21st Century Trad Band!…

…is the title of the newest album by the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. It is great! But don’t take my word for it. Read about it here, here, or here. GREAT music. And whoa! What’s that? They let me draw all over the album! Front cover! Back cover! Inside on both sides and on the disk too! You got an album surface? I’ll draw on it.

Released by Basin Street Records October 27th! OOOoohhh hello, that’s TODAY! So pick it up HERE right now!

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Animation!

Last Fall I had the great opportunity to work on an animation for 2 Revolutions. I worked with animator/art director Daniel Perez, and under the direction of Ryan Senser, we created a great little informational animation. Each frame of each character’s movement was created in Illustrator and then synched up using (Daniel using) AfterEffects. Special thanks to those of you I roped into letting me tape your motions so I had a video reference to base these little guys on. It was good fun. Enjoy!

Black Bear Rampage

I was hired recently by the nice guys who own Soctt’s Bikes in Tennessee, to create an image for a racing event they hold. I was asked to create an image of a leprechaun riding on the back of a black bear. Far, far away in the city lights of NYC, this made no sense to me at first. However, the company mascot is a leprechaun and they are racing through the woods, which in Tennessee is full of black bears. The racing event is called ‘Black Bear Rampage’, so it all makes complete sense now.

The fist difficulty I ran into was how to make this black bear look aggressive. I did my research and found images and videos of black bears before starting on the drawing. And what I found was that black bears are super cute. Their cuteness levels are up there with baby seals and the little abandoned dog at the end of that subaru commercial (watch it here!) But I imagine that if asked, I could probably draw an ‘attack’ baby seal too. So, I did some preliminary pencil sketches, piecing together the leprechaun and bear and swirls in photoshop and then dropped it all into illustrator and started the finishing process. So here is a slide show with some of the stages:

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At any rate, at this point it is in it’s final stages (I’m pretty sure) and am only debating about the color of the background swirls. Personally I prefer the brown one, but perhaps the red is more race-y and agressive?