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C'mon and Shine On with the Holy Rocka Rollaz!

Just released is a new album from The Holy Rocka Rollaz, and it sounds great! I did the art and design for the entire CD package, a six-panel fold out affair, which houses some fine '50s-style pop/rock inspired by the music of Buddy Holly, and others. It also features a couple hilarious novelty numbers, One Ball Daddy and Cindy Lee is a 38D (I'm working now on art for a music video for the latter - more on that at this blog, later).

Listen to song samples and order C'mon and Shine On from CD Baby, and check out the art, below. I'll post tomorrow about my creative process on this project.


Front cover


Lift the CD from the case, and see...


Four panels from the interior comic book-style liner notes (sans text), which chronicles the origins and evolution of the band and album:






The full cover spread

Rip the plastic wrap and it all looks like this:


Click image for short instagram video


Music Video Art: Creative Process

Here's one way I create my art and comics:

HRR_CLee_garage_process For this series, I did all the roughs and layouts in Photoshop. I move those into Manga Studio, where I tighten the pencils (if need be - this one didn't) and jump into the line art. Inking in Manga Studio allows me to work quickly and loosely - I just undo strokes I don't like, and try again. I export the line to Illustrator, Live Trace it and color away! Doing the final art as vector allows me to re-size as needed without any loss in resolution - if I want to do a large poster of any of these at a later date, it'll be no sweat.

Maybe that seems like a lot of bouncing around from program to program, but many times I'll pencil in Manga Studio, and color in Photoshop. Whatever the needs of the project, I'll do, and this process is still much faster than the time consumimg process I've used for traditional pencils and inks.

This one of about fifty pieces needed for a music video I'm working on. Some frames are less involved, some more. I'm more than half-way through, and I can't wait for you to watch the video!

In the meantime, check out song samples, or maybe pick up the Holy Rocka Rollaz CD pack - C'mon And Shine On!


In Memory and Tribute: Steve Jobs • 1955-2011


Bedbugs: Be Quiet!

It's been a busy week in many ways, on many fronts. While working on a few different jobs on my plate, and trying not to get sidetracked by doctor visits, signing papers at a bank, having a plumber fix a couple leaks, planning for the Summer and continuing to heal my busted body, I made good progress on my word & picture book, Night of the Bedbugs. Here's a recently completed panel, a favorite of mine so far:

There will be a day soon where no person or character will be asking you to be quiet about Bedbugs. Stay tuned.


Number Crunchers

My best friend in kindergarten lives 5-10 minutes away, even though we grew up in another state. For several years now I've done illustration work for him, a prominent accountant who does business valuations. In an industry he and his partner view as staid, they like to mix it up and have a little fun in their ads and mailings. That's where I come in.

I did this sketch last year around this time, but it was shelved when we went with another concept. Last month when the time came for their next ad, we dusted off this concept. I gave them robo-boots and gloves to become Super Number Crunchers and help their ad stand out.

Going to final art, I changed the pose on one of the characters to face him more directly to the viewer, and improve spacing and composition. I also enjoyed messing with some new textures in Adobe Illustrator.