Creative 365: Best of December

The Creative 365 project is me doing everything I can to do something amazing and creative every single day for a year! Every month, I plan on posting the best pieces from it for you here!

Of all the months in this project, December was the hardest. I was working on a bunch of different commissions at the start of the month, along with a full-time job, and that left little time to do something for myself or to just relax. Even after all the digital illustrations, it was tough for me to sit-down and start illustrating again at my desk. By Christmas Eve I had built my new desk, which really inspired me to draw like crazy!

You Are Beautiful

At the Mountains of Madness

Art Studio V.12999

Holiday Card 2013

Seasons Greetings from Jewelers Row

Demonic Abbess - Pencils

Electronic Dominatrix 2013

Illustrator Problem #243

Creative 365: Best of August

The Creative 365 project is me doing everything I can to do something amazing and creative every single day for a year! Every month, I plan on posting the best pieces from it for you here!

August wound up being a very odd month. While still doing what I could creatively, the month wound up leading to a rush for my art show, which I needed to get together in only 2 weeks!

I Want More Out of Life

Bride of Frankenstein - Guitar Idea

Bride of Frankenstein - Guitar Idea

Warrior of Astaroth Guitar Bundle

Warrior of Astaroth Guitar Bundle

City Hall - Market Street East

Demonic Goddess I - Pencils

Forgotten - Wayne Junction

Ron Paul 2012 – Official Philadelphia Shirt Design!

Ron Paul 2012 - Philadelphia T-Shirt Design

Mind. BLOWN!

I was asked by someone working with the Ron Paul 2012 campaign to design a t-shirt for a Philadelphia Fund Raiser that takes place February 6th at National Mechanics. The event is being organized by Patrick Rodgers, the incredibly brilliant man who not only owns and runs Digital Ferret Records and Nocturne at Club Shampoo, but also foreclosed on a Wells Fargo branch.

The brief was simple: A 3-color design for an upcoming fundraiser that showed Ron Paul, the Liberty Bell, and the headline “Philadelphia. Liberty. The Constitution.” After messing around with a few different ideas and concepts, I went with what you see here; a fairly straight-forward design with a focus on showing how presidential he is.

The shirts will be available at the Ron Paul Fundraiser in Philadelphia on February 6th at National Mechanics, which starts at 6:30PM. For a small donation of $20 you get access to some great food and political discussion. Oh, and you can buy this shirt while you’re there, too.

Also, you can check out the piece itself on my DeviantArt account.

The photo of Ron Paul come from Gage Skidmore, who I can’t thank enough!

True Sounds of Liberty – TSOL Gig Poster 2011

TSOL Gig Poster

What are the true sounds of liberty?

It’s anger, fury, and the refusal to surrender and die in the face of evil! Its the anger and fury that comes from the oppression of those who are not represented. It’s the sound of someone furious at their government for not doing what they should, and the even greater fury that those entrusted to keep liberty in check either fail or ignore their duty to either govern or even vote for the proper caretakers.

Its the sound of someone crying out in hunger as they die from starvation while the world around them is fat and over-fed!

Its the sound of joy when victory is had, when evil fails and the freedom of the millions wins. It’s the sound or rockets blasting in the night air, of a happy family, of someone achieving their potential.

This piece is struggling to do all of that at once, and the face alone reminds you that liberty comes at a price, and sometimes its painful as all hell!

Holy Grail – The Troc – May 3rd: Gig Poster!

HOLY GRAIL – The Trocadero – May 3rd, 2011

This should be one hell of a show! Holy Grail will be playing the balcony at The Troc, and admission is only $10! So unless you’re a starving artist, I think you should be able to make it, have a damn good time, and enjoy some awesome power/thrash metal!

Click here to check out the poster on DeviantArt!

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I sketched out the poster idea about a week before I decided to work on a finish. It wasn’t a very developed concept; a woman with snakes. I always like trying to add more and more to a piece like that, and I decided to do an ode to Leviathan.

At the same time, I was looking more and more at the work of my contemporaries, especially Godmachine. His work is consistently amazing, and I wanted to try something in the style he did that seems to be, in fact, the modern illustration style (my opinion, and nothing more). That said, my apologies if its too close!

I’m pretty happy with the result. I worked on it originally as a t-shirt design that I was going to turn into a poster, but I kept running into the same problem; I didn’t like how colorful it was, especially on the poster. The original has a LOT of green, and on a whim I decided to make everything red. It worked great for the poster, and so you have this.

A lot of blood, sweat, and annoyance went into this piece. The woman’s head was a nightmare to draw, and it’s my biggest weakness. I love drawing women’s heads, but I suck at drawing them looking up. I think I got it this time. 🙂

Live Not On Evil Gig Poster!

Well, here it is: The OFFICIAL Gig Poster for Live Not on Evil!

Live Not on Evil - Live at SXSW in Texas!


Check it out on DeviantArt!

This was a lot of fun to do and I have to say Rob was a great guy to work with! We wound up going for a Punk-Rock Cowgirl for the poster, and I was influenced heavily by Western movie posters at first, which led me to a more rockabilly-meets-classic horror look to the poster in the end. For the girl we agreed it would be awesome if the end of the branding iron was the Liberty Bell to keep well of the fact that the band was from Philly.

Actually, in the background, you can see the original pencil art! I talked to a friend of mine who said the original pencils were awesome and I should use them somewhere in the piece, and I figured the background was a great place to put it since it helped tie everything together.

The Stench of Redemption – Deicide 2011 Gig Poster

DEICIDE – 2011 Concert Poster

This is what happens when you go to Catholic School for 13 years, folks!

I love drawing nuns, relying on symbolism, and just being blatant at times. In this case, that’s exactly what I wanted in every possible way.

I heard Deicide was coming to town and wanted to show my support by doing a gig poster for their upcoming show. I had a vision of just some praying nun with horns coming out of her head, and a Rosary in her hands.

To be honest, this piece is as deep as it appears, and then some. As much as it may be about some nun turning to Satan, it really isn’t. In essence, I wanted to convey that the same love and devotion that can be shown to God can be shown to Satan. Is it really all that bad? Isn’t faith and love in something and someone more important than who, ESPECIALLY if they’re wind up otherwise being a good person for it?

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DEICIDE – February 18th – The Trocadero – 7PM!!!!

GET TICKETS HERE FOR THIS AWESOME SHOW!!!

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The more Artsy Stuff

So for this poster, I did something I normally never, EVER do; I did my own hand-drawn typography and did it as a vector! It was the most draftsman-like thing I’ve done as an artist in about 3 years because of how technical it was. I used Adobe Illustrator and for the first time turned on Smart Guides. I wished I had done it sooner! It made the curves much smoother and I love how the “e’s” came out. The typography was inspired by some classic Gothic Black-lettering, but also a bit of Art-Nouveau.

OTEP: Smash the Control Machine!

Otep 2010 Gig Poster

This started as a dig at BP, and it wound up being a really subtle one instead.

The girl in a bikini with the gas mask is meant to represent the devastation that BP is doing to the Gulf Coast, as well as to the beaches of Florida. The fact of the matter is, at the rate this is going, the only way you can go to the beach is by wearing protective clothing. OK, so maybe she isn’t THAT well protected, but you get the point.

In the design process for the poster, I had a really weird feeling about the design process and I decided to basically let the piece design itself. Sounds odd, I know, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

I wanted to go for an gas poster look from the 1950’s or earlier, and the flat colors were part of that. The font choice was done to reinforce the idea as well. It seems odd, but “OTEP” seems to have a sort of weird feeling to it in whatever context it’s in, and in this one it just feels like the name of an oil company. I don’t know why, but it just seemed to work.

That said, the girl in the gas mask wearing a bikini was the main idea and I think I got a great poster out of this. It feels a little weird and awkward, but it actually helps in giving you a creepy feeling about the poster and kinda draws you into it.

OTEP, iwrestedabearonce, and Stray from the Path will all be playing at the Wizzards Lounge at 3801 Chestnut Street June 26th at 7PM. I’ve actually never been there before, so I can’t say much, but hey, it’s OTEP. It’s bound to be one damn good show!

SNOWMAGGEDON 2010!!!

I woke up around 7AM, and the room was still bright white.

Though the sun was barely peeking through the clouds, a soft glow filled my room, my heart, and my mind. Turning on the TV revealed a shocking picture; the snow wasn’t that bad, SEPTA was still running, and life still went on. The end wasn’t here… yet. The main caution from the stations was that, although things didn’t seem that bad at the moment, they were going to get worse, much much worse.

Around 7:30 I went out to start shoveling. Now, for some people, this is a pain and something they despise. For me, its a joy and a treat. The snow for the past few years has been light, fluffy, and easy to move. Even the 28 inches that fell this past weekend was nothing to me, almost the same as if it was 5 inches of heavy snow.

You can only imagine how frustrating it was to realize that the 8 inches that had fallen last night was now heavy snow with slush on the bottom. Each load felt like pushing around two feet of the white stuff, nearly 20 pounds per shovel lift! To make matters worse, the shovel itself was starting to fall apart and the day had barely begun. After about 10 minutes the short sidewalk and stairs to my house were done. The other two houses I had to do were still ahead.

It was around 11AM that I had stopped shoveling anything and everything I needed to do while the storm was in a brief lull. During this time, the snow had stopped and turn to sleet, promising to turn back to a heavy snowfall.

This is where my troubles began.

As the snow began to fall and the winds began picking up speed, a fear came across my eyes! The snow began to pile up quickly, growing as high as 1.5″ an hour! Howling winds at 35 mph threatened to destroy the overburdened branches in the area. Sitting in my house, the sound of large amounts of snow falling made me worry about where they were coming from and why. Report of roofs in the city collapsing under the immense girth of both this storm made me worry about my neighbors with flat roofs. Some trees fell to the forces.

As night falls, the sky is filled with an eerie orange glow. The howling winds are still going on, and cabin fever is coming over the entire Northeast. Power is out for over 50,000 PECO customers, and things aren’t going to end anytime soon.

Yet, on a plus side, they are calling for sun everyday through Monday. Hope is on the way.

NEED AWESOME LOOKING GIG POSTERS?!

Are you in a band? Are you sick and tired of not being able to get a decent looking gig poster so people will be at least interested in your band? Are you tired of people pointing and laughing at how utterly lame and horrible your posters are?

THEN HIRE LARRY WEST!

Yes, Larry West, the single greatest thing to come out of the Philadelphia’s Art Scene ever! But don’t let me overwhelming modesty stop you from picking this one-of-a-kind illustrator and designer of all things cool, why not listen to these awesome unverifiable quotes:

“Dude, you should work for bands!” – Random poster online
“AWESOME WORK!!!!” – Metal fan at a concert
“You need to start working for bands! Seriously, quit bugging me!” – Devin Townsend

Yes, you, too, can have work done metal and punk gig poster master and legend Larry West! But don’t let the humble ego of this artist and these quote deter you, why not check out the work yourself!

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