If you have been wondering where I have been, I have been busy busy busy, toiling away to bring “The Island and the Plough” to interactive ebook iPad app form. It will have originally composed music created by the professional concert pianist, Stephen Pikarsky and will be narrated by the incredibly talented (and soon to be published, himself) Bill Townley. This is not to mention that the illustrations from the book will come to life with interactive physics, graphical words that react to touch, and additional animations that will bring the characters to life. Once we launch this and get it off the ground, I will be going to Kickstarter to ask for some additional funds to get the physical book printed. This will be a somewhat different take on the kickstarter platform, as the work is already done, and there will already be a product to buy (the App) if you aren’t terribly interested in funding Kickstarter. However, if you are interested in supporting my future work, or just want to get your hands on the physical book, you can kick in (essentially pre-order) the book. If we reach the goal, it will allow us to get the large quantity of books printed at a price reasonable for you!
So stay tuned, the App will be released in the coming weeks and the Kickstarter to get “The Island and the Plough” prints will follow immediately after. In the meantime, chew on this trailer for a bit!
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!
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!
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)
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.
In the story for “Salvador,” the down on his luck Captain and his ship mate, Skip have a turn of fortune when they befriend a colossal baleen blue whale. After being ridiculed by the local villagers, and unable to bring in a decent catch, the Captain and Skip are washed out to sea. They realize the whale wants to help them. They fashion an grand mast from nearby pine and stitch together what they can for sails in order to create an enormous saddle for the whale. The creaky, run down, tugboat instantly becomes the helm of the fastest, best fishing ship that ever sailed, err swam, the seas.
Cool man daddio, how about some swanky skins for the old iPhone? I thought it about time for poppin’ some swell wallpapers of the most popular mobsters. Show them around, or just have a little smile every time you turn on your phone at the goofball looking back at you. If anyone has a special request, just shoot me an email via the contact page and I can try to get to it. Hope you all enjoy and don’t forget to stop by, and have your friends stop by, The Daily Mobster once in a while.
Download them now, here!
I have the first actual printed proof of “The Island and the Plough,” on its way to me. I am awaiting eagerly for it to arrive. This puts me ever so close to the finish line for this project. Meanwhile, I also am working with a friend who is a developer to release an App version of the book with some fun interactive tid-bits and animation. I hope to have that out soon after the print release. The above is again, just a nerdy digital book mock up, but I will be able to finally post an actual photo soon!
I have reworked the cover art for “The Island and the Plough” a bit to include the house as to bring in a bit more of the human element considering the story so heavily revolves around a man and nature theme. It seems to have lost some of its perfect symmetry, hopefully for the better in an asymmetric sort of way. It might still need a little more attention to keep the balance right. I am nearly finished with the internal illustrations and hope to post some here; however, not too many as to ruin the story. ;)
Oh yes, I am a geek. I mocked up what the book might look like ;p