AWF Wrestlers from 1988

Awsome Wrestling Federation

Wrestler illustration by James White

Brain Basher.

Wrestler illustration by James White

Cold-blooded Joe.

Wrestler illustration by James White

Skull Man.

Wrestler illustration by James White

Wrestler illustration by James White

Wrestler illustration by James White

Here’s a few little illustrations that kind of teared me up a bit. See, back in elementary school me and a few buddies took it upon ourselves to start our own wrestling federations. We invented wrestlers, drew them in our scribblers, then used dice to allow them to fight. We kept track of wins and losses, who was champion, etc.

Being a raging nostalgist, I hung onto my wrestlers all these years. The AWF (Awsome Wrestling Federation… complete with misspelling) is still alive and strong in the Signalnoise Studio, and last week I decided it was time to revive some of my favourite characters from 1988. Seen above are the illustrations, as well as a side-by-side comparison to my drawings from 1988. Man, I could burn off those wrestler drawings in 5 minutes back then… now it takes me about 3 hours to illustrate them. That kid was a genius.

Revisiting these drawings truly feels like I’m breaching the time barrier to collaborate with my 10-year-old self. Little did I know back then that these characters would still be with me 26 years later.

HAS BROS art show

Has Bros art show

Super proud to be participating in the HAS BROS art show in November at The Dart Gallery in my hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. My buddies Dave Howlett and Eric Miller have been spearheading this thing for the past while, and I’m pumped to unleash the news. Art based on toys from the 80s?! How can I NOT be all over that?

Here’s the official show info…

HAS BROS is a new art show featuring work inspired by 1980s toy franchises like MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and more! Running at The Dart Gallery from November 9-20, HAS BROS will feature new pieces by some of the top artistic talent from the Maritimes and beyond. Contributors will include comic artists like Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN), Jordyn Bochon (CUIRRO), Andrew Power (APTITUDE TEST), Dave Howlett (SLAM-A-RAMA), graphic designers like Eric Miller of Dartmouth Clothing Company, James White of Signalnoise Studios, Paul Panfalone (AKA Paul Pants), Joshua M. Smith (AKA Hydro74), and many more! Prints of all the pieces will be on sale at the gallery as well. No batteries required, no assembly needed, no parental supervision necessary!

As for me, I’ll be submitting a new little series of StarKade prints to the show. 4 brand new fun character illustrations (edition of 25 each) and a rare mystery one. I’ll have sets on sale at the show on November 9, then any remaining stock will be available in my online store the following Tuesday (November 12). Fun!

I’ll be announcing the new StarKade prints the week of the show. Don’t change that channel…

Escape

Escape

Here’s a fun one. I recently participated in my first actual collaboration with my friend and awesome person Kat Gaskin over at Salty Pineapple. I’ve been enjoying her work for some time now, with her lovely bleached beach scenes, palm trees and muted tones. I can’t remember who suggested it first, but a collaboration would be fun and challenging since our styles are so wildly different. Her desaturated tones with my dumb loud colours? Yikes.

After we threw a PSD file back and forth, the above image emerged. Kind of a perfect mix of our preferred styles. Very Miami Vice. Super fun.

Be sure to check out Kat’s Instagram for more of her work, and also her Tumblr.

 

StarKade series: Daft Punk

Daft Punk illustration by James White

When I’m stuck on a plane, I try to use my time wisely since there are very little distractions up there. On my way to Florida last week I decided to work on a new StarKade illustration. I didn’t have my wrestler sketches on me, but DID have Daft Punk’s new album… which includes their helmet designs on the cover. With that reference, I got to it.

I then finished the illustration in the hotel room, about an hour before I took the stage at Converge FL. Great fun adding glitter to the suits.

StarKade series: 3NES show

Mario Brothers illustration by James White

Metroid illustration by James White

Zelda illustration by James White

The StarKade series continues, this time launching into the world of video games. Here are my pieces created for the 3NES show happening this Friday at Bottleneck Gallery in NYC. I was thrilled to be invited to the show, and even more thrilled to illustrate some of my favourite game characters.

Be sure to drop by Bottleneck this Friday for the opening, and I’m told pieces will go on sale this Saturday. Hit their Facebook page for details.

RoboCop sketch

RoboCop sketch

Sitting in a bar last night having a cold one and doing a bit of sketching. Nothing serious, just messing around. Did a few RoboCop doodles and was really happy with this one in particular. Best drawing I’ve ever done of ol’ Murphy.

And of course, the damn thing has a height of about 3″. Aw well.

THE EVIL DEAD poster

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

Here’s another one to be filed under: posters that never were.

Earlier this year we were in talks with the studio before the theatrical release of THE EVIL DEAD (remake). We expressed my interest in the movie, and being a big fan of the original film I really wanted to take a crack at an alternative art poster. I was SO gung-ho that I developed the concept above (with the aid of my buddy, Dave Howlett) to get them excited about the project.

Hand drew the image and went crazy with the cross-hatch. I wanted the poster to have the same aesthetic as the pages of the Necronomicon.

Everything started well but, like so many of these things go, the licensing process ground to a halt until we eventually gave up. Too bad, because I really like the concept on this one.

WWE StarKade

WWE illustrations by James White

WWE illustration by James White

Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart

WWE illustration by James White

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

WWE illustration by James White

Hawk and Animal, The Legion of Doom

WWE illustration by James White

Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

WWE illustration by James White

The Ultimate Warrior

WWE Illustrations by James White

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

WWE illustrations by James White

Hulk Hogan

WWE illustrations by James White

‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase

WWE illustrations by James White

Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat

WWE illustrations by James White

The Junkyard Dog

WWE illustrations by James White

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

WWE illustrations by James White

Koko B. Ware

WWE Illustrations by James White

André the Giant

WWE illustrations by James White

The Undertaker

WWE illustrations by James White

Demolition

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, over the last few days you will have noticed my latest run of illustrations focusing on the superstars of the WWE (or WWF, as it was called in my youth). I wanted to jump back into this style and was looking for some fun subject matter that hasn’t really been explored by the pop-culture vultures. Wrestlers was it.

I haven’t been into wrestling for about 2 decades now, kinda stopped watching around the early 90s. But getting into these illustrations re-opened just how INTO wrestling I was back then. From about ’87 to ’93 it ruled my life, mostly due to my childhood buddy Mike. We drew our own wrestlers, ran our own imaginary federations and watched a ton of the special WWF events. So much fun.

So here are the first illustrations of wrestlers, with many more to come. As always, your thoughts and requests are welcome. Judging by the response, I had no idea so many of you were wrestling fans.

What started as a fun little project might be growing into something more. Currently talking to a few notable people interested in doing something. More soon?

EDIT: As I complete new illustrations I’ll be adding them to this blog post, for easy reference.