Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beyond Thunderdome

A friend asked me for some art for his pool league team which is called "Beyond Thunderdome" and wanted a picture of Mad Max in a bar fight doing great injury. Not sure how well it will show on a one color t-shirt but I obliged....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Words of wisdom

"I was thinking, one of the things that can drag you down as an artist is thinking it should get easy eventually. You think I'd know this but I always suprize (sic) myself at how it is always hard work."

– Brandon Graham

Words of wisdom

"I think it is about obsession. I really embrace my obsessions. I think it's important. The thing that won't go out of your mind, that's what you should make art about. It doesn't even have to make sense."

– Paul Pope (in a discussion with Dash Shaw & moderated by Robin McConnell)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A new look

If you're visiting you may see some weirdness as I tired of the old look and am trying out some new ideas.

Something from my sketchbook I might not have ever posted...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Award winner

The Community Papers of Michigan just honored one of my designs at their annual awards banquet. Receiving top honors in its class was this October 8, 2009 front page to the Battle Creek Shopper News...
Photo by Doug Allen of artist Joe Taken

Monday, June 07, 2010

CD design

Lately I've been doing some work for Hydro-Phonic Records. The sludge and doom metal label just started up but have already put out some amazing looking vinyl works of art. Just one example...

Most of the albums so far have been re-issues. So on my end it's mostly been grunt work and consulting as bands already have art they want to use and well-established logos, but hopefully soon I'll get a chance to do more drawing and design work as the label moves into more first releases, merch and live shows. With such beautiful records and more coming quickly I've no doubt that more people will start paying attention to what Hydro-Phonic Records is doing and I'll get increased chances to create cool images and help some bands get noticed.

Here's something I worked up sort of on spec to warm up and show off what I could do...