Friday, February 22, 2013

Giveaway Contest! Business Cards from Moo.com


JAMES - Hi everyone - got a fun one for you! I got some new postcards printed up recently (all orders that shipped out this week will have these inserted in the tube) through this company Moo.com. Very cool people. So cool, in fact, that they offered free business card printing for 3 of my followers! Pretty sweet. Read below for the contest details.

The postcards I got look really good - solid, sharp printing, and nice quality paper, two things that I'm a stickler for. And as you can see from the photo below, the packaging is pretty awesome too. I would totally recommend these guys if you're looking to get some high-quality business cards, postcards, stickers, etc. 


So, for the giveaway: the first 3 people to email me (contact@jamesflames.com) a photo of their favorite looking business card will each win a coupon code that will get you 50 classic business cards (a $20 value) printed up  for free. How about that?! 

And one of the cool things about these folks is that if you order, say, 50 business cards, you don't have to use only one image for all the cards. You could literally make 50 different card designs, no extra charge. I dig that for sure.

Hurry and send those emails! As always, thanks for reading, and big thanks to Moo.com for the offer!! Please do check them out.

Happy weekend!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pygmalion and Galatea

TOM - Wow, so it's been a super long time since I've posted here! Although I might not always get around to posting on this blog, I am always making new work and posting almost daily on my Facebook Page, my Twitter page, and you can also check me out on Instagram now too at: thomaspitilli

Before the year closes out, I would like to add a new personal piece I made. It's an illustration I made based on the tale of  Pygmalion and Galatea. As the tale goes, Pygmalion falls deeply in love with the sculpture he created, wishing that he could find a wife as beautiful as she. The goddess Venus then grants him this wish by bringing the sculpture to life. The first time I became familiar with this tale was when I saw a painting inspired by it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art years ago (see below). Ever since, it has been my favorite painting in the museum. Many artists have tackled this particular story over the years, Jean-Leon Gerome's is by far my favorite. This is my inspired interpretation of the tale, hope you enjoy. Also, look out for prints of this piece in the near future! Thanks so much for checking in and Happy Holiday's! 




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Brouwerij West "Mor Mor" Beer Label



JAMES - My latest beer label for Brouwerij West is for their "Mor Mor" variety, which is a Quad brew. I couldn't be more proud of all my work with Brouwrij West, and this one in particular - they do things the right way, with so much care and expertise put into every batch. These bottles are now available at Whole Foods and fine shops all over the Southern California area, and I hear they may be coming to Chicago and the East Coast very soon (fingers crossed!).

So I wanted to show a quick peek into my process for the artwork, since it's utilizing some new techniques I've been working on - namely, building little paper models, lighting them and photographing them, then illustrating into them. 

First, here's the sketch I started with, as usual.


Then it was time to cut a bunch of itty-bitty pieces of paper for all those blade of grass. I don't have any photos of this part, but trust me, it was messy and it took forever. Once I composed the scene the way I wanted, and added some drawn texture to some of the grass blades, I set up some lights to capture the right mood, and began to photograph. 


Once in the computer, I started to draw all the 'illustrative' elements - the silhouette figure, the treasure chest, the lettering, etc. Here's a little screen shot of some of that work in progress:


I'm very happy with the final image - and the printing on the labels is incredibly done. It's a pretty cool looking bottle, if I do say so myself. Same as before, they are a limited edition, and each one is numbered - so get one while you can before they're all gone for good!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Eat your fruits and veggies!

TOM- Been a LONG time! Sorry I've neglected the blog. I've been busy and been making a ton of new work! I tend to post more frequently to my Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to follow me there for all the most up to date work. In the meantime, here's a brand new piece inspired by summer, nature, and my love for fruits and vegetables, oh and pretty girls! Hope you're enjoying your summer!

Monday, May 14, 2012

COVERS!


 TOM - Been a while since my last post! Sorry 'bout that, but it has been busy and eventful, and here is a look at some of the things I have worked on since. Three different covers I illustrated, one for Fort Worth Weekly and two for The Washington Post Express. These were all super fun to work on, hope you dig 'em. Thanks for checking in!