Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I can't get over how cool these artists are.




Umm Hello

I forgot that I had this really great folder on my desktop called 'lookats'. Silly silly silly. I love art.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Self Defense poster

The official Self Defense poster! The director, my friend Emilie, liked the last one but wanted the title to be larger. I struggled with this for a bit because I liked the composition so much. But I got over myself, moved some text around in photoshop, and here she is. Now imagine this diag board size. It's going to be epic.

The image was done with pen/brush and ink on Rives BFK (I think. It was the biggest piece of good paper I had in my printmaking drawer). The shadowy parts were done when the brush was pretty much dry, giving it this great, somewhat uneven texture. Inspirations: Egon Schiele and Ralph Steadman.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This week's On The Cheap illustration!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I completely changed my idea for the Self Defense poster, and thank goodness, because the other one looked like butt. The new one here is kind of killer, I've never done work like this before...I mean, something that's not children rainbow throw-up. This is grungy badass...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

For IP I have been thinking a lot about Michigan history--not about people, but about the land and creatures that were here before we were. I realize that I don't know a whole lot about what went on in the prehistoric era, and luckily for me there the Natural History Museum here at U of M that is an awesome resource. What I want to do is take the images of animals, plants, fossils, glaciers, etc., and turn them into these fantastically huge, whimsical illustrations. Persian miniatures are a great influence, as well as children's books. I'm in the process of exploring how to merge all of these ideas together into something that makes at least a little bit of sense. Here's a detail of my first try. It's how Petosky Stones were formed- Michigan used to be covered entirely in water, and there were freshwater reefs. When the glaciers went cruising by, they scraped the coral polyps off of the bedrock, and those fragments are what we know as Petosky stones. Pretty cool, hey? There's a ground sloth in the lower left corner. Apparently they were as big as a VW Beetle. (Beatle?). Insane.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Beginnings of the Self Defense poster, directed by my roomie Emilie. It's about a prostitute who is on trial for killing seven men. Not at the same time. Anyways. It's a monotype, and I'm planning on putting some watercolor on the dudes to make it look like they have dripping bullet wounds---so excited, it's going to look KILLER. ha. haha. ok, done.