Proud to release my first official comic book cover, a variant design for The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #1 coming out next month. This alternate cover will be fairly scarce, only available in select shops in North America. The cover was commissioned by Cal Johnston, owner of the best comic shop in the world, Strange Adventures and printed by the nice people at IDW Publishing. Written by Roger Langridge and drawn by the awesome J. Bone.
What’s even more exciting is the screen-printed poster edition in the works.
A huge honour to pay tribute to Dave Stevens’ creation, man. We will know more details on availability when the release date draws closer, so if you’re interested in tracking one down drop a comment here or follow me on Twitter for updates.
I’ve been wrapped up in other things over the last while and haven’t had the chance to play around with some new work, so this weekend I blocked out some time to explore something new. Even though I draw a lot and every poster starts with the sketchbook, very rarely do my drawings end up anywhere near the final piece. So this time I wanted to physically draw something, scan it, and recreate all the lines in Illustrator. And who better to draw than Snake Plissken?
This was an experiment to see how I could change the vibe of my work and maybe develop a new method of working and a different aesthetic. This certainly has a Mike Mignola vibe as well. I’ve been a fan of Mike’s Hellboy work for over a decade and I learned a lot about using light and shadow from him. This Snake piece definitely leans on his style a bit. You can see above the finished piece after creating all my vectors and adding texturing in Photoshop, as well as my drawing. I didn’t clean up the drawing at all so you can see the ink work.
I had a lot of fun working on this one, definitely something I’m going to explore further… maybe for my next full movie poster.
Like a lot of movie poster designers, I watch a lot of releases online to see what my favorite companies and artists are up to. I love this scene that still really feels like the wild west, where all these rascals are dreaming up new ways to portray their favorite movies in the screen-printed form. And like many, I enjoy watching new and upcoming Mondo releases. I was thrilled to see a full-on art show featuring the work of Australian-based art duo WE BUY YOUR KIDS.
I was captivated by their WRATH OF KHAN poster (seen above) earlier this year and found myself constantly hunting down the image online to “have another look”. So arty and psychedelic and weird. But the biggest reason I enjoy it is because it looks nothing like other Mondo releases. Don’t get me wrong, I love the work of Moss and Taylor and Ansin… but this was such a departure. So strange and amazing.
When images started surfacing from the WE BUY YOUR KIDS art show, I knew a blog post was in order. They dropped a few posters online yesterday and I managed to nab a CONAN which I’m pretty stoked about. Mondo tends to sell out of posters in seconds, but this drop took a little more time. Bit slower than usual. I like that. It’s by no means a sign that this is of lesser quality than other Mondo releases, but rather it’s straight up different and out there. It’s something new, and I love that.
WE BUY YOUR KIDS is one of my favorite new movie poster artists, right up there with that Jay Shaw maniac. While everyone is mimicking the work of already popular artists in hopes of success, it’s really refreshing to have something fly in from left field.
Maybe they’re the design equivalent of “the cool band nobody knows about yet”. I dunno, but I look forward to seeing more WBYK posters in the future.
I’m honoured to have been asked to participate in the Wes Anderson ‘BAD DADS’ art show, opening tonight at Spoke Art (6pm) down in San Francisco. So many great artists involved in this thing, so pumped to have my piece in there. Shown above is my poster design of that rascal Steve Zissou from THE LIFE AQUATIC.
I did a limited edition run of 50 posters, printed by the top brass at Mama’s Sauce on French Pop-Tone Black Licorice 100C at 18″ x 24″. Beautiful print job too. They will be available tonight at the art show, and the remainder will be sold in the Spoke Art Store on Monday. Swoop in quick if you want one.
Have fun at the art show tonight everyone!
I do a lot of drawing on my spare time, only a portion of which reaches the website, Twitter or what have you. But are a couple of original drawings I created of Arnold as the Terminator and Robert Patrick as T-1000 using good ol’ lead, ink and coloured pencils. Lots of fun blocking out time to sit at my drawing table to put these together. My fingertips are currently blue.
And here’s the thing, I’m giving them away. If you didn’t catch the poster drop on October 12th, Mystery Box has been selling limited edition TERMINATOR 2 posters by myself and pal Tom Muller. So now we would like to add a bit on incentive. If you purchase a Signalnoise TERMINATOR 2 poster (regular or variant) you will be entered to win the original artwork seen above, which stands at 8″ x 10″. And if you have already purchased a poster, you are already entered. Simple.
We’ll start the clock at 2 weeks from today then we’ll announce the winner. November 6. Sound good?
In a show of support for the Tuxedo Party, Signalnoise has designed a campaign poster for the vigilant and adorable Tuxedo Stan who is currently running for Mayor of Halifax. The feline candidate has been making waves online via his Facebook and Twitter accounts, sporting the slogan “Because neglect isn’t working.”
I’m not making this up, check out the article on Yahoo Canada.
Signalnoise has your back Stan.
Last week I started messing around with digital sketches of some characters from the best television show around, BREAKING BAD. I had just watched all of season 4 and caught up on season 5 so my blood was thick with the meth-slinging action. My, that was a poor choice of words.
When I start prepping for a poster design I normally do sketches in Photoshop such as these. Essentially, this is the first step in my process before moving into vector to nail down the real deal. I do these fairly quickly, maybe an hour on each one, just to study my highlights and shadows. I experiment with the shapes of colour to see what works the best dramatically while maintaining likeness. I use photos found online as the base because I suck at capturing likeness freehand. I then “re-paint” the entire thing.
I posted these on Twitter and Instagram last week and response was far more than I expected. Even had some offers to buy poster-sized versions, which was funny as these are merely roughs at this point.
I’m not entirely sure where these are leading quite yet, but watch this space as I build on the concept behind the scenes. Might be a poster, might be … several. I’ll try to update as things move along.
PS. Please do NOT post any BREAKING BAD spoilers in the comments, gang. Lets not ruin any big moments for anyone.
It’s no secret that I’m a horribly nostalgic guy. When I’m creating my posters or sketching my little characters it feels like it could be 1983 all over again. I was 6, sitting at the top of the stairs and drawing on all the typewriter paper in the house. From ’80 to ’85 my family lived on the military base in Kingston, Ontario.
Every few months I log into Google Earth to look at the old neighborhood. Trees that are still there, parking lots me and my friends would drive our BMXs through, tracing my walk from home to the nearby Lundy’s Lane Elementary School. Our time in Kingston was one of the best of my life. We had so much fun.
Feeling a bit nostalgic this morning, I dropped into Google Earth to have a look at the old house. To my surprise and sadness, our house along with all the others on the block had been torn down in recent months. Couldn’t believe it. In my head I figured that house would last forever. Big and strong. I had planned on making a trip to Kingston to walk around the neighborhood and re-trace my walk to school which I hadn’t done in 27 years. Guess I should have gone sooner. Geez, I can still hear the distinctive sound the cupboard doors made when they closed.
So this post is for you, 5A Riverview Drive, Kingston, Ontario. There’s no way I’ll ever forget you.