Thursday, November 18, 2010

Painting a Mural for the "Long Live" show

JAMES - I drove up to Raleigh a few days ago to paint a mural for the show. Here's a little video that captured most of the action. Saturday night is the opening - psyched!

James Flames: Long Live
@ Amplified Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
November 20-December 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

James Flames "Long Live" - Solo Gallery Exhibition

JAMES - I'm very proud to announce my first solo gallery exhibition, "Long Live", at Amplified Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC! The opening reception is Saturday, November 20th at 6pm, and the exhibit will stay up until December 10. We've had this in the works for awhile now, and it's very exciting to finally announce it.

I will debut two new prints made special for the show, and on display will be a large selection of my poster work, including some original artwork, rare variants, and many sold out editions - all for sale. And there will be some other special stuff that I'll announce before the show.

Amplified Art is a gallery specializing in the finest in gig posters - I visited last week, and it's a pretty amazing place. I mean, a gallery dedicated to posters? It's like heaven. I'm honored to be showing there. They're at 224 East Martin Street in the City Market section of Raleigh, so if you're in the area, stop by!

Stay tuned to this blog and my facebook page (click here) for updates and photos and stuff.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Big Tuesday: New Posters for Circa Survive, Blitzen Trapper, and Fruit Bats!

JAMES - Four new posters today -- pretty exciting! They're all available on my website starting today.

There are two posters from Circa Survive shows in Atlanta and San Diego, plus a special "Blue Skull" variant for the San Diego show (super small edition of only 13, on Kraft Speckletone paper); and then a tour poster for Blitzen Trapper and Fruit Bats as they traveled around the country with Pearly Gate Music. That's a whole lotta ink and paper!

Probably a little too much stuff to get into details about all of these. But I will say that there are some hidden images in both Circa Survive posters - the Atlanta poster has an orange 'ghost' skeleton underneath the main skelly; and the San Diego poster has a hidden character underneath the skulls and phoenix, someone who seems to be the one in control of the action. Can you see them?

Here are some close-up shots and photos:

5-color screenprint, 19"x25", on 110lb Smart White French paper, edition of 120, signed and numbered

5-color screenprint, 19"x25", on 100lb Sweet Tooth PopTone French paper, edition of 125, signed and numbered

"Blue Skull Variant" 5-color screenprint, 19"x25", on 100lb Kraft Speckletone French paper, edition of only 13, signed and numbered

5-color screenprint, 25"x19", on 100lb True White Speckletone French paper, edition of 120, signed and numbered

Once again, they're all available in my store as of Click here for that:

And big shout out to Mitch at OMG Posters for hooking up the Circa gigs. Check out his blog, filled daily with all sorts of poster goodness:

How I make an Illustration

TOM - I haven't done a process post in a while, so I thought I would share with you how I created this week's 'First Time' illustration for It's a sex column where people write about their 'first time' and although it's fun to draw people humping and kissing, I would get bored if I had to draw that every week. The young woman writing of her experience describes herself as a quiet outsider who likes books and cats and wore glasses that she thought made her look like an owl. I loved that line and decided to use the owl comparison as a jumping off point... I start off by brainstorming on a sheet of paper. These are just scribbles at this point, I work really fast so that I could get all my ideas down before I start to over think anything, that comes later. I don't care about drawing on top of another idea, it's a total mess. I could understand it, but I wouldn't expect anyone else to.

Then I tighten a couple ideas up and this is the one that we finally decided to go with. Like many birds, owls build their nests in holes of trees and keep it very guarded. I decided to put the woman in a nest that has a suggestive shape. She's guarding her own 'nest' so to speak. It's kind of subtle, but the goal is to make it work as an interesting illustration whether people pick up on that or not.

Then I light box over the sketch so I could tighten up the composition, add detail, all that good stuff.

My favorite part, the inks! I used a mix of a nib and brush to ink this one. The nib pen allowed me to add textures in the tree and to the owl, where the brush helped differentiate the woman from the rest of the piece.

Then, it's into Photoshop for some coloring. I wanted to make this a nigh time scene, so I used blues, greens and grays. I used limited white which I hope draws the viewer in as well as push the whole 'owl' metaphor.
Is this a sex illustration? I don't know, but I had fun regardless and I hope you enjoyed reading about my process. Enough about what I think though, let me know what you think in the comment section below!
Take care.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Catching up...

TOM- I'm happy to say I've been producing more work lately than I can keep track of. One of the downfalls is that I forget to post some of it. So here are some of the latest illustrations. Above is an illustration I did for New York Press about a male prostitute.
Here's one for about things heating up during an argument. My kind of argument...

Here's another one for about a young american man's expierience with a wild woman in Vienna.

These last two are a couple of sketches I did, just messing around with textures, patterns and materials.

Thanks for reading! A lot more stuff on the way!