"Hey, Aaron, can you whip up a picture of Paul F. Tompkins portraying Garry Marshall?" Earwolf asked. Yes, of course I can. In fact, my hand would be honored to render such a piece.
A tight timeline didn’t allow for mucking around. So I dove into things and landed on something we were all really happy with. A few tweaks — like making him have white hair and wearing a sweater — and we sent it off to the printer.
SUPER SERIOUS SHOW EVERGREEN // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
The lovely folks over at CleftClips needed a poster they could use to promote the Super Serious Show regardless of lineup and date. Thus, the Evergreen poster was born. I figured our best bet was to leverage the logo and the rest would fall nicely into place. After presenting a few layout options, we settled on a direction and I went ahead and provided a handful of color options to keep things fresh through the months.
SUPER SERIOUS SHOW POSTER // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
Once again my services were called upon by Joel and the CleftClips crew to wrangle forth a new poster for their Super Serious Show in short order! After heading down what turned out to be the wrong path, we settled on the minimalist Solar System Blueprint. I presented the microphone options as last-ditch backups and learned that (not surprisingly) it’s a bit of a tired approach. I figured as much, but didn’t want to get asked “…have you tried…?” and feel like a fool for NOT doing it. Damned when you do and damned when you don’t I say. So I’d rather be damned for doing!
In all seriousness, Joel and Mandee have been nothing but a treat to work with. They let me stretch my wings when appropriate, and they are always amazingly understanding of my other obligations. Again, if you’re in Los Angeles, go see a show!
This was an unused piece I originally presented to the Super Serious Show gang. Unfortunately, it was far too frighteningly metal for such a light-hearted event. At least that’s what I assume… :) Joel and Mandee enjoyed it, but we all agreed it may be a bit out of character for the show and their audience. I’ll show you what we went with next week!
I couldn’t let this mighty warrior hide in the shadows though, so I foist him upon thine eyes!
These posters build on the previous Explorer poster I had the pleasure of creating for Joel and Crew. Just another space Explorer, lighting his way in the dark. They needed a quick turnaround for September’s show, so we decided to just do an alternate color of the first poster.
Again, if you’re in Los Angeles, check out one of these shows if you get the chance. Do it. Do it. Do it.
GYPSYHAWK: ST. ALIA OF THE KNIFE // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
Yep, you guessed it. The badass quartet is out there on the road with Mothership, Kadavar and Scorpion Child and needed a new design to grace a shirt. I started working on something off-hand, and then collaborated with Lord Harris to finish up something we can both be super stoked on.
Be sure to check these dudes out on tour and pick yourself up a St. Alia shirt while they last. Tweet at me with you wearing it and I’ll be your friend forever!
MOTHERSHIP VALKYRIE I // DTAFM // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
The fine rockers in Mothership needed some new poster artwork for the upcoming tour with Gypsyhawk, Kadaver and Scorpion Child. WOO! So I whipped up two Valkyries for the dudes to do with as they please. Maybe we’ll see them as a shirt one day. My dumb-ass dropped the schedule ball and didn’t meet the merch deadline. Such is life!
If you rock, please be sure to go see them in concert when they hit your town. And be sure to tell them Aaron sent ya. ROCK ON!
Devotees will note I haven’t been posting the last couple of months. Well, there’s good reason. I quit my day job and decided to pursue full-time freelancing as my main endeavor. Crazy, I know. But, it’s rather exciting and full of possibilities! I’m getting back on a regular posting schedule and am now taking on all sorts of commissioned work. If you’re so inclined, please email me — aaron[at]dtafm.com — and I’d be more than happy to talk through any particular requests.
Thanks for all the support over the last year. Now onward towards victory!!!
I’ve been lucky as of late with an ongoing flow of cool projects like the one you see here for the Super Serious Show in Los Angeles! Joel contacted me about doing some poster work and I was all to happy to jump on it. I went through a few sets of thumbs to figure out what I wanted to do.
I fell in love with the sci-fi spelunker and dove into refinement rather quick. I fiddled with a few different color schemes before settling on the Martian red. There was something rather appealing about a more monochromatic piece that just sucked me right in.
I tried to straddle a fine line between the right amount of detail and minimalism without it feeling more one than the other. I think it’s pretty successful in that regard. I may return to this and try an even more starkly limited palette.
This is the first of many collaborations to come. There’s already a second spelunker ready to explore. And I think a few of my initial thumbs could be fleshed out into some cool stuff. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these come back later on.
Thanks to Joel and Mandee for giving me the opportunity. If you’re reading this and in Los Angeles, I would highly recommend you go and get yourself a seat at this, or any of the future Super Serious Show shows.
I know it’s been a while, gang. Please accept this Dark Knight drawing as penance for my crimes. I’ve been working on a lot of things and my free-time has taken one for the team. I promise I’ll show you some fruits of my labor soon enough!
The rockers in Mothership are heading out on tour soon and I wanted to whip up something special ahead of time. Thus, the BIKER BITCH was born. Raised in the arid wasteland of 2045, she learned survival early and has no time for blind idealism. Skulls of her foes decorate her curves and a helmet hides eyes few have seen lest they step upon death’s door.
I’ve been rather busy with a handful of hot projects, so I opted to finish up a piece I had hiding on my hard drive. I really like my final colors. Summer is upon us and I couldn’t help but let the heat come through.
CHAMBER BAND & MIKHAEL PASKALEV // TUMBLR WEDNESDAY
I had the honor of working on another fine poster for Chris Littler over in Chamber Band. They’re about to release an album and in doing so are performing in its celebration.
They’re also sharing the bill with a fella named Mikhael Paskalev — a Norewegian-Bulgarian singer-songwriter. The real trick now was to make sure that both he and Chris got equal importance so…
…we mashed Chris and Mikhael’s heads together and I colored it up snazzily and wouldn’t you know it, POSTER! I’ve taken the liberty to go back and simplify things before posting here, but that’s the pleasure in having the files. Moving on…
If you happen to be in New York on June 2nd, I would implore you to go say hello to these fine folk and enjoy a tune or two. Maybe all of them if they strike your fancy.