New one I did for fun. I love seeing the most masculine lookin' tough guy come into a coffee shop and order the sweetest thing on the menu.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Back at it with a new Soul Clap poster. Nothin' like Tina Turner & The Ikettes shakin' a tail feather to let you know this is gonna be a good one. Jonathan Toubin is back at Madison Square Park this summer and he has Ural Thomas & The Pain performing with him this time around. Should be a great night so be sure to get there on July 19th!
I wanted to revisit the look of the James Brown poster that I had done a few years ago for this one. All of the dynamic jagged edges, motion and strong lights and darks have really made people gravitate to that piece. For the sake of grabbing people's attention I felt like a similar vibe would serve this poster well but I do feel like it became its own image in the process rather than a homage or anything along those lines.
Monday, June 5, 2017
I was house sitting a few years ago and was messin around in my sketchbook one day, just doing some portraits of people I'm interested in, and there was one Tom Waits portrait I did that I was particularly happy with. Fast forward a few years and now that I'm messing around with all these night scenes and neon lights I figured I'd push the sketch into new territory. I'm trying to find a balance between all the neon paintings and my detailed line work and this piece seemed like it'd be a good exercise for this. I also visited New Orleans while I was working on this piece and I felt like the vibe of the nightlife there helped me create a more specific mood here.
My sketches/color studies sometimes feel like they come dangerously close to being better than the finished piece. This was one of those times.
Thomas Rinaldi's book on the history of neon lights in NYC has been an endless source of inspiration and great for reference material.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I forgot to mention this at the end of April but after "Bathhhouse" came down my friend Andrew at Homegrown Skateshop in Ithaca, NY offered to let me hang my work on his shop walls. My illustrations will be hanging up until early July. Stop in to check them out and scoop up some goods while you're there.
Monday, April 24, 2017
A new poster I whipped up last week for Black Fox Coffee located in the Financial District of Manhattan. They are holding thee most baller latter art competition I have ever seen. Anyone with some skills should try to enter this competition. Thanks to Daniel Murphy and Ezra Baker.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Today is the final day to see "Bathhouse" at Corning Community College. This horrific drawing of tourists and the Bushwick Hotel piece below are the last 2 illustrations from the show for me to blast out into the mighty internet. After I got back from Europe last November I pretty much worked straight through until March to get everything together for the opening. It was exhausting but totally worth it so, I wanted to say thank you to Dave Higgins and CCC for giving my friend, Travis Winters, and I this opportunity. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the college to see our work. Thanks!
There is a hotel not too far from my apartment and it looks somewhat like this. It's not this sketchy looking outside but I'm sure there's still plenty of strange situations going on inside. I wanted to create some illustration depicting a fictional scenario that I always imagine happening whenever I walk by it. The place just oozes sleaze and I really wanted to capture it.
Monday, April 17, 2017
It's that time again! The random post of recent a-frame drawings I've done for Gimme! Coffee!!! The neon work has definitely started creeping in to the a-frames, which I usually kept to just white, red and black.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Thanks to a friends instagram account, I had this idea while traveling in Europe and knew when I got back home I had to get it in with the other 5 bodega cats I had done last year. I have this dream that there's going to be hundreds of these paintings when I die and they are going to morph and evolve into something completely different from the very first painting. Not that I wanna devote myself to painting neon cats my whole life but I do really enjoy doing these. Here's number 6: ATM INSIDE
Monday, April 3, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Alright you glorious people, you, Jonathan Toubin and I are throwing a lil' bash at the GIMME! COFFEE on LORIMER ST. in Williamsburg and we have some treats for YOU! I'll have a group of select original Soul Clap illustrations hanging for you to gaze at and while you do that, you can sip on some FREE BEER and and chomp down on some FREE PIZZA! And, last but not least, I'm gonna have a mean grip of new prints on sale there in case you fall in love with one of these posters and wanna get something on your wall that night! Below are the details. Hope to see y'all there!!
SOUL CLAP AND DANCE OFF POSTER SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!!!!!!!
GIMME! COFFEE - 495 Lorimer St. Williamsburg (btwn Powers and Grand St.)
FRIDAY, MARCH 31st, 2017
7 - 10PM
PRINTS FOR SALE!!!
Sneak peek at some of the new prints that I'll have there. If you miss the show and really were hoping to score a print or two, no worries, the prints will be available for web purchase after March 31st.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
This fella was definitely one of my favorite pieces to work on for "Bathhouse". I had been dreaming of making this illustration for months and months and constantly had to push it back due to interfering deadlines and just general life chores. I was given a book for Christmas a couple years back filled with all these weird and random facts and at one point in the book it mentions that Coca-Cola, Marlboro and Budweiser were the 3 biggest brands in the U.S. back in the 50's. Those 3 are so quintessentially american to me, even though Budweiser has german roots and it instantly made me think of all the political bullshit going on and this desire that certain people have to reclaim some romanticized version of the "good ol' days", like this lost cowboy creating some weird americana dreamland. I wanted to make this so over-the-top and I think I did, somewhat. I could probably always push it further. Anyways, it was a blast to work on.