Monday, December 20, 2010


Next project: Painting a scene with Godzilla destroying Tokyo... But it’s painted on the body of a guitar!
I’m stoked about this, I’ve never done anything like it before. I’m taking my time on this one, I’ve got to make sure it turns out great.
First step: sketching and creating the composition!

- J

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Heads Held High coming to Corktown Tavern

Here's a little flyer I whipped up for Heads Held High, AOD, SNAFU, and Dick Hickey.

Zombies gettin' wrecked!

So currently I'm working on a band flyer/poster (hopefully I finish it today). But I thought I'd take a second to show you some progress shots of the gouache painting (which I had to hurry and finish up yesterday morning).
Started with some rough pencil sketches on illustration board, then started hard lining them in to establish some stability, then thew some gouache down to establish some foreground depth, then middle ground, then background.
Touched it off with a little ink and colored pencil. Wish I'd had a bit more time, I could've added a bit more detail.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Suicide Machines benefit concert

So I'm working on a few different things right now... The gouache piece I mentioned earlier, a big poster for a show (which is becoming a bit more involved than I expected, might even need a model for the photo reference I need to speed up my work), and I'm about to start painting on a guitar (a first for me!). But then this last second flyer popped up for a Suicide Machines show. It's a benefit for the children of deceased Bill Jennings (ex-drummer for the Suicide Machines). It's taking place a week from Monday, so I had to kick it out all at once, tonight! Whipped it up, I hope it doesn't show too bad that I did it in so little time.
Definitely hit up this show and give your donation. Guaranteed to be a good time!


I've started a new piece that I'm pretty excited about. Unfortunately I need to get it done in a very short amount of time, which is unfortunate because if I had the time to really spend on it it could be soooo much better.
Anyway, I'll try to do it fast and still have it be cool (it seems like this is the case for every single thing I've been working on lately).
I've decided to do it in gouache, ink, and a little colored pencil.
I haven't used gouache in a really long time, wish me luck!
I'll post progress photos soon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

DH logo option

The band is looking for a main logo, and they weren't feeling the last one (scratchy punk looking one). Here's an option I worked up that takes it in more of an old school thrash look, along the lines of Destruction, Anthrax, Death Angel, Testament, Overkill, etc. Hope they like it! If not, it'll be a good reference point to point me in the right direction.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Release the Dogs!

New T-shirt design, inspired by the movie Reservoir dogs. I did a zazzle version but the design's a bit compromised to work within their tight limitations. It'd probably cost a pretty penny to work this up with my screen printer like you see it here. But if you're interested in the Zazzle version go to to purchase. If the price is too steep let me know and I'll knock the back art off, that will drop the cost significantly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Arrival in Hong Kong

I arrived at my room at the Royal Garden in Kowloon about 8pm (8am in the U.S.). We were able to nab a direct flight from Detroit to Hong Kong without a layer over in Tokyo, which shortened the trip a lot. It had already been dark in Hong Kong for over an hour. A thick layer of smog covers all of Hong Kong, much of it coming from the factories in Southern China. The humidity is incredibly high. As soon you walk outside your clothes stick to you. A brief walk around Kowloon will make your shirt soaked with sweat.The hotel is beautiful; my room is spacious and well equipped. The employees of the hotel speak pretty good English, but along with their own accent they also speak English with a British accent, sometimes making it a bit hard to understand. Unlike China, the people in Hong Kong drive on the left side of the road. We had taken a taxi from the Kowloon train station to the Royal Garden and the driving reminded me of New York City, chaotic and kind of frightening. We walked along the Kowloon Peninsula, through the Hong Kong version of the walk of fame. Some notable things I spotted were Jackie Chan’s hand prints in the boardwalk and a statue of Bruce Lee. We took the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island. When you figure out the exchange rate the ferry only cost about 30 cents U.S. Hong Kong makes New York City look like Detroit. It’s a massive metropolis that is buzzing with activity. Even on a weeknight the streets are packed with people. The World Cup is taking place, and all of the bars in Hong Kong are packed with people watching soccer. There are people from all over the world, and bars from all over the world. We went into a Russian ice bar. They hand you fur coats to wear when you enter, and the walls are pure ice. Even the seats are blocks of ice. This is apparently the only good way to do shots of vodka. I didn’t take a coat and the extreme change in temperature made my skin steam into a cloud around my body. The city is very well kept. There’s little garbage and graffiti and little-to-no danger (at least in the areas I walked). Everything was beautiful, including the people. All of the people were beautiful, and wearing expensive designer clothes and were very accustom to a city life style. I never saw a single person overweight. There also aren't any homeless people, suprisingly. There are tons of places to shop, especially expensive designer stores like Armani and Louis Vuitton. I tried Tsingtao, a Chinese lager. It was pretty good. There are a lot of 7-11s in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island but the products are much different than the ones back home. I bought some snacks to take back to my room. Nothing too risky but definitely some interesting packaging. The prices are very high, it’s unusual seeing what appear to be American prices, but obviously they are HK $. For example, a sign in front of a Subway advertises that 6” subs are only $26 each. The people here love soccer. There’s World Cup ads and merchandise everywhere you look. It’s sad that you don’t see any of that in the U.S. There’s a popular advertisement here for a brand of water that makes fun of the U.S. I saw the billboards for it but confirmed what the joke was when I saw the commercial on tv in my room. It’s an anime style cartoon showing a bunch of (American) football players crashing through soccer players at the world cup, knocking them over and tackling them. Then it says “Wrong sport! Right water!”. Anyway, that’s all for tonight. I have to get up in a few hours.
Sorry for the crappy, blurry, unedited photos! I'll try to post better ones later.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Death Merchant - the beginning!

So I've been hired to do the album cover for a metal band called "Death Merchant". This includes doing a logo as well. So I worked up a quick (very rough) concept sketch of two corpses sharing one set of intestines. I'm trying to work pain, agony, and despair in equal parts into this piece. Also, I've worked up my first finalized version of the logo (notice the little jaw bone coming off the "D", my favorite part). Tomorrow morning I'm going to get some supplies for the painting, then the bass player is coming over to check out the logo and the sketch. If he likes the concept and gives the go ahead then I'll start the painting right away! Give me your thoughts and opinions!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Harley commission finished!

It's official, I've finished the massive commission piece. For those who didn't read the earlier post, this painting is of a collage of photos that were given to me showing places he visited on his motorcycle. His arms gesture outward to show that the world is all his. You may recognize some famous landmarks. This piece provided many challenges, a big one being the composition. How do I create a composition from so many different places being included? I wanted the variety of backgrounds to have some sort of flow. After much trial and error I think I came to a decent conclusion.
There's a lot of fun little ideas I put into this painting as well. As you'll see there's a picture of him on the beach, his feet just on the edge of the water. This is to represent that he put his feet in all of the great lakes. I used real sand on the beach to give a sense of realism and texture, as well as a bit of gloss to make it look wet. The mountain range representing the badlands is a super thick texture paint made for interior wall decorations. I build it up and sculpted it to make it appear rocky. This turned out to be a bigger challenge to paint on top of then I expected, but through several layers of wet and dry brushing it turned out decent.
I hope he likes it! Tomorrow I go hunting for a frame for it. Wish me luck that I find something that complements it well and isn't too expensive!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Band work

Hi everyone!
I'm going to be doing some artwork for a couple bands soon. Be sure to come check back, I'll be posting pictures.
Almost finished with the Harley piece as well, I'll post the final pics this week.

- J

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Shoes up on!

Check out some of my new shoe designs up at!
Here's some shots of my hot rod shoes and my As Fall Leaves shoes I call "Royalty"!