Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reuben Melt

So, for the first date of the Flyer Month, I got in touch with Matt Fish at Melt, easily my favorite restaurant. He didn't have any specific events, so I offered to throw down in the name of the March sandwich special, which turns out is the Reuben Melt. So, For March 1st and beyond, I banged out this poster. I kinda went crazy with it. I'll maybe update this post later with a behind the scenes separation thing and post all the different drawings that went into this, but... anyway. Yeah, went Celtic, and bonkers. Overgrow cities and UFOs. That sandwich, I love drawing FOOD for some reason.

In my early design stage, I was going to have this Celtic warrior woman holding it down behind the sandwich. She didn't fit and it would have cluttered up the layout anyway. I'm sure I'll user her later in something else. OR, maybe just make a background and make an art poster, without any band names or sandwiches? Like "Skylooker"?

Mother Bear

March 3rd of the Flyer Month. Not really for an event, per se, but I like Music Saves and I needed something for the 3rd, and wanted to draw the Mother Bear in her UFO. Maybe they'll sell more copies of Neko Case's new record? Probably not, that thing will sell itself. Still...

Here's an earlier version:

Here's my procession:

Starts super duper rough, this is actually step two, after the initial design thumbnails. I opten to to rough in the text on this one so I could just jump into pencils...

Tightened up on the drawing board, still leaving a lot to do, but y'know, cleaner.

This is after drawing with a paintbrush and ink. Most of the bold lines, anything that needs fills...

This is what things look like after I go in with Micron pens and touch it all up, details... blah blah blah...

Toof-brush and ink splatter all over the place, I initially masked of everything but the top, so it would be darker. I also spilled ink all over the bottom left corner and had to white out like a motherfucker.

Here's the first go-round with the lettering. I opted to do that pointy fluid like lettering I used to do on all my posters. I like that look. I also decided that the cat on the record player from the back of the Music Saves business cards needed to be on this. Designed originally by Little Jacket, one of the hands down best professional graphico gangsters out there. But then it turns out that all that info may or may not have been accurate. Sometimes plans change. So, I redrew the text, tried harder to make it more legible and BAM! Here ya go:

I took more time on it the second time around and feel a LOT better about it.

I also messed with the colors to make them more... more.

Music Saves will be giving away copies of this thing to people that purchase the Neko Case CD! You know you want one!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brace for Impact

Simple doesn't always mean easy. I didn't save them all separately, and I don't have the time anyway, so I'm not going to post a "process" thing for this one, but ...there's quite a few layers to this piece. I like it though. Sun God, and The Dimeras, maybe there will be another band.

Oh, BTW: I designed that Sun God logo.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


, Slide Machine, Freedom, Mystery of Two. Should be a pretty rad show. I saw Mandy from HotChaCha and asked if she had any particular request for this one, she said "Big Boobs". Sometimes I worry that I go a little overboard with the mammary glands, but apparently not everybody takes offense... The one thing I wish I had done was draw more life aquatic... underwater happenings. After the last few pieces, I really really want to do a mermaid comic... which, no idea if that's even a thing. Maybe a horror comic set underwater or... a crime thing? I dunno. All's I know is it's fun to draw underwater stuff.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


A Non-Specific Tour Poster for Scarcity of Tanks. Keep it B/W for easy cheap mass production. Skullface and that Giant Robot? Friends of Foes? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Wolf Eyes
, Emeralds, Skingraft.

I like drawing shit that I then cover up with text. Also, recurring characters. This and the Nunslaughter jam are my first two pieces for the Flyer Month. Right now I'm furiously scrambling on a couple others. I'm really pumped for my poster for March 1st.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Los Muertos de Mayo

This is actually way the hell into the process of drawing this piece. This is after going through about 20 other sketches. I take the best parts of all the failure and piece it together into a success. This is a culmination. I actually looked for some Dia de los Muertos art, but there wasn't a lot online of what I was looking for. I also actually went to the Avon Lake Public Library and looked through the Art Books. Shit. They have some really good stuff. I was in awe. I looked at this entire history of Latin American art. It was huge. Anyway, I think it helped a lot. I dunno.

I like ink. Brush, pen, tooth brush, white out. Masking tape.

Just when I think my Adobe Photoshop skills are honed to a fine point, I turn a page and BAM! I'm trying new shit and ways of doing things, like it's just a never ending game of one-upping myself. I love it.

Yeah, somebody actually has their shit together enough to start promotion for something 4 MONTHS AWAY. Weird, huh? I know, I couldn't believe it either!

Anyway: LOOK AT THAT MOTHERFUCKING LIST OF NAMES! Clay Parker, Scott Pickering, Staci McNasty, Dana Depew, Bernadette Glorioso, Jim Karpinski, Josh Banaszak, Carrie Bukala, I don't know who Ms. Coca de Loca GQ, Ryan Kacsandy, Dr. Trease, Liz Adams, Liz Stout, or Sara Higgins are, but if their in the company of the rest of these muggs, they probably throw down. Hard. This is gonna be a great show.

Lowlife Gallery is all the way down past the Beachland on Waterloo. This show is being set up by Staci McNasty. She wants it to be a banger. Let's not disappoint the woman. Bring yer kids.