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Summer homework: The Gamehendge Saga

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by josean

I’ve just finished (and have available for sale) the first four illustrations in the Gamehendge suite I’m currently working on.  Inspired by a couple songs by the band Phish, Gamehendge was originally guitarist Trey Anastasio’s senior thesis at Goddard College.  Originally called The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday (TMWSIY), it is a collection of songs that tell the story of a retired colonel who is transported to the land of Gamehendge and rescues a document called the Helping Friendly Book from an evil dictator named Wilson.  I have been planning to work on a visual form of it (originally as a graphic novel) for a couple years.  I have illustrated the song Esther as a series of block prints in college, and created 2 stenciled prints last summer.  There are quite a few songs in the saga; 8 in TMTSIY, as well as some additions they released later.  I hope to illustrate these, as well as the narration that accompanied the original thesis in the months to come. I’ll be offering prints for sale, and maybe a book of the complete series, along with visual interpretations of other Phish songs.

Divided Sky

Divided Sky- watercolor and acyrlic 8.5×11

A chant performed by the Lizards, the race of people who inhabit Gamehendge and are dependent on the writings of the Helping Friendly Book for their survival.   They would stand on the edge of a rhombus and shout to the sky, praising Icculus, the Supreme God of the Sky and author of the Helping Friendly Book.

Rutherford

Rutherford the Brave- watercolor, ink, and acrylic.  8.5×11

Rutherford the Brave is the head knight of the Lizards who leads a team of allies to help overthrow Wilson, a traveller who arrives in Gamehendge and eventually captures the Helping Friendly Book from the Lizards and locks it in the top of his castle, thus becoming the sole ruler of Gamehendge.  He appears in the song “Lizards”, telling the retired colonel (Col. Forbin)  tales about Gamehendge and the Helping Friendly Book. At one point, he attempts to lead  Col. Forbin across a river while still wearing his armor, causing him to sink.

ACDC Bag

AC/DC Bag- ink, watercolor and acrylic.  8.5×11

AC/DC Bag is a robotic hangman with a bag on its head used to hang traitors and enemies of Wilson, the dictator of Gamehendge.  The song “AC/DC Bag” tells the story of the execution of Mr. Palmer, Wilson’s accountant. Palmer was using Wilson’s money to secretly fund the revolution, and was therefore hanged in the town square by the AC/DC Bag, a mechanical hangman.

Famous Mockingbird

Fly Famous Mockingbird- ink, watercolor, acrylic

The Famous Mockingbird is a bird who is sent by Icculus to fly to the very top of Wilson’s castle and retrieve the Helping Friendly Book for Colonel Forbin, thus saving the people of Gamehendge.

I’ll be selling these at the Phish lots at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 6th and 7th, as well as Merriweather Post Pavillion July 13th and 14th (Fingers crossed for Holmdel, NJ July 10th).  I also have them on sale on Etsy, with a special deal if you buy all 3! Stay tuned for Series II, coming sometime in July!

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Fun with Stickers III

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by josean

I recently picked some USPS labels and decided among other things to draw up some new dinosaurs.  It’s been a while since I’ve drawn some terrible lizards, and along with the state of the Postal Service right now, it seemed more fitting than ever.

 

Fun with Stickers II

Fun with Stickers I

New Prints Added!

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by josean

I’ve added 7 new prints to my Etsy shop.  These 8.5×11 prints allow you to own a more affordable version on my recent work, printed on white cardstock.  For a couple days more, all prints are 25% off when you use code 25OFF!

My latest Dinosaur Icon (Achelousaurus). I’ll be making 15 limited edition prints, each one with a unique  manuscript illustration.

The Prophet

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by josean

Gouache and graphite on 9×12 watercolor paper. Available for sale, prints to be available soon.

Revisiting old themes with new ideas.  I’m really enjoying these and expect to do quite a few more.  I’m getting the hang of using gouache paint (and wishing I had started earlier!), and had been missing working in pencil.  Making this illustration made me wonder about what a dinosaur based theology would be like.  The idea of combining dinosaurs and religious symbolism seems like an interesting idea.   Don’t be surprised by some Byzantine/Orthodox style dinosaur saint illustrating this absurd idea appearing soon!

Time Lapse II

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by josean

Fun with Stickers II

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2011 by josean

More dinosaurs…oil markers on USPS postal labels.

Centrosaurus

Corythosaurus

Majungatholus

Gryposaurus

Tsintaosaurus

Sabre-toothed Tiger

 

More to come soon… I might offer these as prints in the near future..stay posted!

Fun with Stickers

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by josean

Oil markers on postal labels

Our Lady of Sorrows

Failed Rabbit

Elephant with Triceratops skull

Styracosaurus

Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Camarasaurus

Pachycephalosaurus

Dilophosaurus

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