Every year the Detroit Lions offer CCS students to design Christmas cards for them through Chuck Giles' Book Cover Illustration course. And naturally the first thing I thought of when I heard Christmas was Santa.
...yeah, can't use Santa. (Definitely not because it kind of spells out Satan).
....nah, the rumors of infidelity within football is rampant these days. Geez, haven't you seen The Game (what up Lauryn!)?
So with my first two ideas left on the drawing board, there was only one other thing that came to mind when Christmas is discussed.
Jesus, right? It'd better have been Jesus.
Okay, there was ANOTHER thing that came to mind about Christmas - Calvin & Hobbes. Calvin & Hobbes being one of my favorite strips, I always loved how Calvin created snowmen doing some of the craziest stuff. Heck, the first Calvin & Hobbes book I ever got was called Attack of the Snowmen. So I took that idea and tried to fuse it …
In the same vein as Wolfpack Ink, my homie Wes E. (bro, you know I can spell your last name) is starting up a new blog for fellow artist to come through and post up artwork inspired by a weekly topic. This week's first topic was illustrating your favorite TV show...
Since Doc Illingsworth, 1/3 of the group Detroit Cydi (who happen to be iV sponsored as well), let the rhyming cat out of the bag, I guess it's all good for me unveil the cover I designed for their upcoming tape The Rhyming Thesaurus on here as well.
A remix album of their previous tape, The Rhyming Dictionary, I took the idea of the whole project being a remix and in turn remixed the original cover with my own style.
TRT will available for listening on December 25th, RIGHT on Christmas Day. So you can get your Power Rangers fully flexible action figure with accompanying Megazoid AND some great music too. YAY!*
*aka I wish I still had mine around. For...creative purposes of course.
Well, last week got so hectic that Brandon and I thought it would do some good to a week break. I unfortunately could NOT get a break but at least I'm rejuvenated enough to make some strips! So in other words, we're back!
No. 28 - "How The FBI Got Its Groove Back"
And other possible agents the FBI could've used: Agent Epps, Agent Lathan, or Agent Walker. Jimmie Walker.
What's good to all my morning people (or to all those who haven't actually made contact with sleep yet). Just for you early birds that read the blog (and if you haven't seen it already *coughcoughBrandicoughcough*) here's what the last post was hinting at: My newly revamped site recreated and renewed straight from the ground up.
"Why the change up? The last one was dope as it is."
Yeah, that might be true but the last one was kinda also for an assignment. This revamp gave me a reason further evolve the direction I had for Version 1 and push it with Version 2. So without further adeu, I present to you - SMACKILLUSTRATIONS - PROJECT MAYHEM V.2
Ever attend one of those Renaissance Fairs they usually have in any town and wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of them? Do they always talk in "Ye Old English" all the time? What do they serve for lunch breaks? Do they actually love to skip? All these inquires are answered and more thanks to awesome fellow artist Rachael Olek's (or as I like to call her, "Ro Ro") new comic series, And We All Did Die, based on her own adventures while working at the RenFair. Check it out and prepare to have the laugh node in your brain explode...from so much laughter.
And as with the Reed Gunther pin-up I did for Chris, this is what I just received in the mail after I got out of one of the most brain draining classes known to art college. (Yay, Philosophy of Arts)
This, people? This...is...AWESOME! From Chris' already established style to the inclusion of past characters to cleavage, this is pin-up right here is OFFICIAL!
And this also has me inspired to at least TRY to write up some new SC scripts. I know I've been incredibly busy with Revolutionary Times but there hasn't been a day where I want to at least do some more SC comics! So thank you, Chris. You have inspired me to get up off my lazy ass....and sit my lazy ass back down to draw some more comics. So stay tuned, true believers. Stay tuned....