made the picture for this sweet little free EP for my buddy. yaaaay
made the picture for this sweet little free EP for my buddy. yaaaay
finished a shirt design, missed the mark with the second one so it ain’t getting done. i’ll post a photo or something if it doesn’t look lousy.
Taking an on-purpose break for a bit. It gets depressing and frustrating to drop 40 hours on free album covers to watch the band break up before using the art. Also frustrating to get requests to do more stuff for free then watch it get shrunk to web resolution and never be printed. I’m gonna play video games and watch sitcoms for a bit instead of sweat and stress and scratch away with tiny pens for hours on end, with frequent hand and forearm pain, with the only payoff being the occasional facebook “like” on an image shrunk down to blurry oblivion. Peace out for a bit.
Alright, so I know it’s been a while and I’m sure nobody’s been checking…SO HERE’S WHAT I’M DOING RIGHT NOW:
Got two shirt designs in the works for Party Band, who are having their CD release at the end of March, which should be a pretty rad show. So when those are done, I’ll be posting those…
And then we’ve got stuff with my band going on. We’re doing a name change and some new visuals to go along with it, and we just tracked three songs for a little EP type thing that will have some cool handmade packaging, sort of a collaboration between me and Adam on the look of that thing. Gotta come up with an illustration for the inside cover, gonna do an illustration based on a design Adam did for a sticker, and I’m sure depending on tax returns and whatnot we’re gonna order shirts which means….ANOTHER illustration.
In short, I need to buy some pens and there’s going to be a BUNCH of new stuff up within the next month or so. Yay.
sexual assault is not punk rock. like at all.
Originally posted on Put Your Damn Pants On!:
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault discussed frankly
Today’s guest post comes from the awesome Beth – “a recovering scenster 30something stay at home wife and mom. I listen to the Descendents from the comfort of my suburban home while cooking barefoot and pregnant to Bikini Kills Rebel Girl. I may not have it all figured out but im constsntly searching for a balance.”
According to sexual assault statistics, “One in four college-age women report surviving rape or attempted rape since their fourteenth birthday.” This is a pretty well known fact and probably won’t come to any surprise as I’m sure you, a girlfriend/boyfriend, ex, sibling, parent, child, teacher, babysitter, or neighbor in your life has been a victim. What might surprise you is how sexual assault can really inconvenience other people. No, seriously. I mean, what a total bummer to have to know that a friend of yours was manhandled by someone…
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
If 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?
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.)