Friday, January 31, 2014

The Quest

I spent all of today working on a submission package which has left me feeling like I jumped through numerous flaming hoops. Really I just should have done the whole thing 2 weeks ago but I work better under pressure. Here are two new pieces I made just for this show:

The Goblet of Demonic Pineapple w/Lightning
 The Goblet of Demonic Pineapple w/Lightning
Do not confuse this goblet with the Goblet of Demonic Pineapple without Lightning, very different. THIS goblet aside from providing you with a lifetime supply of delicious and ever-fresh pineapple will also: open the gates of hell, light your way in a black-out, give you large black angel wings, look really great on your mantle, impress all your friends and possibly even your mother-in-law, attract lightning in most large storms and also during fair weather, cure you of all cavities. THIS RELATES TO THE THEME OF YOUR SHOW “THROUGH DANGERS UNTOLD” because WHO WOULD NOT QUEST TO NEVER HAVE CAVITIES AGAIN!!!! I rest my case.

The Medallion of Blood Fire Mountain

The Medallion of Blood Fire Mountain
On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood. What was will be, what is will be no more. Now is the season of evil...oh wait that's Ghostbusters II. The Medallion of Blood Fire Mountain is an object of much powerful magic that is sought after by both nefarious and valient characters alike. The Medallion was placed upon the mountain top in a protective pyramid from which hot, boiling blood oozes down the mountainside. It is said that the medallion while looking really snazzy with virtually any outfit can also cause great harm or joy depending on the mood of it's beholder. THIS RELATES TO THE THEME OF YOUR SHOW “THROUGH DANGERS UNTOLD” because most certainly WIZARDS and HEROS were involved in the making of this piece of artwork.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Venus Anima

Been working on finishing these girls to completion, done and done!

These three images among others will be available for purchase in my Etsy store when it re-opens mid-February.
Deer Moon Girl

Lucky Rabbit Girl

Racoon Girl

This triptych started out with just Deer Moon Girl, she has been in black & white for the longest time an image I've drawn and re-drawn in various incarnations. I wanted to jazz her up just cause she seemed so sad so I gave her some droopy magical goo and some magical alchemical symbols and stuff so she wasn't so lonely, I think she digs it.

The idea grew from there to draw some more gals with weird animal attributes. It's very 'in' right now you know what with those playa/burner/steampunk/furry kids and all.

BUT besides that I really did put thought into each one. Deer Girl is sort of her own thing, a ring leader of sorts, but Lucky Rabbit Girl or as I like to call her : Dragon Lady (is that racist? I hope not...she has dragons on her dress...)...Anyway, Dragon Lady, one of my favorite Chinese folklore stories is the story of the Rabbit in the moon. In Chinese folklore the moon is a rabbit that sits and stirs the elixir of life which is really awesome. I want some elixir of life! She's super calm and always has some serious words of wisdom when she talks. Mostly she stares because that's just part of her rabbit nature.

Racoon Girl is the saddest of the bunch. She has a big cowl sweater to hide in and her hair is real messy, like so bad that she can't even get a comb through it. She just wants to chill under some brush and maybe tip over a trash can or something when it's dark.  She really likes knitting and she made her woven clothes to cover up her furry body.

More posting to come about the re-opening my Etsy shop and also what prints will be available.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bird Watcher, Feb 7th, The Grape Room

Been very happy to be working with my good friends Bird Watcher designing posters and illustrating for them, here's the latest poster design:

Bird Watcher will be playing a show FRIDAY, Feb 7th at The Grape Room in Manayunk, PA. Joined by Underwater Country Club, The Rivals and serendipitously; Little Bird.

poster design & illustration by samskrits

Bird Watcher has recently been featured not once but twice on The Key, XPN's music blog. First featured for their two songs "The Great West" and "Old Black on the Elk" they were recently featured again as best free download of the week in the company of John the Conqueror, Gretchen Lohse, J Roddy Walston and The Business, Ginger Coyle Music, and The Skywriters

Not too bad. Stay tuned for the drop of their newest song which will be available for free download on Bandcamp here in the first week of February!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2-Dimensional Bobble Heads

For Christmas I told Jesse Soifer that we didn't really have to get each other anything...since we're both Jewish. I've always celebrated the pagan tree ceremony because of my w.a.s.p. dad but Jesse had never celebrated ever!  We ended up doing a mix of Jewish Christmas and regular Christmas where we ate Chinese food, saw The Nutcracker & Santa at Macy's, then fell asleep on the couch watching Peanuts shorts.  I drew this little picture as a placeholder for a frame that I got us but I think it needs its own frame now.

 I have a real weird eye because I'm a cyborg and Jesse is definitely trying to feel me up...that's what happens in 5 minute drawings, cyborgs and 2nd base. Win/win!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bird Watcher & Samskrits 4 eva

All I can think about today is how I have to go out into the cold if I want to be even remotely productive and it's really bumming me out but also inspiring me with a sense of adventure. Like everyone else I have the resilient and sustaining cold that leaves my nasal passages completely dry but yet somehow still have so much yuck that I get to cough up in the does the yuck not at least lubricate?


In these trying winter times I have latched on to a number of projects and one of them is fledgling musical act  Bird Watcher. Spearheaded by Julian Booker and assisted by Jesse Soifer these two dudes are starting to put out some really great folk/indie/Americana and I'm happy to be their resident illustrator.

You can listen to them on bandcamp through the link above or the embedded tracks below.

the great west- ford the river!

happy house suite

I've just been going with my gut listening to the songs and then whatever comes to mind is what I draw. So far I'm pleased with the images but I also wish that I had time to plan out an elaborate scheme of an overall larger design and then each song or release being a part of the reveal of that larger design. I don't mind that right now they are sweet little inspired vignettes and it doesn't mean they can't be used to make a larger piece in the end. We'll see where it goes. Happy to have creative freedom and a great sounding board with Jesse and JJ.

I'll be posting more stuff for Bird Watcher later in the month when another of their releases drops so check back!