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December 31, 2010

Claire's Dumbledore Portrait

Since it is the holidays, I thought I would post some photos of a gift I painted for my girlfriend Claire last year.  It was a portrait of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the greatest headmaster that Hogwarts ever had.  First I bought this old antique gold frame, and then I painted his portrait, using some special "Wizard Paints" that I ordered from a shop in Diagon Alley.

Claire and I were both amazed how well the Wizard Paints worked, because from time to time Dumbledore will get up to visit his other portrait frame in the headmaster's office at hogwarts! 

Claire moved in with me a few months ago, so this painting now rests above the head of our bed.  It's nice to know that Dumbledore is watching over us as we sleep, unless he is away tending to other important matters!

Happy New Years everyone.  Let's hope 2011 is a good one.  I'll do my best to post on here more regularly, so that you don't all have to wait until next winter to see what I've been working on all year.

December 15, 2010

Weezer Memories Tour VIP Posters

PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT have any extra copies of these posters! And I will ABSOLUTELY NOT give anyone a high-res file so they can print their own! Your best bet is eBay, but hardcore Weezer fans paid $500 (each!) for these posters, so you are probably not going to find them.

There's no way for me to know what the rest of my illustration career will hold, but I DO know that this year I got to draw the two coolest illustrations I will probably ever get to do.  Yes, as the title of this post says, I got to draw two posters for my all-time favorite band, WEEZER.

This summer, I got to go backstage at a Weezer concert in Vermont, which was easily one of the coolest nights of my life (the above link is a 3,000 word summary of the show).  After years of correspondence, I got to finally meet Karl Koch that night, who runs their website, documents and archives all kinds of information about the band, and in general, keeps the Weezer world turning.

Well, a few weeks after the show, I got an email from Karl, asking if I would like to design two posters for Weezer's upcoming "Memories" tour.  The idea for the tour is that Weezer plays two nights in each city, and on the first night they play a bunch of hits and then close by playing the ENTIRE Blue Album from start to finish.  Then the next night they do the same thing but play ALL of Pinkerton.  So NOT ONLY did they want me to do some illustrations for my favorite band, but they wanted me to focus on my two favorite albums of theirs.  This was a dream assignment, if ever there was one.

For the tour, Weezer is partnering with I Love All Access to offer these amazing VIP packages, which (for $500 a ticket!) include a meet and greet with the band, front row seats and some exclusive merchandise, including my posters!  Since most of you probably can't afford those rates, here are some  .JPEGs for you to enjoy instead (click to make bigger).

The deadline for this project was pretty tight, so Karl suggested I start with some other illustrations I had been making for Weezer (more on that later!) and put them in a grid - one illustration for each song.  If you don't know every word to every song on these albums, I'm afraid most of these will go over your head, but I was assuming that people who are paying $500 for a ticket will get the inside jokes!

Initially the posters were in full color, but then Karl suggested I limit the palette, which I did, based on the cover art of each album (I also carefully matched all of the lettering from both albums).  Then as a last step, Karl showed the posters to Rivers for final approval.  Rivers asked us to hide a secret message in the posters, which I did.  Needless to say, it was SUPER cool to have his input!!!

For payment, I received some money, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, tickets to the New York stop of the Memories tour!  Claire and I are heading down to the city on Thursday and this weekend we are going to ROCK OUT, old school Weezer style!

December 5, 2010

Baby Nogard for Sam

At the end of last school year, the CCS operations manager, Valerie Fleisher, gave birth to her first child, Sam.  Here's Sam with his Mom a few months later, at the 2010 CCS graduation party.

val & sam

Because CCS is a school full of cartoonists, our boss James asked us all to make some drawings for Sam, which he collected in a book and gave to Val after Sam was born.  I decided to make a drawing of my Nogard the Dragon character as a baby, sort of like the Muppet Babies or Tiny Toons or something.  I tried my best to make it as cute as possible!