Thursday, June 26, 2008

By the Rivers of Babylon...

This was a fun poster to work on. It was made quite frustrating by the lack of internet access, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. The theme is pretty self explanatory, and I doubt Matisyahu would want it any other way. Actually, the creative director at Promowest said he'd try to get some copies signed, so we'll get to see whether he likes it or not!

Anyone in the Ohio area this weekend should definitely make it out to ComFest. It's a giant community festival held in the Short North district of Columbus every summer. It's apparently quite the party and it's all for a good cause. You can read all about it here. I will be giving away free posters (and business cards) at the Promowest Tent on Park Street on Saturday and Sunday, between 2 and 6pm, so be sure to come by and say hello.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Evolution of a Poster

Not all of my ideas come out fully realized in the sketch stage. I went through a number of changes on this one, starting with a rough design culled from pieces of my Prairie Fire Tequila label. Slowly, it became bolder and blues-ier. I added elements of folk art portraiture and the distressed, chopped up aesthetic of modern rock posters. Jonny himself went from looking like Frankenstein's Monster to a normal human with a reasonably proportioned forehead. As you can see, the end result is a far cry from the first sketch I turned in. Old blues with a modern sensibility was my original vision, and I think I achieved that, but it took quite a few steps before I figured out how to get there.

Old News

Finally, after two weeks of calling Time Warner and Apple tech support, I am finally back online. Seems a power surge burned out both my ethernet port and my modem, despite Time Warner's repeated insistence that my connection "looked great from [their] end." So as a result, I've been out of the loop for a while now, and I've got quite a bit of posting to do to catch up.

The first piece of news to filter in once I finally got reconnected with the outside world was that television journalist Tim Russert had died. So as a tribute of sorts, I thought I would post a drawing I did of the bitter election rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I drew this near the end of last semester as a final project for my sophomore design class. I know it's pretty irrelevant news at this point, but I had been meaning to post this for a while. Better late than never, right?

The image is a parody of George Bellow's Stag at Sharkey's. That's Tim Russert playing the role of referee between the battling bureaucrats (or perhaps pugilistic politicians?). Surrounding the ring are the various prominent and scandal-ridden figures that have popped up during the whole media frenzy. A Pennsylvania coal miner and a gun lovin', mullet-sportin' redneck help to give a sense of setting to the scene.

I've got some more polished looking stuff coming up, I promise!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sketches of Ireland

Hello everyone! In case anyone reading this was not already aware of my vacation plans, I have just returned from 2 weeks in Ireland. Man, what a beautiful country. We saw rocky mountains, lush grasslands, babbling brooks running through green woods, and staggering cliffs dropping off into bright blue, near-tropical looking waters. Absolutely everything was so damn picturesque. Even the most charming little town in America cannot compare to the quaintness of the sleepy little Irish towns we passed through every day. Sheep and cows grazed on virtually every available patch of grass, often butting up right against the ruins of a medieval castle or pre-Christian stone fort. The Irish are so used to being surrounded by ancient history that they don't even pay attention to it. In fact, we visited one neolithic stone structure that had been used recently as a pen to house calves.

I could go on, but who really wants to hear a lengthy essay on my summer vacation? So to sum it up: Ireland is a magical wonderland, and Guinness does, in fact, taste better over there.

I'm finally back in Columbus now, and it's time to get posting again. Here are a few quick sketches I did while in Ireland. Included are sketches of the Rock of Cashel, Hore Abbey, the Burren area near Doolin, a few graveyards that looked straight out of Gothic literature, the town of Ballyna(?), and some studies I did while attending a cattle auction in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. These are 100% on-location sketches, so please excuse the hurried lines and inaccurate perspective.

I'll post more professional looking stuff as it develops.