Client: BS Productions / Livenation
Art Direction: Zak Wilson
Exciting News! My poster design/illustration for Black Sabbath will now be used to promote their 2014 Canadian / European Reunion Tour. This includes advertising/posters and merch. I’m really stoked as I’ve already seen it on posters in Europe and even a TV spot. The design is my reinterpretation of the iconic mask from their NEVER SAY DIE album (1978). Why this is significant is because this was the last album when all the original members were together including the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne. I feel honored and humbled to play a small part in what I consider musical history. If you see the image pop up anywhere please send me pics or let me know nosmallvictories(at)gmail.com
Copyright BS Productions Limited – Use, Reproduction or distribution of the Artwork is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorized in writing by BSP.
Here is my piece for Blurppy’s 4th Poster Posse project. This project celebrates upcoming movies with a collection of art curated by Blurppy.com. The imagery in the movie looks really cool and can’t wait to see it when it comes out this Christmast.
Update: The director of the movie said he liked my piece on his twitter
AMC and the Hero Complex Gallery has teamed up to bring the official “The Walking Dead” art show, my licensed piece is called “All We Do is Run” is a tribute to my favorite duo of the show, Glenn and Maggie, who have found love in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. It will have a limited edition of 50 prints. The show runs Oct. 11 /2013. You can get yourself a copy at http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/collections/amc-twd/products/all-we-do-is-run-by-samuel-sho-ho
Venue: The Loft, Peachtree City, GA
Art Director: Zak Wilson
Fans of the classic Italian horror movie director Dario Argento, might know who this band is. I created the gig poster for the historical first stop of the band Goblin’s first ever North American Tour. Happening Oct 1/2013 at the Loft in Peachtree City, GA. This was a whimsical challenge taking their mascot and creating a fun play of Horror Nouveau with visual cues from Argento’s most famous movies. (This is the no venue text version of the poster)
My obsession with Pacific Rim continues, this time I wanted to take a light hearted look the Jaegers on their off season when they aren’t battling the evil Kaiju.
My piece for Planet Pulp’s RED show at Hero Complex Gallery now available HERE
16 by 20 edition of 25
“Nothing great ever happened without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blurppy.com has created a Poster Posse Project where international artists are given the task of interpreting highly anticipated movies that are about to come out. The first one earlier this year was World War Z, after that was Star Trek in Darkness and now I’m honored to be joining in on creating my take on Guillermo de Toro’s new Robot vs Monster piece: PACIFIC RIM! Its honestly been years since I’ve been so excited to see a movie. Most of the time I skip movies at the theaters cause I don’t like crowds and with things like VOD and downloading, people like me tend to opt for convenience rather than the real deal full immersion escapism only the theaters can seem to bring. The missing element? Hype! Hype that gets you off your lazy ass, Hype that makes you fork over the price of 15 dollars when everyone is trying to save money, HYPE that makes you bear the crowds, pay way too much for popcorn and pit your friends against other packs of friends for a row of seats at a 10:30 pm opening night screening.
When I first watched the Pacific Rim trailer months ago I remember showing all my buddies and going “OHH SHIETT!! we are going to see this!!!” I remember playing the trailer to them on my phone and telling people about it like I was getting a commission on their ticket! Something triggered in me, it was like all my childhood memories of watching giant robot / monster movies /cartoons were suddenly firing on all cylinders. Its what Beliebers feel when they scream at concerts, bawling uncontrollably! Its what triggers sports fan to scream at the screen during the playoffs! Its that excitable spark that I knew I would have to keep buried deep inside and look at time to time.
Months passed so when I approached Blurppy’s Don Thompson about joining the Poster Posse on upcoming projects he asked if I would be interested in the next project…PACIFIC RIM! I wrote a simple two word reply “HELLL YAH!!!” Putting all my bread and butter projects on hold I quickly dove in head first. As a professional illustrator you often have to gauge your hourly rate and budgets etc. and try not to spend too many hours when its not necessary. THIS HOWEVER WAS NOT ABOUT MONEY! this was about appeasing that spark that the first trailer started months ago.
Its an awesome feeling, when you do something and you don’t care about whether you’re being paid for it, whether you get exposure for it or whether you get kudos, you do it cause you LOVE IT! that’s it! and sometimes that produces your best work! Regardless of anyone’s opinion this time around.. haha I’m proud of my two pieces (something I don’t always feel as a self loathing artist), and not only that by previewing or mentioning the pieces I’m doing, I got my friends / fans ( Shameless Plugs Facebook / Twitter) hyped about the movie as well so guess who and a huge crowd a peeps are going to see it opening night? ( This is the kind of micro sphere of influence “gold” ad execs have been trying to mine for years.) So thanks to Guillermo, Travis Beacham (writer), Legendary, WB, all the crazy artists and hundreds if not thousands involved in what sure is to be a masterpiece in my eyes! thanks for bringing out the kid in me all over again. Cause DAMN it feels good!
This being tribute fan art as such and not official or anything! Prints will NOT be available for purchase, but regardless don’t let that damper the mood! I’ve provided a larger preview to check out the detail, and so I present to you my two pieces for the Blurppy “Pacific Rim” project and don’t forget to get off your lazy ass come July 12th and go watch it!
Legend Has It (click on image for full big preview)
Inspired by Japanese wood block prints this plays on the Asian lores of Monsters and Onis, not to mention that Guillermo mentioned that the ocean (drawn from influences like Hokusai’s The Big Wave”) is the third character in the water battle scenes of the movie.
NEON HONG KONG (click on image for full big preview)
This color palette comes from the neon/pink/blue/yellow signs from the trailer, when the epic fight between Otachi and Gipsy danger takes place in the streets of Hong Kong. ( A city I’m quite familiar with) Though the Kaiju was added later after way too many hours had already been put in, (an internal dilemma pushed further of it not being quite done without a Kaiju) the Jaeger dragging the oil tanker ship… C’mon! Best trailer scene ever!
Close Up 1
Close Up 2
For the release of the newest album by French Duo Daft Punk, Gauntlet Gallery hosted ReDiscovery an art tribute show to the great musicians. Being a huge fan of them growing up I jumped at the chance to create my piece “Legacy” The piece is now available in 50 limited edition prints or 10 stretched canvas at Gauntlet Gallery HERE
I kinda believe art is something that should be shared with everyone and not always exclusive to those who can afford it. If I could give my art away all the time, and still afford to live, I’d love it! but sometimes when you team up with the right people they can make things come true. So here is my give back to my fans and supporters and hopefully some new fans! The peeps at Fairgoods.com have offered to print/ship my art to my fans in exchange for a like on their facebook page, that’s it! anyone who does so gets a free poster sent to them. Check HERE for the details, while supplies last (only available in Canada and US)
Does Boba Fett live to see the day in the next Star Wars?? We demand it as fans!! BELIEVE!!
For Gallery 1988′s Product Placement show opening on March 9th at Melrose East, The premise was to create an ad for a made up product that only existed in movie land. This was my first foray into screen printing so alot of things to learn. This is an ad for Kobayashi Porcelain inspired of course by one of my favorite movies of all time “The Usual Suspects.” This is 3 color screen print with an edition size of 60. If you’ve seen the movie then you’ll understand this ad, if not What the hell are you waiting for? Do it!!
Check Gallery 1988 for for show details. www.gallery1988.com
UPDATE: (March 6) I only just received my APs and there seems to be an extra ink imperfection on the print from the printer, I believe it maybe on some of the prints, so in lieu of that I’ve contacted the gallery and am dropping the price of my standard $35 down 5 bucks and it will be on sale for $30. Not to shabby especially since this is a larger then usual piece by me at 16″ by 20″. Enjoy! and go watch the movie! and if you’ve seen it go watch it again! its on Netflix!
Here is my new piece for Marvel featuring the infamous and quick witted Deadpool character. Called Liquid Deadpool this piece uses cues from the my Dark Knight piece using light lines to carve out the shape of main character. Its available in Men’s Tees at Welovefine.com
I had the privilege of working with Mighty Fine to create a series of Varsity themed sports logo styled pieces for Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise. Available in Tees and Hoodies be sure to get one for the Brony in your life HERE
“20 seconds to Comply” edition of 30 Giclee prints available HERE
When we were given the assignment to do a tribute to comedy creator Judd Apatow, It was hard to pick a favorite movie/show/characters so I decided to create a somewhat of a medley in An homage to “The Gossips” (http://bit.ly/TvPTQy) by the American artist Norman Rockwell. As an artist who defined the american landscape of his time, Apatow did with how he shaped the comedic landscape today. Below is the full piece and some closer previews. 20 limited edition Giclee prints will be available at Gallery 1988 GET IT NOW
Artist Notes: This was quite the intense piece since it involved 30 seperate portraits (2 of the person) and what was hard was picking and choosing who would be included and who not. Maybe someday I’ll make a EXTENDED version adding others of my fav members of Team Apatow: Jay Barachul, Martin Starr etc.
Another fun project with Mighty Fine: A Lucas films licensed t shirt Boba Rover. Went for a cute look with Boba Fett, almost SD and kawaii style Available here in men’s tees
For Gallery 1988‘s Venice The Old School Video Game Show Level 2 opening Oct 26th 2012 I created The Legendary Kingdom of Bowser. The piece is inspired by a mix of tibetan art and asian styling. Someday I think I’d love to make this into a rug 20 limited edition giclees will be available for purchase at the opening and online the day after at Gallery 1988, meanwhile like me on Facebook for the latest updates on my work.
Opening October 5, is Bottleneck Gallery’s “Can’t Beat Em, Join Em: The Zombie Show” I decided to create a piece that exploited my greatest fear in a Zombie Apocalypse, “swarming!” There really isn’t any zombie game or movie where you don’t see some victims meet their end overcome by a strong wave of zombies. Where they lack in brain function they make up in numbers and pure blood lust. So as an homage to an iconic piece of art history (Can you guess which one?) I present to you. “The Final Big Wave” 20 Show edition giclees will be available for purchase at 35 dollars each. Portion of the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Its been a great working with a lot of great licenses with Mighty Fine so please check out the current round up of my work with Marvel and Hasbro. Here you can get some of my latest pieces in Tees and Art prints!
My newest piece is kind of a bucket list item because it features one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and I used to always draw him as a kid and now having it licensed as official Marvel merchandise is amazing! Featuring him in one of the most epic battles against the mighty sentinels is one of the coolest sagas in my opinion. Available at WeLoveFine.com in Men’s Tees and Women’s Tees and also in Art Print
I’m usually a night owl so its amazing to take a break the last few weeks and be able to watch the Olympics live from this side of the pond. Its been awesome watching these athletes at their physical peaks sacrificing so much at a chance to realizing their dreams. I can barely make it through the Olympian profiles in between events without choking up haha. On the funnier side of things, I’ve been noticing the McKayla Maroney meme on the boards I frequent, and love that she’s taking the meme in good spirits as well! haha since I had an hour or so to spare this morning waiting for a client to reply I figured I’d have a go at my own lil contribution to this meme.
Teamed up with Mighty Fine and Marvel again to bring you my next piece featuring Shadowcat aka Kitty Pryde. Available in Men’s Tees http://bit.ly/MQwd9D Women’s Tees: http://bit.ly/N028AD and Art Print: http://bit.ly/MhIgN7 GET YOURS TODAY! at WELOVEFINE
This year Gallery 1988′s highly anticipated Crazy 4 Cult show will be happening in New York City. Situated in the meat packing district this show is sure to be a great showcase of over 200 artists highlighting the greatest of all cult films from our past. My subject was the 1979 movie “The Warriors” and I picked to feature my favorite gang “The Furies.” The show opens Aug. 9th and my limited edition giclee prints (20 pcs) will be available to purchase at the show and online the day after. More info can be found at www.gallery1988.com
I was excited when I was tapped by Acid Free Gallery to contribute for their online show “Myths and Monsters.” The subject I chose was the infamous myth of the Hydra as detailed in the 12 labours of Hercules. I wanted to challenge myself by testing my patience with detail and adding vectored water effects. These will be available for purchase online in 50 limited edition prints HERE at Acidfreegallery.com on Friday July 27th, 2012