As a Misfits fan for almost 15 years I was very excited this May when it was announced that Glenn Danzig, the mastermind behind the original incarnation of the band, will be reuniting with his former axemen the Caiafa bros Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein for the first time since 1983. Although I have featured various line-ups of Misfits (classic and Graves-era) in my art since 2002, I was inspired to create these posters. And I will continue to do so, as I find the band's unique blend of horror and punk very inspiring.
Unused designs I created for “Smoking” rolling paper contest. The goal was to redesign Mr. Smoking, the main mascot from 1879 as to appeal to the millenial audience. The contest called for 1 principal illustration and 6 additional pictures that would feature Mr. Smoking in different contexts (Extreme Sports, Icon of the Urban Tribe, Social Media, Street Art, Rock Concert, Friendship). Even though my contest entry was rejected, I kinda like the overall result as I really did my best and had dedicated three months of my personal time to complete it. More on Tumblr.
Characters from the AMC's "Walking Dead", mostly Season 1-3. Started working on this in my spare time in October of 2013 when I started watching the show. Was working on it on and off until the end of 2014. During the work process, the size of the file grew, until eventually it was 11.000px in height at full zoom. Every character was painted individually, that's why the completion lasted for so long. I posted some of those individual shots in a Tumblr post.
Fan art inspired by the 1996 sequel to "The Crow". It had a few good moments (Iggy Pop in a small role, good production design), although it turned out to be a disappointment in comparison to the 1994 Brandon Lee original.
An illustration inspired by a summer trip to Greece two years ago. There was an annoying fat kid seated behind us in the bus the whole time (with his equally rude and noisy parents) and the traveling agency had sent along a pretty unusual representative as well (lower right corner). Hope you like it!
Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, inspired by the Brit-Pop mania of the mid-90s... The background collage was the most interesting part to create. All the tabloid headlines were created from scratch in Photoshop, all the stories were typed in manually... Around 90% of them are authentic press news imported from various archives of the era... Only one had to be crafted by me because I wasn't able to find the original text, although the event described is true. I had loads of fun putting this together. Hopefully, it shows.
A not too ambitious piece of fan art, basically cleaned up and colored pencil sketches of main duo from the BBC series. I was too lazy to draw a London panorama for the background (which was the original idea when I decided to complete this), so I went along with a random underground map from Google... However, Baker St. ended up being visible (right above the O in the logo). Hope you like it!
These two were done as gifts for my girlfriend. She's mad for hippos for some reason. The first pic features her fave tennis player Novak Đoković and her pekehund Mimi (RIP!). The second one wasn't supposed to turn out so sinister looking: it was only when I finished the rendering I realized it resembles the iconic scene from Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" in which Martin Sheen rises from the water, so I decided to name it "Hippocalypse Now".
TOP: I turned this 2011 unused sketch of Joey Ramone into a tribute to the vintage B-production SF movies and the punk rock band The Lillingtons whose lyrics explore the very same iconography (check out their classic 1999 record "Death by Television"). The Ramones had similar moments - remember the song called "Zero Zero UFO" from 1989's "Brain Drain"? RIGHT: Joey Ramone as the Modesty Blaise type of a super-spy in the Cold War setting. This pin-up was inspired by the Riverdales' song "Last Stop Tokyo" and Lillingtons' phenomenal spy-themed album "The Backchannel Broadcast". Both bands were musically and thematically heavily influenced by the Ramones, so when I listen to their records I can only picture Joey Ramone singing those awesome lyrics.
A pin-up inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2005 film adaptation of the H.G. Wells' 19th century proto-SF novel, which I also like a lot. The creation of this pin-up lasted way longer than I had desired. It was conceived in July of 2011 when I drew a pencil sketch of only Rachel (played by Dakota Fanning) and the Tripod in the background. Then I left the piece unfinished to focus on some other projects; when I resumed the work some months later I decided to add her older brother Robbie to the picture... Finally, in the summer of 2012, I figured I might as well do the whole thing and add the character of Ray Farrier (portrayed by Tom Cruise). A few characters had to be recolored from scratch due to some new coloring approaches that I had developed in the meantime. I updated the pin-up once again by adding a Martian to the mix and finally the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft... Finally completed in September of 2014!
Don't forget to play THIS in the background and turn the volume to the max!
Last November I drew this Tom Waits portrait as a birthday present for my best mate. It was colored traditionally in grayscale watercolor. Prior to that I scanned the lineart and now here's a digitally painted version in technicolor.
LEFT: Even though I never was a die-hard "Corto Maltese" reader, I did this experimental piece for a Hugo Pratt fan exhibit that will be held during Belgrade's "Night of the Museums" event on May the 19th. RIGHT: Maybe people couldn't guess by the looks of my art today, but Andre Franquin was possibly my biggest influence in art. I studied his style meticulously when I was 15. So, here's a tribute to this great artist and storyteller!