Alphonse Mucha goes to Fallout

Poster for WUML's Fallout Shelter 2013-2014 schedule

Poster for WUML’s Fallout Shelter 2013-2014 schedule

so I took Alphonse Mucha’s Job cigarette poster, which is one of my favorite art nouveau pieces, and altered, redrew, and painted it for Live From the Fallout Shelter’s schedule. YAY I think it came out pretty decent, despite the sloppy border I did.


New project in the works, should be posting it by the end of next week. It’ll be nifty or something.

Crying Kid Eating Predatorial Animals: The How-To post

Okay, so I did this with the Hetfield album cover and I did this for the Furey’s show screen printed flyer and I kind of did it for the Brainfest flyer too…

so here I’ll go into detail about how I did the Weak Teeth album art (not sure what their plans are for releasing it at this point).

Okay, so as with all the stuff, basic layout started in Photoshop from cut up stock images. It was essentially a long kind of dull process finding the right images, cutting them out, placing them on the background, etc. etc. and I won’t really go into detail about that since it’s just the skeleton of the whole thing. Suffice it to say, that after several hours of mundane photoshoppery, I had this image at 16×16:


AHHHH But damn, that’s a lot to draw and paint. And the concept is that the front cover has the kid being the prey, but then on the back he’s shown having eaten all of his attackers:


So, that’s two fully painted and inked 16×16 drawings? AH! But I’m a super genius at being lazy. So what I actually printed to work from were these things:

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The tree stump is in the lower right of each of them so that when all was done, I could use the stump as the anchor and rotate the scans until they fit just right. So then came the drawing. The idea is that I’d only have to draw the background once and I could just pop the different foregrounds over it, so instead of two 16×16 painted illustrations, it really added up to a 16×16, a 14×12, and an 8×10. The background of the forest and all that was the largest (and least interesting) to do, so only doing it once kind of ruled.

Hours upon hours of making little scratches on paper. Here are photos, pretend this took you a month.

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Okay, so drawing is complete. Went through a couple pens on this.

Now to paint. What I did for that, which is different from the Hetfield process, was actually scan the drawings and print those out with registration marks in the corners. For Hetfield, I trace-painted using the photoshop printout I had used to draw from. Here, remembering that scanning the large drawing in chunks and piecing it together resulted in parts of the drawing being slightly off from the original, I opted to paint using the final drawn piece as the basis. This led to a much closer match when I placed the ink layer on top of the color.

So here’s how that worked out. Remember, I did the background, front cover foreground, and back cover foreground all separate.

BG_COLOR FRONT_2 BACK_2Not super impressive, I know. But check this out:


then the back cover foreground:


then the background for both:


The color is there purely to get…well, a color. All the depth and shading comes from the inks. With the Hetfield album cover, I was aiming for a more surreal painterly look. Here, I was going for a coloring book vibe, or even old comics where the color was flat.

So the guys in the band told me a lot of the themes they’d been exploring lyrically were related to people telling you to grow up and be an adult and all that. And the album title is “So You’ve Ruined Your Life” which I took as an authority figure looking at you as a totally devoted punk rocker down on your luck saying “well that’s what you get for being so childish, what else could you possibly expect?” So to really get nerdy medium-is-the-message about it, with the message being, to me at least, about being empowered by the thing you love that everybody else says is immature…I used a cheap children’s watercolor set and some really old German kid’s crayons for the whole thing. There’s not one drop of a “professional” art supply on the color layer.

So yeah, those three parts were scanned and pieced together and then this was the end result:


Continuing with the theme of being told this sort of “obviously you were going to fail, you don’t understand the world and you need to grow up” thing…the kid wins and was using himself as bait. I like that. The back cover, to me at least, is one big bloody “O RLY?!” punchline.

And that’s that. Hurrah.

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Tom had a tumor. Not a bad one, but you generally try to get those out of your brain ASAP anyway. So he did.

Tom runs the Ant Cellar. He puts on awesome shows for free and gives the donations to the touring bands. Tom could use some help with the tumor money, so he’s throwing an awesome show at the Worthen, which is an awesome dive bar in Lowell. So here’s how I made a flier for it.

Well, first I did the layout in photoshop, which is boring. So then I did a pencil outline of the printout after. It looked like this:


Then I did a little watercolor stuff over the pencil and erased the pencil when it dried. It looked like this:


Then I inked it. That was this:


Slight color correction after scanning and then adding text, and boom final product:

BrainFestWebIf you’re going to be in Lowell around then, you should go. It’ll be fun. Two metal bands, a punk band, a loud indie band, and some fun surf rock. Five bucks, five bands, free parking, cheap beer, help a fella pay a bill or two?

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Starting a quick project here

My buddy Tom’s brain had some extra stuff in it. They took out the extra stuff and he’s fine but it’s expensive to trim the brain of excess brain, so he’s putting together a sick show to help pay the bills. I’ma do the flier. Should be done by Wednesday. It’s got Tom on it. (Tom’s a good dude who does nice things for local bands and local music fans, so he deserves a nice show and some brainmoney.)



Made a birthday card for a coworker. First try with watercolor first and ink on top. I think it worked out pretty okay!

The highest honor a punk rock illustrator can achieve…

Just want to say I’m humbled real quick here. If anybody remembers the album art for Hetfield and Hetfield’s Tidal Wave Dreams (which is one of the best catchiest techy melodic punk/prog things you’re gonna hear, not to mention stellar super professional production) that I did, you know, the big bird guy in the ocean that I did the how-to article on last year?

Well, Casey from the band got that artwork tattooed on him. Never thought anything I did would be on anybody’s body forever, so…I mean…wow, that’s awesome.


And THAT, my friends, is success.

On a roll today

And here’s the ink for the back cover too, since I just finished that up.

Weak Teeth album cover progress

So it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to actually work on this one, but the ink for the front cover is finally done. So here that is:

Weak Teeth front cover line art

Yay, now all I have left to do is…a ton, but it’ll be good.

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