Wednesday, October 21, 2009

KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER.

The Miracle Tonic.

Senior thesis. I am right in the thick of it. I'm doing a series of 18x24 posters for films that don't exist. My project presentation to the class included me rambling about the freedom to play with stories that exist with little to no larger context, as well as a barrage of material from Kevin Dart's "Yuki 7" project, The Venture Bros. episode "Escape To The House of Mummies Part II" and the Grindhouse trailers. Basically, it's all just an excuse for me to design ridiculous characters and make up as many crazy standalone scenes as I want without consequences. The stories only live and breathe within these posters, and the viewer fills in the (massive) gaps with their own imagination. I'm going to pretend that kind of makes sense.

More details about my thesis when I'm feeling slightly more coherent, as I need a good deal of energy before I can talk about cowboys and 60s sleaze. In the meantime, take a look at my first completed poster illustration (text will be added later), featuring this snazzy fellow. Do not be fooled by his masterful and almost-sexy way with words! His lips say, "Try my miracle tonic" but his facial hair screams, "I will tie your girlfriend to the railroad tracks."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I ALSO ACCIDENTALLY YELLED AT A KID.

Baltimore Comic-Con Table.

Baltimore Comic-Con was a few weeks ago, and I had a swell time with Emma Rochon and Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi at our Society of the Okay table. To look occupied (because I seem extra-unapproachable when I'm just sitting there, glaring into the middle distance), I drew Molotov Cocktease, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and Triana Orpheus, and, surprisingly, they all found homes. It was great. I neglected to properly document most of my drawings, but you can see Mol below and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch above, kind of, sort of. I did Venture Bros. characters because their outfits are burned into my brain, though I admit I did text to confirm which side Mol wore her eyepatch.

Molotov Cocktease Sketch.

Even though I only managed to walk through the floor once that weekend, I got to meet artists and writers that I greatly admire. I'm going to go ahead and pretend I didn't weird them out too much. There were also people that said that they were already familiar with my blog/Twitter, so hello to you guys too. It was great putting faces to usernames. Thanks, everybody. You have no idea how pleased we were about the response.

I was holding off on selling prints and shirts online to make sure I'd have all sizes available at the con, but that's over now, obviously. For those of you who are interested in buying any of the three pictured prints (digital, 8.5x11) or a shirt (American Apparel unisex XS - L), just throw me an e-mail (hidden away here) and hopefully we can work something out. I'm also putting together materials for my school's upcoming Art Market and finally putting things in my Etsy shop, so availability/sizes are limited.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must re-watch the Venture Bros. season premiere for the thousandth time and then do that "glare into the middle distance" thing I'm so good at.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I GENERALLY STAY INDOORS.

Lacrosse Magazine.

I never thought my first editorial work would be for a sports publication, but, then again, my psychic powers have always been lacking. I illustrated the cover and several portraits for this month's Lacrosse Magazine. I'm sure you've noticed that most of my artwork consists of women, and when I draw men, they are imaginary and/or extra-gaunt. So, being faced with the challenge of drawing so many portraits of male athletes was kind of daunting.

However, when AD Gabriella O'Brien and writer Matt DaSilva told me about their idea, which consisted of crazy superhero-esque portraits of lacrosse's finest faceoff masters, I was pretty excited. Too cool, right? I have seriously lucked out with assignments so far. This was also one of the select few issues that would go to their younger audience (in addition to the regular subscribers), so I took that into consideration. It ended up being a lot of fun, and the interiors look fantastic, thanks to Gabriella's work. I still can't believe they trusted me with the cover, which consists solely of my illustration and hand lettering. Thanks to Gabriella and Matt for a great experience!

In other news, Baltimore Comic-Con was a success. An inevitably obnoxious post to follow soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SPOOKS AND LADYKILLERS.

Spook.

I was scanning sketches for... An ashcan? Mini-book? Mini-comic sans comics? It's a few Xerox'd pages, folded and stapled so that it resembles a book. Whatever that's called. Anyway, I was flipping through my last few sketchbooks for things to scan and I came across this piece, drawn a few months ago. It was a pencil doodle that I had, for some reason, accented with some matte medium. I liked the way the resulting texture looked in the scan, so I figured I'd post the full drawing and a super-close detail shot too.


I'll get the skull faces out of my system eventually.

Also, there have been questions about purchasing my Comic-Con things. My plan is to bring the full stock to the con first, because I have no idea what sizes/items will be popular and it's just smarter to have as many options as possible. Afterward, if I have time, I will re-assess the situation and re-print things as needed. In the case of shirts, I may even be able to take orders so I can get a solid idea of what sizes are needed. Sound good? I hope so, 'cause that's what I'm doing. Just keep an eye on the blog for updates, as always. Thanks. UPDATE: And here it is. Details about purchasing.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE FOR MY AWKWARDNESS.

Don't worry, this is the last reminder. Baltimore Comic-Con is this weekend. I will be at Table 114, with my friends and fellow illustrators Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi and Emma Rochon, under the name "Society of the Okay." If things go according to plan, there will be prints, buttons, minibooks and I will have some newly printed shirts. Should you care to find me, just look for this surly creature (the angry face is natural, the purple hair is not) and these t-shirts...

A Guide To Recognizing Your Annie Wus. Printed Comic-Con Tees.

I wear shirts from cartoons because I am an adult. Also, the tees I'm bringing are grey on grey and printed by the fine folks over at Squidfire, on American Apparel. Yeah. Stick with me and you won't need any more of that Fruit of the Loom nonsense.

Oh, and this is my 100th post. Whoo.