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Monday, October 31, 2011

Fun Times at Workbook Carnival

Let's just start by saying, Bob Pastore can throw one hell of an awesome party. Here's the gist of it: carnival theme, burlesque performers, jugglers, drag queens, life-drawing artists, and pigs in a blanket! Along with friends Dongyun Lee, Chris WhetzeI, Chase Stone, Michal Dziekan, among others, I was lucky enough to be one of those life-drawing artists. On the other side, I was about to go life draw in front of a crowd, so yeah, I was pretty anxious. I had also flown in from Georgia and had only been able to bring a very limited array of materials (TSA's wondrous work), so I was THAT guy. Bob rescued my act and fetched materials for me! Can you believe how awesome this guy is? Anywho, a few drinks in and and nerves forgotten, those sketches started flowing.

Here's a neat video that Michal took of me sketching. By the way, the folks saying those really nice things about me (not sure if I deserve such words) are Michal himself and Delia Evan. Needless to say, I'm flattered.

Check out the blogpost from Workbook itself. The pics are amazing!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Character designs for Pendragon Legacy

After the cover, I was asked by Templar UK to create some character designs/ images for promotion and such. This was really fun , and I wish publishers did this with every book. It's really great being able to explore characters that you might not get the chance to illustrate for the cover.

Thanks for stopping in!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Illostop members actually exist in reality!

I forgot to post this from this summer. I visited Illostop's own Raquel Aparicio in Valencia, Spain. She's not from there and just moved there recently. This is the 3rd illostopper i met in person besides Victo Ngai and Nimit Malavia in New York. I think this is post worthy news, to remind us all that we aren't alone in this. Valencia is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast.

her rent is unbelievably cheap and sunny all the time. look at this floor!

she also restores old furniture. This is some kind of cool vintage record player unit.

a shot of some street in Valencia. There are too many beautiful pics from Valencia to show.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Halloween!

A while back I did a Vampire piece for Wizards of the Coast and I thought it perfectly fitting for the season and my favorite holiday.  I really had a blast with this one and am glad I can finally show it off.  Here is the piece as well as a little bit of my process.

Happy Halloween!!

A little bit of my process....

 Step by Step

recent work

Some recent jobs I would like to expose to you......  :)

Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Templar UK

 Collab with Mark Pernice / Matic for the New York Times Sunday Review

some digital experimentation 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Scientific American

I just recently completed a really fun job for Scientific American.  It was for an article called The First Americans, exploring new research about early humans showing evidence they colonized the American continents earlier than previously thought.  My illustrations depict the idea that these humans took different paths into the new world; one inland, and the other along the west coast, most like by sea.  I had a great time with this project and completed a main illustration for the opening of the article as well as two vignettes for the map portion.  You can take a look at the article online here.  I had the great privilege of working with art directors Michael Mrak and Jen Christiansen.      

The Fest X


I'm grateful to get to work with a lot of excellent bands on their records and merchandise for a living, but honored to have been asked to take part again in Florida's 3 day music FEST, now in its 10th year! The simultaneous gallery show showcases many artists, often those who work with bands and record labels, especially native to FL.  I myself got my big "break" working for a band in Gainesville in 1996 and continue to this very day.

I simply chose to do something fun and exclusive for the art show, especially to celebrate their tenth anniversary, somewhat as a way of giving back to the community and scene that has given so much to me

you can read more about the art show HERE. thanks for reading!

Harvest Time Illos - Jason Raish

This was made through Kult design agency in Singapore, and it's like my 5 or 6th time working with them. All of the pieces that people like of mine were done through this agency because they let me do what i want. This means the projects get very personal and I put WAY more time into them than i should. The Client was Facebook Singapore and I had to illustrate this fact: There are more than 250 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices". There was no way i was going to draw an insane amount of figures like I did for the Bounce Dryer Bar campaign so i though of taking a cross section of people and then i remembered the personal project I have been meaning to do where I illustration people from every country i have lived in. Here are 18 people from China, South Korea, Japan, UK, and Spain (i'm not including NY). I wanted to draw some of the archetypes of people you find in these countries, the common types you see on the street everyday. Examples are, Shibuya girl, Spanish protester guy/girl, Beijing belly man, Korean acid wash jeans/jeggings girl, Chinese Pajama man, japanese salary man, etc. This is the largest piece of artwork i've made so far, it's A0 size (32.7 x 45.4 inches), but my macbook could handle it because i actually worked on each figure on its own file and put them all together in the end. eventually I will post the tweaks I have done to these characters and the blurbs i have written about them and present it to you in properly because this project took me 7-8 days working on it 12 hrs a day. The photo research alone took half of the time I think. and its all because it's so personal to me and my travels and I wanted it to look right. But for now here is the version that Facebook used.

there was a big party for the opening of the Facebook office in Singapore. you can see my art in the background. there were 6 artists in total.

Alternate version

spot for chicago magazine about Fashion Trunk, a new service where you can have a "trunk" full of clothes delivered to the comfort of your home so you can watch football and try on clothes at the same time and you pick what you like and send the rest back.

spot for triathletes world magazine in the UK. it's about a woman who has to drop out of a triathalon because of under training.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New drawings and Dexter's mug

Apologies for the lack of posts. I'm still up to my elbows in graphite and really should stay there for a while. But, when the blog collects dust, I get progressively antsy. I am quite antsy. So, again, my apologies. At some point in the future, I'll throw a bucketload of drawings at you. Please bear with me till then and enjoy the handful I'm allowed to leak out.

Oh, and I made time a while back to produce a quickie Dexter portrait sample for my rep. Hope ya dig it. 
Thanks for reading!