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.
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.
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.
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.
Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts
Hawk and Animal, The Legion of Doom
Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage
The Ultimate Warrior
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase
Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat
The Junkyard Dog
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
Koko B. Ware
André the Giant
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.
Muhammad Ali, regular edition.
Muhammad Ali, gold “Championship” edition.
Initial digital sketch and a WIP shot.
The Louisville Lip. The People’s Champion. The Greatest. Here’s a poster design I created honouring the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. This is yet another poster that wasn’t, but maybe could be…
The brass over at Mystery Box (who happens to be a huge Ali fan) struck up a conversation with the licensing people at the Ali camp and we’ve been in talks for quite some time. I designed this poster right at the beginning to grease the wheels, but proceedings have been sluggish. So we decided to release the design to see if Ali fans might spark interest. We have big plans for this one, gold ink and all that. The “Championship” Edition. But to get the numbers right takes a lot of planning.
Seen above are the 2 colour versions I put together, as well as my initial digital sketch and in-progress vector shot. Spent a lot of time getting those shapes just right, and added some smooth halftones for dimension. Needed it just right to honour the champ.
Anyway, we’re hoping to make this one a reality at some point.
WAR GAMES Regular Edition
WAR GAMES “Green CRT” Variant Edition
Early concept sketches.
Initial digital sketch and colour study.
An early version of the poster, including a can of TAB.
Oh man, here we go. I’m super proud to release a poster for one of my favourite childhood movies, WARGAMES (1983). I was approached by the crack team at Skuzzles and was absolutely honoured when they asked me to design this thing. Almost dropped the phone, no foolin’. This is my first officially commissioned movie poster outside of my work with Mystery Box. And this is printed by the totally badass DL Screenprinting. Hands are shaking just typing this.
Above you can see the regular edition as well as the special “Green CRT” variant. SO much green in there man, just like the computer screens of old. So lets cut right to the chase and post some details straight from Skuzzles High Command…
We are really excited to be announcing our latest addition to the Skuzzles poster family. We reached out to another of our fellow axe-wielding, plaid covered, maple syrup chugging Canadian, James White of Signalnoise, to create an officially licensed limited edition screen print for the 1983 cult classic WARGAMES. This Academy Award nominated hit starring Matthew Broderick, was one of the first movies to expose “hacker culture” on the big screen and featured the use of the IMSAI 8080 microcomputer and a 212A (Cermetek) modem. It was no surprise that James’ artwork completely nailed the feel of the movie combining the digital tech, military and character aspects of the film. When James presented us the idea of his variant to compliment his incredible stylish regular we were completely on board. The end result of the variant gives the perception you are looking at a monochrome CRT computer monitor aka “Green Screen”.
We can’t wait to hear your reactions when you see these war games screen prints in person. Such an amazing look to this print.
WARGAMES Regular Edition
- Price $45
- Size 36″ x 24″ – 5 color screen print
- Edition size of 165
- Printing by DL Screenprinting
- Artwork by James White - Signalnoise
WARGAMES “Green CRT” Variant Edition
- Price $60
- Size 36″ x 24″ - 5 color screen print
- Edition size of 70
- Printing by DL Screenprinting
- Artwork by James White - Signalnoise
GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR BEGINS (screen prints on sale) on Tuesday July 23 @ 12:00PM Eastern Time on our homepage. Join our mailing list or follow us on twitter @SKUZZLESCAN for announcements.
Been designing a lot of patch designs over the last little while, and been loving every second of it. I’m proud to show these mission patch-style logos created for the mighty National Film Board of Canada in support of their Space School initiative. Bit of a story here…
About 2 years ago I designed a handful of patches for NASA, unofficially. See, NASA has been a dream client of mine since I was a little kid learning about the stars, SkyLab, space shuttles, the whole thing. So I tried to get NASA’s attention through designing some patches and tweeting the hell out of them. In short it didn’t work, but I had some neat portfolio pieces in the end. Then a few months later I got a call from the NFB to design the suckers you see above, a direct result of those NASA patches. You never know what will happen when you put your stuff out there, man.
I was blown away when they launched the NFB Space School site, because right at the front was my logo on a bigass rocket. Dream come true. That top notch animation was done by my pal Joël LeLièvre. Quality goods.
A big thanks to Paul and the Space School team for rolling the dice on Signalnoise!