Monday, November 30, 2009

I Heart Columbus

I HEART/HATE COLUMBUS OPENS TONIGHT!! Come out to Hal & Al's on Parsons to check out this and other works celebrating our beloved(or hated) hometown. The show starts at 7pm. Alongside the original works, limited edition prints will be selling for $20 a piece. Get some!

(Eeesh, blogger lightened up this image to a ridiculous degree. The original is MUCH nicer! Perhaps you should come out and see for yourself...)

Saturday, November 28, 2009


"All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl."
Jean-Luc Godard

I open with that quote for two reasons,

1) It sounds totally cool.

2) It sort of relates to the thought process behind this piece.

My first instinct was to put "OK Go" in a speech bubble. It just sounded like the kind of thing someone could shout. I also wanted it to look hip and fashionable. After a few sketches I settled on the idea of 2 girls in the middle of a heist. Perhaps it's an odd exclamation given the context, but I've been trying to embrace a bit of surrealism in my posters. I then looked to old French New Wave cinema posters and clips to really get down that retro-cool I love so well. Hopefully the whole thing succeeds as a cross between a 60's movie poster and a comic book-- a look I've been trying to pin down for some time now. I'm not what sure direction my style will ultimately take in the future, but for now, I feel I may be onto something exciting...

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Black Dahlia Murder

I chose to do a metal band this time around, because I wanted to play with ridiculously indulgent metal imagery; gothic crying angels, gore, viscera, medieval weaponry, etc. As I started doing research though, I found that I couldn't really exaggerate that stuff any further than what was already being done. The joke would be totally lost, and my sly, ironically detached pastiche would come off as a sincere piece of fanboy art. Not cool.

So I decided to go the other direction, and illustrate some Satanic imagery in a decidedly more laid back style. The dapper goat-headed fellow is Baphomet, a pagan diety and important figure in crackpot conspiracy circles. I've included his picture for reference, and you can read all about him here.

And I'm finally caught up with my postings. More posters underway, however, so check back soon!

The Breeders... Finally.

God, I've been sitting on this poster for months! Something about it just never felt done, but for all of my sitting and staring at it, I just can't figure out what. That is why I'm forcing myself to accept it as is, and posting it as a complete and final piece. Perfectionism can be very dangerous to the creative process, and in the case of this poster, it had shut me down completely.

As for the subject of this poster, I wanted to play off the Latin influence in Kim Deal's music, so I went with a punk rock/spaghetti western theme. I thought it was a cool idea, and it's one I'd like to return to in some form.

Now that this monkey is finally off my back, I can resume posting these posters with some semblance of timeliness. As proof, watch me post this next one.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Dinosaur Jr.

Longtime readers (i.e. my parents) have no doubt noticed my poster concepts usually take some element of a band's history, style, or trivia, and play on it in (hopefully) clever ways. Well this one is a bit of a departure from that strategy in that I wanted to pursue some more abstract, less-literal subject matter. All of the big names do it, so I thought I'd give it a shot too.

I have always had a fondness for monsters, folk myths, and cryptozoology, but thus far, I've only expressed that in art a couple times. In the brainstorming process I began playing with Silly Symphonies-style, impromptu-woodland-jamboree imagery, and this was the resulting experiment. More of a detour than a new direction, probably, but fun nonetheless.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monster Mash

Here's a poster for the Charm City Roller Girls. That's Baltimore, Maryland, for those of who unfamiliar with the nickname. Monster Prom was the subject given to me on this one, but coincidentally, I had already begun sketching out ideas for a "Universal Monsters" theme when I received this info. That's what I really like about working with Roller Derby Leagues--our shared appreciation for retro camp!

This was a definitely a fun assignment, but man, I've never had so much type to fit into a poster before. I kinda like the crowded type, though. It adds to the whole pulp flavor of the piece.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


After much tweaking, indecision, and nit-pickery, I have decided to finally upload this poster. I was given a 48 hour turn around on this one, but thankfully I was also given a suggested theme: the singer (American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry), surrounded by adoring fans. I made a conscious effort to keep this one in a strong monochromatic color palette, and I think it paid off. It's an approach I plan on using again in the future, so watch out!

-New poster on the way soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Doobie Brothers

I've been sitting on this one for a while now. It wasn't quite finished, and before I could go back to it I moved ahead on other projects. I finished it up today though, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. My inspiration for the piece came from the Doobie's origin as a biker band. I also threw some nautical themed tattoo flash on the wall, as a reference to J. D. Ryznar and Hunter D. Stair's hilarious Yacht Rock shorts.

Friday, August 7, 2009

More Posters on the Way

Nitpicky perfectionism has delayed the posting of my two latest posters, but rest assured, they will be up shortly. I've got another 2 posters in the pipeline as well, so look for those towards the end of August. Whew, it's been a productive summer!

To see my posters in their not-quite-finished state, check out my posts on It's a joint blog showcasing many of CCAD's top illustration talents. Oh, and me... I post there too.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ohio Roller Girls

Woo! My first ever t-shirt design! I had wanted to design something for the Ohio Roller Girls for a while now, but I never had the time to pursue anything with so much schoolwork hanging over my head. I finally got up the nerve however, and I sent them my portfolio. They told me they were looking to add a new shirt design to sell at games, so I quickly jumped at the chance.

Turns out drawing dynamic roller skaters is tougher than it looks. Here are just a few of the many false starts and sketches I came up with.

P.S. There's a new poster on the way, and I'll post pictures of the shirt when I get the chance.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted...

I am currently out of town, and will be for another week. I have new things to post however, and will do so as soon as I get back. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


What imagery comes to mind when you think of the band Heart? If you're like me, absolutely nothing comes to mind. Except maybe hairspray and shoulder pads. I was at a total loss for a couple days, when I finally settled on a Queen of Hearts motif. I'm still pretty happy with it, despite the incredibly short turn around time I was given on this one.

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat, the holy grail of poster assignments. I suppose I could've gone a bit more abstract with this one, but I thought it might be fun to throw my hat in the ring with some classic gig poster imagery. So here's lowbrow art's ubiquitous devil girl, pulling the strings at the real Church of Rock and Roll. Bon Jovi, eat your heart out.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Some of you (i.e. friends and family) may have already heard, but I was recently sent a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros., claiming my Yeah Yeah Yeahs poster violated their exclusive rights to the characters from Where the Wild Things Are. It's a shame, but copyrights are serious business, and I can certainly respect that. While it's a bit disappointing to have to remove a piece of art that I put a lot of thought and effort into, it is also flattering to know that my work has a far enough reach to alert concerned parties at one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world.

So, to Maurice Sendak, or any Warner execs who may be reading this: I have taken the poster down, I hope there are no hard feelings, and thank you for checking out my blog.

To everyone who picked up a free copy of my poster at the Hell City Tattoo Festival, congratulations, you are now the proud owners of a very limited edition print.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Scooters! Zip-a-Tone! Limited Color! Oh, My!

Every semester, I probably only posted about 1/10th the projects I actually did on this blog. Many times I would simply get too close to a project, and all I could see were mistakes. Dozens of pretty okay pieces are just sitting on my desktop because of this, and many will continue to never see the light of day.

Upon review however, a few of these pieces, while perhaps not my greatest work, are definitely not as bad as I remember them. These beer labels I made for Professional Practice class are an example of that. I had wanted to explore themes and imagery that I planned to incorporate further into my style, but other projects managed to creep up on me, and I ended up rushing through all three in only a couple days. I was initially quite frustrated that I didn't make the definitive portfolio piece with these ones, but now I see that they do actually accomplish some of what I set out to do. They could probably use a few more hours to really tighten up, but I've got posters to finish, so I'll accept these as is.

Besides, beer labels are only 3x5" anyway. How much detail do they really need?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Buy My Book!

So here it is, the Jeff Lance Illustration Portfolio for 2009! I printed it through Lulu, and I must say I am pretty impressed with the results. I figure this is a nice way to show my work in a polished manner, and avoid the whole boring black-binder-with-plastic-sleeves thing (so passe...).

If anyone would like to be in possession of a fine art book such as this, they are on sale at the bookstore. As I flesh out my portfolio, I plan to add bigger and more comprehensive books to the library. So watch for that in the future.

Until then, in the words of the immortal Jay Sherman: Buy My Book! Buy My Book! Buy my Book!

Art of Illustration Photos

It's been a while, but here are a few photos from the Art of Illustration show. These prints are currently hanging in the Canzani building at CCAD for their big end-of-the-year show. It opens tomorrow night, and it already looks to be very impressive. Anyone in the Columbus area should stop by at some point before the fall and check it out.

It's hard to believe, but school is finally done. The feeling has definitely not sunk in yet. I've enjoyed an amazing three years here at CCAD, and I would recommend it highly to anyone with a passion for art and a dogged work ethic. It's been a pleasure to work alongside the many talented students and faculty here. (You've all been a tremendous inspiration, and I plan on keeping in touch with all of you.)

I am currently enjoying a brief respite from the mad, end-of-semester rush, but I'll soon be putting both feet to the pavement looking for work. Got to keep those rent checks flowing...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Holy Crap!

Two days left until graduation. Then... the real world!

I will post work soon. In the meantime, if anyone would like to join me for some serious end-of-college celebrations on Friday, drop me a line. I've got some serious living to do!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Agh! One Week Left!!

It is amazing how quickly this semester has flown by. It's all over after the 8th, but it's gonna be hell until then. Still, I've been feeling pretty guilty about my complete negligence in updating this thing, so here are some quick images and news briefs until I can sit down and properly collect my thoughts.

• is finally online. While this blog will continue to be my primary source for communication, the site features a pretty nifty gallery of finished artwork, full contact information, and ultimately, a store where I can sell prints, paintings, swag, and anything else I may be able to wring a buck out of. Check it out here.

• I'm currently in the process of putting together mailers, portfolios, resumes, and everything else I'm gonna need to step out into the real world. Above is an example of the promotional mailer I will be sending out shortly. In related news, I thought I'd jump on board the self-publishing bandwagon and get my portfolio printed up at I'm quite pleased with the results. I'll post some pictures as soon as I get the chance. In the meantime, click on the link to check it out at their bookstore. I assure you, it looks a lot better than the offensively low-res preview.

• Thank you to everyone who came out to the student art sale last weekend. It was a pleasantly successful weekend, and as a result, I am almost sold out of Tickle My Elmo silkscreened prints. If anyone out there would still like to get a hold of one, send me an e-mail. Hurry, supplies are limited!

• A Surfer on Acid is a cocktail made of Jagermeister, coconut rum, and pineapple juice. The illustration above is my own, very literal interpretation. Consider it a companion piece to my Surf Seagulls illustration, Dark Star Orchestra poster, and Prairie Fire tequila label.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Art of Illustration

I should have posted this news earlier, but the Art of Illustration show at CCAD is opening tomorrow night. There's a reception starting at 6:30PM, so everyone in the Columbus area come on out for free food and sweet artwork. Sorry for my lax posting, I'll put something up soon, I swear!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Street Dogs

For the uninitiated, the Street Dogs is the current band of the original singer of the Dropkick Murphys. Now, I loved the shit out of that first album in high school, so I was pretty excited to do a poster for this new group. In fact, it was probably because of my fond memories of being a nerdy scene kid that I decided not to go my usual conceptual route with visual puns and silly references, and instead tried to create an iconic image that would appeal to the fans of the genre. No real cleverness this time around, but hopefully it's still cool just the same.

It's hard to see, but the map in the background is of Boston, a requisite reference for a band that spends so much time time singing about the city. I've got a few friends in various stages of moving to Boston, so I would like to formally dedicate this post to them.

Jordan, Liz, and Sara: enjoy the city, and I'll see you all soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dark Star Orchestra

Being the hardcore punk rocker that I am, I had a hard time coming up with a theme for a Grateful Dead cover band. I wanted to avoid the whole feel-good, mushrooms-and-wizards imagery you tend to see on jam band posters, as well as the whole tie-dye and granola stereotype that you see everywhere. There is a lot of interesting imagery from the hippie culture, but you've got to sift through a ton of neutered, family-friendly crap to find it.

I found my inspiration from the Manson family and the drug exploitation paperbacks of the era. By poking fun at the moral panic surrounding hippies at the time, I felt I could give the poster a much needed edginess, while at the same time gently mocking the hippie culture in general. It's probably not what Dark Star Orchestra had in mind for a poster, but I hope they get the joke.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Surfin' Bird

This one was a senior illustration assignment. Everyone in the class picked a letter, then got assigned 4 words that begin with that letter to incorporate into a composition of our own design. My words were Sushi, Seagull, Spider, and Surfboard. Turning them all into a Saturday morning cartoon seemed like the obvious choice. Doesn't it?

My first few thumbnails had pretty generic looking seagulls, and a very bland color palette with blue skies, green mountains, and cream colored sand. Very boring. I decided I needed to make this a far more badass kids' cartoon, one filled with low brow art, California surf culture, and references to 1960's German monster movies. The Surf Seagulls were born!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Damn Hippies!

More work to come soon. Until then, here are some freaked out hippies for your amusement.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Girl Talk

Ah, mash-ups, truly the Frankenstein's monster of the music world...

I had actually never heard of Girl Talk until I agreed to do the poster, but once I learned who he was, the concept (suggested to me by my brother) was so obvious I couldn't pass it up. And with school not for another week and half away, I had plenty of time to devote to this one. Bigger scenes like this are fun because of all the little details you can put into background characters and elements, stuff that really helps enhance the concept and keeps the viewer looking at the poster. It's something I always aspire to do, but short deadlines often have a habit of getting in the way.

I've got one more poster to do before school starts. It's gonna be sweet.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hooray Beer!

Months ago my good friend Jordan Sly asked me to design a label for a beer he had been brewing (check out his blog here!) I was very excited to do it, but unfortunately it fell on the back burner as school projects overtook my life. Christmas break has given me some time to catch up on this and all of the other projects I've been putting off, however, so I should be updating soon with some of my latest work.

I really dig the history theme Jordan has gone with for his brewery, and it was fun to make my contribution by turning Czar Nicholas I into a smiling beer shill. I'm not sure that's what he had in mind when he picked the name, but I thought the idea was pretty funny and irreverent. I also tried to keep things simple so it would reproduce nicely at a small size. I hope they turn out!

Despite my appropriation of their catchy slogan, this post in no way endorses Red Stripe beer. In fact, I think it tastes like skunky urine.