There is big news for SketchbookJack. An interactive iPad ebook app is currently in the works. The first app will be “The Island and the Plough.” All the bold, black and white illustrations will come to life with animations, a narrator, and even an apple-catching mini-game. I don’t want to spoil too much, so stay tuned and I’ll post a few more screenshots.
The prints for DeFacto Entertainment’s 7″ vinyl single have arrived! Here are the final, printed versions of the illustrations I did for their album art. If you enjoy hip hop, rap, and/or the illustrations involved you can order your own here: http://defactoent.bandcamp.com/album/choose-your-weapon-feat-jehst (Photos courtesy of DeFacto Entertainment)
The earlier shots I posted of the work in progress can be found in this earlier post.
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Front Cover)
“Chooes Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Back Cover)
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Side A)
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Side B)
Two more sample page layout mockups from the children’s letter book, “Captain and Crow’s ABCs.” Here, the Captain finds a giant carrrrrp, throws a darrrrrrrrt and finds his earrrrrrr. Good golly scalley waggins, the Captain is pretty darn good at naming words with R in them.
Here is a sneak peak of my latest book project. I am working on finding an agent and pitching around “The Island and the Plough” but I am continuing to build up other projects, because there are plenty more to come.
Here we have “Captain and Crow’s ABCs”. The Captain finds a smart Crow who challenges him to to a test. First he is asked if he knows his ABCs, to which the Captain replies “ARR!” only to be followed by asking what his favorite letter is. Of course, it is R. The crow challenges him to name a word for every letter in the alphabet that has an R sound in it. Here, the Captain is almost stumped by the letter I, and much confusion arises between I, eye and aye.
Captain is almost stumped with I, but then he finds a word that has an ARRRRR in it.
Dapper Wolf: Cabernet
Lucky: Pinor Noir
And now for some black and white bottle/label/package design. I wish these were real, but they are just samples for a design and the winemaker is fictitious as well. But, who knows, maybe someday I will be posting a real wine label with my work on it!
I’ve been waiting for a while now to share this with you, and since the producer has released the art I can show it now. This was a great project to work on and it will be printed on limited edition 7″ vinyl no less! I was given the lyrics of the song and came up with some characters and symbolism. There will also be art to see for the back sleeve and the inside vinyl label itself but those are yet to be released. Here you can find DeFacto Entertainment and Raw Product. Below is the final front cover and some work in progress, making of’s so you can see how the layout, the sketch and ink process.
Choose Your Weapon – Front Cover
The author, the ogre, and the wickerman
The author and the ogre
The Wickerman closeup
Banner and Typeface work
For those of you who have been following me for a long time, you may remember the “Cats Are Aliens” doodles I did on napkins or perhaps you have seen them popping up on Instagram. I found those drawings, scanned them and gave them some new life. I’ll continue to collect them here in this gallery as I finish each one. Enjoy!
¡ It’s Lucha time! For those of you that remember the Lucha Libre characters I posted a while back: here are a few of the fighters in full glory, depicted as retro advertisement posters you might see stapled, or stuck with chewed gum, to a telephone pole. Forgive me; my Spanish is a little rusty so if anyone would like to act as a proof reader or suggest slogans and phrases that should be on here, by all means, let me know! Otherwise, enjoy, and don’t forget to get tickets to the next fight to see your favorite wrestler.
¡ I also have a grammar and etymology trivia question! ¿Why does the Spanish language use an upside down exclamation point and question mark before and after the sentence? ¿And why not for periods and other punctuation? ¿Is it only to warn you that a point of excitement is about to come? ¿What if the first half of your sentence is not a question but the second half is?
How awesome is that? Albert Einstein’s birthday (March, 14th, 1879) and Pi Day (3.14) are on the same day? The only thing that would be better would be if his birthday was on 299,792,458 (speed of light) day, but I don’t think that occurs, ever. I think we should celebrate by cracking the code to marrying relativity and quantum theory together. Well, let’s just start with having a piece of pie; that seems more manageable for today. So, for all you math and science fans out there here are two wallpapers for you. Just click to get the full resolution and then you can save it to your device.
optimized for iPhone 5
Optimized for Ipad (landscape and portrait)
After being away for a little while, The Daily Mobster has started up again with new gangsters! The stories and characters are ever growing. Be sure to head over and follow along and don’t be afraid to share! Just for fun, I have compiled all of them together below, so please enjoy!
(Be sure to read in a slow, grisly, proper voice)
E is for Edward, he’d be eighty eight, I say.
G is for Gorey, happy, happy Birthday.
Read The Gashlycrumb Tinies here.
Our wedding was featured onruffledblog.com! For those of you who like to keep up with the wedding blogs and design, or just want to see some of my illustrations in action (mostly directed and inspired by my lovely wife) you can check out their piece on our wedding here. Here are some samples of the DIY artwork we did for the wedding. (Photos provided by Arrow&Apple)
Hand cut glitter sign.
Wedding program design with wishbone (for wishbone breaking ceremony)
Treat bag design (with homemade salted caramels inside)
Gnarly Gnome holiday tags to cheer up any holiday gift package in the Etsy store!
I just published these illustrated winter animal gift tags on my Etsy shop. Check them out!
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Front
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Interior and cd
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Reverse
My copies of Ultraswing‘s “Jouez” have arrived; they look so great printed! There is always something pretty great about seeing work printed as it has such a different feel that being digitally onscreen. They have a tactile substance that I love. The music is great too, so if you like gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt be sure to check out Ultraswing; they have worked really hard to putting this album together and I listened to it on my drive up to the north valley this weekend and the tracks are wonderful. You can have a look at flat, larger versions of the covers from an older post here.