Initial vector work, and the helmet photo that inspired the piece.
For the second year in a row, I was asked by the folks behind the Playing Arts card set to contribute a design to their fantastic project. This is an intimidating matter since that set is brimming with talent and top-shelf work. They even posted a little interview with me.
Last year I contributed a little Tyler Durden ditty, but this year I wanted to play with the actual form of the club… with an 80s spin (of course, right?). So I set up the laptop in my hotel room in Phoenix and got to work. The result is what you see above. I think my pal Sara Blake said she sees some boobs in there, which made me laugh. Seen above was my initial vector work, and the helmet photo that inspired the entire style. I really wanted that slick polish and deep hues.
Be sure to check out the full Playing Arts card set.
Absolutely honoured to have been interviewed by the crack team at Adobe Inspire Magazine, and featured in this month’s edition. Having been a user and fan since the mid-90s, it was incredible to be called up by the very people who created the programs I use every day. I was on a trip to Toronto when we set up the call, so I did the interview in my hotel room like some kinda wannabe bigshot.
Not only that, but they wanted me to design the cover for the issue. When they said I could do whatever I wanted, I blurted out “I wanna put a panther on it!”. They were onboard, and you can see the final illustration above. All kinds of fun making that thing.
Now, you can read the entire interview right here, but if you’re on an iPad I strongly suggest downloading the mag for the full interactive version. It’s beautifully designed, you can see in the shots above.
A huge thanks to the team at Adobe for the feature!
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.
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…
I teased this image on my Instagram and Facebook a few days ago, but it’s time to clear the air.
Here’s the deal. As I posted last week, StarKade: Series 1 sold out, which came as a huge surprise… had no idea so many of you would take an interest in my silly illustrations of wrestlers, and I’m eternally grateful. Shipping will be starting next week once I have all the supplies, and once I return from Europe (where I currently am). Which brings me to the Golden Ticket Belt.
If you ordered a set of all StarKade: Series 1 prints, you already know you have a chance of getting 1 of 10 secret variant prints. BUT, as a reward for supporting the project I’m upgrading things. 1 of you will be receiving the Golden Ticket Belt, which is redeemable for a 1/1 custom illustration of your choice. That’s right. The winner and I will hash-out what wrestler they’d like me to illustrate, and I’ll do it up nice and send them a 1 of a kind original print for their StarKade collection. Certain rules apply. Never done anything like this before, and man am I excited.
The ticket is being printed as we speak by the kind folks at Moxy Ox… and they’re making sure this thing gleams like nothing else. Stay tuned to my Twitter as shipping starts next week!
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!
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.
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.