It's finally here. I will be dropping off my art for my first solo show at a gallery shortly. I've been working on this stuff the last few months and I'm excited to get the chance to display it. The last few months have had their ups and downs so I'm glad to have created something during that time period that I can be proud of.
So like always I've been totally behind on updating my blog. I'm pretty consistent on instagram though. Anyways, next month I'm having a show at Gallery 4 in shadyside. Solo show! Lots of new stuff and some of the biggest pieces I've ever done. I will probably be painting up until I have to hang stuff so fingers crossed that they all get done! Here are a few pieces I've been working on.
Some of my recent work will be on display in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh this Saturday. It's going to be a little different than some of my other shows. This one will be made up of mostly ink drawings with some digital colored prints of those drawings. It's a little experiment to see how people respond to cheaper more mass produced work rather than trying to sell a bunch of paintings for over $100 a piece.
I'm still working on this thing. I really am. It's been hard since I've been dividing my time among so many other things. Comic books are a hell of a lot of work but the one thing that is driving me nuts is getting the story right. I really just don't want the story to suck so I'm taking my time and really trying to make it worth my while. Someday soon...hopefully.
I did start working on a cover though and here is a little snippet of what I have going on -
New shirt design I did for the Rul37 Retrospective show at OnTheSkids Gallery in Pittsburgh. The show is January 30th and it is my first two color, hand-pulled design which came out pretty damn good if I do say so myself.
This year, 2016, I would also like to really step my game up as far as web presence and selling art online. I know I've said that a lot in the past but I really feel like it's kind of now or never. I don't really think anyone is out there reading my blog but I want to start documenting more of what I'm up to and what I'm doing. More for my piece of mind rather than anything else. While cleaning up my computer that I have had since 2009 I came across quite a few things that I totally forgot about doing in the past so I figure I need to do a better job at getting that stuff out there.
So in the Spring I did this album cover for a fellow Philipsburger's band. It was during the hectic time of moving and working on other projects so I never got around to posting it on here. I think it came out pretty good and I'm pretty happy about the color job I did on this one.
So I've been away for awhile. I ended up getting a new job and a new car and a new apartment all in a matter of two months. I've been setting up my art room in the new place but it still isn't the way I want it so production has been slow on my part.
Anyways...my zoo billboard designs came out. They are popping up all around Pittsburgh. Pretty exciting stuff. I will go more in depth on how this project came about and what all went in to it, but until then all I have is this photo I snapped while flying down Bigelow.
Lots of stuff has been going on recently and I've totally flaked on keeping this thing updated but I'm going to try harder ( I say that I and I can feel my nose growing already )
Anyways, I have been working on my comic book which is now officially called Space Cadaver. I've been trying to get a digital coloring style down. Something that I can do quickly and still have a bit of a painterly feel to it. This is a practice piece I've been working on.
I don't care what people say I like Christmas just the way it is. Sure there are some problems with it but at the very center isn't it a really great holiday? I don't want to hear it from all the Scrooges out there.
So October is over and November is more than halfway through. Crazy how time flies. Anyways, a lot has happened since my last post. I've turned 31. It's pretty creepy to type that out but there is absolutely nothing I can do about that. I bought a new photo printer so I finally be able to make some prints for people to buy. I've only talked about that for about 10 years or so but I actually pulled the trigger on a really spiffy Canon printer so there is no excuse now.
November was also the first show for my friend Jordy's new venture - OnTheSkids. I did some design work for him including the logo and the t-shirt graphics and I set up his online store which the link takes you to. So click on over and buy some shirts to help him out.
And here are some of the shirt designs -
So this is what I ended up putting up at Steel City Secret Cinema. Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my all time favorite "toon" movies. It was really hard to choose what characters to do. Lock, Stock, and Barrel seemed to fit the event this time since it was all ages.
Projects like this are definitely the most fun. It was a small project with a fast turnaround and I pretty much got to do what I wanted. Super fun and hopefully lots of people will see the poster in the movie showcase next month.
Once again I will be participating in the Steel City Secret Cinema show at the Hollywood theater in Dormont. This is already the fifth one and I have been in all of them. This time around the theme is cartoon movies and I have a few ideas that I'm pretty excited about but I haven't put anything to paper just yet. I did however do this flyer for the event so hopefully I will see some of you there. You can get tickets here.
Summer is coming to a close but I feel like I got some stuff done this year. Working on a few different techniques and getting faster. Also learning to not be so critical of things that will probably never see outside of my computer. This Mermaid was started a few weeks ago and completed last night. Enjoy!
I think I've finally settled on a coloring style for my comic book. This was a bit of a test using color and text to to see what approach I want to take for when I get to that phase. Photoshop crashed once on me and I still think the original colors I did were a bit better but I learned my lesson and like everyone else I'm going to blame Apple's Mavericks.
Once again I was asked to modify the Steel City Secret Cinema logo for the upcoming event. For the 5th edition the theme is Toon Time. I'm expecting a lot of great classic cartoon character posters for this one. Anyways, here is the logo I created. I think it came out okay. It was hard to judge how thick the lines of the characters should be when I was doing it since I knew I would be shrinking it down quite a bit. I had to adjust some lines here and there once I got it into illustrator but overall it was mostly the coloring that took awhile. I'm not a fan of coloring in Illustrator. I know there are ways to do it quickly but there always seems to be a catch when you get it done fast. I'm getting better at keeping my stuff in vector format though.
So I designed the new graphics for the front of our building at my place of work. All of the text is die cut white vinyl applied to the outside of the windows and on the inside are color blocks of color. For this project I had to research and arrange all the words you see. It looks a lot easier than it was. I wasn't really sure how it would look full scale but I'm super happy with the result and it was a vast improvement of what was up there previously . Sorry about the drab photos.
Still working on comic ideas. I need to just shut up and start something.