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Goofing around

This is revising my Bourbon Rat art print from a few years back. It’s been a lot of fun to play with.

Doing the CincyComicCon last week was a ton of fun. It’s always great to see a show where the curators really care about their event and harvesting creators instead of choking a convention center with vendors all selling the same stuff.

Working on Facebook’s HACKTOBER graphics always gets my blood pumping for Halloween. I’ll show that stuff pretty soon.

I’m aiming to get into the shop maybe by the end of the week. I’ve got a bunch of stuff that needs to get onto paper!

I apparently don’t have much to run my mouth about so … uh… here’s a drunken rat!

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New Releases!

Finally, I’m able to release the Assassin’s Creed print along with a NEW print I did for Soundgarden for last night’s show as well as two art prints I did in the shop this week!

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Here’s the album art for the new Acacia Strain album: Coma Witch.

Pre-order at TheWitchIsComing.com

I’ll show more of the layout once the album is released.
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Pencils

After about 2 months of using Manga Studio to help with production time, it feels really good to hold a real pencil.

Onto the inks!

 

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I apologize as i’ve gotten multiple emails about this. Some of my Assassin’s Creed: Unity posters arrived damaged.

I’m currently waiting to hear back on the FedEx claim I’ve filed before I can release the others for sale.

Hopefully, this can be resolved next week. Thanks so much for your patience!

Recently, I worked on some stuff with my friend Tony Moore, John Rauch and Rob Zombie for Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

New Science Agency called me up and wanted to animate some of my work. I thought this sounded amazing and then remembered, “I don’t do sequential illustration” and went on to say, “I don’t want to talk myself out of a job, but I know someone I might be able to collaborate with to make this work” and got Tony on the phone.

Inspired by Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’, New Science produced an animated short film which debuted at Comic-Con 2014 before a sold-out crowd. Set in the French Revolution, the story was reimagined by musician / director Rob Zombie and featured the illustrative works of Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead. Together,we crafted a film which highlights the chaos and brutality of the French Revolution, painting the streets of Paris red with blood.

The film generated over 300,000 views on YouTube in the first 48 hours of its release; and within minutes of its debut, features hit the web on Rolling Stone, SPIN, Variety, Game Informer, IGN, GameSpot, Blabbermouth, Loudwire, and many others.

The idea for the story was fun. The French Revolution is one of the goriest times the world has had and has a great juxtoposition of decadent and elegant visuals tied together with poverty, desparation and grime. Not to mention one of the coolest ‘humane’ death sentances: the guilliotine! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

To wrap up the whole project, Tony and I designed a screenprinted poster. 500 limited edition silk-screened posters that were distributed at the ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity Experience’ outdoor obstacle course at Comic-Con. The poster features Unity’s hero ‘Arno’ in front of a stained-glass window peppered with images from the animated short. Each poster was numbered and signed by the artists.

Basically, we landed in San Diego and went, “oh crap. We have to sign 775 posters”

We will each have 100 available from the run. They are signed by both of us.

Mine are available on my website: Angryblue.com as of 7.30.2014

There’s a detailed write-up of the process here at my Behance portfolio.

It was a few REALLY rough weeks of work, but I am incredibly happy to have been part of this experience and have my name on this project.

watch the full animated short here.

 

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My buddy Tony Moore and I worked on this print in tandem with creating an animated short for Ubisoft with Rob Zombie and John Rauch. 

It features the main character ‘Arno’ with scenes from the short peppered into the stained glass background. The print is limited to a run of 775 total. 500 will be given away at San Diego Comic Con 2014 to the first people to arrive at the #assassinscreed course.Tony and I each will have 100 available on our respective websites. These 18×24 3-color posters are signed by BOTH artists and have a clear gloss hit that lays on top of the black and metallic red wrapped up in a natural-toned paper. Just wait until you see the animated trailer we did!!!


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Primus Poster!

I’ll be releasing my copies of this guy tomorrow here at my shop!

“It’s May 14th, 2014 & Tonight’s poster by “Angryblue” is an instant classic… Skeeter’s brethren ? A formidable foe..?
100 hand printed, pre-tubed, artist signed and numbered copies will be available at the venue (which due to impending weather has been changed to The Metroplex Event Center.)”

These will be on sale on 5.15.14

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Printed at Crackhead Press in Louisville, KY

Run of 200. Only 50 of those are available here.

I will have A/P copies available after those.

The Blue in these photos is actually sort of wrong. It’s more like the mockup – I guess the lights at the shop confused my camera or something.

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R.I.P. H.R. Giger

The week I turned 30, I was in Zurich with Jeral Tidwell and David Witt. We wanted to go to the Giger Museum, but our time slot of opportunity was such that it would’ve been closed by the time we arrived there – we ended up knocking on the door to H.R. Giger’s home. His cat came out to greet us, but other than that, no one answered.

We left a bunch of posters with the cat and took photos sitting in a evil stone throne that was in his yard – which looked like the setting for a very terrifying Sanford and Son reboot. Even the concrete slabs tossed around the yard to his shed were biomechanical.

Giger opened up my eyes to the decadence & beauty that can be found in the crunchy grime of the dark.

I remember playing Dark Seed specifically because of his work. Most of my sketchbooks when I was younger were filled with cutouts of photocopies of his work. His cultural impact on the art world was vast, hypersexual, repulsive and beautiful

This is a terrible photo of me being a creeper in the yard of one of my early inspirations. Surrealism incarnate.

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Look at that fat little face.

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Angryblue Font

Recently, I’ve had a bizarre number of inquiries about a typeface I designed in 2002 called “Angryblue.” It’s a frantic typeface based off of my handwriting then when I was using nibs to ink with. I liked them because of the complete lack of control they allowed me. Everything I was drawing then was splattery, grimey and had a feel of action based on my love for Ralph Steadman and Derek Hess.

I’ve since re-approached how I do lettering and drawing altogether, though my real handwriting is almost just as terrible as it is in this pretty poorly designed typeface with kerning flaws throughout. I followed a how-to to create these guys on a popular free original fonts website called ChankFonts and then just kind of threw it out into the world along with some Photoshop brush sets. It’s weird to see where these things end up. One of the most prominent places I’ve seen it is in the logo for the band Suicide Silence. A few years back, I did some merch for them and offered to redo the logo because I thought it was horrible and they were extremely offended … despite that it was me cracking on my own writing.

Over the past 12 years, I’ve seen this typeface pop up in band logos, horror movies, t-shirts, role-playing card games, products and television shows. I think the most surreal moment was walking down a street in Switzerland and seeing an advertisement for 50 Cent’s ‘Before I Self Destruct’ album where the title was done in my crappy handwriting.

EDIT: A buddy of mine snuck this unto his site. Do the “Konami Code” at budnikas.com

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