Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quasimoto- Bully's Hit (2005) Part 1

When I heard the first Quasimoto LP back in 1999, I was pretty blown away. I heard the track 'C'mon Feet' in a mixtape, and it was like nothing I'd ever heard. It was the perfect mix of Hip Hop and psychadelic that was truly left field. It was something I'd always felt Hip Hop had lost since it'd become so conservative and trend bound. I knew it'd be an instant classic.

In late 2004, Egon called and asked if I was interested in a possible animated music video for the follow up- The Adventures Of Lord Quas. I answered in two parts,  a) I said there was no way I WOULDN'T be somehow involved with this record, and b) I was working on another video AND working a full time, job, but, I would make it happen. Egon and I had always talked about making an 'animated graffiti' video, and I figured this was the perfect chance. It was great news amidst a pretty dismal time in my personal life, dealing with break-up as well as seriously ill parent.

I first set off to get the 'Quasimoto' character design nailed down. It was a strange aardvark sort of creature, and I worked closely with Jeff Jank to get the right look and texture. The character itself was the work of DJ Design, and Jeff had sort of fostered the look and attitude of Quas since. I wanted to get it right, but, I ended up spending a lot of time trying to get the design settled, and just needed to get the animation started.
I had a billion ideas, but no real narrative to put them in. I just kept thinking about 'Yellow Submarine' and had ideas of man-eating graffiti letters, and treacherous landscapes. Also, I created a character named Lord Inamel who would serve as a sort of nemesis for Quas . From there, the idea of being kidnapped into a graffiti art painting came into being. (continued)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Here's a couple of the prints that've been made over the years. Mostly as gifts, but, some have been commissioned. Usually I work with a still from a video, but, sometimes, the image is custom, which is a PhotoShop file, that's printed hi-res. And the foreground imagery is EPS. That gets printed on acetate, and, the back is painted with an opaque white, giving it an 'animation cell' look.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tempt One 2

This is a series of artwork created by Tony using a specially made device that allows him to browse a laptop, using his eye movements. Tony was stricken with ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease) which is a degenerative disease that causes almost total paralysis.

These were made using a drawing program, much like Illustrator, using anchor points. As Tony creates more pieces, I'll be posting them:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flintstones Winston Commercial

About 50 or so years ago, Fred Flintstone was the Homer Simpson of his day. The Flintstones were the first prime time cartoon, that found an adult audience. It went on to have a 25 year run as well.

That's why it's surprising to see that Fred Flintstone was ALSO the spokesman for Winston Cigarettes. Nowadays this seems like a parody , or someones idea of a joke. This WAS at a time when the health effects of cigarettes weren't very well proven (it was referred to as a junk science at the time). But, it's probably more so the tobacco industry slyly trying to pair this kids show with their product. Probably not so different than fast food tie-in's, which, we may jts look back 60 years from now and see as just as caustic.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ah, Rejection

While rejection is the most important part of the game for any artist/ writer, I still can never get used to the good  old fashioned rejection slip!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1985 Vol. #5

Is nothing more that a dozen or so paragraphs, and the process for this one has been a bit slow. There's still some big holes to fill, BUT I'm reallly excited about this one. I'll be attempting a few new story techniques on this one, even delving into COUNTS younger days in flashback. We'll see how it pans out...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Miami Man

This was a character that was dreamed up a while back, based on my fascination with Miami Bass/Lowered Truck culture. I really started with this animatic below.

From there, I actually dreamed up a soundtrack, and worked with a friend of mine on a short script, and built out this 'intro' below. The whole story seemed to center around his 'hair', so we dreamed up a roster of characters based on that (Jerry Curl, Liberty Spike..etc). Pretty goofy stuff but a lot of fun.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kleenrz Lp Cover

Finishing up the final touches on this guy. Lots of text to fit in this gate fold, and details, but the cover is about good to go. Most of the art for the cover was taken from the music video, that should be released any day now.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Estonia Poster

Before Estonia had broken away from the former Sovet Union, it printed up these posters!:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


On sunday I went and saw a 3D movie, which I've only done about 4 or 5 times. I was excited about the actual movie, and the 3D was more of the 'neato' thing on top of that.

About 20 minutes in, I kept taking my glasses off, more curious as to the process, than the actual effects. And that's my biggest problem with 3D. It makes such a spectacle of itself, that I forget what I'm actually there for. To see a movie. It's still a kick, and kind of neat, but ultimately, reminds me that theaters and the studios are desperate to keep people in their seats. Even showing an ad before the movie showing a TV set blowing up, followed by the tag line demanding ' See it in the theater!!!!".

I'm not sure how long audiences will be lured to spend (sometimes) double admission, and be asked to watch about 20 minutes worth of ads, just to see a movie. It just goes to show, that in the end, we just want to be told a good story.

The Osmonds

Some more Rankin Bass magic here for you. The people who brought us the Jackson 5 cartoon, got hit up by The Osmonds wanting their own show.

It's pretty terrible, but I did love the show open so much,
I copped it for the Dickies Video: