Monday, September 26, 2011

arctic monkeys poster

Arctic Monkeys poster

Last week I created the above poster for the Grammy winning British alt-rock band, Arctic Monkeys. It was for their Winnipeg date during their 2011 Canadian Tour, but they also sold the poster at the Saskatoon and Calgary shows as well. I got hooked up with a ticket for the Calgary show on Thursday, and it was awesome! Bothe Arctic Monkeys, and opening act The Smith Westerns put on a great show.


The orange color way drying on the racks after receiving their final silk screen pass at Burnt Toast Studio

My poster had a run of 150. 100 in the blue color way and 50 in the orange color way were printed. The band got some and I got a few as well. It was great to see how quickly it sold, even at the non-Winnipeg dates. There are a few that were held on to to sell at Heritage Posters and Music on 14th street as well if you're interested. Each one is individually signed and numbered. Alden Alfon and Kenzie Housego each made a poster as well, for the Calgary and Saskatoon dates respectively, that should also have a couple left at Heritage Posters and Music. Alden and Kenzie both did a wicked job of silk screening all of the posters as well!

Me, frantically trying to get all the poster signed at the Arctic Monkeys show

Behind the poster booth at Mac Hall

Watch the Arctic Monkeys' perform Florescent Adolescence below. Very cool at 2:00 when they switch in to a cover of Patsy Cline's "Strange" (Besides "She's Got You", "Strange" is probably my favorite song of hers.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

allstar weekend music video

In September I was fortunate enough to work on a music video for Hollywood Records (home to fellow Disney artists such as Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, etc). The music video was for the group Allstar Weekend. The single is "Blame it on September", and was a lot of fun to be a part of. I was able to collaborate alongside my friend Kyle Ritchtsfield, who did the Post VFX, and the music video was directed by the talented Colin Minihan. I contributed the hand drawn animations.

Allstar Weekend calls it "by far their favorite to date" here, which is cool because some of their music videos have over 4 million views!

It just got thrown on to youtube so watch below.

Friday, September 9, 2011

penny for your thought

This months sex topic in BeatRoute Magazine is what you think about when you masturbate, and before anyone comments, this is NOT an autobiographical illustration.

Sort of a tough one to decide what to draw, mostly when making the crucial decision of having the sex related whale be a sperm whale or a humpback whale (I went for hump). Next months sex article and illustration will be Halloween themed I believe, in the meantime pick up this month's Beatroute or read the article online here.

Your post related song after the jump.

& ampersand 3 reminder


A reminder about the collaborative art exhibit; &Ampersand 3. Tomorrow, Sept.10, is the reception taking place between 6:00-10:00. Sam and I have a piece we worked on together showing, which I think turned out well. If you don't get the chance to join us at the reception you have until the 10th to go check it out! The show is at Untitled Art Society Satellite Gallery 343 11th Ave SW.

Friday, September 2, 2011

shabazz palaces album review

Besides illustrating for BeatRoute I now do a little bit of writing as well, you can read my review of the new Shabazz Palaces album "Black Up" in the newest issue, within the new mini-magazine inside, "Freq".

cutesies book

I received an email from Sketchoholic last week asking for permission to print a submission of mine that I drew over a year ago. It will be in the Sketchozine "Cutesies", Wanchana Intrasombat designed the above cover art. There will also be some features and interviews with some of the best illustrators in the business, like Eduardo Sá Carneiro (you can read his Cutesies interview here).

My "Lil 'Zilla" piece is in the top right corner of the right image.

The original piece I drew can be seen on an old Finishing Lines post here, or on page 79 of the book (just type in 79, where it says Page 1 here). Not sure when the book is set to be published.

& ampersand 3

Sam and I collaborated once again for the &ampersand Show (not the above image that's just the promo poster). The exhibt runs from September 6-10, and there will be a closing reception, so come on out and take in all the collaborative works.

Vicky Chau, &ampersand organizer and curator explains the show:

&ampersand is an art exhibition that celebrates collaborations between creatives, where each collaborator brings a different skill, practice and perspective. Collaborations are a unique experience where inspiration, motivation, and new perspectives can influence the works created. The beauty of each work comes from how new ideas emerge, as part of the collaborations, where it would not have happened alone. It is never a perfect process. As you work off each other, you start discovering your own strengths and weaknesses. Either working harmoniously or clashing ideas, by the end of it, you never know how it’s going to turn out. There are over 15 collaborative works and over 35 artists and designers involved in the show. This is the 3rd year of &ampersand, which has continued to inspire individuals to work together to create something new.

For the full list of artists and more event info check out the Facebook page here.

To see the piece Sam and I exhibited last year click here.