Dug through the archives to find this – another example of my old acrylic technique, illustration for a story called “This Old House” published in the now defunct, Blank Canvas Magazine.
Although it was ultimately published (in all of its glory), I had a habit of downplaying my older work. It was an awkward scene from an interesting play, wherein a newlywed couple cracks a hole in the wall of their house and begins pulling out miscellaneous items, including an old dress (I tried to find a link to the original story – but googling “this old house” didn’t turn up much beyond home improvement sites.) As a bit of self-criticism, I could’ve done more to make the dress appear old fashioned, as well as make those folds agree a little more convincingly, but what’s done is done! I think the rest of the technique holds together fairly well. Do you agree?
Here’s the design for the new Mezcal Cantina (Niche Hospitality Group, Worcester MA) tee shirts. Similarly themed from the past Mezcal post, this time I had some fun drawing a room full of calaveras rocking out, recently found out it will be used as the staff’s tee shirt design.
This was all created as vector art, which not only means that it was easier to add all of those rib cages and teeth, but it can also be enlarged for a wall decal, billboard, etc… without losing any clarity.
At sort of a loss for what to post today, so here’s an old painting I did for a Children’s book which unfortunately was not picked up and therefore I don’t have many other paintings quite like this! As for the project being dropped, no hard feelings (especially at this point in time), and at least I got to work on my acrylic technique and had this promo piece to add to the portfolio.
As you can see (maybe?) I was into this, “I want to be Norman Rockwell,” phase because I got the feeling that that’s what the writer was looking for. At the end of the day I think I want to see myself as being more “edgy” but then I look at this and think, “nothin’ wrong with a little Norman Rockwell,” right? But then the world’s so full of imitators, what’s going to be that thing only McNemesis does and stands out?? Well, better stop typing and get working on it.
Was recently contacted by the Niche Group and asked about decorating the windows of their (expanded) Mezcal location in Leominster, MA. They were looking for something inspired by José Posada’s prints but with a modern touch, so I added a few hipster calaveras as well as some cellphone-selfie takers. We wanted it to look like a fun time for a bunch of skellingtons:
How’d we do??
If anyone’s curious – I sketched these out on good old fashioned pencil and paper and then took some time “inking” it as vector art (courtesy Adobe Illustrator) so it could be enlarged by about 1000% without losing image quality. Troy Pontbriand (their graphic designer) did a nice job handing these files and turning around the final product:
And I thought it was cool that one of those skulls worked out pretty well for use as part of the sign for the newly expanded bar area:
Will have to drive out and see it in person one of these days!