Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wool Over Eyes at The Stood

Wool Over Eyes asked me to design a show poster for their October 8th performance at SUNY Purchase's Student Center aka The Stood. In preparation for this night of great music, I worked together with my friend Brian Renaldo, a Purchase printmaker, to spread the good word throughout campus. I created the design in Illustrator and passed it off to Brian to screen print with the addition of some nice paint splatters. I was very happy to see the end results of this fine collaboration. If anyone is in the Westchester area next weekend, I highly recommend checking out Wool Over Eyes at The Stood. The show is free and the atmosphere is always good.


Monday, May 2, 2011

An Assortment of Drawings for Your Viewing Pleasure

I was going through my sketchbooks when I found some old, forgotten drawings that I thought I would share. It was through this retrospective view of my work that I noticed some trends in the way I develop visual ideas. My drawings are often oriented around detailed landscapes, illusions of nature, and birdlike imagery. These themes tend to flow into a lot of the images I create. Below is a small collection of those works.
On a side note, I also stumbled upon an old drawing from high school that recaptured my imagination. The drawing is of a self proclaimed gangsta rapper, drinking oil out of a chalice to prove his merit. Black gold grillz, anyone?

Son of Abess sketchbook

Son of Abess Moleskine pocket sketchbook

Monday, April 25, 2011

Superjail!

Okay, so I watch a lot of cartoons. I like to view my artistic style as a medley of all of the great cartoons I have seen in my lifetime. I began drawing as a kid while sitting in front of the TV, mesmerized by shows like Cow and Chicken and Rocko's Modern Life. My love for cartoons has only grown since then and I continue to be inspired by the animations I see today.
That being said, one of the most innovative cartoons to appear lately has returned for a second season and I am very excited. The show I am referring to is Superjail! and season 2 has already begun to air on the Adult Swim network. Season 1 captured my attention with its highly detailed, notebook doodle style, along with its signature, gory rampage sequences. Each frame had such attention to detail and the whole show moved with such charming fluidity. Even when heads were being lopped off and bodies dismembered (which happens a lot), the bright colors and humorous character illustrations would flow with the grace and beauty of a psychedelic trip.
Now, with the arrival of the new season of Superjail, comes a change in animation studios from Augenblick Studios to Titmouse Inc. I got a chance to see the first two episodes and although still fantastic, the animation is noticeably different. I was a little disappointed to see that the opening episode lacked a lot of the fluid action that made the first season so amazing. The second episode was definitely a big improvement over the first, but I am beginning to notice that the series is exchanging a lot of its entrancing action sequences with deeper storylines. Is this a change for the better? Tell me what you think. I just hope that the show doesn't end up completely loosing its bloody carnage sequences like Metalocalypse did in its third season (another Titmouse production). Alright, enough rambling on my part. You can scroll down now and look at the pretty images.










Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wizards!

If you have not seen the movie Wizards then you are probably not alone. This overlooked 1970s masterpiece of animation was recommended to me by a friend who had seen the film as a child and would always remember how goddamn cool it was. Well he was right. I was not as fortunate to view this animated film in my childhood, but picking up on it today, I can honestly say that Wizards is an animation for all ages. Don't let its fairytale style throw you off, this film is packed full of violence and sexual innuendos. The darker side of the film even depicts allusions to Nazi war crimes. The adult content will leave you asking "who was this movie actually intended for?" The story finds itself somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and World War II, where the existence of fairytale magic is being threatened by who else, but The Third Reich and their evil tools of destruction. As the 1977 predecessor of FernGully, Wizards warns its viewers to beware the threat that technology has on the harmonious balance of the natural world. Instead of pollution, technology wielding Nazis serve as the villainous force against nature.
Now to the point of the film that I really wanted to cover, the animation! There are several different kinds of animation used in Wizards and they are mixed together flawlessly. From the detailed watercolored illustrations, to the bright and minimal cartoons, to the heavily stylized live-action footage, Wizards created an eclectic source of animation worthy of praise. It is also worth mentioning the movie's unique character designs and the application of cool little illusions and special effects throughout the frames. If you are into animation like I am, then do yourself a favor and go check out this film. Below are some samples from the movie and examples of the film's unforgettable character designs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inking on Moleskine

Here are some sketches that I pulled from my Moleskine pocket notebook. They are 3.5 x 5.5 inch drawings that I did in ink. I love drawing in great detail and these little pages give me just enough room to cover the canvas with quick, fully embellished sketches. I must admit that this pocket sized sketchbook is one of my favorite places to doodle because I can carry it with me almost anywhere I go. It may be tiny but it's convenient as hell, satisfying all of my random urges to draw on the spot.

Son of Abess Moleskine pocket sketchbook
Son of Abess Moleskine pocket sketchbook

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jersey Shore

When I was much younger, my family would vacation at the Jersey shore every summer. Now I've seen the reality TV show Jersey Shore on MTV, except something tells me that my recollection of the shore is much closer to reality. Below is a drawing I created called The Boardwalk, based on all of my childhood experiences from the Jersey shore. You tell me who is living the alternate reality.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

...that's when I learned it was Todd Slater

While meandering through this endless labyrinth we know as the internet I happened upon a great artist and designer whose work inspired me very much. His name is Todd Slater and his gallery of show posters references some of my absolute favorites in art, music, and film. Slater not only captures the spirit of these cult favorites with his psychedelic, pop art style, but he adds an unforgettable visual element to each event. He has designed posters for Radiohead and Lady Gaga, as well as my personal favorites, Ween and Umphrey's Mcgee. His works pay tribute to cult classics like Evil Dead, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland. One of his poster designs was even inspired by the French Post-Impressionist, Toulouse Lautrec, paying homage to one of the greatest printmakers of the 19th century. I must say that I like where this artist's head is at. His gallery has become a beautiful fusion of everything great in pop and underground culture.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wool Over Eyes

My good friends Wool Over Eyes were looking for a new t shirt design so I brought a drawing into Photoshop and gave it some color. Check out their blog for updates and keep an eye out for their new merchandise. Also check out their Facebook for tour dates because if you haven't seen Wool Over Eyes then you haven't experienced the contagious energy that both their music and their fans radiate during their fast and heavy performances. Even if progressive metal is not your cup of tea, you can count on these guys to provide a wild and entertaining show.
Wool Over Eyes t-shirt design

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

deviantART and ink

If you have never heard of the deviantART art community then now is the time to check them out. I've been a member of deviantART for four years now and I must stand by the website as one of my favorite spots to browse artwork. DeviantArt is home to thousands of career and amateur artists and if the collections of Gothic-style nude art and fanime throw you off, then don't be deterred just yet, because there is plenty of depth to this site. I would recommend starting at the Daily Deviations where the community admins feature a list of works that are updated every day.
And while you are there, check out my profile!

Here is a look into my sketch pad where I use pencil and ink to produce the base images for many of my digitally finished pieces. These two drawings are concepts that I am producing for two different Purchase College bands. The bands are Wool Over Eyes and Demovore and their separate forms of metal are heavy and unique. Check back soon for the finished products and links to both of the bands' websites.

An ink drawing for progressive metal band Wool Over Eyes

An ink drawing for death metal band Demovore