Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Here comes your boyfriend..."


JAMES - Here's my newest art print. A bunch of bad-asses, about to get tough, climbing a fence, and obviously impressing one of the guys' girlfriend. Probably gonna beat up some dude who was hassling her. Or just making trouble, cuz that's what they do.

The print is now available in my store. It's a 5-color screen print, 25" x 19", with an edition of 50, signed and numbered. $25 each. www.jamesflames.com/store.html

original sketchbook drawing

The whole thing originated with a sketchbook drawing one morning. Woke up with the idea, and just knocked it out quickly. I played a little Thin Lizzy, and then forgot about it.


I came back to the image a couple weeks later, and decided to delve into it and expand on it a bit. Above is the revised sketch for the print - I changed the framing, added a dude who was jumping off the top, and changed the wording.

final ink drawing

The ink drawing was done about 8"x10", with a #2 brush on translucent Vellum. The fence was drawn separately, as was the sketchy white lines that I used on the print. And I changed the wording one last time. Everything was scanned into the computer and composed in Photoshop.

detail shot

My prints are usually a diverse array of bright colors, but I wanted to experiment with using one main color (blue) and playing with four tones of it, then using the white and the black to strengthen the whole thing.

5-color screenprint, 25"x19", on 110lb Smart White French paper, edition of 50, signed and numbered

Get yours now: www.jamesflames.com/store.html.
Lots of new prints coming up - stay tuned. Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Loose Ends

TOM - Here are some recent drawings I made in between working on assignments. Before or after a long day of drawing, these help me relax and provide a place for me to experiment with different approaches that I could then use on future assignments. I love the immediacy of drawing these and then be able to share them right away, as opposed to hired jobs where I have to wait until the thing is published.

So, I'll just give you a quick walk through of the inspiration behind some of these: The piece above was me just playing around with my recent obsession with the beehive hair doo, I've also been wanting to draw a flannel pattern too, so there ya go.
This is a scene from one of my favorite movies, Ed Wood. I love the setting and the way the scene is shot, so it inspired me to make a drawing out of it. This was mainly an exercise in black and white contrast as well as the use of black on black, which I'm always a little scared to do, this made me less scared.

Here is a 'study' of the rapper, Nicki Minaj. I'm hoping to do a full out illustration of her in the very near future, so this was just a bit of a warm up. The likeness isn't quite there yet, but I like some of the effects I stumbled upon while drawing it.


A line from 'A Boy Named Sue' by Johnny Cash. I've often thought of making a short comic using the lyrics from that song, since they provide such great visuals. This is probably my favorite line in the whole song.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Head In My Hands In My Head


JAMES - Here's my latest, it's for Tortoise's recent killer show at the Orange Peel here in Asheville, NC. Hell of a show, and really nice guys - it was an awesome night. The remaining posters are now available on my site - www.jamesflames.com/store.html - $20 each.

This was a real fun one to make. Just a ton of overprinting - six colors continuously laid on-top of each other. I wanted the color and ink to literally saturate every square inch of it. Here's some pics and words about my process:


In the photo you see the sketch to the right, which was my guideline for everything. The base of the mask was made with cutouts, which were then photographed. I wanted the natural curl of the cardboard and the shadow it cast below it to be visible on the final print. Then I drew the ornamental part of the mask, as well as all the rest of the flourishes, on paper and scanned them into the computer.


I now had a bunch of different pieces, and so it was a matter of assembling it all, using Photoshop and Illustrator (see the photo) to make it look like that original sketch.

detail shot

When it came time to mix the inks for printing, I made sure to keep the colors as loud and proud as possible. And I'm psyched that all the little details of the photographed mask came through, even as it's buried under layers of other color.

6-color screenprint, 19"x25", on 110lb Smart White French paper, edition of 100, signed and numbered

Get 'em while they're hot, not very many remaining - www.jamesflames.com/store.html. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sketchbook Drawerings

JAMES - Here are some of the better recent entries to my sketchbook. These are all done within an hour or less, usually at the beginning of my day, with no photos or other reference - just a chance to loosen up my mind and my hands, whatever's the first thing that pops into my head. Click to see them bigger.