Monday, November 29, 2010

Hub City Stompers Shirt

The Hub City Stompers asked me to turn my poster into a 3 color shirt. Here's how it turned out...

I can't wait to see how they look!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Time Out New York Illustration

I recently had the privilege to illustrate the most informative and relevant article any of us will read all year. I speak, of course, of Time Out New York's guide to the Best By-The-Hour Hotels! If you've ever needed a few discrete hours away from prying eyes, and the harsh, judgmental rays of the afternoon sun, this list covers all the essential information. So what better way to sell this invaluable resource than a picture of two people going at it on a vibrating, heart-shaped bed?

Seriously though, this was an awesome assignment, and I really hope to get more of these Sex and Dating columns in the future!

Hauntingdon Flyer

Here's a quick postcard I did for my neighborhood's Halloween block party. This was my first opportunity to really meet the neighbors, so I definitely had to make it cool. I wanted to do something kid friendly, but not too watered-down and boring. I've also been getting a lot of practice drawing cars at work, so a Groovy Goolies Saturday-morning-cartoon style seemed like a really fun thing to try out. I'd love to spend a few more hours really making something awesome with this drawing, but alas, time was really of the essence with this one.

The event is a family friendly affair, so if you've got kids, and you don't think they're old enough for Fell's Point yet, there's some good trick-or-treating to be had in Remington!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Empire State Show

Here are a few shots from the show. It's up through November, so anyone in the Long Island area should drop by, get inked up, and maybe buy a print or two!

I'll have new work to add very soon!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Poster Show

Hey Everyone,

I'm gonna be putting some work in a poster show at Empire State Tattoo Studio in Long Island, NY. The opening reception is October 9th, and it should be a really fun time. Be sure to come out and say hi if you're in the area!

*Poster courtesy of the talented, and ever-industrious Stephen "Pheck" Ritsua!

Work Dump

For a change of pace, here are just a few of the projects that I've worked on during my day job at ASAP Screenprinting.

*Note: I don't own any of these works. All rights for these images belong to their respective owners. I just drew 'em.

Email Difficulties

Somehow, during the transfer to the new site, my e-mail "" got lost in the shuffle. If you've been trying to reach me for the last couple weeks, try again with the address: Thanks for your patience, the issue should be resolved very soon.

* Edit: Everything should be fixed now. Why don't you drop me a line, just to be sure?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Change is in the Air

Wow, It's been a while since my last update! I've got a few new posts on the slab however, so please bear with me for a moment. This hasn't been the most active year for my blog, I know, but it certainly hasn't been for lack of activity in my offline life. Normally I try to spare you all the mundane details of my personal life, but a lot really has changed over the last year. So, for anyone interested, I thought I'd catch you all up on the goings-on in the wild world of Jeff Lance Illustration...

New Town
Over the last 11 months, I've actually moved twice. First from Columbus, Ohio back to my hometown of Damascus, Maryland; and then from Damascus to the city of Baltimore. It's been hectic ordeal--packing, unpacking, packing, and unpacking again, but I'm finally starting to feel established in my new place, and I look forward to re-involving myself in the whole Maryland scene.

New Jobs
Since the spring, I have been working full time as an illustrator and graphic designer for a t-shirt screen printing company in Glen Burnie. It's a pretty sweet gig, really. My coworkers are a lot of fun, I get to draw all day working on a wide variety of interesting projects, and I'm learning all sorts of new skills regarding screen printing and apparel design.

I've also started teaching continuing education Photoshop and Illustrator classes at my old community college, which is both an exciting and challenging experience.

And I'm still freelancing, of course. It's been a successful year on that front as well, and I'm now making a big push to get my name out, reconnect with old contacts, and take on more projects.

New Website
Perhaps most pertinent to the online community, I've finally updated my official website! I've switched over to an easier-to-use format, so updating will be instantaneous and pain free from now on (a big thanks to my friend David Schooley for his patience and remarkable programming ability.) Check out the latest work here, or access the site from the sidebar on the right.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dr. Sketchy's Part 2

Here's another round of pin up sketches from Dr. Sketchy's. The 10 min. sketch on the left is from one of the drawing contests, where we had to draw in the style of a famous Spanish painter. Fun stuff!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Impossible Hair

My very first tour poster! (As opposed to all the single date gig posters I usually do.) I had total artist block when starting this project. After watching their totally awesome 8-bit inspired music video however, I knew I had to do something with that.

Dr. Sketchys

For the past few months, I've been attending Dr. Sketchy's burlesque-modeling sessions at the Wind-Up Space in Baltimore. They're soo much fun, even for someone who already spends a large part of the day drawing. If you're a fan of drinking and drawing sexy ladies, I really can't recommend it enough.

Whenever I do figure drawing, my favorite poses are the quick 1, 2, and 5 min. sessions. They're really good exercise in understanding movement, balance, and gravity, which in my opinion, is far more important than the tiny anatomical details you could glean from a photograph. Even when they do longer poses, I'll sometimes get up and move around a few times, just to get a fresh perspective on things. So most of these are 1 -5 min. poses, with a longer 20 min. thrown in just for laughs. I'll try and post more Dr. Sketchy's drawings in the future, but the drawback to quick poses is they may not be all that interesting to look at. Perhaps I should let you guys be the judge of that...

(As part of their program, they do drawing contests, usually incorporating a theme into a pose. It was Pac-Man's birthday a few weeks ago, hence the Ms. Pac-Man pin up.)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hub City Stompers

It's been a long time since I posted any sketches, so today I thought it would be fun to post a couple thumbnails and line art, in addition to the finished poster. I always like it when artists post shots of their creative process, and I'll remember to do more of the same for future posts.

The premise of this one is pretty straightforward. In keeping with the show's strong lineup of very traditionalist ska and reggae bands, I wanted to make an iconic image that would touch on all the faces of ska music history. And, considering ska and reggae's strong historic connections to Jamaican gang culture, it made perfect sense to adapt that to my other, oft-indulged love: old B-movie poster design.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Black Dahlia Murder Part 2

This is my second poster for The Black Dahlia Murder. The concept for this one has a vague narrative and internal logic that kind of makes sense in my head, but I'm unable to properly articulate it. I actually kind of prefer it that way though. It gets tiring always over-explaining my jokes like I do. So take away from it what you will this time. Less talk, more rock.


Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

I had so much fun drawing the background image I just had to post it separately. I've been trying to channel the energetic quality of my sketches into my final work for a long time now, and I'm pretty happy with the technique I came up with to capture that. I hope to build on it in the future, but here's what I've got so far: I stopped myself early to avoid overworking the pencils, took the most chewed up brush I could find, and just went to town with sketchy abandon. It was a welcome change of pace from my usual fussy perfectionism, and certainly a learning experience. Now I just need to come up with more concepts I can apply it to.

Also, Black Joe Lewis rules. Check him out if you like fun.

Ruder Than You

I was going to start in with a giant screed about the sorry state of graphic design in the ska scene today, but the more I wrote, the more embarrassing and misguidedly self-important it sounded. So I'll narrow it down to a few quick rules:

1. Keep the checkerboards to a minimum. A little accenting is fine here and there, but row, after row, after row of the stuff? Really fucking ugly.

2. Likewise trumpets and clipart dancing guys. Unless you're gonna class it up and go all vintage with it, are they really necessary? We know there's gonna be dancing. Maybe even a little trumpet action. Might as well go the full nine yards and slap a treble clef on there. Cuz, ya know, there's gonna be music.

3. Anime characters. What's up with that?

I know pleas for originality sound kinda hypocritical coming from a guy who just made a poster featuring scooters, rude boys, and skinhead girls, but I guess my point is, aesthetics count. I've been a ska fan for long time, and I'd really like to see designers step up and give the scene some much needed dignity.

I'd still like to go back and put a few more hours into this piece, but I've got a pretty full plate at the moment, and it's time to move onto new projects. See you soon!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Here's another illustration for TimeOut New York. I tried to keep things pretty simple so it would still look good at spot illustration size. It was a 2-day turn around, but overall I'm pretty pleased with the results. This was for an article about bizarre New York marriage proposals, and one of the stories was of a man proposing in a bear costume. Bizarre indeed! I really appreciate these fun and quirky subjects. I hope I do more in the future.

The bear face still makes me laugh.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jane Austen vs. Kraken

Wow, it's been a hectic few months. Packing, moving, unpacking, settling, etc., but I'm back up and running now, and have been quite busy the last few weeks with various projects. This first piece is an illustration for an article in TimeOut New York, a weekly NYC entertainment magazine. You can check them out here. They wanted a picture of Jane Austen fighting a sea monster, for a feature about the recent Jane Austen Monster mashup books that are currently flooding the market.

It was awesome to get such a quirky assignment out of the blue, and I certainly look forward to working with them in the future.