Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York

Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in NY by James White

Selecting a favourite album to re-imagine the cover of is a tough decision. Even if our favourite album has a crappy cover, we grow to like that crappy cover because we love the music. So how do you re-design something that you’ve grown to love over a period of time?

Well, this was the entire theme of the ’33 and a Third’ art show opening at Gallery1988 tonight (Friday, December 5). I had to think long and hard on this one, but when I landed on a certain album it seemed like a no-brainer… Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York. I’ve loved that album since its release in 1994, and 20 years later it’s still in regular rotation. In light of the art show, the album has a weird loophole. To me, the cover lacks any amount of creativity where MTV just slapped a stage photo into a crumby scribbly box. The double-whammy is that Kurt Cobain once said he never wanted a photo of the band on his covers… way to go, MTV.

So after 20 years, I designed what I would like to see on the cover of a favourite album.  Here are the details…

Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Gallery 1988 (East): 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Size: 12×12, Giclee print
Edition: 20
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm

If the prints don’t sell out tonight, they will be on the Gallery1988 site shortly after. If you are interested, watch my Twitter for details.

CELSCAPES art show at Bottleneck Gallery

CELSCAPES by James White

Let’s go Exploring

CELSCAPES by James White

Don’t Get Technical With Me

CELSCAPES by James White

Steady, Dak

CELSCAPES by James White

Yub Nub

CELSCAPES by James White

Come and Get Your Love

CELSCAPES by James White

Black, Volcanic Glass

CELSCAPES by James White

I Have the Power

CELSCAPES by James White

Not a Gun

CELSCAPES by James White

F*cking Brutal

CELSCAPES by James White

O.K. Corral is Just Yonder

CELSCAPES by James White

Meatgrinder

CELSCAPES by James White

Shake and Shiver

CELSCAPES by James White

The Ultimate Trip

CELSCAPES by James White

It’s a Long Road

CELSCAPES by James White

Filthy Hobbitses

Last Friday was opening of my CELSCAPES art show at the mighty Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Joe and I have been scheming on this one for the better part of a year and I was thrilled to have my first solo show with such rad people.

So here is the full spread of all 15 original pieces I created for the show, inspired by the beautiful painted backgrounds of cartoons I watched as a kid. Scooby-Doo, Superfriends, Spider-man, Masters of the Universe… if you don’t know what I’m talking about please dig up some old episodes and scope those backgrounds. Wonderful stuff. So for this show, I wanted the background to be brought to the foreground.

All pieces are now available to purchase through the Bottleneck Gallery shop!

MEGA thanks to Bottleneck Gallery for their hard work in making this show possible.

KRUSTY (Onsale Info)

KRUSTY by James White

KRUSTY by James White

Excited to reveal my piece for the ‘Last Exit to Springfield‘ art show at The Dart Gallery opening Friday, August 15.

I was super on the fence about my submission from the very start, since I haven’t been a giant fan of The Simpsons since the mid-90s… but I happened upon this fun idea while doodling one night and had to see it through. A keen eye would spot the obvious Milton Glaser spoof, which I thought fit pretty nicely with Krusty and his lengthy “career”. Without further babble, here are the art show and onsale details…

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Opening reception: Friday, August 15, 2014 (Facebook Event)
Where: The Dart Gallery, 127A Portland Street, Dartmouth NS

Size: 18×24, Giclee print
Edition: 20
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm

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Any prints that don’t sell at the opening reception will be sold online through the gallery on Monday, August 18. I’ll be sure to update this post and my Twitter with the link once they’re live. If you happen to miss out, I will have my personal APs for sale once the show closes, so there will be a couple of chances to snag this one.

BUCK ROGERS for Grey Matter (Onsale Info)

Buck Rogers by James White

Buck Rogers by James White

Psyched to announce my official BUCK ROGERS poster collaboration with Grey Matter Art. What an absolute blast it was to work on this thing with such a fine group.

See, when I started school back in 1981 my parents bought me an awesome Buck Rogers lunchbox with an action-packed image of Buck, Deering and Tweeky. I carried that lunchbox with me to school every day for years. The show had aired when I was too young to see or remember it… but I recall my dad telling me who Buck was, which is really all I needed. So when Grey Matter approached me and asked what generation of Buck I wanted to illustrate, the decision was pretty clear.

Here are the official details about the poster straight from the top brass at Grey Matter Art…

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Grey Matter Art has teamed up with artist James White for part two of their Buck Rogers series. James’s poster will go on sale Tuesday, August 19th at 1PM EDT. in the Grey Matter Art Shop.

Grey Matter Art are also doing a deal for this one too. If you purchase a James white poster, you can get a regular edition Dave Perillo Buck Rogers poster together for $60.00 or a variant for $65.00

Artist: James White
Size: 18×24/8 Color Screen Print
Edition: 79/$40.00Printed By: Seizure Palace

Regular Edition: 130 w/James White – $60.00
Variant Edition: 60 w/James White – $65.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screen print (2 metallics on variant)
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Regular/Cougar NaturalVariant/Bright White

The Overdrive Series (Onsale Info)

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Signalnoise print universe continues to grow, but this time we’re shifting away from pop culture to the neon-infused era of the vibrant 1980s. Get ready for pinks, glows, grids and sunsets as we introduce The Overdrive Series.

This collection includes 6 new colourful prints harkening back to a time ruled by Lamborghinis and Ray-Ban sunglasses. This series is printed at 5″ x 5″ on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed and numbered by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This is a timed-release. Sets will be available online in the Signalnoise Store for 24 hours starting at 12pm EST on Wednesday, July 9th. When the sale ends, the final edition size will be tallied and the prints will be ordered. Full sets of 6 will be $50, and individual prints will be $10 a piece. Those who purchase full sets have a chance of getting the rare chaser print, randomly inserted. Print to be announced.

The Signalnoise series of prints tend to sell out quick, so this timed-release gives everyone an opportunity to grab the Overdrive Series during the 24-hour saleMark those calendars, and watch Twitter as we approach release time!

Summer of Sandra poster

Summer of Sandra

Summer of Sandra

Thrilled to launch the poster I did for this year’s Outdoor Film Experience hosted by the Atlantic Film Festival. This year will feature films starring that girl from the bus, Sandra Bollock. Little known fact: SPEED is one of my favourite action films, and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

I decided early on to do a hand-drawn style for this one, capturing Sandra’s elegant portrait.

Big thanks to my friends at the Atlantic Film Fest for rolling the dice on a hometown designer kid.

Rust Cohle illustration

Rust Cohle by James White

Rust Cohle by James White

Rust Cohle by James White

Rust Cohle by James White

The illustration tirade continues, this time I’m attacking Rust Cohle from the hit show True Detective. I had ol’ Rust on my mind after mom texted me saying her and dad just finished (and loved) season 1. My parents got good taste.

As it turns out, Matthew McConaughey is a tough sumbitch to draw so I had to map out those shadows properly. No guesswork here, man. The more I do these portrait type pieces the more things feel like they’re being locked into place. Even at the pencil stage I had a good sense of how the piece would turn out, which is a change since I like experimenting along the way. Inks are working better for me than they have on past pieces as I study how light and shadow can add volume.

Truly appreciate the interest in these as I move forward. My Instagram is being swarmed with lovely comments and Likes… thanks so much everyone. Your encouragement means the world to me.

Sherlock Illustration

Sherlock by James White

Sherlock by James White

Sherlock by James White

Sherlock by James White

And if I were to ever do a print of this… it would be so I can go on the hunt for a big, tacky gold frame.

Sherlock by James White

After watching the second season of SHERLOCK (and almost immediately re-watching the first season) I decided a portrait of the title character was in order. So here he is, as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.

I’ve gotten into the habit of documenting my process a bit as I go, and posting the works-in-progress on my Instagram. It makes me analyze my process and gives my audience a glimpse into what the heck I’m up to. A keen eye will notice slight alterations and fixes as I move forward. Seen above are my rough pencils, inks, then the final colour in Photoshop. Real happy with how this one turned out, getting more confident swinging my brush pens around… that sentence sounded better in my head.

But here’s a weird bit… the final colours were actually aided by the ‘Mayfair’ Instagram filter. I don’t normally add filters to my work, but this one looked far superior.

Watch my Instagram for more of this action. Trying to sharpen my drawing skills, and having way too much fun doing so.