Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Corktown Brewing Company Project

Antonie de la Mothe Cadillac Amber Ale finished label.

Antonie de la Mothe Cadillac illustration

Keith Kochajda was kind enough to let me in on his Corktown Brewing Company Project. As the Art Director he took his passion for illustration and design to create a brand of beer. His idea was to take local fictional and nonfictional characters of Detroit and put them on a variety of beers. Taking a number of illustrators, Keith directed us to create these characters and back stories. It was a wonderful project to work on.

Sabastian finished label and 4-pack Beer Carrier. Illustrated by Keith Kochajda.

I decided to illustrate Antonie de la Monthe Cadillac and this is my story that is on the label:

"Antonie de la Mothe Cadillac founded Le Détroit in July 26, 1701. After 1730 he has found himself stuck traveling through different time periods of Détroit. Most recently, he visited the present time of 2009 where he picked up a sensational Amber Ale at the Corktown Brewery Company. He has been glued to his seat ever since!"

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Puppysitting: Illustrated by Dave Chow

I had the fun opportunity of puppysitting my friend Morgan Marentic's Huskie/Pit Bull pup the other day! My friend and teacher Dave Chow drew me this illustration. Awesome Dave!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Editor's Pick Award! was kind enough to have add my Journey to the Center of the Earth to their Editor Picks today! I would like to thank everyone at CGHUB and those who have left me kind comments. I truly appreciate it. :)
I have found that CGHUB is an excellent source of inspiration and a great community for artists to correspond and make new connections. If you haven't made an account on there already, I highly suggest you do. The artwork their is absolutely inspiring and jaw dropping. I am very humble to be a part of this community.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Botobit is finally here!!

It's finally here! The long awaited Botobit. Earlier this year I was asked to participate in this compilation of illustrators, by my good friend Wesley Eggebrecht. I had an early peek at the finished product and I was blown away by the quality of the work. The printing is absolutely beautiful and if you want a compilation of some extremely talented artists, I would pick this up. I am very humbled to be involved with such a crew. I know I can speak for all the artists involved by giving a huge thanks to Wesley and Ryan Eggebrecht for involving us in this project.

So pick it up! If you're in the Detroit area pick it up at the CCS bookstore, if not check out Savant. Remember it also makes a great Christmas present!

Also check out the Solaris A1 x Savant = Online Artist Jam

"Solaris A1 x Savant have teamed up to present the first ever online live artist jam to promote the first ever Botobit book. This event will be powered by Colorillo giving every online viewer the ability to watch as Botobit artists work together to create an illustration live on your computer screen and YShout 5 allowing all views to chat while the masterpiece is being created.

"Sit back, grab your favorite treat and watch magic at work"9pm Eastern Time /"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World: U.F.O.s

I love the aesthetics of these old videos. There's something about older film that make you believe it's much more authentic.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Invisible Man Drawing

Here is another book cover for The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. It is a classic that needs to be on more school's reading lists, perhaps that is just the science fiction lover speaking though. I will be posting the final soon. Thanks for all those that have been visiting the blog and making comments, they are very appreciated. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Super Furry Animals: It's Not the End of the World?

Here's a video that Steve Stanchfield showed us, for those that haven't already seen it. Beautiful animation and design, I think it fits the song perfectly.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds
Digital Paint

Monday, November 16, 2009

Illuxcon 2009

Over the weekend I took a long drive out to Altoona, PA. There I attended the 2nd Illuxcon. This was a place for collectors, artists, fans, and students to all get together and discuss the world of fantastic illustration. This particular convention displays the largest amount of fantastic originals. There were multiple lectures ranging from oil painting demonstrations to art director forums. It was an excellent place to learn, connect, and buy beautiful artwork! I plan on attending next year and would highly suggest to people who are interested in the world of fantastic illustration. Check out there website.

Also I would like to give a shout out to some artist friends that made the trip extra fun: Michael Hayes, Lucas Graciano, Ryan Schutter, and Scott Altmann.

Donato Giancola oil painting demonstration

Donato Giancola's palette and brushes

Donato Giancola portrait

Private Collection

Private Collection

Larger than life statue! Thomas Kuebler

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World: Monsters of the Deep

What is at the bottom of our oceans? This is a question that has plagued my mind ever since I watched The Abyss or Sphere when I was younger.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Final Drawing: Journey to the Center of the Earth

I really try to figure out all of my problems during this stage. Obviously I made some changes to the final. :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Recently I was Facebook stalking :) and I came across my buddy Brandi Keller's profile where she posted this. Previously I've been thinking of this very concept and thought that the diagram illustrated it perfectly. Thanks Brandi. And check out What Consumes Me by Bud Caddell, it's original source.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

I have been working on a series of classic science fiction book covers. It's been a lot of fun visiting and revisiting these old classics that a lot of sci-fi is based off of. H.G. Wells and Jules Vernes have been my main concentration, seeing as though they have been coined "The Fathers of Science Fiction." My goal with these illustrations is to make a series geared towards kids ages 7-12.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dean Cornwell Mural and Stroh's Beer Illustrations

Last week my friends and fellow illustrators/painters Joel Grothaus, Molly Jacques, and Cody Erickson went out to see the Detroit Athletic Club's art collection. They had a wide range from Golden Age of American Illustrators to 18th Century painters to Detroit Painters. It was a very impressive and the employees were way too kind to us.

We had a tour of the majority of the facility including our main attraction The Treaty of Lancaster which was installed in 1936. This piece depicts negotiations between the governor and commissioners of Virginia, Maryland and twenty-four Indian Chiefs of the Six
Nations of Indians. The Six Nations of Indians consisted of the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Tuscarora. These chiefs lost control of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The mural was commissioned by the DAC and stretches across Club's Tap Room Bar.

I apologize for the quality of the photos however our time was limited due to the amount of
artwork we were able to see. A huge thanks goes out to the staff of the Detroit Athletic Club for taking time out of their busy schedules to show us around.

These photos unfortunately lost a lot of color after being uploaded however if you'd like to download a zip file here is the website.

I am unable to give you any specifics on these illustrations below other than that they are advertisements from what I'm guessing the '40s and '50s. The company was Detroit's own Stroh's Brewey Company. It was established in 1850 by Bernhard Stroh emigrated from Germany after the German Revolution. He came from a family of brewers and wanted to continue their success in the U.S. Later, the company survived Prohibition by producing near bear, birch beer, soft drinks, malt, products, ice cream, and ice. The company returned to brewing beer after Prohibition ended in 1933. The company continued to expand and passed down to generations of Strohs. It was a large success, even purchasing several other brands, until the company was bought up in 2000 and broken apart.