Monday, January 15, 2018

The Disloyalty Snake of Cleveland

This has been waiting a few months for the reveal and now the time has come! The Midwest Wolfman and one of my favorite creative partners in crime, Trey Kirchoff, of Passengers Cafe fame, asked me if I'd create an illustration for a coffee mug he was working on as part of a bigger project to get people in Cleveland into their local coffee shops. Passengers Cafe, along with Duck-Rabbit Coffee, Rising Star, Phoenix Coffee and Pour Cleveland are setting up a disloyalty program where, if you fill up your "disloyalty card" with a stamp from each of these coffee shops, you get a FREE mug! With my illustration on it! There's a limited run of 250 so get to it people. Once they are gone, THEY ARE GONE! Big thanks again to Trey Kirchoff for this fun gig.

Check out some of the more interesting moments from the creative process below.

Always tryin to draw those darn rats but those don't really exist in Cleveland. But, the western rat snake on the other hand....

Ain't she a beaut?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Won't Be Needing You Anymore

The battle of the modern cowboys has been completed! This one went through a lot of revisions and idea adjustments over the 4 months I was working on it. It bounced all over the place from purely focusing on one subject such as masculinity, business, technology, advertising, appropriation, or nostalgia and I think it managed to nestle in somewhere among all those things in the end. Enjoy all the process pics below.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

David Johansen at the Soul Clap & Dance-Off!

The New York Night Train Soul Clap residency at Elsewhere in Bushwick is kicking off this January and it is kicking off right! David Johansen of the New York Dolls/Buster Poindexter fame will be headlining the night and there's a some excellent bands opening before him. All this and then there'll be hours and hours of dancing to the immaculately curated vinyl tunes of DJ Jonathan Toubin! Info is all right HERE! Thanks again to Jonathan Toubin. Process pics below.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Jazz and Coffee

Whipped up this Chet Baker portrait the other morning. Love the way he looks right here. This was based off some photos from a televised performance in 1975.

The final a-frames of 2017 for Gimme! Coffee. At the end of every year I always feel like I've done more of these than I actually have. It's hard to squeeze in more than a couple every other month due to the time they take and my other obligations but I still enjoy this outlet for my work.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Modern Cowboy Part 2

Here's the next step in the saga of the modern cowboy. I'll have a full explanation on this when I finish the final piece. Really enjoyed painting that little moon up there.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Prints!

It's that time again! There's a small group of prints available on my site for those fans of music, Kurt Russell and saving lives. Grab em while they're still available cuz once they're gone, they are gone! Except for maybe the choking poster. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jackie Shane and the Soul Clap & Dance-Off

Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance-Off is going to be throwing a special holiday extravaganza at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this December and it looks like it's gonna be a doozy of a show. We immediately decided on using 1960's transgender soul singer, Jackie Shane, for this events poster. I recommend reading up on Jackie Shane's life after this and checking out her albums. There's also a great new box set out of her work,  put out by The Numero Group, which you can check out on Spotify, or go out and buy, your choice. 

There's gonna be some guest DJing by Don Bolles and Alix Brown, performances by Breanna Barbara, Surfbort and Animal Show, in addition to your chance to shake it on the dance floor for some cash money. Be sure to scoop up some TICKETS for this show.

Originally thought these stripes would be this kind of cool,  shimmery, curtain-esque thing behind Jackie but, this was a tight deadline and we try to keep the color palette very minimal for these posters so gotta save that for something else.

As you can see from these two images there's a definite change in the look of the poster. As fun as it was to do and definitely an homage to old soul revue posters, we felt there couldn't be a bunch of dudes dominating the poster and I knew I couldn't fit a portrait of every performer on there. This was a moment for me where I was reminded that even when I'm making an illustration, I need to be very aware of who I'm placing in there and who I'm unconsciously ignoring, especially when there are 3 bands performing, all led by women and a female DJ performing.