out Jack and his son 'Miles' are now a father and son, poplocking team. They were asked to be on Ellen, and needed the radio to have his name on it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

And Yet More Inks...

That painstakingly slow process of inking is still in progress, but, it can also be somewhat rewarding seeing hours of pencils come to life.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Geo Parkin

An illustrator I've long admired has been Geo Parkin. He has a large and proficient career as an editorial illustrator, and his work has adorned cereal boxes, articles, instructional and educational materials, you name it.

I came across his work as the official cover artist of the Bristol based band, Long Tall Texans. This had to be some of his best work.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Propaganda 2

I've been coming across a lot of poster art, especially from the early 20th century when the poster was in it's heyday as the main instrument of communication. Poster work nowadays is reduced to movie ads and outdoor advertising, but, it was once a powerful force in the world of propaganda/marketing. Here's some of the notables:

The Chinese art was a little more cartoonish, and some of the figure had an almost Manga quality to them.

These are more of a collage approach where the folks over at White re-appropriated old WW2 posters with new imagery.

This is a strange Nazi SS poster that showed how they masked anti-semitism as anti-communism.

This is a North Korean poster that's not all that old. The figures in it are commemorating Korea's Mongol and Siberian heritage.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Emeline Street

This was a spot underneath a freeway overpass that was a great, out of the way, spot to paint. One of those places where you would just show up by yourself with a couple of beers, and outline, and some paint, and spend the afternoon with no one to bother you, except for the occasional jogger.

Below are some of the results of those afternoons.

This one in particular, I ended up finding in a Mountain Bike magazine ad. I called the number on the ad and told them I was the artist, and wanted a free t-shirt. The rep from the company RockShox let me know that they actually looking for me, because they wanted their trade show booth adorned with graffiti, much like under the bridge. I ended up getting hired for probably the biggest job I'd ever undertaken thus far. I always considered that the start of my professional career.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Evolution Of A Page

The first frame is a rough that was in a sketch book, so, not much changed as far as composition and layout. Then, the penciled version of the artboard, and, finally the inks. Word bubbles and tonal shading will happen once the art is scanned in.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Long Beach Comic-Con

This weekend, Long Beach will be hosting the new 'Long Beach' Comic-Con. It looks to be a sort of over spill from that insane morass known as the San Diego Con. Should be interesting.

Also, I'll be at the Golden Apple Comics booth #555, signing copies of 1985. Come by if you can!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Animated Interfaces

This last couple of week has involved a lot of creating 'dynamic page motion' for a couple of clients. One in particular is a proof of concept for some effect people. It mostly involes a 2D paper like material which can be held, and a 'digital' paper would be downloaded daily. In other words, a monitor that could be folded into you back pocket.

The other project is a basic tutorial for a web service. The animation is a 'how to' for directing the user on it's features and abilities.