My long lost AD pal John Sheppard came out of the woodwork this week and asked me to do this quick editorial piece for The Wall Street Journal on an article about a fishing trip gone awry in the Indian Himalayas. Not only was it a pleasure to work with John again, but it was also fun to use some bright retro comic colors on this. It was a nice surprise to see that it came out looking like a still-frame to classic Jonny Quest…but that shouldn’t be any sort of surprise to anyone who has been reading this blog for any amount of time.
I am honored to announce that I will be taking part in a gallery show starting this friday at Hero Complex Gallery in LA celebrating the newest season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Not only is it a real treat to be able to work on something so near and dear to my heart as The Walking Dead (in comic form, television form, and especially Telltale Games’ absolutely beautiful take on the series…..I miss you Lee), but Adam and Soua who run the gallery are absolutely wonderful people and a real pleasure to work with.
The show runs from October 11th through the 26th. If you are in the area, I highly recommend that you stop by. There are some truly fantastic artists displaying work there.
Also, this piece of mine will soon be available as an 18” X 24” Giclee print through Hero Complex Gallery. I will be sure to post those details when they become available.
I very much look forward to working with the great folks over at HCG again. And considering my new found interest in doing gallery work, it looks like I won’t have to wait long.
In the midsts of working on some larger projects I was asked by one of my favorite clients, Annabelle Magazine, for an illustration about a woman in her 40’s concerned with her young daughter dating a man (and a sleazy one at that!) also in his 40’s. Der Artikel ist toll, aber es ist in Deutsch …. Also, viel Glück damit. The Annabelle team is always fantastic to work with! Not only are all of the illustrations always in a square format (a personal favorite of mine), but they always give me the opportunity to experiment with my own process and whatnot. This is one of the few illustrations in recent memory where I really feel like I hit the nail on the head in all aspects.
I had had big extravagant plans to release my new shop of prints and original work the day this blog reached 10,000 followers. I was even planning a giveaway to my 10,000th follower, assuming of course that they were even interested in the first place. And considering that yesterday morning I had somewhere around 9,200 followers, I figured I had plenty of time.
But since posting the design I worked on for Supersonic Electronic yesterday has amassed 6,300+ notes since yesterday afternoon as well as made the radar and Tumblr’s front page, and I now have 10,225 followers on this blog…it looks like I have missed the boat on my shop plans. Not to mention the fact, that I have absolutely no idea now who my 10,000th follower was now. So let us just say that the new shop will be coming “soonish”. I have received a ton of requests for originals and prints through email and messages on Tumblr, and I am hoping to at least make a large majority of the people that were interested happy.
So, I guess this is just a very awkward way of saying thank you to all the new followers, and people who showed very enthusiastic interest in purchasing my work. Sometimes it is very nice to be reminded that I haven’t been doing all of this for nothing.
A quick little thing I did for my buddy-pal Zach Tutor over at Supersonic Electronic. I nearly forgot what it was like to start and finish a project in one sitting.
I haven’t been posting a lot of personal work recently mainly because I haven’t had a lot of time for it. I have basically been booked with client work since June, so the chances that I get to draw for myself are very few and far between. And honestly, the personal work I have been doing hasn’t exactly been anything I am very proud of.
However, I have been working on this for the last few days. I had previously mentioned doing pieces specifically for limited screen-print runs, and this is just a little test to get things jump started. Five colors at 16” X 25”. And now no matter how hard I try not to, I can’t look at this and not see April O’Neil.
thoughtograph said: Can we email you at your ghostco email regarding purchasing originals?
Absolutely. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquires about prints or originals.
You are also welcome to email me at my normal email at email@example.com as well, but emails that are not from clients or Party City coupons for children’s Halloween costumes have a habit of getting lost in the shuffle.
So as mentioned previously, I am working on putting together a new shop to sell originals and silk-screened prints. Not only do I have some new silk-screened prints that are going to be available from earlier projects, I am also looking into doing limited runs of work I make specifically for silk-screening.
However, selling originals has always been a little iffy for me. When I have offered them in the past, I have not received a whole lot of response. Which has always seemed very odd to me, considering I personally would prefer to own an original for $100 than buy a print for $50. But hey, that might be just me.
But I was wondering; are there any originals that people are particularly interested in? I am looking to sell both personal work as well as some of my better commercial work both new and very very old. And while a good chunk of my newer stuff is almost entirely digital, I literally have a 5-drawer flat file of work looking to go to good homes. But the problem is; my idea of what of my work is good and everyone else’s idea seems to be very different.
So, if there is anything anyone is particularly interested in, please free free to message me on here with your requests. Obviously I won’t be able to make everybody happy, but hopefully I can get some work on some of your walls.
And while I can’t sell originals of digital pieces, I am also looking to update my Thumbtack inventory. So if there are any requests there, I would love to hear them.
My undying Art Director crush on Chelsea Cardinal continues with these pieces we worked on together for an article about the attack on Camp Bastion by fifteen Taliban dressed as American soldiers, for this months GQ Magazine. The article is a sobering read, and tackling it as an illustrator was an equally humbling experience. I actually learned a lot about my own technique while working on this project, and hopefully acquired some skills that I can bring to the table in the future. 5 years ago I would have never worried about making a piece too dark, or using colors that were too washed out….but hey, I guess I use pink now so who knows.
A special thank you to my friend Jake DesRosiers, who was an endless amount of help throughout this whole project.
In July I was asked by the wonderful AD Darhil Crooks to again work with one of my new favorite clients; The Atlantic. I was asked to do several illustrations for a fictional piece on Lee Harvey Oswald, and what if he had not assassinated JFK on November 22 1963. Not only is the story beautifully written, but the fact that I am the sort of guy that names his dog J. W. Booth…well, I really enjoyed this project. And since The Atlantic has always been very open to my “artistic” ideas, I was really able to explore a limited pallet and use some colors that people don’t normally expect out of my work (yeah, it is really really pink).
See? I told you I wasn’t dead. It is just that when my studio is 95 degrees on a good day, the last thing I want to do is spend extra time in there outside of work. I hate to be the kind of guy who complains about the weather, but good lord am I excited for fall to finally come rollin’ in.
I should also note that the shop on my website is currently down. After a very long and annoying battle with Paypal I have decided to pull up my stakes and head for greener pastures. There is a new shop in the works, with new prints as well as original artwork. And best of all; I will soon be offering international shipping for all of you folks that have been bugging me for years about it.