Right after I finished the Soul Clap & Dance-Off 11th anniversary poster I immediately got to work on this one for the 7th annual SXSW Soul Clap & Dance-Off closing party. Woof! Some marathon studio time this past week. Miss Lavelle White gracing this new one and she'll be doing a live performance at the closing party. When I was wrapping this up I almost put some bats carrying off the records on this one but after I ate a whole bag of chips and thought about it, I decided to hold off. Maybe I should have but it's almost comical how many posters for the city of Austin, TX have bats on them. Also, for the fans out there, I hope you'll notice we chose the yellow and brown color scheme from the Duke Records labels.
The big 11th anniversary bash for Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance-Off is gearing up and it's gonna be a wild one. Tried to get a little extra crazy with this month's poster since the Sun Ra Arkestra is gonna be showing up as the big headliner for the night. James Chance and The Contortions, Ice Balloons and Ryan Sawyer are also gonna be tearing it up on the stage aaaaand Kid Congo Powers is guest djing. The big party kicks off at 8pm on March 17th at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. Tickets HERE!
Worked this one up a couple weeks ago in between my monthly Soul Clap poster project. I have this tendency to want to fill the entire image with detail and color so every now and then I try to restrain myself with illustrations like this one. I have this dream idea of the perfect illustrations that I want to make and I feel like this is somewhat closer to that idea. Not subject matter wise but, balancing tight and loose and positive and negative.
Here we go! Month number 2 of the Soul Clap & Dance-Off residency at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan Toubin got La Luz to headline this month so we decided on using another all-star, all-girl group for this month's poster: The Motown hitmakers, The Marvelettes. Really enjoying drawing all these people bustin' moves in the background and always love working up a good pink/green color combo.
I was moving my studio in the process of finishing up this illustration sooo, things got a little bootleg on the kitchen table. All worked out though in the end.
News flash! I'm teaching a portrait drawing course in September and there's a show opening next week to showcase all the talented professionals who will also be teaching at Touchstone Center For Crafts in Farmington, PA alongside me. You may remember these two from the glory days of "Bathhouse" and in case you didn't see them then, this is your second chance. They'll be chillin at the Saville Gallery from February 3rd-17th. Opening night is February 10th.
Here's a little sneak peek at the catalog my class is included in. For more info, hit the LINK
This has been waiting a few months for the reveal and now the time has come! The Midwest Wolfman and one of my favorite creative partners in crime, Trey Kirchoff, of Passengers Cafe fame, asked me if I'd create an illustration for a coffee mug he was working on as part of a bigger project to get people in Cleveland into their local coffee shops. Passengers Cafe, along with Duck-Rabbit Coffee,Rising Star, Phoenix Coffeeand Pour Clevelandare setting up a disloyalty program where, if you fill up your "disloyalty card" with a stamp from each of these coffee shops, you get a FREE mug! With my illustration on it! There's a limited run of 250 so get to it people. Once they are gone, THEY ARE GONE! Big thanks again to Trey Kirchoff for this fun gig.
Check out some of the more interesting moments from the creative process below.
Always tryin to draw those darn rats but those don't really exist in Cleveland. But, the western rat snake on the other hand....
The battle of the modern cowboys has been completed! This one went through a lot of revisions and idea adjustments over the 4 months I was working on it. It bounced all over the place from purely focusing on one subject such as masculinity, business, technology, advertising, appropriation, or nostalgia and I think it managed to nestle in somewhere among all those things in the end. Enjoy all the process pics below.