StarKade: Series 1 SOLD OUT

StarKade: Series 1 by James White

StarKade: Series 1 by James White

What a weekend. I launched my StarKade: Series 1 prints on Friday afternoon, offering up these little guys to interested parties. To my absolute surprise, the series sold out over the weekend. Orders were relentless, and by Sunday morning my stock had dwindled down to nothing. Amazing!

This little post serves as a giant thank-you to 2 specific groups. Firstly, those of you who read the blog, yack to me on Twitter and have supported Signalnoise for years. Thanks so much for rolling the dice on this little project! And secondly, the kind folks on the Expresso Beans forum for helping me out with details, posting enthusiastic comments and keeping the energy high as these things sold. THANK-YOU!

So, shipping will start next week once I return from my trip to Europe. Can’t wait to get these into yours hands!

StarKade: Series 1 (Onsale Info)

StarKade Series 1

The wait is over. StarKade: Series 1 prints will go onsale today (Friday September 26) at 1pm EST. This series includes the first 5 character prints as seen above, all of which have an edition of 50 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. The StarKade Series is printed on Moab Entrada Natural 300 gsm. All hand-signed and numbered.

You have the choice of ordering specific StarKade prints in this series for $10 a piece, or you can save a few bucks and order all 5 for $45. The choice is yours.

Now, here is the best part. For those who ordered all 5 prints, a special rare StarKade variant print will be randomly inserted into your orders. Only 10 of these things will be available. Totally secret. Totally random. Totally fun.

Set your alarms for 1pm EST and swing by the Signalnoise Store to start your StarKade collections!

Please note: Shipping will begin on October 9th as I will be in Europe all next week. And if you have any questions about the details of this sale, please drop a line in the comments. I’d be happy to clear it up.

UPDATE: StarKade: Series 1 is SOLD OUT.

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.