I think this one speaks for itself.
My mom actually gave me the idea for the piece. Big Bang Theory is one of her favorite shows so I asked her what she’d like to see me make. She thought it would be cool to see Howard in a space suit that looked like one of his retro outfits with the big belt buckle and all.
I wanted to try working with a more limited color palette. I tend to make pieces in full color but I thought this piece would have more impact with just a few bold colors.
One of my favorite parts of the piece is the star necklace Howard got for his then fiancé, Bernadette. Before letting her keep it, he wanted to take it with him to the International Space Station so she could “have a star that was actually in space.” I positioned the necklace so that the star overlaps Pasadena on the globe, back where his love is waiting for him to return home.
Last year I realized that drawing a monster a day each day of October would be a splendid idea. Too bad I realized this near the end of the month. So I set a reminder to do it this year.
That said here is my first official Monster A Day (or Halloween appropriate illustration), “Frank In Stein”. Not sure if he is very tiny assemblage of human body parts, or that is one humongous beer stein.
The whole pieces was a bit of an experiment. Not quite my usual style. I think I got a little too lost in painty texture, and probably should have spent a good deal more time sketching.
Perhaps I should call this project Monster A Night since I’m posting so late…
In case you don’t follow me on every social network in the universe here are some sketches I posted to Instagram in the past month.
Just want to show off the prints of the Super Sonic Bros. piece. I got them screen printed by Gowanus Print Lab over in Gowanus area of Brooklyn. They did a great job and really made the print work just the way I wanted it. For instance, I wasn’t sure how well the blue and yellow would mix to create green. In my original file they looked kinda muddy, but it really came out bright in the prints.
P.S. These are now for sale online at the Bottleneck Gallery site.
My illustrations for Kelton Sears’ Seattle Weekly article on the legendary record label, Sub Pop Records, and how it personally effected fans of the music.
What’s this? Its my latest piece, Super Sonic Bros. screen print, a mash-up of everyone’s favorite classic video game heroes.
I made this for Bottleneck Gallery’sgroup show “Where is My Mind” featuring pop-culture inspired psychedelic art.
The show opens Friday, July 12th at 7pm and runs to Friday, July 26th.
Online sale begins on Saturday July, 14 at noon EST. (will post a link when it’s available)
60 Broadway | Brooklyn, New York 11249
Again, I used Manga Studio 5 to create the final artwork. The options on the layers panel make it super easy to design art for spot color screen printing. (Warning lots of printer jargon for the rest of this paragraph). You can convert any layer (or even group of layers!) to halftone dots with a single click. And unlike with Photoshop it’s a non permanent filter with a live preview so I can draw and shade while a layer is in halftone mode and see changes in real-time. In Photoshop it takes a few more step and I have to repeat them ever time you make a change. However, I ended up using that feature more as preview of how the dots will probably look and how the colors will mix etc. The print shop I went with rips their own halftones when they make screens. Although, it’s nice to know that I could do it myself in seconds if I needed to, and that i can switch it of when I don’t.
I also tried to take screenshots of the piece as worked on it. Below is a gallery of some of the steps I captured.