Monday, December 27, 2010

James Flames Interview @ Tuckshop Community Radio Blog, UK

I was recently interviewed by Jack Bacon of the Tuckshop Community Radio Blog in London - way cool dude, and great questions. Check it out here:

Monday, December 13, 2010

'Jalissa' Print

'Jalissa' 2010
TOM - Sure has been a while since I've made a post here! For good reason though, been busy with new and exciting projects, moved across the country, plus I illustrated this awesome new print! This was printed by silk screener extraordinaire, James Flames! I was down in his North Carolina studio earlier this month and he really hooked this one up. Just in time for the holidays, this print(including a brown variant) is now for sale on my Etsy shop.

'Jalissa' (Brown Variant)
This bad boy(or girl, rather) measures 19" x 25" and is printed on on 100lb Poptone Sweet Tooth French paper. It is an edition of 26, so get 'em while they're hot!

Detail shot

The brown variant also measures 19" x 25" It is printed on on 100lb Kraft Speckletone French paper. This one's even a shorter run, only an edition of 8, so they're even hotter!

Detail shot
If you're interested in purchasing one of these prints, please visit my Etsy shop for all the details. Hope this finds a home on your wall soon!
Thanks for reading and more updated soon!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Knuckle Sandwich

JAMES - It's always hard to choose, but I think this might be my favorite poster I made this year. After the success of last year's poster I made for them, Lucero contacted me about making a poster for their Fall Tour, most of which was in support of Social Distortion. I was fortunate enough to see the show when they came to Asheville, and holy crap - seriously killer show! Lucero just tore it up, and Social D... well, c'mon, what did you expect. Great night - I could just imagine that went on every night for like two months. Insane.

I have some of these available now in my store - - there are two versions with slightly different colors and cities on them. Check it out, and get em while you can.

developmental drawings

This was all done a few months ago, so I can't remember exactly, but I think the basic idea came to me pretty quickly. But how to actually present it took some work. As usual, lots of sketching - working on the boxer's positioning, action, and anatomy. Those muscles had to be just right, but not overly detailed, since the eventual tattoos had to show through.

boxer sketchbook drawing

I finally did a treatment of the boxer in my sketchbook - here I was just finalizing the boxer himself. I liked this version so much, that instead of re-drawing it again, I just used the outline from this one as the final artwork.

final tattoo flash

But that was the easy part, cuz I still had to design, draw, and letter 30-something tattoos. Each of the tattoos has a different city on the tour, and I grouped multiple cities in a state or region when I could. The above photo is of the final drawings, which I did on vellum with a marker to mimic a single-needle tattoo style. In the photo it looks like I re-drew some of them on a separate sheet of vellum - can't remember why, but probably the perfectionist in me being all nitpicky.

detail shot (brown version)

detail shot (black version)

I screen printed these by hand - all 555 of them. Four colors each. That's like....2 million pulls or something. Give or take. They were done as two separate editions - the first 325 are with the Black outline and the cities from the first part of the tour, and the last 220 has the Brown outline and some of the city names are changed for the second leg of the tour. Like I said before, I couldn't be more proud of how they all came out.

Black Version, 4-color screenprint, 25"x19", on 100lb Kraft Speckletone French paper, edition of 325, signed and numbered

Brown Version, 4-color screenprint, 25"x19", on 100lb Kraft Speckletone French paper, edition of 220, signed and numbered

I have some available for sale of both versions - get them now in my store:, $20 each. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned next week for my final two releases of the year!

Sight Beyond Sight!

JAMES - Fair warning: if you ask me to make a poster for a metal show, you're gonna get Metal, with a capital METAL! These posters are now available in my store - - get some. Ten points to the first person to name the reference of the title "Sight Beyond Sight."

Anyway, I was approached a couple months ago by the Orange Peel to make a poster for The Sword, and I couldn't wait to get started.

original concept sketch

Here's the original sketch - it's got the basic layout, and the concept of some skeleton having it's soul banished for eternity inside the sword. I knew it would be pretty intricate, so I just kinda suggested the little bits and lettering stuff.

developmental drawings

I drew like a million versions of the sword, trying to invent a unique weapon that honored traditional medieval style, but had some kind of futuristic vibe to it. The above photo shows most of the drawings - initially, I only drew half of the sword, to save time. Once I was settled on the different parts and all the shading, I then drew the other side according what was established.

final ink drawing

The final ink drawing was done with my trusty #2 Windsor & Newton brush and Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star ink. I used some white ink for extra detail. The blade of the sword, as well as the skeleton captured within it, was all drawn separately - all the pieces were assembled in Photoshop, and I outputted my films for printing straight from there.

detail shot

As you can see from the detail shot, there really was no room for registration errors, so I had to be on point the whole time. Four colors on Electric Red paper, printed by hand, and it came out perfectly.

4-color screenprint, 19"x25", on 100lb Electric Red French paper, edition of 85, signed and numbered

The original show date was cancelled (the band had cancelled their whole tour in October due to the drummer splitting), but the rescheduled date was this past Thursday, and they got to use the poster anyway, which is awesome. I have the remaining posters available now in my store - - for $20 each.