A collection of illustrations done initially in pencil and ink, scanned, cleaned and finished in vector for scalable print. These projects range from pieces done for shows to promotional imagery for non-profits to pinup panels for independent comic books.
Done as a pinup for the back of a once forthcoming Image comics TPB about a team of minor league baseball players who end up stuck in a small town beating the snot out of demons.
The Yule Lads.
A depiction of Iceland's Yule Lads, a group of 13 conniving and mischievous fellas who, preceding the change into winter, keep tabs on the rotten kids of Iceland and harass them in accordance of their personalities: sometimes stealing + eating candles sometimes harassing sheep sometimes simply peeping in on them. If kids have been truly rotten they leave potatoes in their shoes. As one does.
Adventure on a Small Floating Island, 1.
Adventure on a Small Floating Island, 2.
Thus Was a Flaming Skull put in a Chokehold.
A combination of: classic 80's villain archetypes, luchadores, flaming skulls & a bit of the good ole' D&D for good measure.
H.P. Lovecraft's 'He.'
Illustration done for an H.P. Lovecraft compendium, hi-lighting both the beauty and subtlety of his stories, focusing more on the idea of the tales rather than the monsters.
An image for a show benefiting Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, this is from a day where my dude Franklin (the dog) and I went exploring in the woods and he discovered that tadpoles existed. Franklin is a rescue, who was originally cared for by the wonderful people at PAWS.
Dia de Pistolas.
A sugar skull created solely of intricately patterned weapons and instruments of death.
The Cake is a Lie.
Done as a gift for a family member who has recently discovered the exciting game of Portal, OG piece is poster sized and framed in their newly renovated gaming room.
Done for the Dog Days of Summer hot dog enthusiast crowd event, and currently hanging on the walls of South Street's own gourmet hot dog vendor Hot Diggity, this piece recreates a fairly famous scene of the storming of Normandy. With hot dogs.
The Best Mac N Cheese.
It turns out I eat a lot of mac & cheese, and, for a long time, I would swear to the fact that the best one I ever had was at a bowling alley nearby called North Bowl. I ate it enough, that I felt obliged to do a portrait of it, as it was maybe 1/5 of a muse.
Across the Sea.
Massive image done for a show at the FUEL gallery depicting a person sending their love across an ocean a gift, with the help of a powerful and grand wind god. Original is over 8' long and lives in a hand made hardwood frame. Below are two detail shots of the piece.
Pop Culture Illustration.
Various Illustrations done for illustration-focused: collective, group, + solo show on topics ranging from pop-culture classic NES games to modern uber-hit cartoons like Adventure Time, and all the way to classic and cult horror movies.
I Like The Part Where the Robot Punches the Monster.
Piece done for a Guillermo Del Toro tribute show at Gallery 1988 in LA. This pc. is based on my love of all things OTT in the terrific film Pacific Rim.
Piece done for a Halloween themed art opening at a Fishtown Gallery based on classic Misfits tune of the same name. Minus several e's.
Descendents of Edrick.
A piece done in tribute to longstanding favorite NES game: Dragon Warrior for an 8-Bit Classics show at Gallery 1988.
The Joker Show.
A show in tribute of the clown. The nemesis. The all time arch of arches. This is a combination of 2 loves: the Dark Tower and Batman's rogues gallery. Titled 'The Dork Tower' this image depicts Joker as he may see himself: a Roland to a Man in Black.
Image done for a Pulp-Pinup themed show at Phantom Hand Gallery, this piece is a tribute to one of my favorite comic book oddities Doc Brass (an allegory to Doc Savage) from Warren Ellis' Planetary.
Limbo from Limbo.
Done for a video game gore themed show at Brave New Worlds, this piece depicts the gory end to the nameless protagonist in recent indie darling videogame Limbo on the Xbox.
A Ruiner's Call.
Done for a group show at the Sailor Jerry store in Philadelphia, this piece was done on theme with the show, suitably titled: Booze, Boats, and Broads. It depicts drowning men answering the call of a devilish woman with some devilish spirits.
Done for a group show held in the Cartoon Network HQ in CA, this piece wasdone before the premier of the first season of Adventure Time hit the airwaves and became the sensation it currently is. Multiple Pen Ward ref's. are hidden within. As well as algebra?
Done as a part of a limited ed. print set, for TMNT Time this foe of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was depicted in limited color, screenprinted, and hung at the show, where the actual Turtle Van made an appearance.
Goonies, Ghostbusters + Gremlins.
Done for a show at Gallery 1988, this triptych explores a common theme of the three titular movies: improvisation, especially in the realm of 1980's weaponry.
Fliers & Posters.
Fliers and posters designed to be run through both digital offset and screen-print for events ranging from podcasts, to pop punk shows, to pop-up movie screenings, and more.
MBMBaM: Live in the Midwest Poster
Promotional posters designed for a series of live shows performed by the bros. McElroy, who's podcast My Brother, My Brother, and Me is one of the consistently funniest things around. Inspired by their quest to provide "knowledge and wisdom", and tying in my love of 70's era, action/detective comics and cartoons, these posters were made for promotion and on sale at their live shows at Chicago's Lincoln Hall, Milwaukee's Turner Hall and Minneapolis' The Cedar.
Friends of Clark Park Promotional Poster
This Where's-Waldo-esque creation was made to both promote the 3rd Annual party in West Philadelphia's own magnificent Clark Park, and also as poster that can be sold to raise funds for the Park Conservancy program. It includes odes to many of the loveable oddballs and outdoor loving folks who frequently visit the park.
Poster for collaborative event to raise money for breast cancer awareness & research, feat. a Weezer cover Band ( Freezer, as it was composed of staff members of...), Little Baby's Ice Cream, DJ's, and the premier of Yards Brewing Co's. lmtd. ed. PYNK beer (brewed with local cranberries).
The Grip Up!
Poster for The Grip Up! A collaborative event feat. An amateur Arm Wrestling Competition, free screening of Over the Top, and vending from local Philadelphia food heroes: Dapper Dog, Little Baby's Ice Cream, and Yards Brewing Co.
My now annual recap of the goofs told on the best advice show of the moderne age, MBMBaM. The 2013 collection contains some of the singular weirdest things I've ever drawn. See the whole gallery of images composing this piece: HERE.
The second of a now annual set of recaps of the best advice show of the moderne era: MBMBaM. This year's drawings are some of the weirdest things I have ever drawn. See closeups in the slideshow: HERE.
MBMBAM: A Year in Review.
A poster done as a piece of fan art for popular 'advice' (read: Comedy) podcast My Brother, My Brother, and Me. Poster sized, and comprised of around 50 smaller illustrations detailing a year of goofs, gaffs, and non-sequitors this poster was hung in a show titled Pop-A-Ganda: Propaganda for a Pop Age.
Screen print on aged stock, this poster was designed for a one night screening of the movies Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps, hosted by a herd of nerds and introduced by director Fred Dekker himself. He's probably my favorite.
The Revival Tour
3 color screenprinted poster for the Trocadero theater, for a tour featuring some of my favorite musicians performing acoustically and country-oriented: Including: Dave Hause of the Loved Ones, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Dave Barry of Avail, and more.
Pop Punk Fliers
Fliers done for the bands Good Luck and Latterman (and all supporting acts) for various shows here in Philadelphia. The Good Luck images were used as a set for their winter and summer tours here, respectively.
Done for a 20th anniversary Hellboy art show, this 4 color screenprint was a collaborative piece between me and the endlessly talented Peter Wonsowski. The crown was actually hand painted in with liquid gold (and thus was in lmtd. supply).
Titans + Tragedy.
Images of Classic Greek Myths & Monsters reinterpreted in the grossest possible manner, for a 2-person show exploring modern looks at ancient myths at Philadelphia's Art Dept. gallery with Alicia Neal.
The sons of Uranus & Gaia, these creatures are brothers to the Titans and crafters of the Gods’ weapons, including Zeus’ lightning bolts. The brothers Cylopes were slain by Apollo. Who was forced into servitude for their murder.
A snake haired monstrous guardian the Gorgon was known to be able to turn men to stone, just by gazing at them. When beheaded by Perseus, their blood was said to have spilled and grown into coral, which, in turn, birthed Pegasus.
The Mother of Whirlpools. 3 times a day this daughter of Poseidon & Gaia would suck up vast quantities of water to quench a never- ending thirst cursed upon her when Zeus turned her into a basic & hideous hag-bladder.
Born to king Minos & queen Pasiphe (after Minos was tricked into relations w/ her while she was hiding inside a wooden bull) this bull-headed monster was kept at the heart of the Cretan Labyrinth, a terrible & immense maze constructed by Daedelus & his son Icarus.
The Horse Botherers. Presences, variously identified as a ghost or dangerous site, blamed for frightening horses at hippodromes throughout Greece. A major one, the Taraxippus at Olympia, was believed to have been born of the dragging of Hectors body by horse around a statue of recently slain Patroclus.
A massive automaton this giant of iron & bronze was believed to have been crafted by the Cyclopes in the shape of Kres, the personification of Crete, and tasked with protecting Europa. Talos had one vein, running neck to ankle, bound by one bronze nail. This nail was tricked out of him in a drug maddened state by a drug wizard.
Zeus & Cronus
Cronus, son of Uranus King of Titans, took the throne after slaying his father; and was thus cursed by him to suffer a similar fate. Paranoid by this curse, Cronus ate all of his children whole as they were born. Except his youngest son Zeus. Who did rebel. And, in disguise as a servant, posioned Cronus to vomit up his devoured siblings before castrating him with his own sickle.
Illustrations from a recent show by myself and Alicia Neal, wherein I turned all my favorite things into monstrous piles of goo. All the new stuff from Justin Gray Illustration, all the time. You'd buy that for a dollar!
A pile of deconstructed parts of all my favorite bits of 90's Xmen characters made into a giant mess of monsters and slime.
Dungeons and Dragons Pile
Piece done as part of a set of illustrations done for forthcoming show at The Art Dept. of brightly colored, hideous piles of awesome stuff I love, appropriately titled Piles of Awesomeness. Details: HERE.
A mash up of my favorite parts of the all time classic movie Predator made into a giant mush of guts, blood, muscles, mini-guns, and terrible one liners.
A massive pile of monsters meets my favorite characters from my recently obsessed about 2D MOBA styled game: Awesomenauts.
A pile of guts and monsters and fish and crud compiled from my remembrances of parts of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft stories. Creepy.
A pile of my favorite junk food things smashed into a single disgusting pile of gross.
A pile of some iconic parts of this filthy, lovely city I live in: Philadelphia. You know, as made into a pile of monsters, guts, and teeth.
Images created for local, unique, and wholly independently owned and operated businesses, bands, and brands using an illustrative and original take on logo design puling from character based illustration and hand done typography.
The Adventure Zone.
Illustration and Header designs for the D&D themed family adventure podcast The Adventure Zone featuring the brothers McElroy from MBMBaM.
We Are The Union Designs.
A set of 2 retro-game inspired, hand designed type logos for the band We Are the Union. A superb bunch of musicians & fellas, you can grab these designs on hand screened, US made, sweatshop-free shirts with Eco-friendly, water-based inks at their merch shop HERE.
Werewolf Ambulance Podcast Design.
Logo created for the Werewolf Ambulance podcast, and show hosted by two of the loveliest individuals discussing the ridiculousness and inherent hilarity of non-classic horror movies. Give a listen/follow them HERE
Image created for custom bike parts manufacturer.
Little Baby's Ice Cream.
Mascot, logo, and look and feel design for initial business image, along with application of look onto various forms of print media incl. business cards, pint stickers, stationery, and 1" pins.
Design & Layout.
Designs done in both digital and traditional media for advertising, print, and promotion. Including hand done type, record and CD packaging, VHS cassette layout for classic horror film redesigns, web and traditional print media advertisement.
We Are The Union - Keep It Down
Image created for the front cover of seminal ska-punk band We Are The Union's newest EP, Keep It Down. The interior designs and back cover all tie together to tell the story of a party that goes wildly out of hand, and leads to an intensely demolished amp.
The Wonderous Thunderous Marrigae of Robert & Kelsey.
Project done for 2 of absolutely the BEST folks I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. This was a 12 page coloring book, complete with covers that documented the forming of a perfect union between them, wherein, the gentleman was represented by a bear and his lovely bride to be is a literal fox. They are adorable and this project was a hoot. Samples of page illustrations are included below the cover.
Neon Maniacs Box Design for Video Violence.
Redesign of classic cult horror movie Neon Maniacs VHS cover r a show at a one off pop-up video store / independent horror movie marathon. In assc. with Exhumed Films.
Dead Alive Box Redesign for Video Violence.
Redesign of classic cult horror movie Dead Alive VHS cover r a show at a one off pop-up video store / independent horror movie marathon. In assc. with Exhumed Films.
Belegost 12" and TGCO CD Case.
Layout and print design for a 12" record sleeve, interiors, and disc centers for post rock crushing, instrumental band Belegost, as well as CD packaging and interior layouts for politically minded punk outfit The Great Clearing Off. In assc. w/ Hard Traveling Records and Ed Walters Records.
Diecut Beer Labels.
Made for local homebrew club feat. Jake and the Stoutman (Oatmeal Stout), The Ole Nutter (Nut Brown Ale), and Uncle Touchy (Citrus infused APA). Designed were the concepts, illustrations, and product names.
Hand Done Type and Logo Design.
Sourpuss Weekly Promotional Images.
Done for web and print, a selection of the weekly designs done for Sourpuss Clothing.
A collection of various products in differing stages of development, for various outlets including novelty shops, toy companies, and food/candy companies. Shown are everything from rough concepts to finished illustrations.