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.