Here is a little something for you tonight...my pencils for a little piece I'll be contributing to a comic book theme at Ltd Gallery in about a month or so. Not sure if I'll have any prints made of this. If I do it may be really small-like 20 or so. But the original will be for sale. More later! C-Ya
I was quite thrilled to see in my inbox an invitation to join forces with Dark Hall Mansion. They've release some of the hottest limited edition silkscreened licensed posters out there. And when they asked me to take a stab at Peanuts I knew there was no saying no. I grew up on Peanuts, how could I not?!
The parameters from Dark Hall were simple. Follow the format that has been done for them before with a big hero image along with a small secondary image that captires that moment in time from the episode, other than that just do your thing. It was important to be respectful of the current Dark Hall Peanuts Collector and create something that felt like and or was complimentary to some of the other pieces they may already have hanging on their walls. Many concepts were turned in that would of taken this print into another direction (and that was where our nice little variant came from), but it was important to stay within the formula (big hero image, smaller group story image) that has been structurally working for Dark Hall (à la Whalen & DePippo). Sounds easy enough but it's still quite the challenge. When you have a very limited palette to work with, characters that need to read instantly on model for licensing and then make it all work in your own style within a beautiful layout...it becomes quite the labor of love.
Avialable next week at Dark Hall Mansion
A few months ago a custom business card company called Moo reached out to me and introduced themselves. I was quite flattered from their generosity, so I had a look at their website and spent a RIDICULOUS amount of time looking at all the options and pondering all the possibilities. Several things captured my attention but what I loved the most were these new cards they offer named Luxe cards. Luxe cards are special because of their extraordinarily thick nature and unique complimentary color stripe sandwiched in the middle. It's the perfect card for making a statement. --- I passed.
As much as I loved the Luxe card, I decided to go with the smaller mini card. Mostly because of the small nature of the card. I attend a lot of conventions and I carry a lot of cards on me, the mini's made more sense for me. I do plan on ordering a small batch of the Luxe cards for the occasional person that I want to use them on.
Let me say this...Moo doesn't mess around. Their website is intuitive and easy to use. The templates are completely amazing for all you non-designers out there and for those that want a completely custom card, well there's that too. What sold the deal for me was the ability to upload different art on the backs of every card.
Remember that part where I said Moo doesn't mess around? I uploaded my card art, and finished the order and literally 14 hours later I get a notification on my iPhone saying Moo has shipped my order. To top it off they were delivered 4 days earlier from what I was told during checkout. "Mind Blown"
These mini cards are pretty rad, not only do I love the their small nature but they feel incredibly sexy too. They have a soft matte finish on them, the easiest way I could compare them too would be how similar they are to the packaging Apple uses for their products or like any of the deluxe remastered U2 packaging if any of you have any of those boxed sets. Premium stuff. The printing on the cards are razor sharp too. My details look perfectly intact and the colors absolutely POP!
I could go on and on but you owe it to yourself to check them out and have a look. Visit Moo here.
THANK YOU MOO
So I went and saw the new James Bond movie today titled Skyfall. Seeing it today brought back a lot of fond memories from my early 20's for a lot of reasons. I have loved the James Bond franchise ever since my first introduction to it in the mid 90's with Goldeneye. I went and saw Goldeneye that day because my buddy Jack wanted to go see it and I had nothing better to do at the time. We were roommates then and went to a lot of movies together. I still haven't forgiven him for dragging me to go see Battlefield Earth. If I remember correctly we hauled it all the way to this dysfunctional theater in this massive yet strangely empty mall named Forrest Fair. This theatre had this really cool hallway with these blue neon bulbs and if you ran down the hall it looked like a retarded jump to hyperspace. I was vaguely familiar with what James Bond was about - lets just say I walked in to Goldeneye mildly skeptical and walked out a massive fan. Coincidently, my favorite band U2 or well at least half of U2 wrote the theme song to the opening credits and at around that same time I picked up the Goldeneye Nintendo 64 game which of course everyone had and was wildly successful. All of these things happened all at once, it was an assault from all sides...I was bitten...I was hooked for life.
That one singular game is by far responsible for more hours spent than pretty much anything else I have ever done. I cant even fathom how many hours were spent playing that game. That game NEVER got old and was at the time the best that video games had to offer and was the first time any one had experienced a true multiplayer shooter. My roommates and I lived in a double in the heart of the Oregon District in Dayton. Within two blocks of the hottest bars in town, it was about the best place for three young guys with no responsibilities to live. There were uncountable nights of stumbling home at 2 AM just to go home and play Bond Multiplayer against each other, and sometimes even people we just met stopped by to play a few. The amount of laughs and shared cursing was ridiculous. And looking back it's amazing that we never needed to replace any of the controllers because there were many that were chucked. We played one shot - one kill, no health. We were deadly, we all had our favorite levels and guns (Mine being Proximity Mines) and we knew EVERY map like the back of our hand. We easily could of competed in a high stakes tournament and won. It was serious. We had this house rule that was you can't shoot an unarmed man after he spawned and violations of that alone almost brought us to a few fistfights. Cooler heads prevailed though and fun was had by all. Good times indeed. Believe it or not we even translated Bond multiplayer into a outdoor rollerhockey version where we beat the shit out each other with these hockeyballs that left these welts all over us. We would literally fall over from laughter.I'd love to go back and do it all again just one more time.
I know only a few even bothered to read this but I just want to say what James Bond meant to me and I have two beloved idiots to thank for all of it. In closing I just want to say to Jack Ross & Zack Olds that you guys sucked and I was the best Bond player in the house, possibly ever.
Go see Skyfall, it's quite fantastic on many levels you will not be disappointed. The story is excellent, the villain's story is believable yet over the top yet fun just like you want. The locals are exotic with beautiful cinematography. But more importantly, Bond kicks more ass than ever and the ending sets the stage for a wonderful series of new films. I for one can't be more excited to be a 007 Fan.
First in a series of AMC themed pieces. This painting reflects the black and white of the Walking Dead comics. A color version will follow soon. This Painting was created for LTD Gallery's POP Show taking place on Nov 8th