Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CLASSIEST WAY TO WEAR A BOLO TIE.

Quarter 'Kee Shirt Design.

A first look at my project for Senior thesis. This is just a small part of it; I think I'll explain it all once I get the actual first bit done. If you can see the tags for this post, you're probably already thinking, "What the actual fuck?" Skip to the end...

This is a shirt design that I hope to get printed in time to sell at Baltimore Comic-Con (Oct. 10 - 11; more details later about what table I will be awkwardly hiding behind). If I can work out a plan that won't stress me out, I'll also sell them online. At the moment, I'm still trying to decide a few things, including the color scheme (I wanted black on black, but the skull detailing makes any print that isn't dark-on-light very weird... Now, I'm thinking maybe grey on white or black on grey?) and order size.

If you'd like to help with this last part, please do me a favor and let me know what size you would order (American Apparel brand tee). You can do so in the comments, on Flickr, on Twitter, on the street, whatever. Obviously this isn't a commitment, I just want a better idea of which sizes will probably be in higher demand and order accordingly. I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

Moo Cards.

And here's a small sample of the Moo mini-cards that I ordered a few weeks ago. Amazing quality, as expected. Since I haven't designed a proper business card yet, I wanted at least something to carry around at SPX and Comic-Con. If you look closely, you can see a few pieces that I haven't posted online. The bits of those illustrations that I actually liked were small enough to fit on a card. So there we go.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

CONFESSION OF A WHITE WIDOWED MALE.

Lolita Book Cover.

Alternate title was "Picnic. Lightning." In case you didn't know: I kind of, sort of extra-like Lolita, both the Vladimir Nabokov book and the Stanley Kubrick movie. In fact, I also love the audiobook version, as read by Jeremy Irons, because, as I once so giddily mentioned on Twitter upon my first listening, it sounds like Scar reading Nabokov to me.

When I stumbled across news that the site Venus Febriculosa was hosting a competition to create a book cover for Lolita (for kicks), I figured it was a good excuse to pick up my brush for something not for school/work. After doing assignments in school for The Virgin Suicides and The Snow Queen, I've discovered that I really enjoy doing book covers, especially when I get to combine hand lettering and graphic design with my illustrations. So, I had fun with this, even though I think I made Humbert Humbert (and his almost-glowy, predator eyes) way more attractive than he needed to be.

And I will end by saying if you have only seen the movie or if you have only read the book, then you definitely must experience the other. Lolita (Lo. Lee. Ta.) herself is all right, but HH is really the one to study.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

THIS IS MY CASUAL WEAR.

The Flamingo.

My contribution to this week's Whitechapel Remake/Remodel challenge. This character is The Flamingo, a former colonel who goes around, doin' stuff with his service revolver, airplane, and vast super-knowledge. Really, that's about it. At first I was going to do something a little more action-packed, but, as usual, I reverted to drawing an eccentric, bookish loner.

Also, I've been slowly editing the list of artists on the side of my blog, so it's worth checking out if you haven't seen it in a while and you generally like what I like. I think the two newest additions are Joe Quinones and Mark Weaver (from whom I just bought two astronaut-amazing prints and I am eagerly awaiting their arrival).

In unrelated, more exciting news: Venture Bros. returns October 18. You have been informed.