Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Above: My friends, the Dawsons of Bramalea, recently welcomed their 2nd son, Rex Fisher, into this here world. I made them this card. Sort of a visual pun on his name...
Above: "Twitter Fiction Takes Off"-from Broken Pencil #45 (Fall 2009)
Above: "Hands Off"-This is my contribution to "Lust" the first of the Seven Deadly Sins series of group shows happening at the Beverly Owens Project (link)in Toronto. The show runs from Dec. 3-Jan 3. and features the work of 100 different artists and illustrators.
Monday, December 7, 2009
L: "Corey Was a Danger Cat" by Heather Hogan
R: "My Life Among the Apes" by Carey Fagan
L: "See You Next Tuesday" by Stacey May Fowles
R: "Savage" by Nathaniel G. Moore
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Though admission is free, please do bring some sort of canned good for the el Mo's Serving Charity. It's all the bar asked of Taddle Creek, and each canned good will give you a chance to win some wonderful door prizes.
If you can't make the launch, the issue is now on finer newsstands everywhere. Do pick up a copy. And remember to keep on top of upcoming Taddle Creek events by becoming its Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/taddlecreek.
My connection to this here party is that this particular issue is the first to feature illustrations as contributed by me, so if you're in the Toronto area, come on by. Since the magazine's not officially out, I won't be posting my pieces as of yet, but I'll say that I'm quite happy with the end results...
Above is part two of the Devo posters, a bit of a departure from my usual style, but a little change is good for the soul. Once again, big thanks to Studio 19, Shawna from Warner Bros. as well as Michael from the Devo camp for putting one aside and the nice lady with the clipboard from ATG for letting the Mrs. and I into the post show schmooze. A couple of the best nights of my life!
If anybody's interested in copies of both posters, please drop me a line: email@example.com
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Above: Poster design for "Are We Not Men..." signed by the bandAbove: Mr. Mark Mothersbaugh and I showing off our marketing plan to dominate the cereal market...Above: Me again with Bob 1 and my lovely lady Mrs. Lindsay Gibb (look at that hair!)
Thanks abound foremost to the band for letting me do this, Shawna Samboceti at Warner Brothers for all her work being the liason between the band and I and to Bianca and Mike at Studio Number 19 for their usual top notch printing work. I'll have the second design for night #2 up tomorrow...
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This would have to definitely be one of the most fun CD projects I've been a part of in a long while. As done by my close friend, and erstwhile gentleman, "Friendly" Rich Marsella (link), "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a re-interpretation of the classical piece by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). The artwork was influenced by 20th century Russian and Soviet illustration, while trying to avoid the obvious Soviet era iconography. To all the Jim Flora fans, the front cover is an homage to his classic illustration to "Inside Sauter-Finegan" (link)
For anybody in the Toronto area, there will be a CD release accompanied by a similarly themed artshow at the Tranzac on November 7..
This homage to the "Killers" cover was done for the third issue of Uppercase Magazine (link) in a section called "Cover Me". Here a variety of illustrators and designers re-interpreted some of their favourite album covers in some pretty radical ways, so check out the magazine if you get the chance. "Killers" is not my favourite of the classic Iron Maiden covers, but I figured that since it's effect on me indirectly influenced my future career choice, it would get the nod....
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Top: Cover Image, Now Then Magazine-October 2009
Bottom: Poster Insert, Now Then Magazine-October 2009
I recently had the honour of having my work profiled in issue 19 of "Now Then" which is a free independent arts and culture magazine based out of Sheffield in the UK. I'd like to give my thanks to Mr. Matt Jones (link) for having me be a part of this and for the continuing excellent work on the magazine. Check out some back issues here including a link to a free download of issue #19.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Right: Uneasy Cork-Feb./March 2009
Left: Screwcap Controversy-April 2009
Right: Starting a Collection-May/June 2009
Left: Sunshine Wine-July/Aug. 2009
Right: Silent "E"-Sept. 2009
Left: War of the Worlds-Oct. 2007
Right: Tons of Body-Nov. 2007
Left: Picky Families-Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008
Right: Fit to Drink-Feb./March 2008
Left: Pairing Pizza-April 2008
Right: Sugar Overload-May 2008
Left: Cooking Wines-Oct. 2008
Right: Ancient Tipples-Nov. 2008
The funny thing about this being one of the more fun jobs I've had, is that I don't drink. Never have. But I digress, here's to a fun three years. Here's some of my "greatest hits" if you will...
Left: Nouveau Wine-Nov. 2006
Right: Stop With the Cheese-Feb./March 2007
Left: Classy Chablis-April 2007
Right: Beautiful Legs-May/June 2007
Left: Terroir Talk-July/Aug. 2007
Right: Great Finds-Sept. 2007
Saturday, September 19, 2009
There's a great variety of work to be seen, so if you're in the Toronto area from now until October first, please try and check it out.
A big thanks and hi fives to show curators Eric Kim and Mara Sternberg. I hope they managed to finally get some sleep after last night.
And now, pictures....
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Curated by Mara Sternberg & Eric Kim
Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel
September 18th to October 1st 2009
Opening Night: September 18th, 7pm-11pm
Guaranteed to arouse, disturb and amuse, The Rated R Show is an exciting new outlet for local artists to explore adult subject matter. Sixteen professional illustrators, photographers, fine artists, video game and comic artists have been given the freedom to tackle the taboo.
The resulting body of work is as diverse as it's creators; Anthony Brennan, Greg Boychuk, Erin and Kelly Carty, Mike Collier, Matt Daley, Jen Ellison, Melanie Gillis, Paul Hillier, Eric Kim (curator), Alex Leitch, Nadine Lessio, Deryk Ouseley, Corey Pierce, Mara Sternberg (curator), Miguel Sternberg and Kyla Vanderklugt.
Their works have appeared in such notable publications as NY magazine, Scholastic, Xtra, Photo Life Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Diva Magazine UK, as well as graphic novels published by Oni Press. Other accomplishments include exhibitions at Smash Gallery, Lonsdale Gallery, and Sweet Art Gallery. The work has also been recognized by both American Illustration and Applied Arts.
The artists have all approached the term "Rated R" however they saw fit, whether indulging in juvenile humour, pursuing darker themes, or celebrating sexuality without shame. Among them are Kyla Vanderklugt and Paul Hillier. Vanderklugt, a local illustrator, has created a series of gory but beautiful paintings entitled "Breaking Up the Band", inspired by the unpleasant ends of several ruling dynasties. Hillier, by contrast, is exhibiting photographs that explore Shibari, the intricate art of Japanese rope bondage. One such image features a bound and tattooed model topped by a victorious toy Transformer. These are just a few of the many unique directions taken by the artists when freed from restrictions.
The Rated R Show takes over The Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel for two weeks beginning September 18th and running until October 1st. The September 18th opening reception (7pm-11pm) will take place during The Gladstone's annual kickoff party for The Queen West Art Crawl. A looping projection of "Maverick", a documentary on flesh hook suspension by video artist Madison Cawker, will be a part of the exhibit on the opening night alone. Saucy gift bags are available for the first hundred people that attend.
MEDIA: For more information on The Rated R Show, contact organizers Eric Kim and Mara Sternberg at 647-222-3009 or 647-400-7287 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For images relating to this event, please visit our website at http://ratedrshow.com/media/
SPONSORS: The Rated R Show is made possible thanks to the support of The Beguiling, The Central Bar & Restaurant, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, YYZ Records, Come As You Are, Sleeman Breweries, Pomophobe Productions, Canvas Creative Solutions, and Glamour Puss Burlesque.
LOCATION: The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/information.html
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5pm Daily
Here are my contributions to this little pow wow. Oh my stars and garters...
Top: "Fairy Godmother"-12x9 Giclee Print
Bottom: "Mamabicho"- 12x9 Giclee Print